Approximate travel time from Portland: 30-45 minutes one-way (trip times vary based upon route and cargo volume)
Diamond Cove, on Great Diamond Island, is Maine’s premier private island community. The heart of Diamond Cove is Fort McKinley, designed to defend Portland Harbor during the Spanish-American War. Built between 1891 and 1907, Fort McKinley housed more than 1,000 soldiers in brick barracks and Queen Anne-style officers’ quarters surrounding a stately parade ground. The fort was retired from active service in 1945.
Historic Fort McKinley has been restored to its original elegance and is now is home to beautiful residences. Barracks and Officer’s Quarters have become gracious homes with slate roofs, wooden porches, grand staircases and fireplaces. The former Quartermaster’s storehouse is now home to Diamond’s Edge Restaurant, a 5-star restaurant operated seasonally. Other historic buildings house Diamond Cove General Store, Art Gallery, and Museum. Diamond Cove is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and every effort is made to preserve its architectural integrity. No gas powered vehicles are allowed on Diamond Cove except for maintenance vehicles. Electric golf carts are allowed.
Diamond Cove is a private community and although visitors are welcome to walk along Diamond Avenue to use the restaurant (within 50 yards of the ferry stop at Diamond Cove), Inn and the General Store (located next to the restaurant), they are not allowed to walk through the private property, parade ground, parks, beaches, or private roads or use any of the amenities within this community without an escort.
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Things to Do at Diamond Cove
Diamond’s Edge Restaurant
Diamond Cove is home to Diamond’s Edge Restaurant, a five star restaurant operated seasonally by a talented local restaurant company. A rustic, yet elegant fine dining restaurant, Diamond’s Edge focuses on local fare and fresh seafood, serving brunch, lunch and dinner, with a bar menu and a raw bar onsite. The restaurant is also available for weddings, family reunions, and corporate events. The restaurant is open from late May through late September. During the summer months reservations are recommended. Please call 207-766-5850 for more information.
Inn at Diamond Cove
The Inn at Diamond Cove opened July 17, 2015 after a $12 million dollar renovation. House in the historic military base, Fort McKinley, the Inn is built in former soldiers’ barrack and retains much of the barracks’ architectural integrity with large windows and high ceilings. The Inn at Diamond Cove offers comfortable and classic rooms, many with separate sitting rooms, kitchenettes and balconies overlooking the heated in ground pool and cabana. Guests at the Inn spend time relaxing poolside, exploring the island’s may trails, bicycling, playing tennis or simply sitting with a view of the ocean and a great book in hand.
A full-service marina with deep water slips for large sailboats and motor boats. Call 207-766-5850 for information.
The Diamond Cove General Store is located just steps from the ferry dock and is open seasonally from the end of May through early October. The store offers grocery items, ice cream, pizza, fresh sandwiches, lobster rolls, beer & wine, live or steamed lobsters, creative dinner specials and events throughout the summer. The General Store will deliver lunch to you while you are aboard Casco Bay Lines.
Fort McKinley Museum
The museum displays artifacts and photographs from the historic Fort McKinley. Historic tours are available by reservation only.
Diamond Cove is unsurpassed as a vacation retreat. A small number of privately owned residences are available for rent. For more information please visit www.GreatDiamondRentals.com or call 207-766-3377.