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 stayed in an ocean view room with private bath. The room was quite small, which we were aware of when we booked. The common spaces of the hotel are really nice, the large porch with ocean views and the inside sitting room with fireplace. We borrowed bikes from the hotel to tour the island. The older bikes need to be mai ntained better or replaced.
When we were at the inn(midweek) the only other place on the island for dinner was not open, so we ate both dinners at the Inn. The first was just great , both the service and the food. The second was memorable, but not in a good way. The dinner had obviously been overbooked and the staff was not able to give good service. We waited an hour and a half for our entrees. We had incorrect food brought to our table and were asked (after an hour) by our server what we had ordered. After our meal was served, no one came to check on us or fill our drinks. We were offered free desserts, but by that time, all we wanted to do was finish our food and leave. Since there are no other options for meals, the inn really has a responsibility to do a better job in this area for their guests.
I took my British parents to the inn for lunch. My dad declared his meal “the best fish and chips I’ve had outside of the U.K.”
The drinks and meal were excellent as was the service. Not to mention the gorgeous view!