Turner Cove Isle Au Haut, Maine

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 activities.

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.

Turner Cove Waterfront Accommodations

From a shared entry, the South Quarters of the Main House has a kitchen, bathroom with shower, dining room, and East facing living room with a full size pull-out couch. A large shared walk-out deck is equipped with gas grill, Adirondack chairs and an outdoor dining table. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms, two with full size beds and one with a twin size bed.
Little Red Schoolhouse Accommodations

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.