My wife and I stayed at the Inn at Ferry Landing for two nights, in the Orchid Room, as part of our two-week road trip along the Maine coast. We enjoyed our stay, and agree with the comments by the recent reviewers here. I can point out some specifics we appreciated, that distinguish this inn compared to other B&B's where we have stayed.
- Jean's was the best tasting coffee of any place we encountered on our trip (restaurants included). She says it is blended and marketed right in Deer Isle.
- Jean is great as concierge; when we went to dinner at the Seasons Restaurant, we were delighted to be seated at the windows overlooking the water, at a busy time (7 PM), from our reservation phone call that Jean placed for us earlier that day; she is energetic and obviously well known and respected in the area.
- Our room and bathroom were more spacious than in many B&B's, with a folding luggage rack provided. Our bed was very comfortable. Of four pillows on the bed, two were thinner and two were fatter. By contrast, at many places, all the pillows are one size, fat. I sleep on my back most of each night, and appreciated having the choice of a thinner pillow.
- There are liquid soap dispensers at the sink and tub, rather than bar soap. At first I was perplexed whether to use the liquid soap as shampoo, but then discovered both shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom closet. Another useful item stored in the closet is a suction-cup grab bar (although we did not use it), because there is no built-in handhold anywhere on the tub-tile walls. The tub does have anti-slip strips in the bottom.
- The Wheelers' yard is expansive and secluded, the last house on a dead-end at the shore, with no other houses nearby. Their parking area is very spacious; and the other side of the house, with a deck, has a lovely unobstructed water view. The Wheelers have a beach a short walk down from the house.
- Breakfast is served family-style, a delicious hot meal including fruit, using local and organic ingredients. Blueberries were coming into season when we were there. One morning Jean served us her Belgian waffles, with blueberries, maple syrup and bacon. Our second morning her specialty was peach crumble, with blueberries and yogurt, and chicken sausage.
Gerald occupies the head of the table, while Jean busies herself cooking and serving, and she may take a seat too, if she has time. This provides a great opportunity to talk with the Wheelers and the other guests about their experiences, the house, the Deer Isle area, music, or whatever.
We got in on a once-weekly visitor tour of the Haystack Mountain School for Arts & Crafts, walked around the grounds of the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, and toured Stonington, but have many more highlights to visit, such coastal trails and Isle au Haut, so we look forward to returning!
Be aware there's no street sign for Old Ferry Road out at Route 15. Look for Hardy's Hill Road (either of the two spurs), drive in a short way, and there's the beginning of Old Ferry Road, with a street sign. The Wheelers' own inn brochure has good directions, but town maps may mislead one to think Old Ferry Road intersects Rt. 15. (Google Maps is misleading, too, unless you zoom way in to see both spurs of Hardy's Hill road labelled completely).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bed and Breakfast by the Sea, in a lovingly restored 1840 farmhouse on the Eggemoggin Reach. Four unique guest rooms in the main house and a well-furnished, attached family cottage The Mooring. Professional musician and sailor/photographer owner-innkeepers. Peaceful setting, inspiring area, fishermen and artists in a 'real' Maine island community found in the writings of Robert McCloskey and John Steinbeck.... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Ferry Landing Deer Isle, Maine