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Inn on the Harbor
Ranked #1 of 4 Stonington B&B and Inns
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kauai
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“highlight of our vacation”
Reviewed 22 August 2012

This place isn't "fancy", and maybe a little quirky, but I was absolutely blown away by the location - not "near" the water, but ON the water. The room (the Steven Taber Room) was so so comfortable in a slouchy sort of way - soft smooshy chairs facing the view, Great big fluffy bed, in a really big room. Bath was simple but clean - and our room had it's own private deck which we spent lots of time on. I was sad to leave after our 2 nights. Note though, that you are on a working harbor- we found it fascinating watching the lobster boats come and go - the windjammer cruises sail by etc., but it can be noisy! We thought it added to the whole experience, but others might not agree. The women who ran the front desk and coffee place were absolutely lovely. I would make the drive down to the point of Deere Isle just to stay here again.

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2012

We come to the Inn every year, but have neglected to write a review til now. We are frequent travelers, but this is the place we look forward to coming to all year. The Inn is very nice but also very comfortable. We stay in the Victory Chimes each year - we particularly love the view and the fireplace. We have found the staff to be terrific - and now consider the owner, Christina Shipps, to be a friend. Breakfasts are terrific, although frankly all the baked goods are a little too tempting. And we've never detected a smell of rotten fish - just salt water with the occasional low tide, but that is to be expected when you are on a deck over the water. The town is just right - a working lobster village that hasn't yet (and hopefully never will) been overrun by tourism. There is even a little wine shop with a nice wine selection, cheese etc. One of our favorite activities is to have wine and cheese on the deck, absorbing the amazing view. And keeping an eye out for Fred, the local harbor seal. We look forward to many more trips. Jackie O., Kissimmee, FL

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West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

I've stayed at Inn on the Harbor several itiems and jsut love it. Christine and her staff are very friendly and helpful with suggestions. The rooms are comfortable and the views from the harbor facing rooms are awesome. If you want to get away from it all and just relax this is the place.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 August 2012

There is a nice terrace with views towards the sea and the harbour. The atmosphere on this terrace and throughout the location is peaceful.
The rooms to the front have nice views over the harbour, the rooms to the street are a bit noisy in the early morning. The rooms itself are comfortable containing a very informative and entertaining guest book.
Due to the presence at the harbour there is -quite often- a strong smell of (rotten) fish around the location. We found this- especially at breakfast- slightly unpleasant.
The breakfast is ok but nothing special. Unfortunately, the staff at the reception appears to be a bit unmotivated and not very communicative (this might be due to the fact that the Inn is currently for sale). In the light of all this we found that the room rates are too high for this location.

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CSHIPPS, Owner at Inn on the Harbor, responded to this review, 13 August 2012
Just a note to address the "fishy fragrance" in Stonington. This village is the largest lobstering port in Maine. Occassionally, perhaps once every two to three years, a lobsterman or a bait truck spills some bait in the harbor and it washes ashore. I am afraid this is what happened the week our guest from Germany was here.
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2012

We stayed in the large Victory Chimes room. Very comfortable. Fireplace (nice to have if you visit later in season), terrific view from large picture window. Big bathroom with tub. The large deck with chaises and tables is just outside the room's door. Watch the fishermen arrive at the harbor with their catch which is loaded on to trucks bound for happy lobster lovers far and wide. The breakfast is simple but good (muffins, toast made with delicious local breads, juice, good coffee, yogurt, cereal). It was a very pleasant experience. We met people at breakfast who've been going there for years so that is a very good sign indeed. Don't miss going to the fabulous Farmer's Market on Friday mornings!!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bellaire, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2012

Every time we go to Maine, we stay at the Inn on the Harbor, as we hop up the Coast. This is by far our favorite place. It is so cozy and comfortable and the view is the best. It is on a busy working harbor so there is lots of activity to watch besides the gorgeous view. Stonington is definately a fishing village but there is also enough for the tourists. You can walk to everything, including some good restaurants and a few shops. The Inn is right on main street on the harbor, in the middle of everything. The breakfast is wonderful with homemade granola, breads, muffins, and fresh fruit. I cannot more highly recommend a place than this. It is so relaxing and beautiful and off the beaten path. But you can easily get to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park for a day trip from here.

Room Tip: Every room has a great view if you are on the water side.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tulum, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Comfortable large room. Heritage view had incredible view of the harbor. Binoculars included. Access to sun decks (at 2 levels) Limited (continental) breakfast included. Comfortable bed. Fireplace in room. Hotel guide book compiled by owner was informative and funny. Restaurants close by.

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Property: Inn on the Harbor
Address: 45 Main Street, Stonington, Deer Isle, ME 04681
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Deer Isle > Stonington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Stonington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OPEN YEAR ROUND Known for its unique charm and spectacular view of the Penobscot Bay islands, the Inn on the Harbor on Deer Isle offers a perfect romantic waterfront retreat. Built in the 1880s and perched right on the edge of picturesque Stonington Harbor, this bed and breakfast captures the very essence of Maine's Downeast island life. Ten of the thirteen individually decorated guestrooms face the sea and enjoy gorgeous views of Isle au Haut, the Windjammers and the island's fishing fleet. Guests can relax on the spacious flower-covered deck extending out into the harbor and enjoy the tide rising and falling beneath the Inn. They can fall asleep to the sound of nearby Mark Island Light's foghorn and wake up to the lobstermen heading out to sea. Several of our rooms have wood burning fireplaces and/or private decks. Our accommodations are relaxed and comfortable, all with private baths and sitting areas. The coastal atmosphere, with fresh salt air and brilliant sunny skies, encourages many of our guests to simply put their feet up and relax while watching Stonington's bustling waterfront. This is Maine's Downeast island life at its best. ... more   less 
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