About the Colony

 

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Casco Bay as seen from the Colony

 

Maine’s Casco Bay region has a unique culture and unsurpassed beauty. Its long rocky coastline is spectacular, with many lovely coves, points and harbors.  Casco Bay’s many islands, some of which are visible from the Colony, add to the regions charm, as do the lobster boats which work the Bay’s waters.  Many of the islands are inhabited only by sea birds and the occasional seal.  One, Eagle Island, the former summer home of the explorer Robert Peary, is now a museum.

 

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The Colony

 

The Colony is a cooperative association of ten cottages located on a spacious plot of land on Harpswell Neck, a peninsula in Casco Bay.  Founded in 1875 by businessmen from the mill town of Auburn, the Colony is listed on the National Historic Register.  In addition to the cottages themselves, the association maintains a fully-staffed dining hall, recreation hall, tennis court, swimming pool and playground.

 

During the day, guests who are not just relaxing can play tennis, swim in the pool, or go boating or hiking.  Kayaking has become very popular; guests who bring kayaks or canoes can launch them from the Colony beach or from the Town Boat Launch, located about a mile away. Rentals are also available from local outfitters. Hiking in the town’s several nature preserves allows guests to stretch their legs while seeing the natural beauty of the sea cliffs, woods and meadows.  Those who prefer in-town activities will find Harpswell’s and Brunswick’s shops and galleries of interest.

 

In the evening, guests may enjoy a superb dinner at the Dining Hall, prepared by a chef and tastefully served.  Dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday, and Brunch is served on Sunday morning. Children’s meals are available.  Weekly cocktail parties, hosted by a Colony Member, provide a relaxing setting for guests to meet one another and chat about the day’s successes.

 

In August, the Colony has its Annual Clambake, a day-long event with games, entertainment, and plenty of delicious home-cooked food.   Maine’s PBS television station named this Clambake one of Maine’s historic treasures.

 

Children are welcome at the Colony. Children can play games and fly kites on its spacious lawn and swing and climb in its playground.

 

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