Staying at Pondsea Place
39 Alderbrook Road | Peaks Island, ME 04108 | house phone: 207-766-2558
We are so happy that you will be spending some time at Pondsea Place! If you have a question that isn't answered here, please don’t hesitate to call or email.
Contact | Carolyn Gill 978-807-6207
Sleeping Arrangements at Pondsea
Loft | One king and one single; or three singles (large room 16x26)
Main Floor | One bedroom with double bed (full size) and single bed;
One bedroom with queen bed;
Lower level | One king and one single, or three singles;
One bedroom with a king size bed and day bed with a trundle (twins beds) that can be made into another king size bed (large room 16x26);
Linens | There are plenty of pillows, blankets, quilts and throws available for your comfort! Note on Sheets and Towels: The tradition on Peaks Island is for folks to bring their own sheets and towels (if you choose to utilize Pondsea linens they must be washed, dried, and folded upon departure. Dirty linens will incur an additional charge.) An outside linen service may be contracted in advance for $200 to launder the linens. Please communicate your decision to hire the outside linens with Carolyn as soon as you have determined you need their services. They like to have advance notice, when possible.
Arriving at the House
Carolyn will let you know how to get the key to the house upon signing contract.
Groceries | There is Hannigan’s IGA that sells most of what you will want to eat. It has fresh veggies and meat/chicken/fish, and wine/beer but not a whole lot of specialty foods. If you have those important items that will make your stay special you may want to bring them with you.
There is some food in the house, staples like tea and hot chocolate, coffee and spices and baking soda, you get the idea. Use what you need. If something runs out, just buy more of it when you are at the Hannigan’s the next time.
Grilling | Propane tank should be full and there is a back up tank too. If necessary you can get a new one at the gas station (Plante Assoc) which is on Island Avenue. Look for the big blue building with gas pumps and laundry-mat.
Amenities | There are several games at the house including a chess set and some jigsaw puzzles. There is wireless Broadband Internet/cable access, TV, CD Player and VCR/DVD player and the local store rents videos/DVDs.
We have a full size washing machine, clothes dryer, dishwasher, Kitchen Aid mixer, toaster, Cuizinart food processor, microwave oven, gas cook stove, outdoor gas grill, Kitchen Aid blender and many gourmet cooking items.
WIFI | Pondsea Place has wireless internet (WI-FI) and there is no security password needed.
The Cockeyed Gull (great food, right next to Hannigan's IGA https://www.facebook.com/CockeyedGull
Inn on Peaks (yummy food and a fun sports bar/pub) http://www.innonpeaks.com/?page_id=495
Things to Do
Bikes can be rented at Brad’s Re-Cycle near the Library. The island is one of the best places we have ever been for biking. The roads are smooth and you can ride the whole circumference of the island and enjoy the ocean and the sites.
Trails | There are beautiful places to walk on the road and on the trails. The bike shop has bike trail maps and there are old Indian trails that have been preserved on the island. The ice cream shop sometimes has photocopies of trail maps for sale.
Kayaking, Fishing, Geocaching | Peaks Island is becoming famous for sea kayaking. See http://www.maineislandkayak.com/ This is a great site that will give you more data about kayaking opportunities on Peaks Island! There is fishing off the pier where the ferry comes in (the house does not have fishing poles) and it is common to see folks doing this. If you like caching here is a sight about that too: http://www.geocaching.com/about/ (This is what I think of as modern day big-time Hide-n-Seek).
Casco Bay Ferry Lines can be found at http://www.cascobaylines.com The ferry runs almost every hour, and you can see their schedule at this site.
Peaks Island Taxi | 207-518-0000
Water Taxi | http://www.islandwatertaxi.com/ | 207-799-1818
Parking | If you want to park on the mainland, there are several municipal parking lots in Portland and private lots, too. See this link for more info: http://www.portlandmaine.com/getting-around/parking/
There is a great parking lot at the corner of India and Fore Streets. There are some on Commercial Street and some in the heart of Old Port (the artsy and fun shopping area of Portland that is near the port). You can also go to this website to learn quite a bit about Portland.
Additional Island Services
Public library, police station and fire station and health clinic