I had the unique experience of travelling solo and having the entire barracks/house to myself for the evening. You won't find a better location to watch the sunset from a private deck, enjoy indigo-dark skies for stargazing (a thrill for city-dwellers with light pollution), and watch the sunrise (a walk or short drive) from the lighthouse at the Easternmost point. The whole reason of my stay was to see the sun rise on the first moment of the summer solstice over the Easternmost point and I got my wish granted with splendor.I didn't know there were hiking trails, but I ended up braving the most difficult one, 4 miles, and it was nothing short of a spiritual experience with spectacular coastal views for the first half and lush forestry for the second. I've never hiked and didn't even have proper shoes for some of the rougher parts, but I made it through on no more sustenance than a splash of coffee and an empty stomach. Toward the end, with dewy brow, muddy shoes and a vow to get in better shape, I could hear the "Rocky" theme music in my head, but I swear I came out a different person.
My stay was only for one night, but I wish I had known to bring groceries as I had a full kitchen at my disposal. There are cabinets full of pots, pans, and dishes, a coffeemaker and lots of space if you feel like whipping up a full meal. Unfortunately there was not a store for miles and everything seemed to close by 8:00 p.m., so God bless the person who left behind a box of spaghetti. The charm of a small town is that well, it isn't a big town (which I live in), so if you're looking for 24- hour stores and all conveniences at hand, this isn't the place for you.
The house itself was well-kept and I enjoyed the nautical décor and historical photos. Bathroom clean, bed comfortable, lots of space to move around. Then again, I was in there by myself, I can't speak of how it would be with other guests close at hand. I'm not sure about the "bed and breakfast" moniker, as I didn't see a soul for breakfast (what time would that be, anyway?) and wasn't sure if everyone was going to suddenly pile into the house or if folks were just happy in their separate cabins outside. Although I never spoke with the staff because I arrived after sunset and checked out by 10:00 a.m., she was sweet enough to leave a welcome note on the door with her contact number, the door unlocked and the key trustingly on the kitchen table. Oh, unfortunately you can't get a signal up that way, so fair warning if you're one who must have cell service at all times. I wasn't able to call or text a soul, but who cares? It was a peaceful, unusual getaway and I got lucky with perfect weather; I only wished I could stay longer. Would love to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As of June 2014, we now have 8 Vacation Rental units in 6 buildings. The Station House, Keepers Cottage,The Cabin, The Camp and 4 units in The Lodge. Quoddy Hall, with a breathtaking event room, is available for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, meetings, etc. We have the best panoramic views from all points of our complex. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Quoddy Head Light Station Bed And Breakfast
- West Quoddy Head Light Station Hotel Lubec
- West Quoddy Head Station Lubec, Maine