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“Fond memory, but $165 per night?”
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Inn on the Harbor
Ranked #1 of 4 Stonington B&B and Inns
Pennsylvania
1 review
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“Fond memory, but $165 per night?”
Reviewed June 26, 2007

I can't say anything about the Inn's present situation. The only time
I stayed there was in 1988. I was just looking it up again in anticipation of another visit, but the price of $165 was a big shock after the 1988 price. I doubt I can afford to bring my family now. I guess Stonington's gotten a little more tony over the years.

I hadn't intended to stay at Stonington. I was kayaking and ran there
before the wind on the second day of 40-to-50 knot winds. Besides, I was way past due for a shower.

The inn at that time was quaint and clean and thoroughly delightful and a welcome respite from a tent. But $165 per night? Maybe they've upgraded.

  • Liked — quaintness
  • Disliked — high price
  • Stayed July 2003
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New York
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Reviewed November 7, 2006

The harbor view is magnificent - there is a large deck with tables where one can enjoy the scene. Our room was small but comfortable. The only problem was that it had no radio. The TV was very small, 13 inches, and was located on a side dresser so it could not be watched while in bed. The room is plastered with instructional signs. Some of this is necessary because the office is closed after 6:30 PM. But we felt there was far too much gusto and enthusiasm for Customer Control: use the dataport early AM or late PM, tip jar at front desk, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, don't forget your key, don't spill candle wax. Most telling was a page in their binder of things to do, complaining of "the 6 mortal tourist sins." It seems that you are not allowed to display any exasperation or impatience, even if an islander's car blocks Main Street to stop and chat, but it's OK if a fisherman curses you because you are taking too long "to cautiously park your rental car." So be very careful to behave yourself at the Inn on the Harbor.

  • Liked — The view of the harbor.
  • Disliked — The instructional signs.
  • Tips/Secrets — Parking is a block away, use suitcases with wheels.
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed August 5, 2006

My husband and I just returned from a great trip to Stonington, Maine. We stayed at Inn on the Harbor - this was a great choice. Stonington has not turned into just a tourist destination. There are many lobstermen still working here. We admired the fact that our inn keeper encouraged her guests to be respectful of the people living on the island.

There are 13 rooms/suites at the main inn. These were full when I made our reservation, so we stayed at the innkeeper's private residence - The Shipps House. This house faces Stonington Harbor and is located 5 minutes from the Inn. The innkeeper provides the entire 2nd floor of her home with two bedrooms and a sitting room facing the ocean. Master bedroom has a queen size bed, second bedroom has two twin beds. A full bath is shared by both bedrooms. This suite has its own private entrance.

We enjoyed the additional privacy and the opportunity to stay in the residential part of town since it still had a good harbor view. We had access to the Inn's deck and facilities.

  • Liked — Authentic Maine village feel
  • Disliked — Water pressure in shower - but it is on an island so to be expected
  • Tips/Secrets — Go! Enjoy!
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed August 3, 2006

We decided to stay in Stonington because it's still a working fishing village with some tourism. It is at the end of the road so the journey can take a while, esp. if you stop at intervening and charming places.

The Inn is located at water's edge with a large deck, many tables and garden.

Our room (Mary Day) was lovely with its ocean view, complete with binoculars. There was a small area in the room with arm chairs so we could relax at the end of the day and the tv even had a French channel that was quite interesting.

Room was super clean with a good shower/bathtub.

A great breakfast is laid out each morning - nothing like eating fresh blueberries while watching the ocean!

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Reviewed June 29, 2006

Second visit to the inn was as satisfactory as the first. The staff, including the owner, is helpful in every way. The room was comfortable and charming. This is a property that is recommended for the traveler who wants charm, old fashioned comfort, friendliness, and a place to just relax and enjoy the quiet. Plan to visit again to try another room!

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Reviewed September 21, 2005

First, let me say that I do recommend the Inn on the Harbor. It was clean with good sized rooms, located right over the water, and a nice patio where the owners serve a filling continental breakfast. We stayed in the J.R. Riggins room which looks over the street, but does have access to a patio overlooking the water. It should be noted though, that since the Inn is located on the harbor in a fishing town, when the tide is out (every other six hours) there is a noticeable "low tide" smell.

One not necessary minor annoyance occured during out stay, which slightly lessened our enthusiasm. We arrived in Stonington too late to catch the ferry to Isle au Haut for the day, but were too early to check in to the Inn. We were disapointed at having missed the ferry, but we decided to head to the Inn to introduce ourselves and ask for recommendations on other things to see or do. We met the owner at Inn and instead of helpfully informing us on other options around the Island, she directed us to a few unhelpful pamphlets beside the door. We were left to our own wits. But then, annoyingly, when we finally did check into our room the owner has a very large book carefully describing all sorts of different fun activities to do in and around Stonington. It was bizarre. It was exactly what we had asked for earlier and were treated like we were asking for directions to the moon. A small amount of effort by the owner would have made our stay perfect, but as it was we left with a small amount of disappointment.

Stayed September 2005
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Property: Inn on the Harbor
Address: 45 Main Street, Stonington, Deer Isle, ME 04681
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Deer Isle > Stonington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Stonington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OPEN YEAR ROUND Known for its unique charm and spectacular view of the Penobscot Bay islands, the Inn on the Harbor on Deer Isle offers a perfect romantic waterfront retreat. Built in the 1880s and perched right on the edge of picturesque Stonington Harbor, this bed and breakfast captures the very essence of Maine's Downeast island life. Ten of the thirteen individually decorated guestrooms face the sea and enjoy gorgeous views of Isle au Haut, the Windjammers and the island's fishing fleet. Guests can relax on the spacious flower-covered deck extending out into the harbor and enjoy the tide rising and falling beneath the Inn. They can fall asleep to the sound of nearby Mark Island Light's foghorn and wake up to the lobstermen heading out to sea. Several of our rooms have wood burning fireplaces and/or private decks. Our accommodations are relaxed and comfortable, all with private baths and sitting areas. The coastal atmosphere, with fresh salt air and brilliant sunny skies, encourages many of our guests to simply put their feet up and relax while watching Stonington's bustling waterfront. This is Maine's Downeast island life at its best. ... more   less 

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