First, we must tell you about Friendship, an undiscovered lobstering village in the heart of coastal Maine. (Details about the inn and home are immediately below.)
Friendship lies at the end of a ten-mile peninsula that juts into Muscongus Bay, a spectacular island-speckled coastal seaway that may be the last remaining unspoiled Maine mega-estuary. This is where Captain George Weymouth first made American landfall on May 17, 1605 (15 years before Plymouth was founded), leaving a cross on Allen Island before sailing further down the coast to Cape Cod.
Muscongus Bay is prime Maine lobstering territory. Being well protected and geographically isolated by neighboring peninsulas from Casco and Penobscot Bays, it is off the beaten tourist path despite its proximity to Portland, an hour and a half south. (Acadia is another two hours north.) Muscongus Bay is home to more than 80 islands, including Monhegan, a year-round lobstering and artist community. It also houses the Audubon Society’s natural history educational center, Hog Island, as well as Audubon’s premier puffin restoration site, Eastern Egg Rock. Muscongus Bay lies in the middle of the famed 375-mile-long Maine Island Trail, awarded the “Best Sea Kayaking Trail in the Nation” by Outside Magazine. Unlike other parts of the Maine coast, lobster boats plying the Bay’s waters vastly outnumber recreational vessels.
Friendship lies in the heart of Muscongus Bay and is a vibrant fishing village that was settled in 1750. Its residents are primarily independent lobster fishermen, though the town also is home to painters, sculptors, and musicians. Authors John Cheever and John Gould lived in the village; Maine writer Elisabeth Ogilvie and the Maine Wyeth family lived in Cushing, the neighboring town.
This beautiful home serves as the village’s inn and Maine guide center. The healthy but aging owners are retiring after successfully running both inn and guide services for 31 continuous years.
Located within walking distance of the town hall, general store, post office, and public wharf, the home is well situated in the center of Friendship. Built by Zenas Cook, one of Friendship’s founders, the home has both historic details (such as its post-and-beam frame and tin ceilings) as well as many thoughtful modern updates (such as a shop, office, and large laundry room).
The yards and gardens around the home are well landscaped. In addition to the multiple bedrooms in the main residence, a separate guest cottage and a second separate studio provide additional opportunities for housing guests or renting for income. The expansive barn currently serves as the base for a successful sea kayak rental and Maine guide service. Both the inn and the guide service are established and well known, seeing many repeat visitors annually.
For potential buyers interested in continuing the inn and guide service, income/expense financial statements are available and the owners will gladly provide specific details to assist in business planning. For buyers interested in assuming a full turn-key income-producing business operation in Maine’s midcoast region, the owners also are selling a cash-positive three-unit rental property in nearby Rockland.
The property for sale is represented and MLS listed by realtor Kim Newby.