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Welcome to Acadias Oceanside Meadows Inn... At the head of Sand Cove, Acadia Schoodic, Maine
Discover the serenity and warm hospitality of Acadias Schoodic Peninsula in the heart of beautiful Downeast Maine.
Oceanside Meadows Inn, an historic sea captain's home c. 1860 and 1830s farmhouse, standing on 200 acres at the head of Sand Cove five minutes from Acadia National Park at Schoodic.
We invite you to join us here for a relaxing respite on the ocean. Be lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf on our private sandy beach.
Oceanside Meadows is the perfect setting for your vacation, wedding reception, honeymoon, reunion, executive meeting or small conference. Please don't hesitate to inquire about your special needs. Whether you are traveling alone or with your entire family, Oceanside Meadows will provide you with a most memorable seaside experience.
There are lots of things to do while staying at our historic inn...
- The 2000 acre Acadia National Park at Schoodic only five minutes away, offers miles of hiking trails, coastline and crashing surf.
- Another favorite spot closeby is the 3500 acre bird sanctuary "The Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge" that offers a magnificent piece of pristine coastline with annotated trails with info about the bird and animal life.
- Our 200 acre preserve surrounding our inn offers many wildlife habitats including a unique sandy beach is a great place to have a picnic, lie in the sun or take a dip in the refreshing Atlantic.
- Explore the rugged coastline, tidal pools, and lighthouses; spot an eagle or osprey overhead; try sea kayaking, yachting or fresh water canoeing.
- Explore the fine work of local artisans, a bell foundry, winery and many fine restaurants to choose from.
- Join us for croquet on the lawn; relax in the flower gardens or curl up by the fire with a good book or parlor game.
Individually appointed bedrooms are all furnished with your comfort in mind. Ocean views, private baths, flowers from the garden, gourmet breakfasts and gentle sea breezes await you.
The sea captain's home was built by Captain George Allen, intentionally built to welcome guests the inn was placed close to the white sand beach at the head of the bay, so that summer visitors could enjoy the relaxing sound of the surf and the cool sea breezes. Inside the inn you are reminded of the buildings history and original owner. The travels of the sea captain are reflected in furnishings which would have been collected during his voyages around the globe. Inlaid screens from the east, a magnificent carved elephant from India, fine furnishings from England and many pieces reminiscent of the ports of Boston and New York.
Several models of grand sailing ships of the day adorn the main living room, which commands spectacular views of the bay and crashing surf. In the evenings a large fire place bathes the room with a warm glow creating a welcoming atmosphere conducive to conversation, while marshmallows are roasted and hot chocolate enjoyed after a day of fresh air and adventures on the peninsula.
Guests at the inn wake to the sun rising across the bay, the sound of birds all around and the occasional sighting of moose that stroll onto the beach to feed on seaweed brought on the last tide. Gourmet breakfasts are served daily and are available to all our guests staying both in the sea captains home and the farmhouse.
Sonja's very special three or four course breakfasts are served in the colonial house dinning rooms, where guests gather for a wonderful culinary experience which often includes exquisite chilled soups, fresh homemade muffins and breads, waffles, pancakes, soufflés, baked eggs to name just a few of her extensive repertoire of wonderful dishes. A perfect way to begin your day in Down East Maine as you watch lobster boats ply the Atlantic Ocean just yards away.
Retiring to your you will find comfortable queen or king sized beds, memorable views of the ocean, meadows and gardens with the sounds of nature all around. The trickling of two streams that run by the side of the inn and the sound of the surf will lull you to sleep.
About Your Hosts
At Oceanside Meadows your hosts, Sonja Sundaram and Ben Walter have two very specific goals; to ensure that you have an extraordinary experience staying at their historic inn which has been restored to its former glory with your comfort in mind, and to introduce you to their ever growing 200 acre nature preserve and this magnificent part of Acadia.
Husband and wife team, Sonja, whose background lies in geography and teaching, and Ben, whose specialties are marine biology and eco-toxicology, are committed to the environmental preservation of this extraordinary place.
Oceanside Meadows marries all that you would expect from an historic inn that has been open since 1860, with an unparalleled opportunity to explore and understand Maine's environment and its natural splendor.
Oceanside Meadows Institute for the Arts and Sciences’ home base is the restored 1820′s timber framed barn on the 200 acre preserve of Oceanside Meadows Inn in Prospect Harbor, Maine. The Institute was established by inn owners Ben and Sonja Walter-Sundaram with a goal of supporting the advancement of the arts and sciences by providing easier access for all, encouraging research, and promoting education.
The historic barn was restored in the spring of 1998, transformed into a wonderful space for concerts, lectures and seminars which are held throughout the summer season. Some of the previous summer highlights included a week seminar lecture series with Dr. Alan Hale (co-discoverer of comet Hale-Bopp) and astronomer Gary Becker; a lecture from Dr. David Wingate an ornithologist of world renown and a magnificent evening of music with Opera Maine.
The Astronomy seminar series attracted class members from as far away as the United Kingdom, with studies covering the Earth, the Moon, and the solar system, then expanded to the limits of our Milky Way Galaxy.
Astronomy Under Schoodic Skies was designed for active participation and students had the opportunity of operating a telescope in the inn’s gardens and also accessed telescopes using the internet. There were thought games and experiments, all were challenged to probe, investigate, manipulate, question the universe in which we live. Presentations were held in the mornings with afternoons and early evenings left free to explore our wonderful Schoodic Peninsula.
Dr. Alan Hale gave an evening lecture to which all the local community were invited, filling the restored barn to capacity for what was the first public lecture held under it’s magnificent timbered roof since it was built over 175 years ago. It was a thrilling moment for Ben and Sonja Walter-Sundaram, to see their dreams of creating an arts and science center become a reality; a great beginning for a season of events that brought capacity crowds. Seeing and hearing Dr. Hales description of the Hubbell telescope’s “Deep Field” image of galaxies billions of light years away brought home the wonder of the universe and the importance of preservation of our planet. Good planets are indeed hard to find!
An important part of the mission of the Arts and Science center is to provide access to such events as the Astronomy seminar week, to some students that may not have the means to meet the course fees. To this end we have developed an internship program whereby members of our local community can help us with projects such as developing interpretative trails on our 200 acre preserve and other programs that help build the future of the Arts and Science center. In our first year we were glad to be joined by two interns, one a brilliant young astronomer who attends one of our local grammar schools and another local resident of our community. If you are interested in the internship programs please contact us for more information.
Many free science lectures are also held at the institute, largely focusing on the environment and its preservation. Dr. David Wingate’s lecture in the fall of 1998 presented the extraordinary story of the restoration of Non Such Island in Bermuda into an island museum devoid of introduced species. Dr. Wingate’s work has resulted in the successful re-creation of the natural habitat found across Bermuda before man’s arrival. The restoration of Non Such Island has seen the successful re-introduction of the Yellow Crowned Night Heron, believed to be a close relative of a Heron species once found in Bermuda but long extinct. The Bermuda Storm Petrel or Cahow, once thought to be extinct now colonizes islands near to Non-Such; housed in ground nests designed and built by Dr. Wingate, a remarkable story of conservation in action.
Opera Maine brought a magnificent evening of Opera to the Institute at the height of the summer in 1998, and a capacity crowd. The evening started with a reception with fine Bartlett Wines, which were generously donated and served by Kathy Bartlett of the local award winning winery. Hors-d’oeuvre’s were prepared by Sonja Sundaram and donated by Oceanside Meadows Inn.
Opera Maine’s superb performance included Lee Hoiby’s “Bon Appetit” and Menotti’s “The Telephone”. Opera Maine in conjunction with the Institute donated an additional afternoon performance of “The Telephone” specifically for children in the area which was a great success. The children’s concert brought Opera to both the ears of many local children and to the hall for the first time.
1999 brought a full season of events including several science lectures that included Hope Douglas a Wildlife Rehabilitator who was joined by a Great Horned Owl a Red Tailed Hawk and other birds that she had rescued. Hope Douglas spoke to children from both the Winter Harbor and Gouldboro Grammar Schools at the Innstitute about her work’s 67% success rate in returning injured birds to their natural habitat. Glen Mittlehauser spoke on Harlequin Ducks on the Maine Coast which he is studying as part of his masters program at College of the Atlantic, giving us great insight into local island life of these fascinating birds. Throughout the summer 1999 we were blessed again with a series of concerts from Opera Maine that brought six wonderful concerts, together with tremendous performances from the a-cappella group Impromptu! and pianist Paul Sullivan who played to the sound of the surf crashing our our beach just a few yard away from the hall. Myriads of magical evenings have now passed many of which are recorded in our archive of events which can be seen here.