I stayed in an apartment at the Old Iron Inn from January - March 2021. Kate and Kevin McCartney were wonderful hosts, warm and welcoming, with just the tone and tenor one would expect of New England innkeepers. I was there to see family, but continued teleworking during my stay. There was dedicated WiFi, cable tv, and plenty of room. Snow removal was prompt and thorough. It is only a short walk to the grocery store and convenient to main roads. I had a great experience there. I feel like not only did I spend some valuable time with family in The County, but I also made some new friends. My thanks to Kate and Kevin. Bottom line, a great place to stay!!
We can't say enough good things about the Old Iron Inn - it felt like visiting old friends. My partner and I stayed there for a night on a mini-getaway and found it to be quirky, homey, and very comfortable; we stayed in the Rose Room, which had plenty of room for both of us. We read books from the "library" upstairs, ate some of Kate's delicious muffins, and found ourselves utterly relaxed. Be sure to ask about the scale model of the solar system nearby. And, of course, the irons.
The Old Iron Inn is truly a gem of Aroostook County, and the best accommodation in Caribou. A quaint house on a main thoroughfare in town, it offers three cozy suites with access to an upstairs TV room, the Old Iron room (living area) and the dining room as well as plenty of on-site parking. The well-travelled, well-educated, and interesting husband and wife team collect antique clothing irons (they have their own YouTube channel!), among other things, and were incredibly hospitable answering all our questions and telling us stories about the town and life experiences. Kate entertained our ears with the fiddle and our taste buds. We woke up to a different flavor of freshly (and perfectly) baked muffins alongside a hot breakfast each morning. Cereals, coffee, tea, water, and snacks were available around the clock. We were travelling with our five-year-old daughter and Kevin became her favorite person. Each day we went out, she couldn’t wait to get back to “play” with him. He did a great job answering all her questions and explaining the difference of all the different collectibles around the house. Kate brought out some of her instruments and showed her different ways to create music. Our visit took place in December 2020 during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. My family felt that it was very clean and safe place for us to stay. Aroostook County did not have a high case count since it is so rural, but we could tell they were taking extra measures like wrapping clean glasses in the room with paper, providing sanitizing spray in the bathroom and hand sanitizer when you walked in while social distancing. There were other couples staying there at the same time and we made sure to stagger our breakfast time so we wouldn’t be in the dining room at the same time. We also didn’t hear them when they were in their rooms. We hope to one day return in the summertime and when the country has emerged out of the pandemic to truly experience all the area has to offer. 12/10 recommend.…
What a pleasure to spend a night at The Old Iron Inn! The irons, trivets, books, and magazines are a feast for the eyes. Our room was cozy and the bed very comfortable. Most of all, we enjoyed meeting our hosts over a delicious breakfast. Kate shared her muffin recipe and sent us home with the leftovers. It was the highlight of our visit to Aroostook County.
After a long drive in heavy snow, I was greeted warmly and given a healthy late night snack. The place is super clean and adorned with historic irons— very unique and warm. There’s a nice living room . The bedroom and bathroom are spotless. Copious hot water and heat (which is good up there). Great WiFi. The breakfast was just amazing- filling and from scratch. The hosts know lots about the area and can recommend whatever you need. What a nice spot .