About this listing
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Cozy, colorful antique room with Cuban flare in artist's creative, quirky, ever-evolving home/ work of art. Beautiful bedroom in a home which is not fully completed. One block from the bay beach. Your host, Ted is an old hippie who is young at heart, who will share his eclectic home, warm hospitality, and ideas for a fun-filled island adventure. Enjoy bicycling or hiking around the island, exploring the rocky shore-line, relaxing on the beach and dining at local restaurants. Just a 20 minute ferry ride from Portland. Get away from it all to this memorable and beautiful island spot! Stay here for a laid back island experience and a tower view of sunsets over the Diamond Islands in beautiful Casco Bay that's priceless.
First floor bedroom with shared bathroom on first floor.
*Sinks in bedroom not yet functional.
How do you get here?
You can either park your car for free at your own risk on the street in Portland, at the ferry terminal in Portland for $25.00/ day, or bring your car on the ferry (see below for rates). If you are coming by foot, you can either make arrangements with Ted for pick-up in advance, take the Island Taxi to "Ted's Place," or walk for one mile on Island Avenue to the Tree House. Let Ted know in advance if you would like a ride to or from the ferry for $3.00 per person if more than one, and $5.00 for single person. Either way, we recommend you pack lightly, bringing only what you will need for the time you will stay.
Ferry to Island:
Off-Peak Rates: October 12 - April 16
Vehicle which includes one ticket: $37 round trip
Walk on ticket: $4.00 round trip
Peak Rates: April 17 - October 11
Vehicle which includes one ticket: $63 round trip
Walk on ticket: $8.00 round trip
2 guest maximum, Sorry no pets, no exceptions. I love pets, but the house is not set up for them. Parts of the house are still under construction, so unfortunately it's not ready for young children, sorry.
2 Guests per room maximum and no smoking.
My husband and I stayed with Ted last year (our first time on Peaks), and so enjoyed the Island, Ted and his house, that when it came time for long-weekend, late-summer getaway, this was the perfect choice. Ted is a wonderful host: friendly, happy to share his love of the island and attentive (without being intrusive). The things in the Cuba room were really fun!
Ted received us with such a warm welcome that we instantly felt at home. After settling us in our room (with wine and chocolates!) he directed us to one of the Islands many beautiful beaches which was a two minute stroll away.
Ted had warned us "the place isn't as put together as I'd like" before we came so we we're prepared to find a couple of house projects under construction. We weren't prepared for the amazing collection of artifacts that Ted has collected over the years. His place is full of intrigue, history and stories that are a delight to listen to.
The Island is a magical escape from the hustle of life with plenty to offer in terms of uniqueness. We borrowed Ted's canoe to visit Diamond Island, watched birds, a play and stunning sunsets, took woodland strolls, hired bikes and a golf cart! And the of course the Umbrella Cover Museum is a must!
We're so happy we decided to visit the peaks island and stay in Ted's place. He picked us up when we arrived and invited us to a local concert. We had so much fun listening to music. He offered us with a lovely welcoming card, wine and chocolate upon our arrival. Our room (Cuba room) is beautiful and the bed is very comfortable. The house is very close to the ocean so we always take a walk to the beach at night with one of Ted's cat! Ted also invited us to a backyard party the next day. We danced and got to interact with a lot of nice and fun locals. Ted and Nancy(Ted's friend) also helped us to print our train tickets. If you like art, island and fat cat, Ted's house is a perfect place to stay! We just wish we could stay longer!
Upon hearing that we had a rough trip Ted suggested we unwind on the back deck even providing us with some food & refreshment which was just what we needed at the time. He was eager to share his knowledge and love for the island. The listing was quite accurate and the neighborhood safe & beautiful.
Ted was phenomenally hospitable. The atmosphere was wonderful, the house was beautiful and quaint and we felt at home very quickly. The Cuba room we stayed in was great, interesting art and knick-knacks similar to the rest of the house. We will definitely be coming back hopefully very soon.
Ted was a great host. His house is very warm and relaxing, and only steps away from the beach. We had a wonderful stay on Peaks Island!
My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Cuba Room! Ted is such a thoughtful and welcoming host and we found everything as advertised -- if not better! Ted and his friends gave us great advice about things to see and do on the island. I hope we can come back here in the future!
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