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Tidewater Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vinalhaven
maine
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“great island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2012

spent a night to celebrate our anniversary. great location; friendly people, good food. they have bikes to use that are great to explore the island. Don,t miss eating at the haven and swimming at the quarry.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2012

Needing to have just a one night stay at a motel on Vinalhaven, the only choice was the Tidewater. Very helpful owners but the condition of the room just didn't measure up. Everything was old and rather worn - not a big deal but the room just wasn't clean. The blankets were very worn and didn't look or smell clean. The floors didn't look clean either. The bathroom was in acceptable shape. I would stay there again if it was necessary but wouldn't look forward to it. This is in real contrast to the rest of Vinalhaven, which is just wonderful.

  • Stayed August 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

The Tidewater Motel is over the culvert that allows the tide to flow into a bay and then flow out. Therefore, the tides are coming in under your balcony or returning out to sea. When the tides are coming in, the sound is beautiful - very similar to a waterfall but more intense. The motel is vintage and the rooms are not updated, but they are clean, and the view is breathtaking. They serve a contrinental breakfast and the inn is in the heart of the town. The rooms do not have AC but only warm for a few minutes a day even in July because you are over the water and the island is 10 miles out to sea. This is our 3rd stay at the Inn and we are very pleased every time we stay. Vinalhaven is a true fishing island so there is not a lot of activities but it is such a peaceful place to drive around and the balcony is a wonderful place to read a book. We will be back.

You need to make ferry reservations to go to Vinalhaven by car 30 days prior to your planned stay, but if you have problems, the owner of the inn can arrange the necessary ferry ride for a fee.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

Well, the Tidewater is an institution of Vinalhaven. It sort of reflects the essence of the island - unassuming, sturdy, clean and just want you want. The loudest thing is the sound of the tide going and coming that flows under the bridge. You will just love this little place. It is run in a laid back way - don't be surprised if your key is left with a note on the counter in the office when you arrive. They have bikes to rent and lots of wonderful stories. And make sure you check out the museum at the historical society - it is wonderful.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

Upon arrival, you quickly realize this is a quiet little island town and this being the only motel was worth the cost. Opening the door to room #6 we were hit with a spectacular view to the harbor with our own deck. Our room literally is over the water. Quiet only at high tide, the rushing waters below make for an exciting stay. The room itself was a little worn but had everything we needed for our stay. Staff was friendly although plans need to be confirmed as the owner is spread a little thin on remembering it all. Kayaking is superb! Seals and bald eagles were scene.

We will return.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

Our family spent a memorable 2 nights at the Tidewater Motel recently. We stayed in rooms 7 & 8 and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and location over the water. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. We especially enjoyed the lobster boat ride they arranged for all of us!

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Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

My husband and I have stayed at all sorts of great places but our visit to the Tidewater was one of the most fun. We were lucky enough to get the Crow's Nest, which is a great little room at the top of the motel. The room itself is somewhat worn, granted, but it has everything you need, including a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. It helped that we had gorgeous weather the weekend we were there so we could sit out on the tiny private balcony and watch the goings on in the harbor. The place is super low-key and some people may be confused to see room keys laid out on the unmanned counter in the reception area, but you just take the key and get yourself set up! There's a small continental breakfast set up in the reception area, as well, with cereal and really yummy muffins. We went over without a car and expected to rent either bikes or kayaks from the motel, but we actually spend both days exploring on foot. Lane's Island, owned by the Nature Conservancy is a gorgeous walk and both of the quarries that are now public swimming spots are wonderful and within walking distance of the motel. A few words of warning about Vinalhaven in general - it's a really small town, meaning that the options for dining and shopping are few. What's there is great, but pay close attention to the hours of operation for the local places, especially on Sunday when nearly everything is closed or closes early. If you enjoy the outdoors and don't need to be pampered, you'll love Vinalhaven and the Tidewater.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tidewater Motel
Address: 15 Main St, P.O. Box 546, Vinalhaven, ME 04863-3920
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Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Vinalhaven
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vinalhaven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tidewater Motel is built on a bridge separating Carver's Harbor to the south from Carver's Pond, its tidal estuary, to the north. The same rush of ocean water coming and going right under your harborside room once powered a blacksmith shop and grist mill on the site. Few views can equal those at the Tidewater and few places are as relaxing; the ebb and flow is nature's own sedative. Still, the world's most productive lobster fleet, anchored right outside your window, gets an early start, so you may not want to sleep in. Open year-round, the Tidewater is the island's only motel. If you want to be closer to the water, you'll have to get wet. ... more   less 
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