I stayed at the 8th Maine Memorial Lodge when I was a child, 5 different summers in the 70's, from the age of 6 to 10. The place is just as wonderful now, as it was then. Flew up from Dallas last year (2011) to show my own kids the Peaks island/8th Maine experience ... and they loved it so much that we are going back again this year. We love the deep roots historical feeling of the place, and my kids think the kitchen in the basement is the coolest thing ever!! We left all their "techno toys" at home ... and my boys enjoyed the sweet simplicity of putting together jigsaw puzzles, reading books on the breezy back porch, playing pool with Mr. Adams, playing music on the beautiful old piano, riding bikes down to the old-fashioned soda shop to get an ice cream cone, hiking on rocks and sand, and kayaking around the island. Richard and Steven Adams are wonderful men who take good care of this quirky sweet home, and are such gracious and friendly hosts to all. Be sure to ask Mr. Adams lots of questions about the war, the lodge, and the island... he is so charming, and so wise!! I recommended the place to some Dallas friends a few years ago ... they took their family of 4 kids there, and couldn't thank me enough for telling them about it!! Yes the place is quirky, but that is part of it's charm ... you can get a fancy hotel anywhere, but this is a historical experience with breathtaking views that today's generation of kids NEED to see. The lodge is truly a step back in time ... and a National Treasure in my humble opinion!! Most Sincerely, Vickie
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of Yankee Magazine's Top 12 Places to Stay on the Water, The 8th Maine Regiment Memorial Building is located just a short 15 minute ferry ride from downtown Portland. It is both an American Civil War museum and a Victorian era lodge overlooking the beautiful Atlantic shoreline. Come relax and enjoy the communal atmosphere that the veteran's created to share with their families and comrades in arms as well as the many recreational activities on scenic Peaks Island and in the Greater Portland Maine area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The 8th Maine Regiment Lodge And Museum Peaks Island