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Review of Goose Cove Lodge

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Goose Cove Lodge
Reviewed August 22, 2013

My husband and I returned to Goose Cove Lodge after many years toting fond memories of a breathtaking setting, rustic but comfortable cabins, an inviting main lodge and delicious if simple food. The setting is as magnificent as ever. Some new cabins have been built, and some modest, low-cost improvements have been made to the existing cabins. But on the whole, the place is very disappointing.

The cabins, despite their improvements, are bare bones and depressing. We stayed in a 2 room cabin, a main room with a big bed, sitting area and kitchenette and a small bedroom with bunk beds. A small dresser in the bedroom was adequate for the two of us, but if four people stayed in the cabin there would be not enough space to unpack The tiny refrigerator in the kitchenette and one of the 2 burners on the stove didn’t work. There was no light over the kitchen area, and except for the bathroom, which was relatively well lit, light in the cabin was frustratingly inadequate. Daily maid service was available, but you had to ask for it, and if you didn’t make a special request, you didn’t get it.

The food was even more disappointing. Breakfast, which comes with the cost of lodging, was skimpy, poorly prepared, ineptly served, and devoid of choice. It was tough pancakes with sausage for the first two mornings, pancakes with a bone dry scrambled egg and sausage the third, French toast and sausage the fourth, and so on. Dinner (separate cost) was offered by the Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant, where the food was mediocre at best and unappetizingly served. Fortunately, there are some excellent alternatives on the island.

One of the most prized things about Goose Cove Lodge years ago was the network of gorgeous trails snaking through the surrounding moss carpeted forests. With the exception of the Barred Island Trail, which is maintained by the Nature Conservancy, all the beautiful trails have grown over and disappeared. What a disappointment!

The place has so much potential, but it needs a smart, imaginative, charismatic manager who is funded sufficiently to hire adequate help, and it needs better food.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Secluded hideaway with limited amenities and service. The cabin was in good condition. The kitchenette needs updating and cleaning. Right in Goose Cove. The Barred Island Preserve Nature trails are right there.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank Twopelicans
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed four nights in a two-room cabin overlooking the cove. The view is spectacular and the Sound of the ocean at night is soothing. The cabin is a work in progress. Bedding and towels seemed new, as did the love seat, easy chair and rug in the main room. The two twin beds in the main room are awkward but provided needed sleeping space (maybe turn tose into daybeds?). The bedroom is small; the bathroom even smaller but all were adequate for our trip. The kitchenette is older and basic but is stocked with a collection of dishes, flat wear, basic cooking utensils, coffee pot and toaster. Don't expect housekeeping; we made our own beds and recycled our towels. Weather prevented us from using the kayaks but we did hike to nearby Barred Island for great views (and better cell connection). We ate dinner at the Cockatoo Restaurant which was fine; we did not eat breakfast there, choosing instead to eat our own food in the cabin. Expect no wifi and spotty cell connection. With added cabin upgrades (we did not see the lodge rooms) and daily housekeeping, this place has great potential.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
Thank Latebloomer55
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Bedding uncomfortable. We stayed for 3 days and never got our owels changed, nor the sheets . Perhaps this is expected of a cabin stay, but I did request clean towels and staff never relayed request
Breakfasts were disappointing. One person with little skills as a cook, and even less as a waiter. Scrambled eggs were the worst I've ever had.
Dinner there was very average
Atmosphere of the restaurant is pleasant and has a beautiful view of Goose Cove

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank Refcpts
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

The location is gorgeous overlooking Barr Island and there is an easy hike across the sand bar to the island during low tide. Many guests kayak from the beach. We stayed in the lodge and found that housekeeping does not come in during one's stay. Glasses or cups weren't available until we took our glasses back from our meal in the restaurant, but I'm sure that we could have gotten some if we had asked earlier. The rustic decor in the inn is more than manageable, but one should know what they are in store for. The wrap around deck is showing it's age to say the least. The cabins may well be a better option, but cost more. The food for breakfast was sub par with one large pancake for breakfast one morning and two pieces of french toast and breakfast sausages the next. Other meals were adequate, but nothing more than average. The servers were polite and friendly and shared their experience being in Maine before they return home to Eastern Europe at the end of summer. The wifi kept dropping off but my Verizon cell coverage did work. I couldn't get wifi in our room. If I were to come here again, I would want a cabin and not depend upon the restaurant unless we had to. The location is the one reason to come back in spite of the quality of the hospitality.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

In all fairness, I haven't been to this restaurant for 3 years since it took 3 hours with 2 friends to enjoy a plate of muscles, mostly due to service. but I have heard nothing positive on this island concerning the food, the service or the cleanliness. (Their dog is allowed in the kitchen and restaurant area.) The former Goose Cove Lodge was run professionally and had delicious food. We took a friend to see the view on a Saturday night at 6:30 and there were no cars there at all. The "Sussman" table is always set for his imminent appearance and quite frankly, I think it's depressing to have this shrine permanently on display. However, go for the view and have a drink.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Anniegram49
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

I went to Goose Cove Lodge because I had eaten dinner there about 13 years ago. The
property was beautifully set with a view of the shore. This is still true which made it worth trying. Now however the place looked somewhat worn down, food was pretty unappealing which still can be overlooked. The hotel owner/management was fairly aggressive with complaints though.
When we explained that we had maintenance problems with the cabin, they acted like we were fabricating a story. If I were to go back, I'd only want to go for a couple of days. I recommend it with reservation. No pun intended.

Room Tip: I only used a cabin.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank myrabetty
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Address: Goose Cove Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Deer Isle
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Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Deer Isle
Number of rooms: 23
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Goose Cove Lodge Deer Isle, Maine

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