A pristine and tranquil island surrounded by Casco Bay, Great Diamond Island is one of 200 plus islands referred to as the “Calendar Islands” — where you can supposedly explore a new island each day of the year. This peaceful and secluded island is the perfect spot for luxuriating in a secluded, romantic weekend getaway. Dotted with small beaches, parks, and homes for approximately 100 year-round residents, the charming island is perfect for contemplative walks, romantic beach sunsets, and quiet conversations.
The laid-back vibe of the island is enhanced by the minimal amount of cars. There are a few commercial vehicles, but in general, cars are not permitted on the island. The back-to-nature experience is enjoyed on foot, bicycle, or golf cart adding to the charm and elevated camp-like nature that permeates the island lifestyle.
Great Diamond Island was part of Fort McKinley’s coast defense system protecting Casco Bay and Portland Harbor; the central green with encircling buildings reflects its military history. You will find the historic Inn At Diamond Cove and charming cottages ringing the green space.
Inn At Diamond Cove
The wide-sweeping porch overlooking central green is an oasis just off your spacious room; perfect for idling away the afternoon with a great book or a pre-dinner glass of wine while enjoying the sounds of nature.
The inn is a member of the Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Requirements to be inducted into the program include: the hotel must be at least 50 years old, designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, and recognized as having historic significance... CONTINUE READING THE FULL ARTICLE