An Adventure to Swan’s Island, Maine

July 25, 2013


em swans island I’m still easing out of my Maine summer life, so I have a few more of those posts to share before I put our awesome trip to rest. Thanks for indulging me!

dad ferry A few days before we left to head back to Dublin, Michael and I tagged along with my dad on a work trip to Swan’s Island, a six mile ferry ride off the coast of Bar Harbor. My father is a mystery novelist, and he often travels around the country and around Maine for readings and signings. Not that I’m biased or anything, but I always enjoy hearing my dad speak about his book research and writing process. If he’s ever in your neighborhood, he’s worth a listen!

swans island

So, we drove to the coast and hopped on the ferry on one of the most beautiful days of our whole trip – sunny, warm even on the usually chilly coast, and calm ocean water.

row boats swans island 2 We were met by two lovely hosts who had organized my dad’s visit, and spent an hour or so in the island’s library listening to my dad speak about his books before getting a great, wandering tour of the island. It’s actually quite a large island, with around 300 year-round residents. I can’t quite imagine living their during the winter, but man this summer day was heavenly.

swans island ocean

Do you know the Maine coast at all? It’s so different than almost anywhere else – craggy and rocky and peppered with almost 5,000 islands, some of them so tiny they’re barely visible at high tide, and some so large people live there through cold and snowy winters.

crab shells {Sidenote, when these sparkly shoes of mine bite the dust, I will be heartbroken. They are my favorites and somehow make it into way too many instagram photos!}

em and mike quarry Swan’s Island has a quarry that the locals use as a swimming pool – it even has a roped off swimming section and a lifeguard! Can you imagine if your swimming pool had this view?! If I had brought my bathing suit, I would have been in there!

em swans island 2 There’s something about Maine island life that is just intoxicating. As we drove around the little island, all I could think about was how to convince Michael to rent a cottage there for a week next summer. We would walk and swim and sunbathe and paint. We’d wave to every single person passing by like all the locals do. And we’d soak up that salty ocean smell that I wish I could bottle and bring back to Dublin.

em dad mike swans island And this guy would bring his Whaler and stay for the week.

mike three tides After a long, sunny day, we found ourselves back on the mainland, not quite ready to let the day end.  So we stopped in Belfast at the guys’ favorite brewery/pub/patio, Three Tides (you can pick up growlers for cheap!) and watched the sun set over the sailboats.

Another perfect Maine summer day I’ll be reliving for the next eleven months! Thanks for letting us tag along, Dad!



  • Reply Gerry July 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Books, boats, beer, and family. Doesn’t get any better!

  • Reply Dan July 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time. Two of my favorite places. You were so close!

    • Reply emily July 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      We had a wonderful time! Hopefully next time we’ll make it to Gott’s!

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