Isle Au Haut and Turner Cove
The outstanding feature of Isle Au Haut is its spectacular natural
setting. The South end of the Island features the road less travelled
of Acadia's National Park. Well marked and maintained trails follow
along the rugged shoreline cliffs, mountains, and pass through forest.
It is protected as a wilderness area of exceptional beauty. Turner
Pond, a mile+ in length and 90' deep offers fresh water swimming that
no lap pool can match.
Anyone who knows, lives, or loves Island community living knows
that any such place brings with it a short summer season, a lifetime
of projects, and significant logistical challenges. However, for
those willing to weather these factors, the rewards are priceless.
The Turner Cove property consists of twelve acres of woods and
lawn on the "Sunrise Side" of the Island. Panoramic views
greet one from inside or out. The "other" Acadia at Mt.
Desert Island is visible in the distance. Choose a hammock in the
sun or take the one in evergreen shade. Launch a kayak to explore
the shoreline firsthand. Set up the croquet or pull out a game or
puzzle. Loons may call from the cove and young bald eagles take
flight from their home on a nearby Island. Take a favorite book
down to the waterfront cottage. Step out at night to spectacular
starry skies. The brave can jump in the water from the stone pier
at high tide. It is invigorating to say the least.
Just a Little History
Over 150 years ago, this Cove on the East Side of Isle Au Haut looking
over toward Bar Harbor was settled by the Turner Family and became
known as Turner Cove. The primary livelihood from the Cove was fishing,
including the famous Maine Lobster. The roughly 12 acre property
now includes the Main House and a handful of outbuildings that served
generations - a garage, waterside cottage known as "Harold's
Workshop," barn, and the old "East Side" School House
situated at the end of the driveway known as "Little Red."
Back in 1940, the original homestead burned down in a fire started
by a kerosene heater. Family and community rallied to rebuild, and
chose to build a simple duplex that allowed the extended family
to have private living space in the two sides of the house. Thirty
years ago the property came up for sale, and was purchased by another
Turner. This family was distantly related going all the way back
to Humphrey Turner who arrived in the Plymouth Colony in 1628. So,
Turner Cove remained Turner and has just begun to touch a fourth
generation of the "new" Turner family.
Turner Cove Today
Turner Cove is at the heart of and in the hearts of all the Turner
Family. The property is now owned and operated by Sue (Turner) &
Stew Foelix, and teenage sons Justin and Toby. During weeks that
are not needed for extended family, it has been a 30 year tradition
to rent the schoolhouse suite "Little Red" and the "South
Side" of the Main House. Several guests have returned for years,
including one family for 20 years! Stew and the boys are in residence
on the North Side of the house during the summer in order to welcome
visitors to Turner Cove. Bridget (an older adopted rottie mix) and
Cadi (a young black lab) are also part of the scene. The boys are
always available to assist you, and go about typical Island summer
If you enjoy having access to your hosts who can help you find
the right bike, provide that missing ingredient, or explain what
you are seeing in the distance from the deck-you will enjoy the
Turner Cove. If you prefer complete solitude, this may not be the
place for you.
What can you expect on arrival at Turner Cove?
Expect to be met by truck at the town landing and assisted with
your luggage to the Cove. Both Little Red and the House provide
simple, clean accommodations with well provisioned kitchens. The
property is purposefully "TV Free" but the Main House
does have free wi-fi service if you need to remain connected to
the "Real World." Guests bring sheets and towels unless
arranged otherwise in advance. Kitchen linens, bath mats, cleaning
supplies, paper towels and TP are supplied. Chances are if you forgot
or need something, we have it. There are several bikes to choose
from and a couple of simple kayaks to borrow if you do not want
to bring your own.
The simple, one-room former Island Schoolhouse is affectionately
called "Little Red." It sits at the entrance to the Turner
Cove property next to a residence on each side. Little Red is an
open studio apartment that offers simple, bright and comfortable
living space. It has a full bed, dining and sitting areas, bathroom
with shower, and kitchen. The kitchen area features a classic gas
stove and is well equipped with pots and pans, wine glasses, lobster
pot and picnic basket.