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
In 12 years we walked and rode by this Inn numerous times and often talked about trying it sometime. Well we did and now wish we would have done so sooner. Everything is really clean and well maintained. The service is great and the location is close to town.
Harbor View is a little off the main tourist areas but that makes it quieter and nicer for a stay on the island. The staff is very nice and knowledgable about things to do. Breakfast is good and a great way to start the day. The rooms are comfortable but not luxurious. Overall a nice place to stay during a visit.
Beautiful newly renovated Victorian inn. We had a street view room on the second floor. Breakfast was in a nicely decorated dining room below us. We enjoyed sitting on the large front porch sipping tea, reading a book and watching the horse drawn wagons go by. Inn is next door to St Anne’s church, just disembark the ferry and walk towards the steeple.