Meet your Hosts
We are Mary Ellen & Ron and will be available should you need us during your stay. We live at our Shop/Studio which is situated diagonally up the hill and across the street from Seanook and next door to Paradise Cottage. We will greet you on arrival, give you the tour, and try to answer any questions you may have about the house and the area. You will have our phone numbers, should you need anything while you are here. In summer we may use the float occasionally. Other than that, we will leave you to enjoy on your own, except that Ron will be down on the dock in the evening to take photos of the sunsets, his special passion.
Ron grew up in New Jersey; Mary Ellen in Massachusetts. Ron spent time in the Marines in Japan and Korea and then worked in advertising in New York City building display models for big advertisers.
Mary Ellen lived in Upper Heyford, England for four years where she took oil painting lessons from Mr. E. J. Willey. Mary Ellen’s parents moved to Greeley, Colorado and she followed and raised her family there. Ron observed people older than himself who had been in advertising most of their lives and decided that was not where he wanted to be at their age; he brought his family camping to Maine, and never left. Mary Ellen bought her siblings shares of the East Boothbay property after her father died in 1997 and commenced renovations to winterize the two cottages. In March of 1999, Mary Ellen arrived for good to find Ron working for her contractor on Seanook. Since then they have done all the renovations themselves.
Ron was raised in a family of constant do-it-yourself construction projects. Every time they went to visit someone, there would be a house to build or a stone wall to complete. Also as an advertising model-maker, he worked in multiple mediums.
Mary Ellen’s family was quite thrifty, but she was always allowed to spend on supplies for a creative project. By the time she was 10, she was making her own clothes. In Colorado she had her own sewing business so as to be at home with her young family. She handled all kinds of alterations, but also custom designed many wedding dresses, etc.
Mary Ellen moved her sewing business to Boothbay initially, and Ron continued to do outside carpentry for several years. By the summer of 2000, they were creating a scale model of their future shop/studio building on the dining room table at Paradise Cottage. Now they are happy doing most of the work around the property themselves out of their shop. A neighbor says of the two of them, “To you the whole world is just malleable!” since between them they can usually figure out how to accomplish about anything creative.
Ron repairs and refinishes furniture in his spare time and his latest passion is creating outdoor
wooden benches for our gardens. Mary Ellen spends many hours tending the gardens and balances that in winter with projects on the properties, as there is always plenty to keep us both busy. Our passion is to always be making your vacation more comfortable and enjoyable.