When you think of vacationing in style in Maine, pictures of grand Victorian mansions, elaborate shingle style estates, and palatial Colonial or Greek revival villas may spring to mind. Usually facing the rock-strewn shoreline or a private sandy beach, many of these villas were once the summer homes of lumber barons, politicians, and their friends. They offered a peaceful home-away-from-home and a respite from the drudgery of everyday life. That’s what everyone wants, and Maine still offers that quiet, peaceful respite. Read on to learn about our luxurious Maine villas for rent!
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It’s All About Location
While most of Maine villas for rent are focused on the scenic coast, there are some lovely estates inland where they nestle in the spruce and beech tree forests or front crystal-clear lakes. Falmouth is home to the famous Portland Yacht Club, while York is a summer resort town with three golf clubs, several beaches and Mount Agamenticus (a high monadnock and local landmark). Cape Elizabeth is home to the annual Beach to Beacon 10k, (and Bette Davis) and several iconic lighthouses, including the Portland Head Light.
Kennebunkport is home to presidents (at least their summer homes) and Dock Square with its cute boutiques, craft and art galleries, and summer festivals. It’s also home to a growing art community, Maine Art Hill, and the famous Clam Shack lobster rolls.
Portland, Maine’s largest city, offers a vibrant nightlife and thriving arts scene, a historic Old Port and lighthouses, outstanding seafood and award-winning dining spots, beaches and rocky cliffs and whale watching. The Portland Museum of Art, designed by IM Pei, is worth a trip for the amazing art collections and the architecture too.
There’s more to Kennebunkport than just President Bush’s summer home. There are miles of beaches and rugged coastline, cafes, art galleries, plenty of boats and fishermen. Oh, and plenty of delicious lobsters.
Picturesque Boothbay Harbor is home to the Maine State Aquarium, Burnt Island Lighthouse, and is a popular yachting destination. Maine’s capitol, Augusta, is home to Victorian mansions and cottages, the Maine State Museum, Old Fort Western (a British fort used during the French and Indian War), and the Viles Arboretum.
Bangor was established during the lumber and shipbuilding boom when many lumber barons built luxurious mansions, many of which are still standing in the city’s Broadway Historic District. This historic town is the home to the University of Maine and its Museum of Art with works by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Winslow Homer, Joan Miro, Susan Rothenberg and more contemporary artists.
Historic Bar Harbor is one of the more scenic spots in Maine with sandy beaches, granite cliffs and it’s known as the gateway to the spectacular Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Mount Desert Island was known as Eden by its most famous inhabitants (the Rockefellers, Fords, and President Taft), and Acadia National Park has so much to do, you may need a several weeks to see it all.
If art museums are on your list of favored activities, the Maine Art Museum Trail lists the state’s best art museums on a 200-mile driving tour that stretches from Bangor to Ogunquit with its Museum of American Art. Visit them all in a weekend, or schedule a few day trips. The Monhegan Museum of Art & History, on lovely Monhegan Island, offers artwork from its inhabitants including Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Alice Stoddard. And speaking of Andrew Wyeth, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland includes the Wyeth Center with generations of Wyeth works, and Louise Nevelson’s sculptures too.
Spend the day whale watching, puffin watching, on a lighthouse cruise or do a combination of all three. Charter a sailboat or schooner coastline tour ending with cocktails as the sun sets. Take a day trip to Acadia National Park, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, or the Charlotte Rhoades Garden and Butterfly Park.
Maine is known as a boater’s paradise. From whitewater rafting or kayaking to a weeklong scenic tour along the coast on a windjammer. Sport fishermen can charter boats for deep sea angling adventures, or hit crystal clear lakes, like Moosehead Lake, for trophy trout.
Maine Villas for Rent
Stay in style, in one of our vacation villas! Besides their luxurious décor and spacious layouts, many villas have extra amenities like fully outfitted gourmet kitchens with butler pantries, wine coolers, and chef-grade appliances, saunas and hot tubs, home theaters and game rooms, separate offices and mother-in-law suites. Waterfront properties may have deep water piers, private docks, mooring systems and many offer kayaks and canoes for your use. Other villas feature tennis courts, putting greens, and heated pools, or maybe even a helicopter landing pad.
Our Maine villas for rent are scattered along the coastline and inland too, so you have your choice of vacation scenery for your stay. Lakefront, on the coast, or surrounded by silvery birch trees, you decide where you want to spend your Maine vacation. Give us a call today!