This isn't a place to come and get yourself pampered. The motel has a few smallish rooms that face out to the harbor and the view is amazing. However, the bathrooms are really tight and the fixtures are out of the 1960's. The rest of the room has been updated in the 21st century and there is now free WiFi for the place. Since this is the only hotel or motel on the island, the prices can be astronomically high in the summer and there is no real push to update the bathrooms or the rooms anymore.
As others have said, there is the Harbor Gawker, which has a log of variety across the street and a couple of other restaurants on the island. Be warned, if you go in late fall or winter, these places are either closed or have limited hours.
If you are looking for a good WiFi connection, get a room close to the office.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tidewater Motel is built on a bridge separating Carver's Harbor to the south from Carver's Pond, its tidal estuary, to the north. The same rush of ocean water coming and going right under your harborside room once powered a blacksmith shop and grist mill on the site. Few views can equal those at the Tidewater and few places are as relaxing; the ebb and flow is nature's own sedative. Still, the world's most productive lobster fleet, anchored right outside your window, gets an early start, so you may not want to sleep in. Open year-round, the Tidewater is the island's only motel. If you want to be closer to the water, you'll have to get wet. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tidewater Hotel Vinalhaven
- Tidewater Motel Vinalhaven