Isle Au Haut and Turner Cove
Isle Au Haut provides a spectacular natural setting. Half of
the Island is permanently preserved as part of Acadia National Park.
Over 30 miles of hiking trails follow along the rugged shoreline,
cliffs, mountains, and pass through forest. It is a wilderness area
of exceptional beauty.
The town of Isle au Haut has a small and vibrant year-round community
served by the Isle Au Haut Boat Service, a grocery store, K-8 one
room schoolhouse, a petite post office, church, and gift shop. There
are no restaurants but the Lobster Lady offers fresh and delicious
Visiting the Island requires a bit of planning since it requires
leaving your vehicle on the mainland and travelling 7 miles to the
Island by ferry. For those willing to weather this challenge, rewards
The house at Turner Cove offers panoramic views and sits just steps
from the water. Set on the "Sunrise Side" of the Island ~2 miles
from the ferry landing, it has accessible waterfront and twelve
acres of lawn, blueberry fields and woods to explore. Mt. Desert
Island, the busier part of Acadia National Park, is visible in the
distance. At high tide, the water is deep enough to jump in from
a stone pier. (Yes, it's cold!) At low tide, a shell beach is exposed.
Just a Little History
Over 150 years ago, this Cove on the East Side of Isle Au Haut was
settled by the Turner Family and became known as Turner Cove. The
primary livelihood from the Cove was fishing, especially for lobster.
The property includes the Main House and a handful of outbuildings
that have served generations including a barn, bike barn and simple
waterside cottage known as "The Refuge."
Back in 1940, the original homestead was lost in a house fire.
Family and community rallied to rebuild, and chose to build a simple
duplex that allowed the extended family to have two private living
spaces in the two sides of the house.
In the 1980's, a distantly related Turner family purchased the
property and thus it has remained Turner Cove for another four generations
Turner Cove Today
Turner Cove is now owned by Sue (Turner) & Stew Foelix. Cadi, a
black lab, is also part of the scene.
If you enjoy having access to your hosts who can help recommend
hikes, 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 Turner Cove. If you prefer complete solitude, this may
not be the place for you.
What can you expect on arrival at Turner Cove?
You will be met at the town landing and assisted with your luggage
to the Cove. The House provides simple, clean accommodations with
a well provisioned kitchen. You can bring your own bikes or there
is a selection of bikes available to use during the visit.
Will my cell phone and internet service work?
The House has internet service, although it is not always super-fast.
There is good cell phone reception at the house, however many places
on the Island do NOT have cell phone reception!