I went up to the resort with my family for the Fourth of July weekend and were greeted by Suzen, the proprietor of both the cabins and the Portuguese restaurant. Upon checking into our cottage we found it to be freshly renovated with new paint, furniture, windows and even a flatscreen TV, and about 10 minutes after settling in Suzen even brought us a loaf of freshly baked bread.
I could go on and on about the accommodations and views but what really sets this place apart is that it is family run in the truest sense. You don't see places like this anymore. The staffing is provided by Suzen and four lovely European girls she had come up to help her for the summer; whether you want ice or an ice cold beer, the staff is more than happy to oblige. The food in the Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant is fantastic, bringing the taste of Portugal straight to your table. Suzen's husband is the seafood dealer on the island so all the traditional Maine favorites are brought straight from the boat to the kitchen (not exaggerating). He was happy to oblige when we had a special request for larger lobsters than were on the menu, and even offers all the cabin guests a trip on his personal lobster boat. The prices in the restaurant and bar were very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food and drink.
The views are unbelievable and the 14 cottages are stretched across the land in such a way that you aren't ever too close to other guests, ensuring privacy and quiet relaxation. Furthermore the property offers two private beaches and nature hiking.
When we were leaving I asked Suzen what her favorite part of running the place is and she said "I love making people happy and giving them the perfect vacation", my experience there shows that this is true. This resort is her life and you can tell she put her heart and soul into it.
If you want a relaxing Maine vacation the Goose Cove Resort is definitely the place to go!
- Also Known As:
- Goose Cove Lodge Deer Isle, Maine