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The Inn at Ferry Landing
Ranked #3 of 6 Deer Isle B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 26, 2012

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).

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank PaigesHorse
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JBWUsa, Owner at The Inn at Ferry Landing, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2012

Thank you - for staying with us, and for writing a review ! The specifics are especially useful, and encouraging as I am particular about details such as good mattresses, linens, and pillows.
We love sharing our special place with our guests, are pleased that you had a happy visit, and look forward to your return ! Our guests often become like extended family, to us and one another.

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

My husband and I spent two nights in the Blue Room August 9th and 10th. While the weather was less than ideal, the inn was perfect. Gerald and Jean are very interesting people, and they seem to attract other interesting types as guests. Breakfasts were healthy and delicious, featuring organic foods and local items. Our room was comfortable and the bathroom was spacious. The tub might present a challenge to someone who wasn't sure footed, but it worked just fine for us.
If you have never visited this Maine island before, then you might want to check it out. It is dotted with art studios and galleries, and the town of Stonington on the southern tip of the island is an authentic lobster fishing village, complete with a mailboat that will take you on a day trip to Isle au Haut. Part of this island is a fishing community, and another section is part of Acadia National Park. You can boat into Duck Harbor in the morning and hike the many trails and explore the coves of this rocky coastline. The mailboat will pick you up again at four, and deliver you back to Stonington. If you want to see what coastal Maine is all about, come visit Deer Isle!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Garmer
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JBWUsa, Owner at The Inn at Ferry Landing, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2012

We are grateful for your encouraging review, that you enjoyed your time with us in this unique place ! Looking forward to your return to explore some more of the area which we still find inspiring and peaceful.

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Reviewed June 12, 2012

My boyfriend and I just returned from a gorgeous trip to Deer Isle and a very restorative stay at the Inn. Jean and Gerald are fantastic hosts, accommodating and gracious, as well as generous with their vast knowledge of the area and its wealth of creative residents, galleries, trails and history. They love what they do and it definitely shows! We are now fans for life and I am already planning a return to their magical Inn.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank travellinglight08
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JBWUsa, Owner at The Inn at Ferry Landing, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2012

Thank you - for staying with us, and for writing a review for us ! The specifics are especially useful, and encouraging as I am particular about details such as good mattresses, linens, and pillows.
We love sharing our special place with our guests, and are pleased that you were happy here. When we travelled to Budapest we found Tripadvisor a great resource, so we trust the reviews will be helpful to people entertaining a visit to our unique island,
We look forward to your return ! Jean

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Hosts Jean and Gerald make you feel right at home. Lovely common living room overlooking a fabulous view while Gerald plays one of his 2 pianos. Yummy organic breakfast.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
2  Thank janetplanet0104
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JBWUsa, Owner at The Inn at Ferry Landing, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2012

Come again in late July, when blueberries are in season ! Thank you for taking the time to write a review,

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Reviewed September 22, 2011

We just came back from a glorious and perfect long weekend at the Inn at Ferry Landing. I think nothing really says it better than the fact that, for the first time in twenty years of vacations, my husband and I decided to rearrange our vacation to extend our stay at the Inn at Ferry Landing. When we announced our hope to stay longer to Jean, she didn't seem surprised at all, and indicated that her other guest had just done the same thing.

This is the perfect bed and breakfast experience for those who love that experience. The Inn is run by interesting and congenial hosts (Gerald is a professional piano player, and early one evening we lay in bed while hauntingly beautiful music wafted up to us; Jean is a professional photographer who is very involved in the Deer Isle community and knows everything to do and all the restaurants), and it is populated by their wonderful three Golden Retrievers, who are pretty much kept away from visitors (disappointingly to me, but perhaps not to others), and the rooms are beautiful and the food is great. But even more, the Inn itself, filled with books and the memories of a lifetime of music and happiness, somehow succeeds in providing its guests with a measure of that happiness, just by being there.

I would say, spring for the Suite. What a value! A huge room, gorgeous bath (the long wonderful tub where you can stretch out, the separate shower, the nice plant arrangements, the great lighting), and views, views, views so that it's hard to tear away from the windows to actually go outdoors into the views themselves. None of the other rooms are anywhere near as huge or have such lovely views. There is a rocking chair, a couch, a bookshelf (of course), a coffee table, and what feels like acres of space.

We ate at Arborvine (great!); the Fisherman's Friend (don't bother) and Lilly's, which I think will be closing for the next year. We visited 44 North, where two interesting women roast great coffee. We took the ferry to Isle au Haut (do it!) and hiked the Barred Island trail (ditto).
And always in the evening we came back to what I was calling "home" by the second day we were there.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

My spouse and I spent a relaxed and romantic getaway weekend here. Hosts Jean and Gerald Wheeler are amazing folks: she a professional photographer, sailor, and ski instructor, he a professional musician. The inn is beautifully decorated with antiques, art, and family heirlooms. Check out the TWO back-to-back grand pianos in the living room; if you don't play yourself, Gerald provides classical mini-concerts upon request! The inn also hosts chamber music sessions in the summer months. Three friendly retrievers add to the homey atmosphere if you are a "dog person," but if not, they are kept discreetly in the private section of the house. Jean's breakfasts feature organic and locally grown food products, and her homemade yogurt-batter Belgian waffles will melt in your mouth (yes, she will give you the recipe). We slept like angels, ate like royalty, engaged in stimulating conversations with our hosts, strolled along the beach, hiked through a few of the many land-trust nature preserves on Deer Isle, and fell in love all over again! We will be back, and we will definitely recommend this place to our friends.

Room Tip: We loved the views from the Orchid Room.
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Festival_Lovers
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

Jean and Gerald are outstanding hosts, and the Inn at Ferry Landing is a very special place, nestled near the water's edge at the end of a quiet road with spectacular views over the Eggemoggin Reach. The rooms are beautiful and well kept, and we enjoyed a wonderful night's sleep, followed by an early morning swim and a delicious breakfast prepared by Jean. In the evening and at breakfast we had interesting conversations with Jean and Gerald and the other guests. We definitely plan to return to the Inn at Ferry Landing, a B & B at the top of our list!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Mary271230
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Additional Information about The Inn at Ferry Landing

Address: 77 Old Ferry Rd, Deer Isle, ME 04627-3330
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Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Deer Isle
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Deer Isle
Price Range: $130 - $250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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The Inn At Ferry Landing Deer Isle, Maine

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