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“Beautiful, deeply relaxing inn with five star dinners.”
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Squire Tarbox
Ranked #2 of 4 Wiscasset B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 August 2014

My best friend and I stayed at the Squire Tarbox our very first night ever in the beautiful state of Maine. The owners were gracious, the beds were dreamy comfortable, the site --a country retreat-- complete with pet goats and a luscious organic garden--- came together to create a magical experience. In addition, the food was excellent. We had dinner on the screened-in porch and I thought "It just doesn't get any better than this." And I was right:-)

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

By city standards this may be remote, but country folk would say "it is just down the road a piece". I jumped off Route 1 and took 144 and kept going and going. I was begining to think that I had made a wrong turn when the Tarbox Inn came into view. This old Maine house, which could tell countless stories, is well managed and reminds me of a typical New England farmhouse of yesteryear. The family is fabuous and very accomodating. The owner of 13 years is Swiss so you know that things are going to be right. I had the smallest room and it had its own quaint balcony that overlooked the back area. Low ceilings but then when you grown up in New England you know about houses like this. They are all unique. You can walk to the water and enjoy the quite or walk the roads that are in the front. The path to the water is very well marked with "path signs." If you get lost then it is your own fault. This visit was in June and the day lightens around 4:10 a.m. If you take a morning early before 5 a.m. walk you will hear a trio of woodpeckers pounding away. The breakfast is a great meal to start the day. Fresh museli, yogurt, breads (some homemade) and homemade jams adorn the table. The black currant and raspberry are top-shelf jams. On Monday night they do brick oven pizza during the season. Sadly I was there on a Tuesday and that is also the one night of the week that their onsite restaurant is dark. When I asked to confirm directions at the tourist area in Bath the agent told me that I was going to eat good and love the place. She was right. On this visit they were planting the garden for the upcomng veggie harvest. There are free-range chickens that you will see when the want you, too. I will say that one night was not enough but the short time spent was very relaxing. Great place to travel the area around Boothbay and Bath and avoid the tourist crowds.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Thank scoopC5
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This charming Inn, although somewhat remote, is a delight. The food and hospitality are clearly worth the drive down Westport Island. We Happened to arrive in Swiss Night, and had a fondue to die for. Treat yourself to this and you'll be back again soon to spend several days.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

N43°54.081' W69°42.523' We left Wiscasset after dark for the Squire Tarbox Inn with only the satellite navigation knowing where to go. We got the feeling entering an unknown dark world, driving along country roads without any clue of our position. After a half hour, suddenly we noticed lights in the dark and entered the remote world of hotel guests enjoying themselves in a 1763 farmhouse sitting room of the Squire Tarbox Inn.

This Lonely Planet top choice is in the middle of the Westport Island, has 11 rooms and, we think, the only restaurant on the island. We asked for the cheapest and smallest, room number 5, for two nights in August 2013. The ceiling is very low and the bathroom is tiny. We aren't oversized, so we did not have problems with tiny spaces. We found our room to be intimate, although there wasn’t a key to our room. With open windows and insect screens, because mosquitos are relentless here, you sleep very close to nature. The excellent bed and pure air contributed to an excellent sleep. We didn't need the window air conditioner. Wi-Fi is good in the barn, not in our room. The terrace of the room is useless because of the mosquitos. Use the main terrace with mosquito screens.

We read to reviews about the grumpy old Swiss owner, but his absolute friendly wife and daughter safely retired him to the back office away from guests. But the Swiss theme is still present in the excellent breakfast and menu in the restaurant. The haddock and duck breast dishes were very good, competing with a glorious sunset generating a sunset alarm throughout the hotel.

The owner gave us an introduction of two walks in the neighbourhood of the Inn. We walked the West Shore Road including the Bonyon preserve. The only downside to this beautiful walk, despite applying DEET to visible skin, were the ferocious attacks of mosquitos biting through our clothing and leaving irritating marks. Apply DEET under your clothes. For the rest, The Squire Tarbox Inn is much recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

My husband and I stayed here on our road trip around New England last October. What an amazing place - bit of a drive to get there but well worth it. The best surprise was the food in the restaurant - amazing standard and cooked by the husband and daughter owners. Breakfast was equally amazing and they even jump started our hire car which conked out on us. Amazing house, beautiful rooms and lounge areas, honesty bar and lovely owners. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

We came to the Squire tarbox Inn on our honeymoon 26 years ago. We felt the need to get away for a long weekend and wanted to see if the Inn was still in existence. So happy to find it was albeit under different management. It is now run by a very accomplished and decorated Swiss chef and his wife, an ex flight attendant with Pan Am and their daughter Lara, a real breath of fresh air. We visited in december of 2013 and the rooms in the main house were available. Our main floor room was equiped with aworking fireplace and was always cozy despite the extremely cold outside temps. Every room in the main house...parlor, dining room, sitting room...were inviting and comfy. The food was delightful and all had a Swiss/German treatment. I had oh so tender venison which was marinated and served with Spaetzle and red cabbage...kind of in the style of saur bratten.
Our hosts were very accomodating. We dined with locals who frequent the Inn and the conversation was lively. Breakfasts and conversations with Lara were equally enjoyable. A refreshing change from our busy existence.
I can highly recommend this as a wonderfully romantic getaway. You won't be sorry. We will be back and it won't take 26 years this time.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Having had dinner at Squire Tar Box a couple of times we can only recommend it as the best in the area. Reservations are required and it's a bit off the beaten path, but definitely worth it. Classic European or American, venison or fish, or anything else - just terrific, in a wonderful setting. Only place we know where you can have Swiss wine for hundreds of miles!
We didn't stay at the Inn.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1181 Main Rd, Westport Island, Wiscasset, ME 04578-3501
Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Wiscasset
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Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Wiscasset
Price Range: £152 - £195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Squire Tarbox 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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