This very large, elegantly furnished Sea Captain's residence on the Maine coast in Searsport is well-located, set back from Route One while backing to a sheltered slip of cove. In the days of tall ships, this was a busy port, but is a sleepy town now. It provides easy access to busier towns like Belfast and small historic gems like Castine. The Inn itself is lovely inside and out, offering welcoming outside porches on several levels and sides. One includes furniture grouped around a fire pit. Each morning begins with a lovely three-course breakfast, enough to keep you fueled all day. In the late afternoon, you are welcome to enjoy wine and cheese at your leisure. Take a walk on the extensive grounds, marked by gardens, abundant wildflowers, and a view of the sea. The proprietors are gracious and helpful, and run a spotless and historically impressive summer residence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Captain A.V. Nickels Inn offers luxury accommodations in an historic setting. The Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1874 by Captain Nickels as a gift to his bride and remains almost the way he built it...just updated for todays conveniences. It is a breathtaking building sitting on 3 meandering acres directly on the island-studded Penobscot Bay about halfway between the beautiful towns of Camden and Bar Harbor. The Inn is often cited as one of the most photographed inns on the Maine coast and "creates a memory" for each guest who is treated to a level of luxury and attention to detail usually only seen in exclusive small hotels or inns in Europe. All rooms are furnished with European and American antiques, art, china and decorative touches creating the sophisticated air of a fine country home. Roaring fires on cool evenings, wicker on the lovely front porch, and lawn furniture by the water adds ambiance that invites guests to relax a while and enjoy the beautiful views from expansive windows or from the large decks overlooking the property. The bar is well stocked with a large selection of wines and local beers. Our bartender is always ready to mix our signature cocktails. Common areas include two sitting rooms, a library, a lounge, a dining room, a breakfast conservatory, a ballroom, and a loggia with views to the Bay. Evening wine and cheese is served to all guests. After having slept in spacious rooms beautifully furnished with antiques and sumptuous beds, overnight guests awake to the site of the sunrise across the bay and will enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the Inn's sunlit breakfast conservatory. Mimosa's always available on request. The murmur of waves from the Bay and wonderful sea air enhance the restful atmosphere. All rooms have private baths, flat screen TVs, wireless internet capabilities, coffee/tea service, and luxurious bath amenities. Some have electric fire places. The suites have balconies overlooking the Bay and comfortable lounging furniture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Captain a. v. Nickels Hotel Searsport