Historic Bayside in the Heart of Mid-Coast Maine

An 19th Century Victorian Cottage Community Right on the Shores of Penobscot Bay

What Bayside offers today are glorious morning walks along the shore roads of Bayside.  The natural world around you is pristine, the bird life is plentiful, loons swimming within easy view, occasional seals looking for breakfast, the scent of flowers in bloom, incredible sunsets and sunrises, and the living history of this 1800’s community reminding you of how life was over 100 years ago.

 

Come take a summer yoga class or sailing lessons, golf, kayak, read, scour for beach glass, shoot a few baskets, swing on the swing set, play monopoly, sleep, rest and restore.

Bayside was founded in 1849 by the Methodist Episcopal Church in Maine.  The first purchase of land was only 25 acres.  The intent of the church was to have a summer recreational area where they could gather once a year for worship and spend time socially in this beautiful area of Penobscot Bay.  Annually for 25 years after the original purchase, these pioneer churchmen and farmers pitched their tents under the oaks and birches they had acquired and enthusiastically worshipped God with sermons, songs and old fashioned religious fervor.

 

As years passed , the tents first occupied by the worshipers gave way to wooden cottages built of hemlock and native pine.  The first of these cottages was built in 1869.  In 1875, the complexion of the community changed greatly by the construction of a hotel called the Wesleyan Grove House.  This major project launched the campground on its fate as a summer resort in addition to its religious mission.

 

As more acreage was purchase, building lots were being sold at prices from $5.00 to $15.00. By the end of 1879, 40 cottages had been built and many more were to come. Ultimately, over 300 cottages were built and most of them are still here today!

 

By the 1880s, Bayside was in full swing as a summer resort.  Many steam ships would come from as far away as Boston.  One report mentions as many as seven steamers coming to the landing dock (still here today) in a single day.  The report goes on to say that 250 Hampden belles and their beaux came down Tuesday on the steamer “Clifford”.  Bayside was the place to be!

 

In the 1890’s more cottages had been constructed and several retail shops were also developed to handle the needs of hundreds of visitors.  This was the era of clam bakes, picnics, hay rides, firemen’s musters, band concerts and excursions.  The first hotel had burned down but a new and larger one was constructed.  Even a bowling alley was constructed (which is one of our rentals) along with parks, ball field, tennis courts, etc.

 

In 1916, one of the wealthy property owners, constructed a 9 hole golf course and country club.  This club, the Northport Golf Club, is still in existence today with many Bayside residents and renters enjoying this facility. The course is public and tee times are not difficult to obtain.

 

The glory of the late 1800’s is no longer present in Bayside, however, the character of that old community still lies in the architecture and the people who come here year after year.  Many cottages have been owned by the same families for generations and there is a strong community involvement by those owners to keep Bayside as a place “preserved in time”.

 

Today there are no commercial activities in Bayside, other than a small real estate office and a few resident artists.  The closest store is a mile away.  The golf course is still active and a yacht club is present offering sailing lessons to children and an occasional adult.  There are four lovely parks, one of them with basketball court and playground and a large dock for swimming and fishing.  The rocky shore provides opportunities for beach combing, swimming, or launching your kayak.  Many sailboats are moored on the Bay offering a beautiful backdrop to the island in the distant and Blue Hill mountain in the horizon.  On real clear days, the mountains of Acadia are the distant shadows.

 

What Bayside offers today are glorious morning walks along the shore roads of Bayside.  The nature around you is pristine, the bird life is plentiful, loons swimming well in sight, occasional seals looking for breakfast, the odors of flowers in bloom, incredible sunsets and sunrises, and the living history of this 1800’s community reminding you of how life was over 100 years ago.

Bayside Farmers Market

Monday’s from 2-5 pm

Ruggles Park

Rain or Shine

Starts June 19th, end date TBD

Many of the Bayside photographs were taken by photographer extraordinaire ~ Steve Nelson ~

Used here with permission ~ all rights reserved ~

www.baysidephotos.com
Click on the photo to purchase Bayside Souvenirs All proceeds benefit the Bayside/Northport Yacht Club

Our surrounding towns have much to offer: To get a sampling click on the town links and check out the photos below.

Many of the Bayside photographs were taken by photographer extraordinaire ~ Steve Nelson ~

Used here with permission ~ all rights reserved ~

If you would like information on Steve’s photography just let us know and we will connect you.

BELFAST

Five minutes to the north-great galleries, restaurants, working harbor, walking paths, shops, historical tours, groceries, library, parks, etc.

CAMDEN

Fifteen minutes to the south. Shopping, hiking, boating, restaurants, library, groceries, galleries, antiques, etc.

BEYOND

Bar Harbor is just over an hour north and we are one hour southeast of Bangor.

2016 Events & Links of Interest

On Going Events

Sailing Lessons
at the Northport Yacht Club
in Bayside, Maine
Mon – Wed – Fri 9:30 – 12:00
June 26th – Aug 11th, 2017
Children 9 – 18 yrs. of age
Just $100.00 per week
or $40.00 per class
(private lessons also available)
Jennika, Liv, Jason & Leo Lundy

Hi, Thank you for visiting our website and being interested in knowing a little bit about me and our family and why we love Bayside.

 

One day my parents were taking a fall drive up the coast of Maine when I was about three years old. By chance they saw the sign for Shore Road while driving north and happened upon Bayside.  They fell in love with Bayside, saw a house on George Street, and came back and made an offer with Blair the next day.  I had an amazing experience growing up in Bayside with the long quiet winters filled with car-less roads, sledding at the golf course, and walking  down the street to the Drinkwater School, but also the bustle of summer and friends returning year after year. My father and step-mother moved back to Massachusetts while I was in college and turned our house into a rental as I assured them I wanted to return to Bayside at some point…   My father rented the home when I was in college through Margaret and Don, and he continued to do so for the five years after that when I lived in Wilmington, Delaware.

 

While I was in Delaware I managed two luxury high-rise apartment buildings and had some experiences with management, advertising, and marketing that I may not have been able to have if I had stayed in Maine. Once my husband Jason and I were married  (with our wedding in Belfast and plenty of fun in Bayside) we decided that we wanted to return to Maine, and to Bayside to start a family and to enjoy a quality of life that Bayside can provide.  In 2007 we moved back and right into the home I grew up in and shortly after we had Leo, now 7, and Liv now 5. Since returning I have had experience selling real estate in the mid-coast area and also in the municipal sector as I worked for the City of Belfast. I feel that all of these experiences and timing have lead me to where I am today,  managing Bayside Cottage Rentals.

 

We adore living in Bayside during the rental season and feel so lucky that we can provide our children with the experience of meeting all of you and having such a sense of community that only Bayside can provide.  You will see us all out (including our sweet dog Roxy) for evening walks, beach days at Kelly’s Cove, and all through out the village.

 

We look forward to meeting all of you and sharing how truly special and welcoming Bayside is.

Jennika, Jason, Leo, Liv, & Roxy-dog