Maine

Hugh Stewart
Local Experts: Maine, Brian Kevin

By Local Expert Brian Kevin

Maine’s Best Island Inns

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The Island Inn

The Island Inn

The cupola atop the grand, weathered-shingled Island Inn is like a beacon to ferry passengers arriving at this rocky island, 12 miles off the Maine coast. The rooms are simple, with wicker furnishings and white linens, and the view of craggy Manana Island, just across a small channel, are simply stunning.

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Keeper's House Inn

Keeper's House Inn

Isle Au Haut is one of the great secrets of the National Park System, a trail-covered annex of Acadia National Park to the north that sees a fraction of the visitors, since the only way to reach it is via a spottily scheduled mail boat. The Keeper’s House is the island’s only lodging, a historic (but functioning) lighthouse with four cozy rooms and two small cottages.

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Chebeague Island Inn

Chebeague Island Inn

If there’s a lovelier wraparound porch in all of Maine, I haven’t found it. This restored Greek Revival inn was built in the 1920s on the largest island in Casco Bay, a 15-minute hop from the mainland. The proximity means Chebeague doesn’t have the rustic, isolated ambiance of many Maine islands (there’s a big golf club next door), but the phone- and TV-free rooms still feel romantic and quaint.

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Inn on Peaks Island

Inn on Peaks Island

Peaks lives a weird double-life. It’s a commuter’s island—more than half its year-round residents ride the 15-minute ferry into Portland for work—but it also hosts waves of summer tourists, who come for art galleries, beaches, and wooded trails. From the balcony of one the Inn’s six suites, each with its own Jacuzzi and fireplace, Portland seems farther away than the skyline views would suggest.

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Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse

Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse

An on-call launch service takes you out to a tiny mound of windswept granite, a half-mile off of (car-accessible) Southport Island. There, you settle in to one of two ocean-view suites with king beds and marble baths. The beautifully restored Cuckolds Fog Signal and Light Station opened as a non-profit B&B in summer 2014, about as close as you can get to your own private island.


Visit the Best Island Inns Maine

Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse
Cape Newagen, Southport, ME, United States
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Inn on Peaks Island
Island Ave (Welch Street), Peaks Island, ME 04108, United States
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Chebeague Island Inn
61 South Rd, Chebeague Island, ME 04017, United States
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Keeper's House Inn
isle au haut, Isle Au Haut, ME 04645, United States
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The Island Inn
1 Ocean Ave, Monhegan, ME 04852, United States
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