Peaks Island is one of the most refreshing neighbourhoods which serve as one of the best weekend getaways from Boston. Just two hours away from city, this place is home to artists, retirees, commuters of all sorts and a substantial summer population. If you like the idea of spending your vacation in a small town with unparalleled ocean views and access.Peaks is an ideal family friendly destination great for short trips and picnics. One good idea to enjoy the trip to the fullest is to drive to Portland’s Regency Hotel on Friday night and spend a royal night there. In the morning catch the nearby ferry at 9:15 a.m. to Peaks Island. The friendly staffof Maine Island Kayak Company takes you to a kayaker’s paradise. Peaksisland became a popular summer destination by late 19th century, when it was known as the Coney Island of Maine. The island is home to hotels, cottages, theatres, and amusement parks. Here you not only get to enjoy nature and natural sceneries but there are several attractions which you can visit and pass time. For kids there are amusement parks where they can enjoy adrenaline rush.
Peaks is part of the city of Portland and is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) from downtown.
Distance from Boston: 2 hours
Destination Type: island
Attractions:Umbrella Cover Museum, Bunkers, Eighth Maine Regiment House, Fifth Maine Regiment House,Richard Boyd Art Gallery.
Activities:ferry ride, museum visit, sunset view, nature sightings, birding, Golfcarting, Island tour, Down Front Ice Cream.
ATTRACTIONS IN PEAKS ISLAND
- Umbrella Cover Museum
This museum pays tribute to umbrella covers and was created and is curated by Nancy 3. Hoffman. Hoffmancollected over 1300 umbrella covers from over 60 countries by July 2015.Umbrella Cover Museums states its mission to be “dedicated to the appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing that there is always a story behind the cover.”On 7 July 2012, Guinness World Records named Hoffman’s umbrella cover collection of 730 at the time to be the largest in the world.The museum is closed during the winter. Guided tours include Hoffman, who is also a musician, singing “Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella” while playing an accordion.
- Eighth Maine Regiment House
The Eighth Maine Regiment Memorial now known as the 8th Maine Lodgeis a historic summer fraternal meeting house at 13 Eighth Maine Avenue on Peaks Island. The sites was built in 1891 as a reunion site for veterans of the American Civil War8th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The monument is a fine example of Shingle style architecture and it is an important piece of the local architectural firm of Fasset and Tompson. The site presently operates as a summer lodge and museum and rooms are also rented to the public.
- Fifth Maine Regiment House
The Fifth Maine Regiment Memorial Hall was built in 1888 as the “Headquarters” of the Fifth Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry 1861-1864. For six years the veterans and their families spent their summer here. The Hall is maintained as a Civil War and local history museum under the stewardship of the Fifth Maine Regiment Community Association.
- Richard Boyd Art Gallery
If you are an art lover and appreciate art and craft then Richard Boyd Art Gallery is your place to be.The gallery represents established and emerging artists, with a connection to the state of Maine, working in a variety of styles from realism to abstraction in both two and three-dimensional mediums. The gallery keeps hosting monthly exhibitions. These include solo, group and theme exhibits and re-installation of art works created by artists represented by the gallery.
Richard Boyd Art Gallery is open year round free of charge to the public. You can visit the gallery from April through October between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. November through the end of March the gallery is open to public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities here including ferry ride, museum visit, sunset view, nature sightings, birding, Golfcarting and Island tour. Do not forget to enjoy Down Front Ice Cream.