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“Unconventional Lodging” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The 8th Maine

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The 8th Maine
Ranked #1 of 3 Peaks Island B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Salisbury, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Unconventional Lodging”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

The Eighth is a trip. Time travel back to the time when Civil War vets gathered here to experience the comradery forged on the battlefield. Lulled to sleep waves crashing and the salt air, a sure cure for insomniacs. You get your own refrigerator, dining table, and gas stove. No need to go to expensive island restaurants. Get your fixings at the grocery store on the island. Don't forget to chat with Dr. Adams, Peak's Island historian, veterinary professor emeritus and harness race driver among other things. His Yankee charm can't be missed.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TerryLeeH
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Richwood, Texas
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

It is called a bed & breakfast..but no such thing..you have to bring your own breakfast..to cook it yourself...all they provide is a run down room with a hard mattress. ..woke up feeling like ive been hit by a truck...our room did face the ocean..gorgeous view...this place is for those who want or dont mind roughing it some...they assign you a room..a fridge to put your food in and a cooking station and table for all your own meals to prepare yourself...I think for the price you should at least get breakfast..it is a very rustic place...jus enough repairs to pass local inspection codes..I will not stay here again or recomend it to anyone..but if you want a tent like camping experience but in a house and experience a piece of history..this is the place for you..

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank beve1532
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Wallingford, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

This place is not for everyone. It has a strong cult-like following of guests who've returned every summer for the past 30 years. Yes, there are shared bathrooms, but most people get past that after one night. The location couldn't be more perfect. Bedrooms face the ocean and you listen to the sound of the pounding surf and foghorn--if the humidity is high enough. The keepers of this place make it extra special. Richard and his son Stephen are there when you need them and invisible when you just want to soak up the atmosphere. The rooms are comfortable but certainly NOT the Hampton Inn in Portland...but they don't want to be! This is the best place to be on this Island if you really want to understand this special place and the people who make it so unique. You can save a ton of money by cooking for yourself in the "dining room" where each guest has their own table, cooking area,all utensils, pots, pans, plates and refrigerator. Stephen has the coffee available every morning just after 6 a.m. Bring you bicycle over on the ferry, leave your car in a lot in Portland and enjoy the magic of this enchanting Island gem.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank John K
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New England
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

I have been coming to the 8th Maine every year for five years now, and it is one of my favorite places on earth. I would say that the reviews below are quite accurate, and fairly represent what you will find at this historic Civil War veteran's home. If you need to be "connected" at all times, and are picky about a little dust and chipped paint, this is not the place for you. If you want to stay in a classic, historic Maine building that has been run much the same way for 80 years or more, hear colorful stories about the history of Peak's and many other topics, listen to the waves crashing as you fall asleep, play non-electronic games with your family or other guests, walk or bike around this quiet little island, or read a book on the wrap around porch, this is your place.

Dick and his son Steve both grew up spending summers at the 8th Maine. Dick was there during World War II as a teenager, and can tell you all kinds of stories about how the war came very close to home in the harbor. He even had my grumpy teenage son fully entertained.

Dick is in his eighties, and while he is an incredibly entertaining host, his son Steve is the one getting most of the physical, inn-keeping work done. There are unspoken house rules that Dick and/or Steve will tell you about, without ceremony, once you have violated them, such not going barefoot in the common areas. They have been doing things the same way there for so long that it all seems very obvious to them. It's part of the charm of the place, and not something to take offense to.

The 8th Maine has a gorgeous main floor with tall ceilings and plenty of rocking chairs, a ping pong table, museum cases with Civil War artifacts, and a wrap around porch that is simply classic. The bedrooms are mostly up on the second level (some are in the walkout basement), on either side of a long hallway. Some of the bed linens look like they were purchased in the last decade, but most are classics that are probably 30 years old or more. It is all a bit worn down, but in a very charming sort of way.

Modernizing the Eighth Maine would be a tragedy. I am actually sad to hear that there is now a wireless password for guests, and hope I don't find guests sitting in the common areas on laptops or ipads. This is a truly authentic place, a place to take a step back in time, unwind, make small talk with fellow guests, listen to the waves from a rocking chair, and soak in the classic Maine atmosphere. Enjoy!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PaigeNE
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Lafayette, CO
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

There is nothing like falling asleep to the sound of ocean waves. I flew into Portland from Denver, CO to go to a friend's wedding on Peaks. I loved everything about 8th Maine and they had to drag me to the ferry kicking and screaming (LOL!) It was quiet, comfortable, and there was fresh air coming in through every window. To think that I booked a room in Portland for my last night! I cancelled just so I could get one more night at 8th Maine. Dick Adams really made me feel welcome with his jokes and informative chats about the property and the island. He is a real character and I was sorry I didn't have time to take his tour. Yes--you have to share a bathroom at 8th Maine, but this is no big deal as the bathroom is large with stalls. It's kept clean and even on a busy summer weekend, I didn't have to wait to shower. And the other guests were very nice people. I am dreaming of going back next summer with my husband and our 7 year old.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kerry80026
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Somerville, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

The 8th Maine is one of my favorite places to stay, but it probably isn't for everyone. The rooms are lovely and breezy with quirky furniture and decoration. Bathrooms and showers are shared. The highlight for us was the enormous shared kitchen. Our table was already set for us when we arrived. The kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans, silverware and every gadget you might need to make your own meals. You are assigned a refrigerator and pantry to keep your food. Chatting with other guests at adjacent tables is part of the charm. One of our favorite features was the new outdoor shower with a beautiful view of the ocean and islands.

Steven and Dick, the caretakers, are helpful and informative about the history of the lodge and the regiment. They got us set up and helped us find everything we needed.

The lodge has a huge wrap around porch and a sunny reading room for some quiet time. And there is a common room with games, puzzles and table tennis.

When you check in, make sure you ask to sign the guest register and flip back to the first pages. It dates back to 1924!!!

Room Tip: The rooms on the ground floor are adjacent to the kitchen, but have a fantastic view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ryan E
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Boston, MA USA
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

If you are looking for downeast hospitality and old-fashioned charm, stay at the Eighth Maine on Peaks Island. The comfortable furnishings reminded me of visits to my grandmother’s home (also on the ocean). We were met by 84 year old Dick Adams, who can tell everything you could ever want to know and more about the history of Peaks Island and the Eighth Maine. Dick and his son, Steve Adams showed us the rooms and dining area where guests can cook their own meals and store food items in cabinets and refrigerators. The Eighth Maine is the perfect location to stay no matter what the weather may be. Tour the island by foot, bike or golf cart, or while away the hours on the large open porches facing the ocean with views of Portland in the distance. Plus there's always a breeze even on the hottest of days.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EZYBoston_MAUSA
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Additional Information about The 8th Maine

Property: The 8th Maine
Address: 13 8th Maine Ave, Peaks Island, ME 04108
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Location: United States > Maine > Peaks Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Peaks Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of Yankee Magazine's Top 12 Places to Stay on the Water, The 8th Maine Regiment Memorial Building is located just a short 15 minute ferry ride from downtown Portland. It is both an American Civil War museum and a Victorian era lodge overlooking the beautiful Atlantic shoreline. Come relax and enjoy the communal atmosphere that the veteran's created to share with their families and comrades in arms as well as the many recreational activities on scenic Peaks Island and in the Greater Portland Maine area. ... more   less 
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The 8th Maine Peaks Island

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