Set just off a town road and between an open bay and a mill pond, this is a historic, handsomely renovated inn. The inn was built in the mid-island town of Deer Isle in 1793 by Ignatius Haskell, a prosperous sawmill owner. His granddaughter opened the home to boarders, and it has housed summer guests ever since. The interior is tastefully decorated in a style that’s informed by Early Americana but not beholden to it. The guest rooms are well appointed with antiques and decorated in muted colonial colors; expect lots of white, a little bit of lace, and subdued flowery prints. Especially intriguing are rooms on the top floor, showing off some impressive diagonal beams. Other accents include private staircases, cherry beds, antique tubs, gas-burning stoves, and fireplaces; breakfasts are big and fancy, running to goat-cheese pancakes, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, and the like. Three cottages near the main building allow pets and have kitchenettes for fixing your own meals. If you’re not up for that, the inn also maintains a tavern-style dining room with several intriguing spaces, the Whale’s Rib; expect steaks, fish, lobsters, and rack of lamb.
- Brian Kevin