I spent five days on Cliff Island, one of approximately two hundred islands scattered across Casco Bay near Portland, Maine.
Cliff Island is remarkably beautiful and peaceful. It is home to a small community of roughly 75 year-round residents. Many live from the sea by fishing for lobster. Less than ten children attend classes in a one-room school house.
Most get to the island by passenger ferry departing from Portland. No cars are allowed on the ferry, and, as a result, Cliff Island has few cars. This is one of the secrets behind the island’s tranquility. Instead, residents and visitors walk, bike, or rely on golf carts to get around the small island.
Update: A few people asked for the specifics of where we stayed. I had a great experience and gladly recommend the Grey Ledge Cottage. Here is a listing.
Here are some of the photos I took from my visit: