The Inn on Peaks Island – western vista to Portland
33 Island Av, Peaks Island, Portland, Maine USA • Discover The Inn on Peaks Island - in the heart of Portland’s Casco Bay! Just 15 minutes by boat, it’s the perfect spot to take in an evening sunset or escape for the weekend, or a week. The Inn’s six Maine cottage-style luxury guest rooms feature: Jacuzzi tubs, private decks, and skyline views of Portland.
The Inn’s restaurant is open to the public and is a fantastic spot to let your eyes sweep across scenic Casco Bay. Serving lunch and dinner, the menu features fresh Maine seafood, crisp salads, and creative pub fare with a flair. Kids menu available. Don’t miss the cask conditioned ale brewed right on the premises.
Throughout the seasons, visitors enjoy: art galleries, beach walks, bike rides, historic island tours, kayaking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, ice skating and cozy time by the fire. – From their fine website.
• Europeans first visited, then settled, the Island in the 17th century. Graves in the old cemetery date back two hundred years. The Island is a big rock under thin topsoil. That and a short growing season make it a poor bet for farming. But this was once a rich fishing region. Most on Maine's rocky shore lived by fishing, shipbuilding, and ocean commerce. Only a few families occupied Peaks Island over the centuries. They fished and traded with the mainland.
But the summer people began coming to Maine in the 19th century. For cool tranquil beauty, summer here has few peers. The Maine coast had been drawing wealthy vacationers for some time by the 1880s. Then after two centuries this fishing community exploded into a kind of Coney-Island-north -- hotels, restaurants, theatres, dancehalls, a theme park, all served by twelve steamboat lines.
Peaks Island. …
But the summer people still come. And, as the wealthy discover the Island, concrete bunkers become foundations for really elegant homes -- swords into plowshares I suppose. Now this odd study of demography-in-microcosm is a place for bikers and hikers. But it's also a place where history is contained and magnified. … – From a report of a visit to the Island by John H. Lienhard.