The grandparents said they'd take the kids and my wife and I were looking for a place to get away and rest, and we found it at the Chebeaugue Island Inn. The weather was rainy, but we had a great time. We left the car in the ferry parking lot off Route One and took the school bus to the ferry. Taking the short ferry from Yarmouth made it feel like we were really getting away from it all. This was mid-week, before July 4th, and the only people on the ferry (and on the Island, really) were locals coming back from shopping on the mainland. We were the only people staying at the Inn - which was a little strange - but the owner and staff made us feel very comfortable and there were lots of people around for dinner. It didn't feel like The Shining at all! We ate dinner at the restaurant (there's really no where else to eat on the Island, except the Slow Bell or clamshack) and were pleased with the food and service. It's not cheap, but we're from Westchester, NY and the Inn felt less expensive than our local restaurants. After dinner the first night we borrowed lanterns and walked the 1/2 mile down the road to the Slow Bell and had a drink and conversation with the bar tender and some of the locals.
It rained and rained for most of the time we were there. So, we sat on the porch looking out over Casco Bay toward Yarmouth and read. It was late June, but there was a fire burning in the stone fireplace. But finally the rain slackened a bit, so we put on our jackets and borrowed one of the LL Bean bikes from the Inn and rode all over the Island for a few hours. We walked across the dune to Little Chebeague and nearly got stranded by the incoming tide (it comes in VERY quickly). Every car we passed waved to us. We waved back. We stopped for excellent lobster rolls and fries at the clam shack (I can't remember the name, but it's the only one on the island!). By the end of the ride, the sun came out!
The rooms are small, but the beds at the Inn are comfortable and we were so impressed with the pillows that we took the pillowcase off to check the brand - turns out they are Cuddledown, which are made in Maine. They have an outlet in Freeport, so on the way home we stopped and bought two half price pillows - and they're just as comfortable at home as at the Inn.
All in all, it was a great trip - just what we needed for a two-day getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chebeague (pron: shuh-Beeg) is one of Maine's most beautiful islands, currently home to 400 year-round residents, many whose families have been here for generations and many summer families. One of the few remaining inns that once dotted the coast and played an important part in Maine summers, Chebeague Island Inn has been thoughtfully restored to recapture its classic beauty and special place in the island community. Originally built in the 1880s, Chebeague Island Inn has been a landmark and destination for well over 100 years. Just 1.5 hours north of Boston and 25 minutes from the Portland International Jetport, getting to Chebeague Island Inn is easy; and once here you'll feel like you're a million miles away. Dining at Chebeague Island Inn is its own unique and memorable experience, marked by exquisite cuisine, delicious drinks and impeccable service. Featuring seasonal, local ingredients served in creative ways that enable the natural flavors to shine, there's sure to be a dish for everyone. ... more less
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- Chebeague Island Hotel Chebeague Island