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For an outstanding vacation rental in Maine, the Captain Zadoc F. Brewster House, perched high above Rockland harbor is the perfect place to stay, whether for a four day weekend, or a mid-week three day special, a week, or a month. The ground floor of this gracious old sea captain’s house has been sympathetically remodeled by English yacht designer George Whisstock and American archaeologist Cathy Shaer to create a six room, two bath luxury vacation accommodation that sleeps six.

While retaining its essential original 1862 features, the apartment is quite out of the ordinary. There is satellite TV, a flat screen monitor with DVD and VCR, free wireless internet, a computer, and a well equipped workout room. Pets are welcome. An all new kitchen, all new appliances, new bathrooms and fixtures only add to its charm. Furnished with an eclectic mix of period English and American antiques, the Captain Zadoc F. Brewster House is a wonderful vacation destination in a vibrant city on the ocean in Maine.

Once a place known for its granite quarrying and lime kilns, Rockland has become an exciting city full of restaurants, pubs, wine bars, art galleries, renowned museums and shops of all descriptions. At the same time, the city has retained its historical ambiance. The downtown is a designated National Historic District, with many examples of Italianate, Greek Revival, and Colonial architecture.

The grand natural harbor, with its exceptional breakwater, is dotted with pleasure yachts and sailboats; cruise ships call regularly through the summer. Rockland is also home to the largest windjammer fleet in the world. The sight of these venerable vessels, sailing in and out of this beautiful harbor is not to be missed. Yet Rockland still has a working harbor with a commercial fishing fleet, a lobster boat fleet, a seaweed processing plant and shipbuilding and repair. A state ferry operates throughout the day to the off-shore islands. Rockland is called “The Lobster Capital Of the World”, as much for its famous Maine Lobster Festival, as the lobster industry itself.

Another title given to Rockland is “Gateway to Penobscot Bay”, the largest bay in Maine. These days, however, Rockland has become a destination in itself. Two working lighthouses, both accessible on foot are within view. Charming villages like Cushing, Port Clyde, Friendship, New Harbor, Tenant’s Harbor and Owls Head and are close by to explore either by car or on foot. There’s no place like Penobscot Bay for walking and exploring, fishing, sailing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing and, in the winter season, for skiing, ice climbing and tobogganing. And in the evenings, rejoin society and either attend a Bay Chamber Concert or a film at the newly restored Strand Theater. Or cook a fantastic meal in The Zadoc Brewster House gourmet kitchen and then relax by a crackling wood fire.

Rockland has something to offer everybody, young and old. Come and stay at the Zadoc F. Brewster House and see for yourself.