RETREAT: the act of withdrawing into safety, privacy, seclusion, protection. A place of REFUGE.
My experience at Hewnoaks gave me exactly what I wanted....quiet, uninterrupted solitude and the space, time, and freedom to think without distraction. For that one week in August, life was easy.
All the information on Hewnoaks can be found by clicking here.
Thank you Hewnoaks.
There is a lot more info on the Island than can be found here. Just don't make the mistake I did and assume you will find twenty of these wonderful houses still standing. Only five are left.
Another great source of information - this article by Greg Rossel - you can find it here.
You leave from the town of Richmond - there are some fantastic historic buildings there:
There is no water, no food on the island so make sure you stop in at Annabelle's Cafe before hopping on the 9am ferry...it's a very friendly place. Get something to go.
Every May and June, adult alewives use their sense of smell to migrate from the ocean, swimming upstream into rivers, lakes, and ponds. Spawning then occurs in ponds or lakes or quiet backwaters of rivers and streams.
Data from Maine points to good water quality on lakes with healthy alewife populations. In the estuaries and the ocean, striped bass, cod, and haddock feed on alewives, and the recovery of these economically valuable fish depends, in part, on restored populations of alewives.
Alewives tie together our ocean, rivers, and lakes, playing a central part in the web of life. When they migrate back downstream, on their way to the ocean..they become food for striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, tunas, cod, haddock, halibut, American eel, rainbow trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon, small and largemouth bass, pickerel, pike, white and yellow perch, seabirds, bald eagle, osprey, great blue herons, gulls, terns, cormorants, seals, whales, otter, mink, fox, raccoon, skunk, weasel, fisher, and turtles.