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
My two girlfriends and I stayed overnight at the Harbour View Inn for a girls getaway, and we couldn't have been happier with our accommodations. We had the 3-queen bed room on the third floor, which had 2 private bathrooms and overlooked the main street. Everything was clean, the people were very nice and helpful, and the room was fantastic. We rented bikes from the Inn on our last morning there at a very affordable price. We would definitely stay there again!
Great Location and I am sure once a great place to stay. Unfortunately now worn , threadbare and overcrowded.
The breakfast is mediocre and the dinning room too small for the number of guests. The quality of the food was poor. If you stay there make sure you check pictures of the room . Way overpriced!
Love the history of this home prior to being an Inn. We were fortunate for a semi-private balcony room facing to harbor. Not all rooms are air conditioned, but then old homes don't. Ours didn't have air, but the breeze coming in from the lake and the ceiling fan made for a great night sleep. Coffee downstairs was always available. Breakfast was adequate. Bags were brought to our room before we arrived. Sitting on the porch was so peaceful after a day of walking or biking. Couldn't ask for a better stay.