Sea Coast & Islands

Bailey Island

  • Land’s End on Bailey Island is the farthest out into Casco Bay that you can drive directly from the mainland. Prior to 1928, when the bridge first linked Bailey with the mainland, this small island was one of the most isolated places in the bay. According to Beth E. Hill’s The Evolution of Bailey Island, during prohibition this isolation was a boon to bootleggers in fast boats, who used the island as a drop-off point for wooden cases filled with liquor.

    Bailey Island is narrow, with open fields and views of the ocean from almost every vantage point. The Cribstone Bridge links Orrs and Bailey Islands. Made of slabs of granite twelve feet long and laid in an open, lattice-work fashion so the ocean water can rush through, it is the only one of its kind in the world.

    Before the bridge was built, Mackerel Cove was home port for many of the island’s lobstering and fishing boats. The field at the head of Mackerel Cove is open to the public and a fine spot for a picnic. Another popular spot is the Giant Stairs (seven-tenths of a mile down Route 24 from Cribstone Bridge, left onto Washington Ave). It is a twelve-foot-wide basalt dike, created when volcanic material was forced through a fracture in the surroundiing rock.

    Places to eat:
    Bailey Island General Store, deli fare: Route 24; open year-round.
    Cook’s Lobster House, 66 Garrison Cove Rd.; 207-833-2818; open year-round.
    Giant Stairs Takeout, 4 Washington Ave.; 207-833-5000; open seasonally.

    Places to stay:
    Bailey Island Motel, Route 24; 207-833-2886; www.baileyislandmotel.com; open May–late Oct
    Drifwood Inn, Washington Ave. 207-833-5461; www.thedriftwoodinnmaine.com; open mid-May–mid Oct
    Log Cabin Inn: Route 24; 207-833-5546; www.logcabinmaine.com; open Apr–Oct

    Excursions:
    Sea Escape Cottages & Charter: 23 Sea Escape Lane; 207-833-5531; www.seascapecottages.com; cottages open May–Oct; chartered cruises & deep-water fishing, June–Sept
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Land’s End on Bailey Island is the farthest out into Casco Bay that you can drive directly from the mainland. Prior to 1928, when the bridge first linked Bailey with the mainland, this small island was one of the most isolated places in the bay. According to Beth E. Hill’s The Evolution of Bailey Island, during prohibition this isolation was a boon to bootleggers in fast boats, who used the island as a drop-off point for wooden cases filled with liquor.

Bailey Island is narrow, with open fields and views of the ocean from almost every vantage point. The Cribstone Bridge links Orrs and Bailey Islands. Made of slabs of granite twelve feet long and laid in an open, lattice-work fashion so the ocean water can rush through, it is the only one of its kind in the world.

Before the bridge was built, Mackerel Cove was home port for many of the island’s lobstering and fishing boats. The field at the head of Mackerel Cove is open to the public and a fine spot for a picnic. Another popular spot is the Giant Stairs (seven-tenths of a mile down Route 24 from Cribstone Bridge, left onto Washington Ave). It is a twelve-foot-wide basalt dike, created when volcanic material was forced through a fracture in the surroundiing rock.

Places to eat:
Bailey Island General Store, deli fare: Route 24; open year-round.
Cook’s Lobster House, 66 Garrison Cove Rd.; 207-833-2818; open year-round.
Giant Stairs Takeout, 4 Washington Ave.; 207-833-5000; open seasonally.

Places to stay:
Bailey Island Motel, Route 24; 207-833-2886; www.baileyislandmotel.com; open May–late Oct
Drifwood Inn, Washington Ave. 207-833-5461; www.thedriftwoodinnmaine.com; open mid-May–mid Oct
Log Cabin Inn: Route 24; 207-833-5546; www.logcabinmaine.com; open Apr–Oct

Excursions:
Sea Escape Cottages & Charter: 23 Sea Escape Lane; 207-833-5531; www.seascapecottages.com; cottages open May–Oct; chartered cruises & deep-water fishing, June–Sept


 

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Maine's Casco Bay Islands

A general guide for visitors of the Casco Bay islands in Maine and greater Portland, this book includes profiles of the major islands in the bay.

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