Chebeague Island Transportation Co.
8 Soule Road
Chebeague Island, Maine
The 15-minute ferry ride between Cousins and Chebeague islands costs $15 round trip adults, $3 children ages 6-12. There’s a parking lot ($15 a day) on Route 1 in Cumberland and a free bus shuttle to Cousins Island Wharf. There’s also a smaller parking lot on Cousins walking distance from the wharf ($20 a day).
Where to stay
Chebeague Island Inn
61 South Road
This rambling waterfront inn, with rich history and an attentive staff, is the only game in town, but a fabulous one. Rooms are bright, and airy, with simple antiques, lush linens, and cottage decor. A large porch, sweeping lawn, and top-notch dining room add to its appeal. When the evening fog moves in, grab a seat in the great room in front of the fieldstone fireplace. The staff will arrange lobster boat tours, sunset cruises, kayaking excursions, and shopping trips to Freeport and Portland. Rates from $210.
Where to eat
Chebeague Island Inn Restaurant
The elegant dining room serves classic fare with modern, sophisticated twists. Start with braised octopus or the creamy lobster bisque followed by entrees like the Maine peeky toe crab risotto or the braised beef ribs served with a cauliflower puree. Of course, there’s also fresh trapped lobster. Entrees $16-$38.
Calder’s Clam Shack
108 North St.
The roadside takeout joint serves baskets of crispy, delicate fried clams, shrimp, scallops, and haddock ($12.99-$15.50). Locals line up for the lobster rolls, served Saturday and Sunday in the summer.
What to do
Great Chebeague Golf Course
16 Wharf Road
Nine-hole, links-style course, $45 adults, $20 ages 15 and under.
The island has miles of beaches and numerous public accesses. Visit Indian Point and Deer Point on the west end for great views and fabulous sunsets.