I stayed for one night in this B&B. The couple who own this just bought the mansion last year and have been hard at work renovating it ever since. The downstairs has a number of beautiful public rooms including a restaurant and a tapas wine bar (which were closed the night I stayed there). About 2/3rds of the rooms were ready for guests. All have enormous antique beds and are well-furnished. I stayed in the Captain's suite which has the best bathroom in the place (shower and jacuzzi), a private entrance, private balcony looking out to the water, and a small kitchenette. The other rooms are absolutely gorgeous but the ones with private bathrooms have, in keeping with an old historic home, very small bathrooms with tiny stall showers. The shared hall bathroom was large and beautiful.
I was given a great glass of wine and a pretty impressive cheese and fruit plate on arrival.
They were building a porch outside the breakfast room that should make the lovely public spaces even better. Breakfast was HUGE and excellent: yogurt with berries & granola, eggs with bacon, then a french vanilla small souffle with maple syrup in the bottom.
There's another B&B starting up next door that has a pub making the area seem on the cusp of being quite convivial. This is an area geared for tourists with a lot to do and see.
The only reason I've given four stars instead of five was that I was staying in what still amounted to an on-going construction site, albeit one that feels very much on the road to being a spectacular and elegant B&B
- 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. 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. Two restaurants on site serve guests well by offering a large selection of locally sourced food (some grown right in our own gardens) expertly prepared by our chef. The bar is well stocked with a large selection of wines and 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 suites beautifully furnished with antiques and sumptuous beds, overnight guests awake to the site of the sunrise across the bay and will enjoy a gourmet mimosa breakfast in the Inn's sunlit breakfast conservatory. 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Captain a. v. Nickels Hotel Searsport
- Captain A. V. Nickels Inn Searsport, Maine