by Beth Luberecki
This seasonal, 21-room inn dates back to the 1920s and offers a throwback kind of vacation experience. There are no TVs or phones in the rooms decorated with custom Maine art and furnishings. But there’s plenty to keep families busy here, from bike riding and lawn games to nightly bonfires complete with s’mores. Dine on lobster fresh from the boat or enjoy the Sunday Jazz Brunch, where French crullers, Casco mussels and other delicacies are on the menu. The inn can also arrange for private boat charters for exploring the bay and neighboring islands, and guests can engage in a little friendly competition at the Great Chebeague Golf Course or Tennis Club. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.
Our Editor Loves
- The historic charm
- Easy access to the outdoors
- The unplugged experience
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
We came to Chebeague Island as part of our Honeymoon trip around New England. The ferry ride from Portland was fantastic, great guide and a beautiful, relaxing journey at a very reasonable price. We took the CASCO bay ferry, and stopped for lunch at The Porthole Restaurant which was AMAZING- great service and food, with a fantastic view on the terrace. We previously arranged with Chebeague Island Inn to collect us from the landing (a good hour walk to the inn!) upon their suggestion on their website. I gave the time and date and got a confirmation, coming all the way from England, I wanted to make sure there would be a way to get to the Inn. When we arrived, we waited 40 minutes for someone from the hotel to collect us but no one showed. I then called and they said they would leave now. A further 30 minutes later a driver appeared but not much conversation. When we arrived, the inn was very quiet, which is fair enough given the low season. We loved our room, with an ocean view, and had previously booked a table for dinner. We arrived downstairs to an almost empty restaurant, and we were hurried through our meal (very overpriced, lacking in vegetarian options- not ideal for more than one night stay) The trip was lovely but we did feel we had interrupted the staff's holiday - everything had to be requested. The advertised fire pit and marshmellows were provided upon asking a few times and protests to the weather not being great (it was lovely!) We felt as though we were intruding on the young staff's down time, which was such a shame since we discovered the inn on Instagram and made a special trip. The island itself is beautiful, take the bikes and visit the small beaches, well worth the trip. Not much else there, or anywhere else to get food so dinner at the Inn for a second night it was! I would love to visit again in the high season to compare, I'm sure we'd receive a friendlier service - but definitely worth a trip if you're in the area, once in a lifetime experience for us I'm sure!
by E H
The Chebeague Island Inn is a one-of-a-kind property. You can't help but relax during a stay here!
I visited twice this Fall - 1st with our parents and then with friends.
Enjoyed riding out to the Inn on the ferry from Cousin's Island and the shuttle met us near the dock for transport to the Inn...very comfortable van!
We arrived early so the front desk held our bags while we went to brunch and delivered the bags to our rooms when ready.
The menus covered all the bases with selections to please anybody. The food was delicious and service was friendly and professional (except one meal - no dessert offered - just delivered the check)
The living room and the porch make the trip! The view overlooking the ocean at sunset is amazing and with cocktails / small bites you'll never want to leave!
Relaxed by the fire after dinner one night w/ a lovely couple from Germany, played scrabble one day, and read by the window another - all in the spacious comfy living room.
We were able to take advantage of corn-hole on the lawn and take bikes for a ride to the boatyard where we did a little shopping and ate a little chowder at 'the Niblic' store.
Cute rooms w/ nautical flair and comfy beds.
Front desk staff were friendly and very accommodating. Waiters and waitresses were a mixed bag ~ some better than others ~ but I guess that's true most places!
Great little getaways!