Harbour View Inn
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The authentic Victorian look — the property was built in the 1820s by fur trader/philanthropist Madame La Framboise (Room 1207 was her bedroom)
- Taking in the view of the harbor and Round Island Lighthouse from one of the cushioned white wicker chairs on the original pillared porch
- Friendly, personalized service: Return guests are often greeted by name
What To Know
- A stay here is about stepping back in time (it’s a car-free island) and enjoying the scenery
- There’s a laid-back approach to modern amenities island-wide; some TVs are dated and fireplaces in the rooms may not be operational
- Although there’s no restaurant, you’re just a quick walk from plenty of options
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Built in 1822, the Harbour View Inn nods to its Victorian roots with mauve walls, floral carpets, exposed wood beams and pink patterned furnishings. In the main lobby hangs a painting of Madame Magdelaine La Framboise, the home’s original owner and one of the most successful fur traders of her time. The pillared double-decker porch hasn’t changed much since the original construction, and details such as vintage Shakespeare books in a locked antique cabinet keep the look authentic.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms were refreshed in 2013 and are more staid than the public spaces with their deep, rich colors such as burgundy, slate blue, pale yellow and sage. Some have gas fireplaces, antique dressers, air conditioning and two-person whirlpool tubs. The adjacent B&B annex offers rooms with a more contemporary lakehouse style, thanks to a lighter color palette, floor-to-ceiling bay windows and bright checkerboard bed skirts. All accommodations also have access to a private or semiprivate terrace — perfect for taking in the views of the garden or harbor.
The best seats in the house are the cushioned white wicker chairs on the original pillared porch, which overlooks the harbor and oft-photographed Round Island Lighthouse. Guests picnic on the grounds or enjoy the inn’s occasional barbecues of grilled chicken and burgers along the sidewalk in front of the B&B annex. There’s a continental breakfast that offers oatmeal, toast and fruit served in a parlor room or on the porch (heaters are available if it’s chilly).
In the Area
Rent a carriage you drive yourself at Jack’s Livery Stable or get a bike (rentals are available on-site) and cycle the 8.2-mile water’s edge loop trail. Afterward sip a Rum Runner on the lively patio of the Pink Pony. There’s hip, casual island cuisine at spots like Millie’s on Main, but the island’s not-to-be-missed dessert is the fudge at Murray’s. Visit historic sights or watch the film Somewhere in Time, and then take a self-guided tour of filming locations such as Mission Point Resort and the Grand Hotel.
How to Get There
We walked for about 8-10 minutes to the hotel. The reception staff was pleasant. Our room was quite average and appeared dated. The gardens were pretty. The breakfast was fair at best...mostly starches with only one hot entree that wasn't refilled often enough. It was too cold and wet to use the patio, so the dining room was crowded and we offered to share our table so a couple would have a place to sit. They fouled up returning our luggage to the dock as promised, and we almost missed the ferry.
We enjoyed our stay at the Harbour View Inn this past September. Each employee we interacted with were very friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast was nice. Nothing special. We were glad the Inn was a short walk to town away from the bustle of the restaurants and shops. That being said there was a wedding nearby that some of the other guests of the Inn were attending. They came in late after the wedding and continued the celebration downstairs. Our room was right at the top of the stairs and you would have thought they were right outside our door. Other than that we had a great stay. We took advantage of renting bikes from the Inn which was cheaper than the other places we saw that were renting them.
We had a great experience as first time guests at Harbour View Inn. It started with picking up our ferry tickets, to the young man meeting us at the ferry to take our luggage. He carried them up to our room for us so having no elevator was no problem. We had a standard king room in the building directly behind the main house. It was spacious with a modern tv, large bathroom and comfy bed. The wifi worked well for us. The place was quiet at night. Due to the rainy weather we spent more time in the room than planned, so we were thankful it was larger. We have stayed in rooms the size of postage stamps on the Island before.
We were pleasantly surprised at the variety of food for breakfast! Fresh fruit, oatmeal, little egg omelettes, breads, etc. The breakfast room was crowded as it was too cold to use the outdoor seating but we shared a table each morning with other guests which was fun.
Checkout was easy as we left our luggage in the room and told which ferry we would be taking. Luggage was there and waiting for us.
They have parking for your personal bike close the the building.
It's a nice walk to town and we love being near the harbor.