Nestled just 30 minutes by ferry southeast of Mount Desert Island, with superb views of the mountains of Acadia National Park, the five Cranberry Isles host a year-round community of lobstermen, boatbuilders, and craftsmen, as well as numerous rusticators who’ve been returning each summer for years, if not generations.
Because low-bush cranberries grow profusely in fall, if you know where to look. The berries are smaller than store-bought fresh cranberries; they’re about the size of green peas. They grow right on the dry ground, not in bogs. The whole plant is about an inch tall: leaves, berries, and all.