A student of life, a nomad, a philosopher, a clown, and an artist. I feel fortunate to have a piece of paradise, and love being able to share it.
We just returned from a peaceful, pretty visit to Peaks Island, Maine! We stayed in the Tree House and Ted was a wonderful host - we called him from Portland to let him know we were on our way to the ferry and he gave us great instructions. Then on Peaks Island, he met us outside, helped us carry our bags in, showed us all the amenities, and gave us wine and chocolate! He had also turned all the heaters on so the place was nice and warm on both stories by the time we arrived. The cabin is adorable and equipped with a full kitchen to use - plenty of dishes and pans, a fridge (no freezer), a double hotplate, a microwave, and two toaster ovens. There is a coffee pot and tea kettle as well. The cabin is 11'x11' and two stories. The ladder up to the comfortable bedroom is steep and the hole in the ceiling is small, but it is SO cozy up there! The half bath (no shower) is upstairs, so we got used to climbing up and down. We visited in February and the weather was very cold - we stayed 3 nights and the last night we were there it snowed about 8"! Even still, we were very comfortable and enjoyed cooking and hanging out in the cottage while it snowed. The ferry is about a mile from the Tree House, so we took our car across to Peaks, then drove back and forth from the ferry when we wanted to go into Portland. The ferries run on a fairly frequent schedule, but they leave ON TIME. We had remarkably good timing, but you need to pay close attention to when the car ferries (cf) are running, versus the passenger ferries. On the island, we enjoyed driving around to the eastern side and took some photos on the rocky coast. The market next to the ferry terminal on Peaks is called Hannigans, and it's very well stocked with food, fresh meat, produce and even liquor! Portland was a bit sleepy, as it was February, but we visited some cute shops, restaurants, and breweries. Duckfat on Middle Street was great for lunch! I would love to return to Peaks Island again, maybe to try some different weather, and Ted's cabin is where I'd like to stay!
Ted was very accommodating and generous, and the Treehouse was picturesque; we had a great snowy weekend on Peaks Island.
The place is lovely. We came after Thanksgiving knowing it would be cold, but Ted countered it with a warm welcome and even setup space heaters and turned on the electric blanket for us upon arrival. He called ahead and left detailed voicemails about how to get there, where to go in Portland for food/drinks, and welcomed us with locally made chocolate and a bottle of wine. Even in the winter, there is plenty to see. His suggested agenda was going to the art museum, exploring the streets until we got chilly, ducking into a bar for a hot toddy, having a fancy appetizer at one nice restaurant, but indulging for a full dinner at a funky cheaper one, and shopping at neat local stores in between...we did it all and feel like we got a full Portland experience! Ted's place is also very inviting, we spent an evening just hanging in the place, making music and art, and enjoying the time together on a picturesque island (also worthy of an exploration, the cliffs and abandoned wooded buildings are intriguing). Thanks for everything, I can't wait to come back during the warm summer and see what little bits we missed this time around!
Sweet and funky retreat convenient to everything, walkable from the ferry and practically right on the water. Ted was away my first day but made sure I had everything I needed to settle in, including wine and chocolate!
Ted is a wonderful host. We visited in late October and the Tree House was plenty warm. Ted even thoughtfully provided an electric blanket. He went out of his way several times to make our stay enjoyable.
Ted was an incredibly thoughtful and resourceful host. He gave us a number of great suggestions for places to visit and see. He also welcomed us to the Treehouse with a bottle of wine and chocolate. Our concern with our stay were the three following things. The shower in the main house had little to no pressure, most of the doors had no knobs or locks, and finally similar to other comments the main house was very cluttered and possessed hoarder characteristics. The Treehouse itself was cozy and a decent place to stay.
Had a great getaway at Ted's on Peak's Island. He knows a lot about the area and guided us to maximizing our short vacation time with the most fun. On our first night, he surprised us with wine and chocolate to enjoy on the patio. Loved all of it.
We spent 4 nights at Ted's place...2 in the Cuba Room, 2 in the Tree House. We loved the Tree House, but found the Cuba room a bit oppressive -- very crowded and dusty. Ted was wonderfully friendly and helpful, but I think it might be safe so say that he is a bit of a hoarder and the house and grounds are remarkably cluttered. The Tree House allowed us more of a chance to get away from that than the Cuba room did. Perhaps this is not an issue for others, but it was for us.
Ted was such a gracious host during our stay on Peaks Island. He went above and beyond- driving us to and from the ferry, wine and a lovely note welcoming us to the Tree House upon our arrival, and a myriad of suggestions for activities and things to try during our trip. He is a kind soul and talented artist with a very tangible passion for knowing others.
The Tree House is a charming and romantic space, perfect for our (surprise) escape from NYC. Staying there made the surprise even more special. Clean, eclectic, and well-stocked; on a very lovely property with a lot of history (Ted knows quite a bit about it all). We were also excited to see the meditation space he has built on the main house - a neat spot for warmer nights, for sure.
If you're looking for a different and enriching trip- we definitely recommend staying with such a lovely gentleman in his very special place.
~ Bryn and Jesse
Ted and his treehouse we're exactly what we needed! This was our first trip to peaks island, and it did note disappoint. the short ferry ride over from Portland was super convenient and ran regularly, the bike ride from the ferry to teds place was less than 10 mins, a piece of cake! once we got to ted's we we're greeted by a truly wonderful human being who clearly loves life and the opportunity to meet new people. The treehouse was exactly as promised and made us feel like kids again (except for the wine and classy chocolate ted left for us). Overall, it was a perfect weekend, topped off by me and my GF getting engaged in one of the picture perfect cove's on the island!