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Treat Yourself to a Weekend at Coastal Maine’s Chebeague Island Inn

By Kristie Bartlett

Environment around and at the Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island, Maine - Photograph By Jeffrey Stevensen

Environment around and at the Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island, Maine - Photograph By Jeffrey Stevensen

Summer may be coming to an end sooner than we’d like, but there are still many, many weeks to take advantage of the wonderful getaways that New England has to offer.  While the hot summer sun certainly does have its appeal, so do cooler days and nights, especially along the coast.

Chebeague Island Inn, located off the coast of Maine in Casco Bay, and a favorite destination for travelers and day-trippers since the 1880s, has reopened under the new ownership of the Prentice family of Yarmouth, ME.  Beautifully restored in 2003-2004, the Inn, recommended by outlets ranging from National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure to Yankee and Condé Nast Traveler, provides its guests and restaurant patrons with a quintessential coastal Maine inn experience, offering services and amenities that have made it one of the region’s most notable island inns for well over a century.  With this latest re-launch, the Prentices have created a more stylish, up-to-date ambience to the Inn, one that appeals to guests of all ages.

Just a 15-minute ferry ride from Yarmouth or a 25-minute water taxi ride from Portland, the Inn takes guests back to a time when relaxing on the front porch, sipping cocktails or tea in the afternoon, and playing lawn games by the sea was the best way to spend the summer. To authentically restore the character of the Inn, these favorite traditions are being re-established by the Prentices, including complimentary access to bicycles for island exploration.  Also, with easy access to eight moorings available to guests and visitors, situated just a stone’s throw from the Inn’s porch, the property is an attraction for the boating community, both as an overnight destination or a short-term tie-up for a lunch or dinner visit to the Inn.

In the ’20s and ’30s, when steamships traveled regularly to the island, the Inn was widely considered the hotspot for social activities, with elegant black-tie galas and balls catering to Maine’s high society. Today, Chebeague Island Inn is the only surviving property from the Golden Age of hotels on Casco Bay, and continues to be a center point for the island community’s 350 year-round residents.

Environment around and at the Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island, Maine - Photograph By Jeffrey Stevensen

Patio at the Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island, Maine - Photograph By Jeffrey Stevensen

Every one of the Inn’s 21 rooms, which overlook the Atlantic Ocean, the adjoining golf course, or the Inn’s herb and flower garden, is unique, and home to original Maine art pieces. Each element has been carefully selected from among Maine and Chebeague Island artists and antique shops, including photography, paintings, hand-made headboards, crafted lampshades and hand-sewn furniture.

The Inn’s public restaurant features a choice of casual fare and fine dining, along with a full-service bar. Under the skilled direction of Executive Chef Justin Rowe, a veteran of such nationally award-winning restaurants as Portland, Maine’s 555 and Fore Street, guests can enjoy a contemporary American menu featuring creative Maine and New England influences. Many of the restaurant’s vegetables and herbs will be sourced from local farms, including Second Wind, a nearby farm on the island, while all fish and lobster served daily will come directly from local Maine fishermen. Guests also can savor homemade pastries and desserts, made with fresh seasonal fruits including fresh Maine strawberries and wild Maine blueberries, and sample a variety of Maine-crafted artisan beer and spirit selections.

Casey Prentice, part owner and general manager of the Inn, said: “Buying and revitalizing Chebeague Island Inn has been a dream come true for our family. Our interest has always focused on preservation of these special Maine places, so providing this authentic, traditional and coastal inn experience for visitors and locals is a natural fit for us.”

For more information, visit www.chebeagueislandinn.com or call (207) 846-5155.

Couture Shoe Bags for the Fashion Savvy Traveler

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