The Frisky Fish Cottage and Bunkhouse

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 Frisky Fish is a small (two bedroom) waterfront cottage along with a SEASONAL bunkhouse/artist studio/playhouse located in beautiful Bucks Harbor, Maine. It offers a unique vacation experience — smack in the middle of a real, authentic working tidal fishing harbor, surrounded by fishing activity.  Walk around the corner and over the hill and buy your lobsters straight from the dock.   It IS the perfect place for those looking for an authentic down east Maine experience and adventure.

The Outdoor Area
On the water's edge on Bucks Harbor
Property next to Finn Beach (a small rocky beach)
Private backyard -- an acre of property
Gentle water access at high tide for boating
Property surrounded by water on two sides


The Living Space
During July/Aug, sleeps 6 total in cottage AND boathouse
All other times, sleeps 4 total in main cottage.
Great room with soaring ceilings and surrounded by windows
Full kitchen
Breakfast bar with six stools and small table with four chairs
Full bath with tub/shower combo and washer and dryer downstairs. Half bath upstairs.
TV with smart DVD player and DVD library
King bed in lofted master bedroom
Queen bed in first floor bedroom
Pull out twin loveseat


The Bunkhouse

***IMPORTANT INFO*** THIRD BEDROOM (BUNKHOUSE) IS ONLY AVAILABLE WARMER MONTHS (usually July and August only). It is a separate building and has no heat nor bathroom. During July and August, the Frisky Fish and Bunkhouse sleeps SIX total. All other times, the cottage alone sleeps only four.

SEASONAL boathouse - is included in all July/August rentals. (and, weather dependent, may be available spring/fall months).
Three twin beds
Games and puzzles
(no heat or bath facilities in boathouse)


 The Neighborhood

The Frisky Fish is approximately 8 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 Live Natural Foods & Cafe, etc. The nearest lobster pound is just around the corner and over the hill or visit “Mother Shuckers Lobsters” in Roque Bluffs on your way home from a day at the state park and sandy beach.

Bucks Harbor is the tidal 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. Both across the water and sometimes, just across the street, you might hear the bahhh of sheep or the moo of a cow (or some fiddle music from across the water).

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. For swimming, the best bet is Roque Bluffs State Park which is a short drive away and offers both a sandy ocean beach and also a fresh water lake.




All rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.


We can occasionally accommodate stays that are less than 4 days if we need to fill a gap in the calendar — if you see a two day available slot and are interested, please inquire.

Interesting tidbits about the Frisky Fish Cottage:

The antique cottage that once sat on this site was known as Doctor Larson’s House and was one of the oldest homes in Machiasport.  It was the home of the beloved Machias family doctor (a health center in town is named for him) who used it as a summer retreat even though he lived a few miles away. The original house burned down in 2009.

The current owners of the house live in Cape Cod most of the year but love to escape the traffic of Massachusetts in summer.  The husband is a professional musician who can be found singing by the beach at a 5-star resort every summer. Coincidentally, he co-wrote a song called Vacationland, back in the 1980’s while living in Hawaii.


A Wonderfully Relaxing Vacation

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The Frisky Fish Cottage

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.


Randolph, Vt.

J. G.

Frisky Fish

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The Frisky Fish Cottage and Boathouse

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.

Frisky Fish Cottage

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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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Frisky Fish Cottage

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!


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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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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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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