After spending a very rainy weekend in Brunswick, my husband and I decided to drive out to Bailey Island before our long drive home since the sun decided to make an appearance on the day we were supposed to leave. We basically fell in love the minute we left Brunswick and took Route 24 all the way down to Bailey Island. This was the Maine I had imagined! Rugged coastlines, lobster traps, fishing boats, and old cottages by the ocean. We decided very quickly to find a room somewhere and stay one more night.
We came across Driftwood Inn by accident and were not disappointed. The minute we saw the location we KNEW we had to stay there. The guy at the desk informed us that the main cottage was completely empty and we could have an ocean-facing room. We walked to the cottage, went upstairs to the room, saw the breathtaking view and without hesitation said "Yes, we'll take it!".
The plaque on the cottage door said Driftwood Inn, 1905 so we knew the place was going to be charming and rustic. I was really happy that it was fairly clean and didn't have that icky feeling that can come with some beach houses. Our room had a private toilet and sink which was convenient but the shower was in the hallway and would have to be shared with other guests. Luckily for us - there were no other guests! The bathrooms were what you'd expect to find in an old house -- nothing modern, maybe a little mold, but otherwise functioning.
The living room downstairs had an old piano and fireplace which made everything really cozy at night. I was a little surprised that the cottage we stayed in didn't have a kitchen. Since the restaurant was closed for the season we had to drive into town for a bite to eat -- but this was the only downside!
Outside there was a huge covered porch (as well as a closed-in porch) with rocking chairs and wicker furniture. I'm sure in the summer it would be the perfect place to have a meal and watch the sunset.
My husband and I are definitely considering returning next season with a couple of friends to take full advantage of everything this place has to offer...can't wait!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old style cottages and rooms located on Bailey Island, Maine. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Driftwood Inn And Cottages Hotel Bailey Island
- Driftwood Inn And Cottages Bailey Island, Maine