Hi, friends! Mal and I just returned from three glorious days and two nights on Chebeague Island off of the coast of Maine.
A few months ago, the nice folks at the Chebeague Island Inn invited me for a complimentary stay. The Inn was recently renovated and the thought of getting away to a remote island sounded amazing to me. There was just no way I could turn down their offer, so we made plans for Mal and me to visit.
The Chebeague Island Inn is a beautifully restored 1920′s hotel situated on one of Maine’s most picturesque islands just outside Portland. The Inn is only two hours from Boston (plus a ferry ride), but once you get there, you feel like you’re a million miles away.
The Inn sits on top of a hill overlooking the ocean and a golf course. The views are absolutely gorgeous.
Once Mal and I arrived on Chebeague Island, we called the Inn and they immediately sent a van to pick us up. The drive from the ferry to the Chebeague Island Inn was about 10 minutes. The entire island is only five miles long by three miles wide, so I guess just about everything is approximately a 10-minute drive.
Mal and I were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the Chebeague Island Inn. It was stunning inside and out, but quaint and cozy at the same time. It felt very New England-chic to me.
The Inn’s “Great Room” is centered around a large stone fireplace and features oversized furniture, a small library, and a bunch of classic board games for guests to play.
The highlight of our stay at the Inn was its onsite restaurant. Mal and I were absolutely blown away by all of the fresh, creative, and flavorful dishes that we tasted. (Details to come in Part II!)
We honestly didn’t expect much from a restaurant on a tiny island in the middle of nowhere, but each of the four meals that we enjoyed was top quality. They were on par with a meal you’d get at an upscale restaurant in a major city. Mal and I were really impressed.
The menu options are relatively limited, but for a good reason:
The Chebeague Island Inn Restaurant seeks to combine the freshest local ingredients in creative ways that enable the natural flavors of the ingredients to shine.
The majority of the main ingredients on the menu were from Maine and other nearby locations in the New England area. Everything tasted really fresh.
The restaurant also had a full bar. Mal and I liked this amenity a lot.
We also liked the dog bed at the Inn.
(Booze and dogs always seem to make us happy. We’re easy to please.)
The dog bed belongs to Cody, a 12-year-old Yellow Lab that lives at the Inn. He was a really sweet and kept us company on the porch.
The Inn has 21 guest rooms and each was decorated by local Maine artists and artisans. No two guest rooms are alike. Neat, right?
All of the rooms have queen-sized beds with comfy bedding and are free from telephones and TVs, which the Inn refers to as “the simple quiet of another time.” Perfect. They made it easy for me to “unplug.”
The room’s private bathroom was standard with a full size tub, sink, and toilet, but the complimentary toiletries were pretty sweet: C.O. Bigelow! I love their stuff.
Fancy hotel toiletries always get me!
Once Mal and I got settled in our room, we headed downstairs to enjoy a cocktail on the huge back porch, which overlooks the ocean. The porch was easily my favorite part about the Inn.
Mal and I spent a lot of time hanging out on the porch during our stay.
Even though the two of us usually plan relatively active vacations, enjoying the breathtaking views in comfy wicker chairs and chatting with a delicious cocktail in hand was quite the perfect way to unwind.
I thought I could fit our whole Chebeague Island vacation into one post, but there’s just no way. Part II coming soon!