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Craignair Inn at Clark Island
Ranked #1 of 2 Spruce Head B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 September 2012

We looked forward to a night at the Craignair by the seaside. However, service was so-so and breakfast was disappointing. It really takes more than two people to operate a good inn with twenty-eight rooms!!!

Two things really spark my comments. We got there 1.5 hours before dinner, and wanted a glass of wine outside to enjoy the view. We were told (by one of the owners) to have a seat on the deck and she would be out to take our order, and then... everyone forgot we were out there! After 30 min, I finally went in and inquired! Very poor service. The evening meal was really good. However, breakfast was very disappointing for a "good" inn. Coffee was not available until 7:30, and it wasn't hot and it had no flavor. I expect better coffee than that!! There was no choice of menu for breakfast, and it consisted of pan fried potatoes, and a very uninspired omelette... that's it. We certainly won't go back.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

We just returned from two nights at Craignair. Joane and Michael are very gracious hosts and their adorable dog Mimi was most entertaining. The views are spectacular and we enjoyed a number of walks along the beach during low tide and on Clark Island where we explored the old quarry sites. It is a very peaceful spot where you can just relax and soak in a bit of quintessential Maine. We were in Room 20, on the third floor of the main building. On a corner and with a shared bath, we got a nice cross breeze and views of the sunrise and moonrise. The room was immaculate and had some lovely details with hand embroidered valances on the windows and bed shams. The bed was very firm and I would have loved a pillow top mattress pad to soften it a bit. We really appreciated the cieling fan and the reading lights over the bed.
Breakfast was imaginative and delicious both mornings. Seats overlooking the water and cheerful chatter shared with host and guests was a pleasant start to our day, though we would have appreciated stronger coffee to compliment the excellent food. It is a very special place and we will look forward to a return visit in the future. If Miller's Lobster Pound is open be sure to have a meal there right on the wharf. It is a short drive from the Inn and a fantastic place to enjoy a lobster, chowder, or homemade pie with another spectacular view.

Room Tip: Ask for a corner room if they have any available. Number 2 and 20 are both in the corner of the main...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

This week we celebrated our daughter's anniversary, back at the Craignair where they were married a year ago. Once again Joanne and Michael outdid themselves with their hospitality and friendliness. This time we ate at the restaurant for dinner - what a great dining experience. The food at dinner and again at breakfast was superb! We skipped the appetizers in order to have dessert - cheesecake and hot chocolate pudding cakes- yummy! Can't wait to go again this winter for one of their famous burger Fridays.

Room Tip: We stayed on the top floor of the vestry - good views and quiet rooms.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

I was there 5 years ago with my wife and mother. We had 2 rooms with a full bath shared. Had a wonderful time. My mother and the owner at the time wrote letters back and forth describing trips they had taken to Europe.

There are two newer owners now. Michael and Joanne. I was afraid the place would have lost its alure but to the contrary we had another wonderful time. The hosts are very helpful and attentive as well as educated in the area. Breakfast presentation and taste of some local flavor was great. My wife is vegitarian and all were friendly. Dinner was also great to the taste of our whole party of 6 in the alcove. Staff was friendly and local. Our waitress lived 3 doors down.

Adirondack chairs to read on and swing for cuddle out back over looking the Island and ocean. Free WiFi was good too. I cant be disconnected from the world for too long. I will miss MiMi the little pup who was the quietest and most well behaved Jackapoo I have ever met. What a cutie.

Thanks Joanne, Michael, their helpfull son (forgot name) and MiMi for a wonderful time.

Room Tip: Room facing ocean to enjoy sunrise
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

The Craignair is located on the water and is quiet and comfortable. Dinner there was delicious as was the breakfast. It was so nice to be in a B&B with fabulous dining so we did not need to drive or walk anywhere for dinner. The restaurant offers top quality gourmet cuisine. Our room was quiet and comfortable. We also enjoyed our walk the following morning over to the granite quarry. Many thanks Joanne and Michael (le chef).

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

If you want to experience quintessential Maine try the Craignair Inn in Sprucehead, ME. The view of the ocean overlooking the lupine garden is spectacular. The hosts, Joanne and Michael, are extremely warm and accommodate your every need. Rooms are very very comfortable, clean and well kept. The breakfasts are amazing with a wide array of delectable and healthy foods. Dinners at the inn are culinary feasts-delicious and unique! Only 20 minutes from Rockland - an easy back country drive and you can avoid the heavily traveled route 1 traffic. Will stay here anytime we're in the area

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

We have been staying at the Craignair for years and years and LOVE it. It has a special place in our hears. The Inn is at at the end of a dead end road overlooking a deep sandy bay with rocks for reading and resting. the long, 12 foot tide means that the water in the bay warms up enough for swimming - rare in Maine!

The rooms are comfortable and adequate - not fancy. The house was one a boarding house for rock quarry workers who were digging granite for the Empire State Building. Some rooms have shared bath, others, private. The Inn itself and the outbuilding are charming and simple. But you are not there for the rooms - you are there for the sea air, the beautiful bay, the easy, comfortable management and the peace and quiet.

If traveling with your pets - we always bring our dog Gracie to Maine with us- they will accommodate pets - the dogs love to play in the sand at low tide!

We came to Craigniar first in the late 1980's before we had kids - then later with our kids for about 10 years. They LOVED it!!

There is an island next to the Inn that can be hiked and explored - an old orchard, seals in the harbor, osprey in the air and even some secret swimming! Bring a book and get ready to relax. This place is a gift, with some of the most beautiful summer sunsets you will ever see.

Room Tip: If you want a quieter stay, you might ask for a room in the Vespry, a building just up the hill with...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Craignair Inn at Clark Island

Address: 5 3rd St, Spruce Head, ME 04859-4241
Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Spruce Head
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Spruce Head
Price Range: £76 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Craignair Inn at Clark Island 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Craignair Inn and Restaurant is walking distance from beautiful Clark Island via the causeway. We're at the end of a peninsula with relaxing rooms, unmatched food and gorgeous views. Craignair is just minutes to Rockland, 40 minutes to Camden and about an hour to Portland. Come enjoy the peace and serenity of Craignair Inn at Clark Island! ... more   less 
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