Hipcamp host Lily I.
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Rustic off grid A-frame Cabin in the woods with a deck platform and seating just steps off a swimmable (at high tide) sand beach in a calm shallow relatively warm water bay, walkable to several miles of well maintained hiking trails and .5 miles of coastline. Features a small deck with table and chairs. From the cabin window are breathtaking 180-degree views of the surroundi

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Rustic off grid A-frame Cabin in the woods with a deck platform and seating just steps off a swimmable (at high tide) sand beach in a calm shallow relatively warm water bay, walkable to several miles of well maintained hiking trails and .5 miles of coastline. Features a small deck with table and chairs. From the cabin window are breathtaking 180-degree views of the surrounding beach, mountains and islands. The beach and cabin faces west towards Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island with spectacular mountain range and sunset views.

Property is *off grid*-- no heat, electricity, no wifi, no plumbing, no bathroom, no shower, no nonsense and in the BEAUTIFUL Maine woods. There maybe a mouse or two or traces of them. There will be a shared portopotty on site a short walk away. Please bring a lantern and headlamps and a sense of adventure. Should you choose to stay in the cabin, you can choose to bring camping pads or an air mattress to accommodate more people or place atop mattress. A frame cabin contains a double/full semi-firm mattress with a waterproof cover but guests must provide their own WARM pillows/bedding/sleeping bags. It's now September and we've had a bit of a cold snap so please be sure to dress and pack warmly with plenty of layers. The a-frame will offer you basically as much protection from the elements as a good sturdy tent but it has no heating element. 

The cabin can comfortably sleep 2 but can fit up to 4 people with pads, or additional campers may choose to instead pitch tent(s) and set up in the woods. You also may chose to tent/hammock next to the cabin rather than occupying it.

Cabin is from the 70s and thus *not* brand spankin new, nor is it sparkling clean or without its funky charm. It smells like a cabin. Mmmm cabin smell. Please inq with me to borrow a mosquito net if it's too hot&stuffy. Guests must sweep up after their visit and can choose to sanitize all surfaces upon arrival. No cleaning feel will be charged. I must tack on the 9% tourist short term rental tax. This is backwoods no amenity camping. No picnic table, firewood, water, no nothing, please byo everything.

The cabin is located on Frenchman's Bay surrounded by quiet nature preserve with pristine woodlands variety of terrains and tree species in its forests and miles of walkable coastal frontage around the point. The property is remote w no near adjacent neighbors around on either side (besides me) and although there are other campsites here at the moment - you'll still enjoy some tranquility.

During the day you may encounter the seldom friendly hiker(s) on the beach and trails on the preserves. More prevalent than hikers are deer, bald eagle, sea birds, wild turkey, friendly chipmunks, chattery red and black squirrel and the occasional porcupine. In the water are seal, loons, porpoise (dolphins basically), duck, heron, and schools of fish schoaling. Bring binoculars sea bird watching and to watch lobster boats make their rounds. If you're particularly lucky you may see a moose, fox or hear a coyote howl at the moon by night. Other hidden gems you might find along the trails and in the preserve are moss covered new growth forests, berry bushes, vernal pools, old stone wells, frog ponds fountain, a "rope swing" and a geodesic dome. 

Located approx ~30 minutes from the city of Ellsworth, 15 minutes from the town of Winter Harbor, 15 min from the Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National Park, and 40 minutes from Acadia on Mount Desert Island--away from the crowds of the parks and noisy campgrounds, just far enough off Route 1 that the noise of engines barely audible. 

Pls note we operate under a strict cancellation policy. By booking the A-Frame, you and every member of your party confirm that you have read, understood and will abide by all Rules as stated.

LEGAL: This site is not technically active as I am currently awaiting instruction from town officials. Nightly fee is merely a suggested donation for upkeep of the land, any proceeds will help improve and maintain the campsite for further use. Hipcamp is purely at this pt a scheduling and informational tool. This site is preference to friends or friends of friends. If you req to book here and we know each other in real life this serves as *a scheduling & informational tool only & you will be refunded after your stay*. Any donations will be accepted after camping and refund. Preference to referrals and off site bookings on barter system work trade. If we are friends you can use my porch/kitchen/firepit/fridge/bathroom with recent negative COVID test.

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Laundry present
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
Pack it out
Have a question? Send lily a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 60%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Schoodic. For rentals google Sea Schoodic Kayak and Bike.

Boating

You may put a kayak, canoe or small boat in the water by the small farm house. Road down to the beach is not advised for small ...Read more

Fishing

Guests are welcome to fish, dig for clams, pick mussels, wild forage native edible plants and mushrooms!

Hiking

2 miles of well maintained trail and .5 miles of walkable sandy/rock beach.

Paddling

Guests can launch kayaks here or in the nearby Jones's Pond.

Off-roading (OHV)

The Down East Sunrise Trail

Swimming

You can bathe in the nearby Jones's Pond off the Pond Road RT 185 Recreational access to boats here as well. Just bring some go...Read more

Wildlife watching

Deer, bald eagle, sea birds, wild turkey, friendly chipmunks, chattery red and black squirrel and the occasional porcupine. In ...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Off-grid Oceanfront Acadia A-frame in Maine.

Lake

Here we refer to lakes and ponds and there are several great ones with public access 5-20 minutes away.

Mountainous

The nearby trails have a good amount of elevation. The closest hike is Schoodic Mountain Anvil trail in Acadia ~15 min away. Th...Read more

Swimming hole

Many ponds nearby.

Beach
Coastal
Forest

The vibe at Off-grid Oceanfront Acadia A-frame

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Hipcamper Claire

Simply the perfect experience

Claire S.
recommends this listing.
August 12th, 2020

Perfection perfection perfection. Lily’s property is jaw-dropping, the a-frame couldn’t be in a more ideal location, and the host herself is friendly, inviting, extremely responsive and more than helpful. Everything in the description is spot on (it’s literally the most helpful and entertaining hipcamp guide I’ve ever read) so just check that out and you’ll know everything you need to know. No surprises, except probably that it’s even better than you are imagining. It’s a private site but close to everything you could need, like wood, water, beer, groceries. There’s inexpensive, fresh and tasty seafood down the road. Oh, and one more thing - you can walk the quiet, idyllic trails on the property and use markers with QR codes set up along the way to learn about the coastal Maine habitat, including plant life + more. Beautiful and educational. Thank you Lily for extending this property to others, it’s a real gift to be able to stay here!

Early sunsetBeach next to a frameA minute walk from the a frame Golden light
Hipcamper lily
Response from lily, the Host, on August 17th, 2020

I happy cried a little reading this review. Thank you so much Claire for coming and so truly, fully and deeply appreciating it <3

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Hipcamper Mark

Book this spot now!

Mark D.
recommends this listing.
July 20th, 2020

Absolutely incredible getaway spot. We literally camped on the ocean with views of the Acadia National park mountains in the distance. The A-frame is charming and the platform with chairs is perfect to watch the sun set (or rise) while drinking a cold beverage. We walked the beach (had it all to ourselves) and even dug up a few clams for dinner. Another perk is you that can park a 1-minute walk from the site but still feel secluded. Despite the heat wave (95+ degrees) over the weekend it stayed a cool 75 and at night was the perfect temp for a light sweatshirt. The host was very helpful and responsive. She provided great tips about the local area. Would definitely recommend staying here!

Hipcamper Trevor
Trevor C.
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July 26th, 2020

Just breathtaking. Amazing view of the water, the stars, the sunset, and the park in the distance. A-frame is just a shelter, but charming and did a good job of keeping bugs away. The real treat though was the fire on the beach down out of the woods. Great place to stay.

Sunset on the beachA-frame and platform Relax with a fire
Hipcamper lily
Response from lily, the Host, on July 27th, 2020

Thank you for visiting, enjoying and appreciating.

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Hipcamper eric

Sunset a-frame

Eric N.
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July 31st, 2020

This is a lovely, private site. The A-frame is right on the water with an incredible view of the cove. We made a small fire on the beach. Local hikers from the preserve were friendly., as they passed by on the beach — only a handful. We did stay during a heat wave and the A-frame was a bit stuffy. Fortunately we had a couple of mosquito curtains which we hung over the wooden door so fresh air could get into the cabin. Lily was a very responsive host and accommodated all of our needs and offered more than we would have expected.

Hipcamper lily
Response from lily, the Host, on August 1st, 2020

Thank you Eric for coming! I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed your stay despite that wicked evil demonic fluke of a heatwave. Loved seeing you guys paddle by the house at sunset, wishing I had taken a photo for you of that moment.

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Hipcamper Syb
Syb S.
recommends this listing.
August 12th, 2020

Lily has created a welcoming oasis - hospitable, generous and fun - Lily is indeed a super host!
The seclusion and stellar views of the A-frame site work their magic in minutes. Add a dreamy kayak and campfire and refresh is complete.
We will be back!

Hipcamper William
William C.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2020

Truly incredible experience. A-frame is rustic and so much fun. The beach and the view is unbelievable - we saw a whale and a seal in the bay, foraged for mussels, and cooked some great meals under the stars. Lily was super friendly, kind, and helpful. Would love to come back someday.

Hipcamper Chelsea
Chelsea S.
recommends this listing.
September 9th, 2020

I can't wait to go back to Lily's A Frame!! It was PERFECT!!! The cabin is cozy, clean and comfy. The firepit on the beach feels like something from a dream. Definitely take Lily up on her offer for a Lobster dinner - deeeelicious! And use the kayaks! What a magical place. We can't wait to return! xo

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Hipcamper Casey

Best hipcamp ever

Casey Z.
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September 17th, 2020

Lily is the coolest and kindest host ever!!! The A-frame was probably one of the most magical places I have ever and will ever step foot let alone get to stay a few days in! You really are right on the ocean and have access to so many beautiful natural places (i.e a nature preserve with trails through mossy woods & beautiful beach walks), it made it hard to leave everyday and especially on our last. Would definitely recommend carving a few days of your trip just to hanging at the A-Frame and exploring the land around it. It is right near the Winter Harbor part of Acadia and it actually turned out to be our favorite/preferred part of the national park due to small crowds and secluded gorgeous cliffs. We also had the amazing lobster dinner prepared by Lily and it was our favorite meal of the entire trip! We ate it on the beach during one of the many gorgeous sunsets you'll see from your spot. Overall, we loved this beautiful little safe haven and we are so grateful for Lily and getting to meet and spend time talking to her! Thanks again Lily (philly forever!)!

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Hipcamper lily
Response from lily, the Host, on September 18th, 2020

Thank you Casey for coming and it was so great meeting and chatting with you and getting to serve you a meal!

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Hipcamper Amber Mae
Amber Mae B.
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August 3rd, 2020

Location, location, location. This place is stunning and perfect for a relaxing and quiet getaway. Lily was so helpful with so many ‘off the beaten path’ recommendations. The views are spectacular. I highly recommend staying here!

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Property
Lily S.’s Land
State
Maine
Country
United States
$125/night
1 Site
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