Peaks Island is one of over 211 islands in Casco Bay, off the coast of Portland, Maine's largest city. It is home to about 1,000 or more year-round residents; during the summer, it grows several times as people flock to the island to enjoy the island charm and beauty of Casco Bay.
Exploring is easy. The island is approximately 2 miles long and 1 mile wide (at it's widest point). If you keep to the shore roads, the island can be walked easily in an hour or biked in 15-20 minutes.
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It is easy and enjoyable to get to Peaks Island, Maine. Portland is the transportation hub for most of Maine. A number of airlines fly in and out of Portland International Jetport (PWM) and Amtrak's Downeaster services Portland five times a day. In addition, Boston and Manchester airports are within a two-hour drive.
It's a 20-minute ferry ride on Casco Bay Lines which operates 10-13 ferry runs a day depending on the time of year. From the ferry, you will see three favorite Portland light houses including the world famous, Portland Head Light. You also pass the interesting Fort Gorges, built from 1858-1865 on a rocky outcropping, which is an island on its own. Passing House Island and Great Diamond Island, you will sail through lobster pot bouys all around you as well as large tankers, pleasure craft, and kayakers, before arriving at the recognizable Peaks Island ferry terminal. The ferry ride to the island is an adventure in itself.
Island life requires a different way of thinking. One change is how we deal with cars. The cottage is fortunately located within 3-4 blocks of the island ferry terminal and all the island businesses, so a car isn't needed on the island. Many guests, particularly with families, prefer to bring the car to the island to prepare for their stay. Many of the Casco Bay Lines ferries to Peaks are car ferries; rates are available on their website. There are a number of parking facilities in Portland for those who want to either leave the car life behind or have it available for day adventures.
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MSN Travel , "Island Adventure Anyone?" 2012
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The New York Times, "The Seduction of Fall," Sept. 10, 2004.
The Bowdoin Orient, "Peaks Island," Oct. 1, 2004.
SeacoastNH, "Peaks Island," no date.
Welcome to Peaks Island, Jones Landing.
Casco Bay from Peaks Island
Downfront on Peaks Island
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