Bed and Breakfast, Matinicus Island, Maine
Matinicus, Maine’s Faraway Island, 23 miles at sea is located at the entrance to Penobscot Bay and is an important stop for migratory birds during spring and fall. A puffin colony is located on nearly Matinicus Rock June and July. The island's meadows, woods, coves, shore including two sandy beaches, and walking trails make Matinicus a paradise for hikers and bird watchers. The island is about two miles long and a mile wide with a year round population of 60, mostly lobsterman and their families. Services include post office, gift shop, telephones, airstrip, church, public school (grades 1-8, with high school students boarding on the mainland) and a bakery 366-3696.
The original name of the island was Menasquiecock, Indian for Grassy Isle. Long a fishing station the island was not settled until the middle of the 18th century by Ebenezer Hall.
He and the Indians did not get along and there were skirmishes back and forth until he was killed in 1757.
“Matinicus is a place where time stands still, where there’s time to smell the roses, think long quiet thoughts and maybe find out who you are or share quiet times with you family. It’s a place to throw away the clock and invite your soul.”
- D. Rogers
Tuckanuck Lodge is a bed & breakfast inn located in a quiet neighborhood on a dead end road a short distance from the harbor and a mile from the airstrip. We offer 5 bedrooms and 2 shared baths in an old house. Some rooms have a view of Old Cove and the ocean.
Breakfast is served between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. each morning. Guests have kitchen privileges for lunch (and should bring fixings with them), and will have supper at the lodge (prices $18-21 include salad and homemade dessert. Lobster always available. Guests provide own wine or beer).
We are open year-round. We appreciate your smoking outside. We welcome well-behaved children and pets.
We are not members of the Island Institute
What to Do
There are no organized activities except for an occasional island get together or church supper. Your own activities might include bird watching with a trip to Matinicus Rock Puffin Colony (June and July), walking, hiking cycling, picture taking, shell collecting, picnicking, sunbathing, star gazing, swimming (water temperature is generally in the upper 50’s occasionally getting into the lower 60’s; we strongly recommend taking a hot shower after each swim), or you could spend few hours on end doing nothing and taking in the views and fresh air. Indoor activities include reading books from the lodge’s library, playing games or conversing. For the children there are sand castles to build, tidal pools and woodsy places to explore. In addition to puffins at Matinicus Rock there is interest in the light were Abbie Burgess, age 17, kept the lights burning during a storm while her father was away. Trips over to Criehaven, the Bennett’s Island of Elisabeth Ogilvie’s “Tide” novels, can be arranged.
What to bring
As little as possible, plus: camera, binoculars, foul weather gear, warm clothing, walking shoes, beach wear, your favorite liquor, flashlight (no streetlight’s) and any other personal item you can’t do without.
How to get here
You may fly of drive to Rockland and board a State of Maine Ferry System boat that operates three or four times a month May through October. Phone 207-596-2203 for more information. George Tarkleson boat phone 207-691-9030. You may fly from Boston to Rockland (RKD) on US Airways or drive to the Knox County Airport in Owls Head and fly to the island on Penobscot Island Air. They offer daily year-round service except in fog or adverse weather. If you are coming in your own boat you should phone Josh Ames 207-366-3937 to secure a mooring.
We look forward to your stay on the beautiful island.
Bill Hoadley, Proprietor
Rate Subject to Maine 7% room tax. We accept and prefer personal checks.
*Season is from June 15th to Labor day.