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The Inn at the Wharf
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

My wife and I recently spent 3 nights at the Inn and enjoyed it. The Inn owners Victor & Judy and their staff were very helpful and pleasant. The recently opened restaurant was very good. Avoid staying in the Starfish room, since it sits atop the seafood processing area (odor). The proximity to the wharf was very interesting and the water views were great. The washer/dryer and open kitchen is nice. My wife thought that the hotel walls were thin, somewhat noisy. No TV was no problem for us. We went on a whale watching cruise and really enjoyed that. Nearby Campobello Island, Canada and the FDR homesite are very nice.

One point to mention. Lubec is somewhat remote,...a long 90 mile drive east of Ellsworth. On roads where 45-50 mph is fast. It's a bit of a trek to get there/back,..if you have limited time in your vacation.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank FLAmeliaIsland
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

This was such a unique place to stay! Very clean, spacious as promised, and had many of the comforts of home. I LOVED that a washer and dryer was included in the apartment for free guest use! It would have been perfect for a family or even up to 3 couples and at $150 a night was quite affordable. With a guest diary on the livingroom table it was nice to read about the previous guest experiences. Bring your own coffee if you are one to want coffee in your pj's because it wasn't kept in the room with the coffee maker...you can drink coffee in the attached restaurant however. We were told breakfast was included and ordered from the menu given at the restaurant. We were never directed to a "special" menu for the B&B guests and had to pay for it. :( Still the meal was delicious and even reasonable, just didn't get what we expected and was disappointed. The owner was personable and the employees very friendly. The bed was super! The owner offers a whale watch cruise for $50 (guests revceive a 20% off coupon). I was told to try a Maine lobster while in main and as promised there was an incredible difference in taste! The B&B's restaurant was amazing! The apartment could have used a few more pictures or maybe even a bar separating the livingroom from the diningroom would have warmed the place up. Also there was a slight smell from fish operations down below but althougg it was noticable it was not terrible. Overall the apartment was really nice. About a 3 minute walk to the downtown strip and a very short drive to the beach, lighthouses and such. Make sure to bring a valid driver's license or passport because you'll be a short 10 minute drive to canada too! Oh ...careful using your cell phone while you are anywhere in Lubec, ME...the service pings off Canadian towers and you will have to call your provider to correct the charges.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Suthingal
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

We stayed here one night. They did a good job with the restoration of the building but there are a few quirks. I think we stayed in Harbor view room? It was right next to the common area. It had a outdoor area with a couple of tables but you had to access it through the common room next door, so not really a patio for that room. People came out from the common room which made it noisy and not private. The room has several windows that look out onto the shared outside area to the bay, so people could look into the room. Also at night when guests arrived back at the Inn it was very noisy. People walking and talking and going to the common are. I don't understand the common area. The beds were comfortable and the room was clean. The other issue was the person at the front desk during the afternoon she was not very helpful and kind of rude. The housekeeper was very nice and helpful. I think she should take over for the person at the front desk in the afternoon.
The restaurant was great some of the best shrimp and scallops of the trip. Eat outside on the patio if the weather is nice.

Room Tip: The Harbor View room is next to the common area so it is noisy.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank bikeco
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

What a gem. The Inn's website does not do justice to the property. The rooms are lovely with original artwork and a $500-a-night view. There is no doubt in my mind that these rooms are the most under-priced in Maine at $100/night. Three large windows look directly over the sea lapping the rocks or wharf below. Many amenities: a large, shared area with dinner table, small couches/chair, and kitchen with coffee, stove, dinnerware, utensils, wine glasses, and refrigerator for guest use. Wi-Fi also available here. Yoga classes twice a week and occasional special events. There are a couple of common deck areas that will seat 6 or so people. It was a nice opportunity to meet other travelers and share a glass of wine. Some of the rooms have their own small deck. We also had the opportunity to peak at the apartments. A full kitchen with granite countertops, two full bathrooms and a lovely living area. The apartment we saw had two twins in one bedroom, a king in the second bedroom. The apartments have a private deck. There is no evidence that the owners cut corners in their renovation of this prior sardine factory. The rooms were quiet and well-appointed. The only complaint I heard was the lack of a TV -- none in the rooms or the common area. We certainly didn't miss a TV, but there were severals who lamented missing the Red Sox game.

Each morning, we had breakfast in the new restaurant associated with the Inn. A fresh fruit cup, homemade muffin, and coffee are complimentary with the room. We added to our breakfasts -- great omelets. bacon (cooked right), homefries (fresh potatoes), and blueberry pancakes (delicious). I suggest they add REAL maple syrup as an optional side as the fake stuff is an insult to good food. We talked to other travelers who spoke highly of their dinner menu.

The lowest level of the building is still used as a wholesale business for lobster, crabs, and periwinkles. With luck, you may get a tour from the owners or their manager. Or talk to some of the other staff --many worked at the sardine factory and have great stories.

Make sure you take the short walk into town. We especially enjoyed a guided tour/talk of the McCurdy herring smoke house. This really gave us an appreciation of the town and it's history. We also bought several items at the Laughing Raven Gallery next to the hardware store. My favorite was the stone birdhouse for $45 --a bargain. Monica's Chocolates is near the turn to Quoddy Headlight-- oh my -- there is a reason she is a famous chocolatier. There is much to do in this area -- we didn't begin to get to everything, which was fine -- it gives us the perfect excuse to return to the Inn at the Wharf.

Just call and pray they have a vacancy.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank ildalela
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Reviewed 21 July 2011

My wife and I arrived at the Inn and were greeted by Judy (owner). She welcomed us, helped with check in and escorted us to our room AND gave us the history of the Sardine Factory. Very nice! Later in the week, after dinner she took the time to sit and chat with us for a bit. Her hospitality was present in every staff member we encountered. Being an Innkeeper myself I can tell you the experience at the Inn is second to none. I will miss the staff, the room, the food, the view and the seagulls! My only complaint is that we could not stay longer!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank OneNonStopExplorer
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