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The Island Inn
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We love "getting away from it all" on Monhegan, but still having WIFI and othe necessities. I was told by the front desk that even in high season if you can be flexible with your days or room type they can probably work you in. We stayed in the cottages, and they were as nice or nicer than staying in the hotel, but you don't have the view.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

My sisters and I met up for an overnight on Monhegan Island. There were no rooms to accommodate us at the Island Inn's main building so we booked a suite at their Pierce House, room 51. What a lovely suite! Pierce Cottage is a smaller shingled house located directly behind the Inn. Being behind The Inn, there are no ocean views nor is it in the path of the constant breezes coming up from the ocean. Rather, it is located right on one of the main walking paths. You can eat up at The Inn, and it's a very short walk. The breakfast which comes with the room was served at The Inn. Wonderful buffet with freshest of ingredients: eggs, freshly baked goodies, fruit, granola, etc.

The rooms looked newly renovated. We had a 2-room suite and private bath. The front room had a day bed, comfy chair, table & chairs and the back room a King-size bed with bureau, armoire (with terry bathrobes waiting!). The bath was off the back bedroom. Very comfortable and spacious for the 3 of us. Originally another sister was to have joined us and we would have had a mattress on the floor for her. I think there would have been plenty of room. There is no air conditioning, but fortunately the night was cool. We got the afternoon breeze, but not the night breeze so was warmer than being up at The Inn, which is ocean front.

We also chose to eat dinner at The Inn. The menu is limited, but with all the usual suspects...more seafood options and a few others. Our selections were delicious and once again we were impressed by the freshness of the ingredients.

One tip is to bring a flash light for getting around at night. There are no street lights so unless you eat very early, when you get dinner, you will be having to navigate on uneven dirt paths in the dark. You are not going far, but a flashlight is helpful.

Room Tip: Room 51 is 1st floor on the front, so close to the walking path. Looks to be recently renovated wit...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

There are not many choices to dine on Monhegan Island. So you hope that the one you make is the right one. The Island Inn, though casual and a BYOB, comes as close as any property on Monhegan to a fine dining experience. Service is always very good, and though the menu stays true to its New England roots (haddock, cod, scallops in bacon, lobster served several different ways, beef), there are a few pleasant surprises, like a blueberry soup with a hint of Creme de Cassis that almost tastes like dessert, though it works perfectly at the start of your meal.
You're not going to find any culinary mind-blowing masterpieces here. But cooking a lobster to perfection is an artform in itself, and these folks get it right. And unfortunately, not everyone on Monhegan Island does!
My only complaint is one that I have with Monhegan Island itself: no martinis! It's technically a "dry" island, so you need to bring your own to dinner...and beer and wine , no high-powered spirits, are allowed at the table. (You can buy beer and some semi-OK wine on the island.)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Our experience at the inn proved most lovely. Although we did not take up accommodations, and instead went with a rustic apartment at Shining Sails we dined there one of our three nights on the island. The food was reasonable and service friendly but the view was worth it all. Looking out on the harbor and the small, goat filled Manana island, the restaurant had a glorious outlook.

We spent one morning, instead of taking to the trails like we done every other day, sitting in the adirondack chairs that surround the front lawn of the inn, enjoying the sun and the view. Next time we come, a room at the inn might prove a much more sensible accommodation.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Even though it rained a lot while we were there, I loved reading in the cozy living room with the fire. I could happily have done that for days. My husband didn't let the rain stop him and hiked all over the island. He is very glad we chose to go there. We were there Memorial Day week when a lot of things weren't open yet for the season, so our eating options were limited. I'd go there in mid-June or July next time. But besides the limited food, we had a great time. The view of the harbor from our room was absolutely unbeatable. I'd never had such a beautiful view from a bathroom!

Room Tip: It's an old house with that wonderful old house smell. If you have problems with stairs, get a r...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

There are about three places to stay on Monhegan. One outfit manages an small Inn and a number of cottages and apartments around the island. One is a bit rustic, some units without electricity still and dinner is family style. The Island Inn is the majestic 3-story white New England stuff that postcards are made from. The Inn has a variety of room configurations and you can gat rooms with private or shared bath. I've tried both as well as a room in one of their "cottages" (a three story inn in itself). The rooms are all clean and spare: bed, dresser, lamp, rug. There is no TV. There is a spectacular view from the Inn's grand side porch or Adirondack chairs on the lawn of Manana Island, the former home of Ray Eugene Phillips, the hermit of Manana Island. My wife always we insist we stay for two nights just so she can sit on that porch with a glass of wine and watch the last boat leave around 4 PM - and know she is not on it.

The dining room is about the only place to eat on the island, save for a small general store and a seasonal pizza/sandwich shop and a grocery store - all of which can make an adequate meal. It is the only place to eat after about 7 PM. Service is excellent. Food is generally good. Items can disappear from the menu if supplies are short and nothing has arrived from the mainland that day. Each season a local artist is chosen to fill the dining room art gallery. Monhegan has a long history of quality local artists and the current crop has some very shining lights.

Monhegan is an island for hiking and exploring the artists’ studios. Don't miss hiking the Cathedral Woods trail and seeing the hundreds of fairy houses. http://www.spokaneoutdoors.com/fairy.htm

Room Tip: The Island Inn is pricey in season, but worth the fare at least once in your life. If your budget on...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

“The Island Inn is a turn-of-the-century summer hotel, classic in style and contemporary in comfort: painted floors, oak furniture, crisp white linen and newly renovated bathrooms. Welcome is incredibly warm – we felt almost as if it was our own summer house! The island (home to a mix of artists and fishermen, and a working lobster village) is just the place to blow the work cobwebs out with bracing walks along the cliffs. Waking up to the sight of the ocean was so relaxing, and when we took a breakfast stroll along the cliffs and beach, we spotted nesting birds and harbour seals. Don’t forget some good walking shoes - you’ll want to explore.”

Room Tip: Book an Ocean View room – we had suite #1 with a sitting room overlooking Manana Island.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Island Inn

Address: 10 Ocean Avenue, Monhegan Island, ME 04852
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Location: United States > Maine > Monhegan Island
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Monhegan Island
Price Range: $195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Island Inn sits atop a bluff looking west over Monhegan harbor toward the ocean and in the evening it provides a perfect location to view the dramatic sunsets and the magnificent colors that accompany them. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Island Hotel Monhegan
The Island Inn Monhegan Island, Maine

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