Maine Places

On Toddy Pond

Maine Places

Living in a city, I have grown accustomed to a certain amount of noise. When I’m outside, the sounds of birdcalls, barking dogs, leaf blowers, and car engines tend to meld into a kind of background music I barely even notice. By contrast, when we visit my in-laws’ place in Surry (population 1,466), I am alternately struck by the solitude and how loud everything is. Over Thanksgiving weekend, we took many walks along the camp roads near their home on Toddy Pond, sporting as much blaze-orange gear as we could cobble together. On each outing, the drumbeat of a hawk’s wings, shrill banter of red squirrels, and deep moans of tree limbs shifting and ice heaving pierced the vast quiet, snapping us out of whatever conversation or thoughts we were having. Here, eleven miles from the nearest town center, virtually every noise seemed significant, symphonic, and deserving of attention.

Toddy Pond, Surry, Maine

Unable to tune out, I tuned into the artful patterns in the windblown fields along Toddy Pond Road, the long shadows cast by evergreens on pine-needled lawns, and the seemingly infinite variations among cozy lakefront log cabins.

Toddy Pond cabin
Toddy Pond cabin
Toddy Pond cabin
Toddy Pond cabin

Right now, I’m feeling like hibernating in one of these for the winter would be perfectly lovely — what do you think?


8 Comments

  1. Russ Roeder

    Are any of these places for rent or sale? Is this midcoast Maine?

    • Sarah Stebbins

      Hi Russ, Surry is in the Down East region — the nearest larger town is Ellsworth. Sadly, these cabins are not for sale but I will be posting some that are soon! Thanks for reading.

  2. Carolyn bower

    Since I am living in a snug little house (though not a cabin) on Toddy Pond, I am feeling very fortunate. You put into words beautifully the things I love about being here. There is so much noise in the silence around me when I step out first thing in the morning to feed the birds. And yet, the noise is part of that peaceful feeling of woods and water all over the state of Maine. Pinch me – I actually get to live here all year!!

    • Sarah Stebbins

      You are very lucky and we are so lucky that we get to visit you. 🙂

  3. Lynn LaMar

    I will forever miss my ten years in Lubec on 22 acres next to the ocean…

    • Sarah Stebbins

      After your Brooklyn stint, come back! Maine would love to have you. 🙂

  4. Nancy Biggs

    And I will forever miss my 20 years in Maine and a mile from the ocean. There is no state that is more special than Maine.

    • Sarah Stebbins

      I hope you can return, Nancy. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your experience.

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