If Once You Have Slept On An Island

If once you have slept on an island
You’ll never be quite the same;
You may look as you looked the day before
And go by the same old name.

                 Back Bedroom

You may bustle about in street and shop
You may sit at home and sew,
But you’ll see blue water and wheeling gulls
Wherever your feet may go.

You may chat with the neighbors of this and that
And close to your fire keep,
But you’ll hear ship whistle and lighthouse bell
And tides beat through your sleep.

Oh! you won’t know why and you can’t say how
Such a change upon you came,
But once you have slept on an island,
You’ll never be quite the same.

From TAXIS AND TOADSTOOLS by Rachel Field. Copyright 1926 by Penguin Random
House LLC. Copyright renewed 1953 by Arthur S. Pederson. Used by permission
of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
                                                          
                 Front Bedroom

A SPECIAL OFFER FOR MEMBERS ONLY!!!

Have you dreamt about spending the night on an island? Seguin Island accepts reservations and a donation to spend the night in an authentic historic Maine lighthouse in our guest quarters or sleep under the stars and light of the tower at our campground. Immerse yourself on modern day Seguin Island – experience the sights of ospreys, gulls and bald eagles, crashing waves, the Seguin foghorn, lobster boat engines, the on-island keepers telling tales and other visitors enjoying their experience. A tour of the lighthouse is provided by the keepers. This members-only experience will create memories that will last a lifetime.     

                  

Overnight Information

Guest Quarters

Membership is required in order to reserve the Guest Quarters at the Seguin Island Lighthouse. A family membership is suggested. Reservations are accepted as of May 1st each year through the FOSILS office (207-443-4808); [email protected]

Payment in full must be made at the time of the reservation, refunds only issued if weather impedes travel to the island.

Donation for entire (2BR) suite is $350.00/night; maximum number of adults and children is 5 – maximum two nights per reservation

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What guests can expect for an overnight stay on Seguin Island…

Accommodations in an authentic historic Maine lighthouse located on a remote island accessible only by boat (or helicopter) with unparalleled views for every on-island adventure.

Immerse yourself on modern day Seguin Island – experience the sights of ospreys, gulls and bald eagles, crashing waves, the Seguin foghorn, lobster boat engines, the on-island keepers telling tales and other visitors enjoying their experience.  A tour of the lighthouse is provided by the keepers.

Guest Quarters:  The guest quarters offer two upstairs bedrooms (downstairs is the museum and gift shop); one bedroom has 2 twin beds; the other has one twin and one double bed. There are minimal kitchen facilities in the adjoining hallway with a small microwave oven, coffee maker and a mini fridge available for your convenience.  A small charcoal grill is provided for guests – no open fires are allowed on the island – cooking is limited to the grill.

There is a private bath on the second floor with hot and cold running water, a composting toilet and a shower.  The toilet comes with instructions but we encourage the use of the outhouse in the cove when possible.

Sheets, blankets and pillows are provided; sleeping bags are an option if you prefer to bring your own.  Bath towels are provided, but please bring towels if you intend to swim in the cove.  Brave the Maine ocean water temperatures – many do as part of the island experience!

Food – bring your own for breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks.  You may want to bring a cooler to transport your food and provide you with additional space for ice/storage.     Please note:  in support of “leave no trace” we ask guests to take their trash with them upon their departure.

Recommended clothing – casual summer clothing (layers to adjust to the changing temperatures from sunrise to sunset with winds that change with the tides – rain gear if the forecast indicates even a chance of showers – appropriate footwear for your arrival by boat as your feet will get wet – hiking shoes/socks for the trek from the cove up to the lighthouse.

Transportation – Guests are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements to and from the island.  If arriving on your own boat, there are a limited number of moorings in the cove, anchoring is not allowed due to the underground cables.  FOSILS web site has information on local transport options.  Upon arrival to the island transportation from the mooring to the island is by dinghy.  Depending on the tide you can expect this to be a challenging part of the trip.  Be prepared to get your feet wet!  All of your food and clothing should be in waterproof containers/bags.  You will need to carry your supplies from the cove to the lighthouse – keep in mind you will be climbing over rocks in the cove, then up stairs to get to the base of the lighthouse trail which leads you to the top of the island. The trail is steep and can be slippery when wet. Take your time and enjoy the scenery on your way up.

After securing your transport, FOSILS will need to be made aware of your finalized travel plans (arrival and departure details within 72 hours of your arrival).  Weather and seas may affect these plans as under certain conditions it may be too dangerous for travel (to get onto the island or once you are there, to depart from the island).  You will need to monitor the National Weather Service forecasts a few days prior to your stay and communicate with your source of transport and FOSILS.  If your stay is cancelled due to weather your donation can be applied to a future reservation.

At the end of your stay, please collect used linens in a pillowcase and leave them at the bottom of the stairway. If needed, please give the guest quarters a quick sweep.

Thank you and enjoy!

72 Front Street, Suite 3, Bath, Maine 04530 — Phone: (207) 443-4808

E-mail: [email protected] —  Website: www.seguinisland.org

Camping

Membership is required in order to reserve the Campground at the Seguin Island Lighthouse. Reservations are accepted as of May 1st each year through the FOSILS office (207-443-4808); [email protected]  Donation suggestion is $10/night per person

Payment in full must be made at the time of the reservation, refunds only issued if weather impedes travel to the island.

WHAT CAMPERS CAN EXPECT FOR A STAY ON SEGUIN ISLAND

Seguin is a remote island, 2 ½ miles out to sea, accessible only by boat.  Island visitors are rewarded with spectacular views of Maine’s Mid Coast while experiencing Seguin’s beautiful natural environment and unique history.  Guided tours of Seguin’s Light House and first-order Fresnel lens are presented by the seasonal caretakers.

Tenting is allowed for FOSILS members in the designated picnic area off Cove trail pathway. The cost is $10.00/night per member

NO open fires allowed anywhere

NO running on the trails.  Be considerate of the nesting times of the bird population

NO walking on the Tramway

Poison Ivy is well established on the island. Stay on designated trails.

Report any injury or emergency to the Caretakers immediately. If medical emergency evacuation is required, the Coast Guard will be contacted by the caretakers.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not recommended due to hazards along the shoreline and trails.

The trails can be very slippery when wet and drop offs from the trails are steep. Be advised that hiking is at your own risk.

Transportation:   You are responsible for making transportation arrangements.  FOSILS website and office have information on options.

ANCHORING IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE COVE DUE TO UNDERGROUND POWER CABLES!

There are a limited number of moorings in the cove, therefore FOSILS need to be aware of your finalized travel plans.  Transportation from a mooring to the island is by boaters dingy.  NO dock available.

Monitor the National Weather Service forecasts.  Seas and weather may affect plans getting on or off island.  If your stay is cancelled for uncontrollable circumstances, your donation can be applied to a future reservation or refunded.

Food: Bring your own food and drink for the length of your stay.  A cooler is recommended to transport food and provide space for ice storage.  In support of “Leave No Trace”, all articles brought on island must be carried off.  NO trash barrels are provided.

Water:  All drinking, cooking, and bathing water must be brought by campers. Drinking water is NOT provided by FOSILS nor does it exist on the island naturally.

Clothing:  Dressing in layers is recommended to adjust to the changing temperature with winds that change with the tides.  Rain gear is essential for sudden changes of weather and thick, rolling fog.  Appropriate footwear is necessary for your feet will get wet landing on Cove Beach and sturdy shoes are needed to hike the many trails.

Sanitation:  Campers will use the composting toilet near the bottom of the Tramway.  All regulations must be followed which are posted in the outhouse

For more information or to schedule your visit contact [email protected] or call (207)443-4808

Hope to see you on the island!

Thank you for your support!

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