The Frisky Fish Cottage and Guesthouse


Finn Beach, Bucks Harbor

Welcome to the Frisky Fish Cottage!

A two bedroom, 1 1/2 bath cottage with seasonal guesthouse

on the edge of Bucks Harbor, Machiasport, Maine

Sleeps up to 4 maximum

And the mermaid dreamed that one day, she too could live in a little magical cottage on the harbor. If only for a little while.  And then her dreams came true.

The Cottage

While most of our guests have been retired artists and musicians and dreamers, it’s a great spot for solo vacationers, couples or small families.

Have you ever been fascinated by the concept of a tiny home, but weren’t sure if you wanted to try something THAT tiny? Well, the Frisky Fish is a “just bigger than tiny” (about 800 sq feet), TWO bedroom waterfront cottage located on the working harbor of Bucks Harbor, Machiasport, Maine. There is also a guesthouse/playhouse/art studio that is included (at no additional charge) during the summer months (generally July and Aug). The property sleeps a total of 4. I am often asked why we don’t accept more than four during summer (with the guest house, there are actually 5 beds). We have this limit for your comfort and safety — being an ‘almost’ tiny house, there simply isn’t enough space for a larger group to fit comfortably — and I want you to be comfortable on your vacation– not sprawled across a hard floor because there is no place else to sit.

The Frisky Fish Cottage was once the site of one of the oldest homes in the village (it was the summer home of the beloved town doctor and boating enthusiast — in fact, two local medical buildings are named after him), and perched very close to the water’s edge (it would not be allowed to be so close if built today). However, after the original antique home was destroyed in a fire about a decade ago, the house was totally rebuilt from the foundation; the result is a new and open cottage with soaring ceilings and window after window overlooking the tidal harbor.


The Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The cottage has a cozy first floor bedroom with a queen bed.  Upstairs is a lofted bedroom with a king bed, sitting area and half bath.  There is a full bath with stacked washer/dryer on the first floor.


The Guesthouse

Use of the guesthouse is included in reservations in July and August (perhaps other times, dependent on weather).  Located just across the yard from the cottage, there are three twin beds and a television and games and puzzles.  To date, it has been used for sleeping, as a music studio, an art studio and quilting room and is a fun, glamping experience.  [There is no heat or bathroom in the guesthouse].

Despite looking like the cottage can sleep an entire boatload of guests, we are limited to a total occupancy of 4, but the extra summer space can make the sleeping arrangements flexible.

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 Comfortable Waterfront Yard

The yard is a waterfront, park-like lawn, meadow and gardens. Depending on the time of year that you visit, the gardens may be in full bloom — I’d love to take credit, but they were planted by the prior owner — quite frankly, I’m surprised I’ve been able to, not only keep them alive, but actually thrive. Behind the old boatlaunch is an easy access to launch a kayak.

NEAREST BEACHES:

***Finn Beach — adjacent to cottage – a short, rocky beach where fishermen launch their dayboats. Not really appropriate for swimming, it IS appropriate for pouring a glass of wine and watching the sunset.

***Jasper Beach – 1 mile

***Greys Beach – 2 miles

***Roque Bluffs State Park beach – 12 miles

LOCATION INFORMATION

Bucks Harbor is the working fishing/lobstering village in the town of Machiasport, Maine.

You will hear the chug-chug-chug of the boats in the harbor and the caw of the gulls and breathe in the salty ocean air. The harbor is filled with fishing and other commercial vessels and floats piled with lobster traps. You never know what kind of boat will be pulled up on the beach or moored in the harbor. Across the water, you will see the commercial pier loading and unloading often at the salmon farm.

Both across the water and sometimes, just across the street, you might hear the bahhh of sheep as they graze the various surrounding fields.

The Frisky Fish is also just under a mile to the world famous Jasper Beach with it’s melodious and unique music from the waves hitting the rocks. A must not miss experience.

GETTING AROUND

The Frisky Fish is approximately 10 miles from the town of Machias with a grocery store, restaurants including the famous

-Helens, known for their delicious blueberry pie ,

-The French Cellar – a wine and cheese store,

-Whole Life Natural Foods & Cafe, etc.

You can walk to the nearest lobster pound – BBS Lobster Trap, just around the corner and over the hill (although, then again, if you walk, you’ll have to walk back home carrying a dinner that may be a little rambunctious) or visit “Mother Shuckers Lobsters” in Roque Bluffs on your way home from a day at the state park and sandy beach. Both lobster options are fresh off the boat.

We are approximately one hour from the Canadian border (bring your passport) — extraordinary day trips can be taken to St. Andrews, Campobello Island and St. John.

We are approximately two hours from Acadia National Park main entrance and Bar Harbor (translate…. two hours Away from the TRAFFIC and CROWDS of Bar Harbor). Or consider Winter Harbor and Schoodic — the quiet side of Acadia, about an hour away, an easy day trip. Both Eastport and Lubec are less than an hour drive. For hiking closer to home, there are extraordinary hiking trails all around.

We are about two hours from Bangor Int’l Airport and about four hours from the Portland Jetway. We have many guests to the area who fly into Portland and meander up the coast, stopping for lunch or dinner in one of the myriad seaside towns.

I am a local real estate agent and property manager and am usually within 30 minutes of the cottage, should you need assistance with anything during your stay (unless I am traveling myself).

We have many guests who seek out our cottage, specifically because it’s tidal.

Some people love tidal waters, others don’t –IT’S TIME TO FIGURE OUT WHICH KIND OF PERSON YOU ARE!

WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO BE ON A TIDAL HARBOR IN DOWNEAST MAINE?

We are very close to the Bay of Fundy, in Canada, which has the highest tidal ranges in the world and is one of the seven wonders of the world. These extreme tidal areas are the reasons many tourists come to these spots- not only for the phenomenon of the extreme tides but also for the amazing bird watching as well as the sea creatures drawn to the area.

Twice a day, the water recedes almost completely from the harbor, and twice a day, water fills the basin. It’s fascinating to see the fishermen access their traps by driving their truck directly on the ocean floor in the middle of the harbor during low tide, just where boats had been a few hours before.

Activities like kayaking, must be timed to high tides — twice per day.


Amenities

Gas (propane) stove Refrigerator - freezer Dishwasher
Coffee maker and grinderLobster pot and crackersMicrowave and blender
Stand mixer & Belgian waffle makerCooking and serving toolsDishware for six
Iron and travel boardSMART DVD playerDVD library
Charcoal grillHigh speed wifiCeiling and table fans
FirepitTelevisionStacked washer/dryer

Wonderfully Relaxing!

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

We thoroughly enjoyed our two-week stay at Frisky Fish Cottage — the house was very clean, thoughtfully equipped, and comfortable. The owner was very helpful, and responded quickly to our questions. The location was perfect — right on the water, with lots to look at as lobstermen came and went throughout the day. We had a wonderful, relaxing, enjoyable time!

Words cannot describe how lovely the Frisky Fish is!

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

Words cannot describe how lovely the Frisky Fish is!

The weather has been lovely!  We’ve enjoyed the sights, the smells and the sounds of our vacation home.  Thank you for the top of places to visit!  Robertson Sea Tours was splendid!  Helen’s Restaurant had delicious food! We drove over to Quoddy Head State Park and hiked, had lunch in Eastport. Waving to our northern neighbors across the bay in Canada was also fun.

We love puffins, moose, lobster and, most of all, the wonderful state of Maine!!!

Not enough time here!! We’re not going to leave!!

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

Truly a magical vacation in this wonderland called Frisky Fish — the whole Maine experience is available right here…my favorite is the flowers – along the roads and here in the yard.  Ken’s favorite is the ever-changing water.  We are rock hounds and came to this location in Maine for the beaches where fabulous rocks were collected – among the favorite is Jasper Beach and the beach in Starboard.

Perfect accommodations – everything we could think of needed and then some!!  Really cute decorations – kept seeing something new.

Our arrival night was a bit rainy – that would not be a problem.  But, we were greeted with “the entire area is without power!!” No reason! We made the best of things and were quickly supported by Maria – lanterns and water were supplied along with good humor (and promise of a generator if needed).  Power back on by bedtime.

Lobster rolls on Beals Island, blueberry pie from Helen’s, lobster dinner at Bluebird Ranch, cocktails every night in the yard with a bonfire – did I already say magical?

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

We booked a week away for some rest and relaxation.  The accommodations ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ !  It was amazing at how the tide came in and out – who’d have known such an occurrence happened like this — full to the brim to nothing left but mud and the birds!!  We had a great time and were welcomed by the ducks each day when we returned after our outings.

Very Comfortable and Well-Appointed

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

We loved our stay. Maria was wonderful to work with and so thoughtful in her recommendations and correspondence. The cottage was perfectly situated to all of the places we wanted to visit as well as being comfortable and well appointed. Would definitely stay again. We hope to be back some time soon.

Good Communication and Well Equipped

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

Maria is wonderful. So quick to communicate and the home was equipped with everything you would need. Maria is very accommodating. Could not ask for a better host!

Beautiful Treasure on a Working Harbor

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

This cottage is a beautiful treasure on a working harbor. Sweet touches, so many amenities! A lovely retreat with the softest of sheets and pillow cases, perfect for families! Maria was helpful and available every step of the way. Close proximity to Finn Beach and the cottage was a true slice of heaven not too far from the local supermarket. We also loved the very local feel. And the sunrise and sunset, wow! If you’re looking for a getaway, take it here.

Off the Beaten Path

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

We loved the time we spent at the cottage. If you’re looking for somewhere just off the beaten path, this is your place. It was fascinating watching the tide come in and out and watching the lobstermen at work. There’s lots of beautiful scenery and short day trips to keep you occupied. All of the people we met were so friendly. Don’t miss a trip to the Maine Sea Salt company. It’s a great mom and pop business, and the owner is more than happy to give you a tour and explain how they harvest salt. We visited Jasper beach twice and only saw two people there. The sounds of the water hitting the rock beach was not like anything I’d heard before—so relaxing. The cottage was well appointed and there’s a nice grocery store in Machias, along with several stores and a Walgreens where you can pick up anything you may need. Don’t forget to eat at Helen’s Restaurant at least once. If you don’t have room for a slice of pie afterwards, take it to go. Much like your stay at the Frisky Fish cottage, you won’t be disappointed!

Frisky Fish is a great spot!

The Frisky Fish Cottage

We chose to go to Maine in September this year and for the first time went a little further north than usual. Frisky Fish is a great location. The cottage is nicely furnished, the surroundings are lovely, the accommodations even for our pet, Molly (a beautiful basset hound) were complete right down to a nice bowl and some snacks!

We got a charge out of our closest neighbors – a flock of sheep! They came over to the fence to “chat” each time we took a walk.

Maria is a kind and responsive host.

The area is very quiet – not a lot to do, but we were looking for rest, not entertainment. We did find a couple of great spots to eat – Helen’s and Bayview Takeout (Beal’s Island – but worth the drive).

Here’s a photo of my husband, our daughter and Molly enjoying some reading in the yard.

E.Horton

Wholesome, Nostalgic, and Absolutely Perfect

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We reluctantly returned home after a wonderful week at the Frisky Fish Cottage – and it was everything we could have dreamt and more. We rose early every morning and as my husband and I sipped our coffee in the chairs overlooking the harbor, our young boys ventured out to discover what sea treasures the low tide unveiled. Days were spent combing beaches, partaking in local cuisines, going on nature scavenger hunts, or visiting local shops. And every evening, you could find us in front of the bunkhouse as we challenged the boys to round after round of bocce and crochet. One day during our stay, the mist in the air lingered from morning until night – so we spent the late afternoon and evening with the boys in the bunkhouse – making blueberry ice cream in the ice cream ball, dancing, drumming, and laughing. The slow pace of Machiasport and surrounding areas was perfect for us to cast our stresses aside and focus solely on our family. These memories will last a lifetime. Thanks for everything!

The Hoods from Pennsylvania

The Real Maine Experience

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The Frisky Fish is located in the heart of all things Maine—from lobster boats to sheep you have idyllic scenery at every view! The cottage is well appointed with everything you need. We did day trip hikes to Quoddy lighthouse, Cutler, and Roque Bluffs. Returning back to the cottage to recline in Adirondack chairs while we watched the tide come back in made for a perfect evening.
If you want to experience a unique, relaxing, and beautiful vacation, this is a great place. You will have a bit of a drive to get to groceries or restaurants but the scenery is amazing and time passes quickly. We ate a lobster roll some place new every day! If you love the outdoors and don’t mind being off the beaten path, this is your spot!

The real maine

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The beauty of the place is that it’s not commercialized. The cottage is very cozy with everything you need. This is a great price for this rental. You can watch the lobster fisherman head out right from your window. Although not a super busy boat launch which is great too. We had a bald eagle right outside the door one morning which was really cool. Remember you are 45 minutes from New Brunswick Canada which is a great trip. They have a huge aquarium and chocolate factory museum. You drive through a moose National refugee to get there. The lobster and blueberries in Machias are really good. I recommend the riverside drive in for lobster rolls and Helens for lobster. Definitely check out the sea

M. Sherman

Quiet, Comfortable, and Soothing Place To Be

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

 

We loved our time at Frisky Fish Cottage!. It is a quiet, comfortable, and soothing place to be with great views of the harbor, the tides, the activity of the lobstermen, and clammers. The kitchen is well-equipped and ready for cooking the fantastic lobsters we got from the lovely folks at The Lobster Trap just down the street. We enjoyed hanging out at the house and exploring the beaches that the host recommended to us. The cottage was also a great home base for exploring — we drove to Canada twice to explore Campobello Island and the Kingsbrae Gardens in New Brunswick. The host and the property manager were responsive to all inquiries and made us feel extremely welcome. We are already planning our next visit.

M. W.

Really nice accommodations and great scenery

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Frisky Fish Cottage

Our week at the Frisky Fish was all we hoped it would be. Really nice accommodations, great scenery – lobsters traps and boats out the front and two sweet sheep out the side, and nice quiet nights. FDR’s summer home in Campobello was just an hour away and Acadia Nat’l Park was just a little farther. We took Marie’s advice and tried Helen’s Restaurant in Machias, Mother Shucker’s Lobster and also the lobster pound right down the street called The Lobster Trap. We would highly recommend all three. We cooked our own lobsters for dinner three times and it was the best we’ve ever had. We were introduced to “shedders” and now have a new favorite – so easy to crack and so sweet. Thank you so very much, Marie, for all your spot on tips and a great place to some back to each evening.

Karen from N. Carolina and her sister Latrece from Oregon

A Wonderfully Relaxing Vacation

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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the “Frisky Fish” Cottage in Machiasport, Maine. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed for a fantastic vacation. Even the weather cooperated for the entire two-week stay. The harbor was very quiet and it was interesting to watch the fishermen go about their day. What a great way to spend some relaxing time at the cottage.

As well, we took advantage of riding around the area and spent some time in Lubec. Staying at the Frisky Fish was wonderful and we had a great time exploring the area. The cottage was immaculate when we arrived and everything was so clean and neat. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we thank you for providing such a great vacation opportunity.

Sincerely,

K&J
Randolph, Vt.

J. G.

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We had such a wonderful time at the Frisky Fish! There was a sign in the vacation home saying, “Tonight’s menu.. Lobster and Blueberry Pie.” That set the tone for the week! The home is very clean and comfortable. It is fully stocked with the little extras and we truly felt it was our home away from home.

If you want to get away from the touristy areas and get a taste of the true feel of ‘Down East Maine’ this is the place for you. We enjoyed the relaxed vibe of the area and watching the fishing industry activities. There was an information book in the home full of ideas/pamphlets in case you would like to venture out on a day trip.

Hope to return again!

Linda M

A Little Slice of Heaven

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The Frisky Fish Cottage and Boathouse

The Frisky Fish Cottage is a beautiful, comfortable, well-appointed, fully outfitted house right at the tip of a piece of land jutting into Bucks Harbor in Machiasport, Maine … way up there in Downeast, surrounded by water on 3 sides. We loved how fully relaxed we became within moments of landing there. We enjoyed campfires outside at night and loved eating at the table right on the harbor. It was lovely watching the lobster fishermen do their thing every day … coming and going on their own schedule. We bought lobsters from the Lobster Trap just around the corner and had everything we needed to cook, crack and eat them at the cottage. The beds were super comfortable. The kitchen was very well-equipped. The shower was great. Laundry right there. Wonderful complimentary coffee. What a dream vacation. We ate at Helen’s a couple of times. Great food and pies. We also loved the Schnitzel Wagon … not your typical Maine fare, but delicious authentic German food. Both in Machias. Everywhere we drove, we saw stunning views of the water. If you are looking to kick back, relax, and take in the beauty, this is the place for you.

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Frisky Fish Cottage and Boathouse

We loved the cottage, very airy and bright and clean. We visited the Boat House and loved it, we didn’t stay in it but would if it had a bathroom and kitchen! I loved all the whimsical and different décor in both places. We found the whole atmosphere to be very relaxing, watched sea birds and fishermen and their boats, we kept the television off and read a lot. My favorite room is the one on the second floor of the Cottage. It overall was a wonderful experience! I am quite sure that the rusty barge in the cove is haunted.

Nancy B.

Great Family Vacation in DownEast Maine

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

My wife, and our 2 year old daughter, were looking for a relaxing, beautiful spot to spend time over the 4th of July and wow did we find it with the Frisky Fish Cottage! The home was located in a great spot, right on the water, away from the tourist crowds of Bar Harbor, and yet with ample beauty all around. Maria clearly pays attention to the details – the home was impeccable! Favorite activities had to be grilling each night with a wood fire in the metal pit, hiking at Cutler Bold Coast, swimming at Roque’s, and sitting at Jasper listening to the rocks and the surf at sunset. Thank you Maria!

Slice of Heaven

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

Maria was a great and very responsive host. The Frisky Fish Cottage on Bucks Harbor at Finn Beach is a little slice of heaven on the Bold Coast of Maine! Enjoying a cup of coffee while looking out over the working Harbor as the fog rolls in and out of the cove is simply one of the best ways to start the day in Machiasport! Breakfast, lunch and/or dinner (we did all three) at Helen’s is also required eating while visiting the area. If you are looking to avoid the crowds of the southern beaches of Maine or other New England coastal vacation destinations check out Wicked Awesome Maine vacation rentals. We travelled with our two young children and were a bit worried that it was too remote of a location for them to really enjoy the trip. We were pleasantly surprised that both of our kids had a blast and despite the quiet, remoteness of the Machiasport location everyone had a blast visiting the local beaches (Jasper Beach is a must; make sure to visit Riverside takeout for a picnic lunch on the beach) and enjoying the local seafood! The Frisky Fish Cottage is just an easy, short ride away for a day trip to Bar Harbor and an excursion of Diver Ed’s Starfish Enterprise.

Wonderful Owners and Wonderful Locals

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My fiancé and I decided to take a surprise vacation for a week, with no prior planning or arrangements. So we drove 28 hours from Atlanta GA to the great state of Maine. On 18 hours notice, Maria supplied us with a beautiful little cottage on the water for the week of thanksgiving!! These southern city folk were blown away by the kindness of Machias, and the wonderful seafood!

T,

Incredible time all around

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Incredible time all around.  Watched the leaves change before our eyes.  Am now experts on the lobster industry.  Watched for countless hours all the activity outside our window.  Beautiful home and so comfortable.  Loved Helen’s downtown for wild blueberry pancakes.  Visit the Schoodic Point.  Best part of the week. Breathtaking.  Will definitely be back!!!

Fall Road Trip – All Girls!

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We had a fabulous time at the Frisky Fish The four of us take a fall road trip, all girls!  We love Maine and found our way here.  Lovely!  We shopped, we ate, we laughed and we ate.  The area is a perfect place to get away to.  We enjoyed the restaurants in town.  We loved watching the water levels change.  We are from Michigan, New York and Florida.  Make sure you get to Jasper Beach!  It is breathtaking. 

The Fabulous Frisky Fish!

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The Fabulous Frisky Fish!  A well-stocked oasis of relaxation on this industrious coastline.  Our arrival was bathed in sunshine and salt air, but the sweetness of it all lingers on our tongues still.

We must leave this place now, but, dear reader, may you enjoy your moments for as long memory holds.  Many small treasures you’ll find in Machias — from the thrift shop – Bags O’Rags and the Hardware Store, which has coffee and canning delights not found back home.  A hop, skip and a jump to rocky, resplendent, Jasper Beach will astonish you – the infinite form and color of stones is best seen to be believed!  Each unique, countless…humanity in microcosm… We envy you, dear reader, who takes over place here to continue the adventure.  This Frisky Fish cottage is the perfect ship to sail on.  Oh. Helen’s. Gorge.

Of you’re especially fortunate, you, too, will enjoy roque Bluffs Park completely to yourselves!  So much beauty to behold.  Too little time.

Learned about the Fishing Industry

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THE FRISKY FISH COTTAGE

This is our second visit to Maine and also our second visit to one of Maria’s properties. We had a great time here.  Learned a bit about the fishing industry.  I think we found the last of the fresh blueberries here.  Helen’s always comes highly recommended, but you might also like Tom’s which is the Citgo gas station at the end of town.  Haddock chowder is wonderful.  Enjoyed the pirate festival.

Highly Recommended

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THE FRISKY FISH COTTAGE

What a lovely cottage on the water.  We enjoyed watching the gulls and the fishing boats.  So glad for the remote, non-tourist location.  Our first visit to Maine – we tried lobster and fish chowder for the first time and loved it!  Helen’s in Machias is a “must” for breakfast when you stay.  I’ve even found fresh Maine blueberries.  Highly Recommended.

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