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Diamond Cove

Great Diamond Island, Portland, ME 04109
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Ranked #33 of 66 Attractions in Portland
Traveler Description: Diamond Cove is a historic restoration of what used to be Fort McKinley from 1890 - 1945.  Ft. McKinley served as a coastal artillery base that... more »
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Hollis Center, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We always make sure to schedule at least one and usually more visits each year and have done so for at least the last five years. We have even hosted a college mini-reunion there. Unless you are one of the fortunate few who live on the island or anchor your yacht in the cove, getting there requires a ferry trip... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We landed on the island and didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprise it was very quiet and peaceful , we ate a the general store for lunch and the owner Amy was very nice to deal with. It's a great place to go in the summer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We enjoyed a tasty summertime dinner with college friends, on a perfect August evening at Diamond Cove. The ambiance and aesthetics are perfect, service was terrific, and good menu offering the usual seacoast suspects. Plenty of food, super fresh oysters, good wine list (not unique), peaceful an inviting environment for talking and dining. The ferry ride from Portland is brief,... More

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is my second year staying at Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island in Casco Bay, off Portland Maine. This location is an old military base that has been renovated. Most of the homes are built around a parade ground with a few near the cove. There are other newer home that have built since. The first year we rented... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

There are few places left that haven't succumbed to the ever encroaching uniformity and blandness of suburbanization and chain stores but Portland and Diamond Cove in particular have managed to remain something utterly one of a kind and special. Diamond Cove will appeal for it's rich history and it's physical beauty. Nearly half the island is uninhabited forest and the... More

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