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The Tidewater

15 Main St P.O. Box 546, Vinalhaven, ME 04863-3920
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The Tidewater 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. If you want to be closer to the water, you'll have to get wet.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
Public wifi
Free breakfast
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
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Private balcony
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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13Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
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We spent a night a the Tidewater and had an incredible harbor view from our room. The bed was comfortable but the bathroom is extremely small and diffiuclt to negotiate. The light fixture over the sink didn't work and there was some strange metal thing attached to the wall that looked like a cup holder and was full of something that looked like soap scum. It was really nasty looking. There were no gluten free or dairy free choices for the breakfast which is stated as a deluxe continental breakfast. There were 2 cold cereal choices, instant oatmeal, 1 banana and one orange at the breakfast bar. No one was there to refill anything and we were there at 6:30 am. We read that breakfast is from 6-10. Maybe we arrived too early. While we found the staff very friendly, it was obvious that they need more help. The building is in need of repair and is not very clean. It was nice to have use of the bikes and a plus that they shuttle you to and from the ferry.
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My wife and I spent a few nights here and enjoyed every second! We went bike riding to the quarries for swimming, went kayaking in the basin and Carvers Harbor, we also walked and walked and walked. We wished we stayed longer. The island is truly beautiful. The staff is awesome. We found the facility clean and very comfortable.
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Response from Sarah C, Manager at The Tidewater
Responded Aug 6, 2019
Thanks Owen! It was a pleasure to have you - please come back again soon.
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We had a great stay. The view from our room/balcony was incredible. The room had everything we needed. The breakfast was nice. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Bed was comfy as well. They have bikes you can use and kayaks you can rent.
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Response from Sarah C, Manager at The Tidewater
Responded Jul 27, 2019
Thanks Tara! Can't wait to see you again and for longer!!
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Two very nice folks are lovingly and energetically restoring this great motel. It is really more of a B&B made out of a one-time stonecutting mill. Now the tidal mill dam provides ambience for a thoughtful, affordable inn with small rooms but great amenities. The harbor is literally under the rooms, so the view of Bruno the Seal at breakfast was front row.
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Response from Sarah C, Manager at The Tidewater
Responded Jun 30, 2019
Thank you! Bruno the seal says he's missing you already! Come back and see us again.
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Really enjoyed our memorable stay here, living over rushing tidewater. Loved being able to take a short walk to/from the ferry and local restaurants. Great base to go biking around the island. Owner is very knowledgeable about the island and gave us great tips.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Tidewater
Which popular attractions are close to The Tidewater?
Nearby attractions include New Era Gallery (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Tidewater?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Tidewater?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Tidewater?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Tidewater?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Nightingale, Greet's Eats, and Downstreet Market.
Is The Tidewater located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.08 miles away from the center of Vinalhaven.
Does The Tidewater have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is The Tidewater accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.