We came to Deer Isle so that we could visit Isle au Haut and other areas of Acadia National Park. Pilgrim's Inn was a good central location for us, and the room was nice, but we felt out of place there, and I probably would not stay there again.
We are an outdoorsy, mixed-race young couple. Most of the other guests were late-middle-aged to elderly country-club types. The tone was set upon our arrival when we spotted a male guest with helmet hair wearing MADRAS PANTS and a sweater vests, the kind of guy whose name you just know is Chip. Having just seen the movie "Wedding Crashers" the previous weekend, I kept thinking of Vince Vaughan playing tag football in the borrowed madras pants, and it was all I could do to keep a straight face. Anyway, throughout our stay, we got unfriendly stares from the other guests, and they were very standoffish towards us, quite different from the attitude of people one usually meets at bed and breakfast inns. We wondered if they were unsettled at encountering a non-white person.
Another point is that this is not a typical bed and breakfast in that the owners do not live on site, in fact, it did not appear that any staff live there. We never even met the owners. Thus, it lacked that normal bed and breakfast feeling of being a guest in the home of a friendly host. There is a staff person on site to assist guests with local tourism activities, but she is also the person who answers the reservations phone, and so talking to her involved a long wait while she was on the phone, or interruptions while she answered the phone. The inn really needs two staff persons, one to man the phones, and the other to attend to guests.
The breakfast (in the Whale Rib restaurant below the Inn) offers a choice of two entrees each morning. The food was mediocre and took way too long to arrive. People who were seated and had ordered considerably later than us got the same things we had ordered before we got our orders. People who were seated and had ordered before us did not get served until after us. It all seemed very haphazard and we could tell that it was annoying to other guests, as well.
As far as the road noise, yes, the inn is right on the edge of a busy road, but if you bring ear plugs or run the fan, you won't notice it. Or, if you ask about it upon reserving your room, maybe you can get one that does not front on the road. What really irked me about traffic was the parking situation. Since the Inn also runs its own restaurant, and since there is virtually no where else to eat on Deer Isle, seemingly hundreds of people converged on the Inn at night. There is a parking lot that is supposed to be for Inn guests only, but of course it was mysteriously full each time we needed to park, as were the roadsides and the parking lot across the street. We ended up several times having to park a considerable way down the highway and then make our way in the dark along the gravel shoulder of the road with traffic whipping past us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking picturesque Northwest Harbor and our tranquil mill pond, Pilgrim's Inn on Deer Isle is the perfect place to experience Downeast Maine at its best. Built in 1793, our historic post and beam Maine inn welcomes you with an ambiance and warmth of a bygone era. Lovingly restored and meticulously maintained, the inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Select Registry of Inns and the Bed and Breakfast Diamond Collection. Twelve rooms and three cottages offer you a range of lodging options to best meet your needs from mid - May through mid - October. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pilgrim's Inn Deer Isle, Maine