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What We Love

  • Crisp white rooms feature works by local artists
  • Dinner or cocktails on the screened patio
  • Friendly staff and community
  • Sitting by the fire in the Great Room
  • A true escape — rooms don’t have telephones or televisions (but WiFi is available at no cost)
  • A fleet of bikes are available for exploring the tiny island

What To Know

  • The inn requests guests keep the property aware of their estimated arrival times (especially in the case of delays)
  • It’s a 20-minute water-taxi ride from Portland
  • There's one general store nearby
  • Guests of the five Ocean View Shared Bath bedrooms share access to two hallway bathrooms (men; women)
  • Pets are not permitted

Amenities

  •  Golf Course
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

Originally built in the 1880s, the restored Chebeague Island Inn sits atop a manicured bluff on its namesake island overlooking the surrounding Casco Bay. The inn is a quintessential Maine getaway: simple, comfortable and secluded.

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Downstairs, the restaurant is dressed in darker tones, but all of the round tables are topped with crisp white linens. Chef Justin Rowe uses local ingredients, many from nearby Second Wind Farm, to prepare dishes such as buffalo flank steak or grilled yellowfin tuna.

After dessert (selections may include coriander-scented lemon curd and homemade sorbet) go across the hall and curd up with a cup of tea and a book in front of the Great Room’s stone fireplace. Chebeague Island is that kind of place.

All the activities expected of an idyllic landscape are here. There’s a croquet greensward, a nine-hole golf course within walking distance, a tennis court and access to fishing, secluded beaches and guided sailboat trips to nearby islands. Or explore the island with one of the inn’s L.L. Bean bicycles. You’ll have plenty of fuel; with dishes like banana bread crepes, the breakfasts here are a highlight to any stay.

How to Get There

Chebeague Island Inn
61 South Road
Chebeague Island, ME 04017 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 147 Reviews
Perfect simplicity
Reviewed 4 hours ago

The room was pristine, simple and elegant. The bed was v comfortable. The staff is lovely, happy, and helpful. The setting is otherworldly, you feel as if you’re going back in time. Recommend v enthusiastically.

Honeymoon Trip
Reviewed 5 months ago

We came to Chebeague Island as part of our Honeymoon trip around New England. The ferry ride from Portland was fantastic, great guide and a beautiful, relaxing journey at a very reasonable price. We took the CASCO bay ferry, and stopped for lunch at The Porthole Restaurant which was AMAZING- great service and food, with a fantastic view on the terrace. We previously arranged with Chebeague Island Inn to collect us from the landing (a good hour walk to the inn!) upon their suggestion on their website. I gave the time and date and got a confirmation, coming all the way from England, I wanted to make sure there would be a way to get to the Inn. When we arrived, we waited 40 minutes for someone from the hotel to collect us but no one showed. I then called and they said they would leave now. A further 30 minutes later a driver appeared but not much conversation. When we arrived, the inn was very quiet, which is fair enough given the low season. We loved our room, with an ocean view, and had previously booked a table for dinner. We arrived downstairs to an almost empty restaurant, and we were hurried through our meal (very overpriced, lacking in vegetarian options- not ideal for more than one night stay) The trip was lovely but we did feel we had interrupted the staff's holiday - everything had to be requested. The advertised fire pit and marshmellows were provided upon asking a few times and protests to the weather not being great (it was lovely!) We felt as though we were intruding on the young staff's down time, which was such a shame since we discovered the inn on Instagram and made a special trip. The island itself is beautiful, take the bikes and visit the small beaches, well worth the trip. Not much else there, or anywhere else to get food so dinner at the Inn for a second night it was! I would love to visit again in the high season to compare, I'm sure we'd receive a friendlier service - but definitely worth a trip if you're in the area, once in a lifetime experience for us I'm sure!

Fall getaways
Reviewed 8 months ago

The Chebeague Island Inn is a one-of-a-kind property. You can't help but relax during a stay here!
I visited twice this Fall - 1st with our parents and then with friends.
Enjoyed riding out to the Inn on the ferry from Cousin's Island and the shuttle met us near the dock for transport to the Inn...very comfortable van!
We arrived early so the front desk held our bags while we went to brunch and delivered the bags to our rooms when ready.
The menus covered all the bases with selections to please anybody. The food was delicious and service was friendly and professional (except one meal - no dessert offered - just delivered the check)
The living room and the porch make the trip! The view overlooking the ocean at sunset is amazing and with cocktails / small bites you'll never want to leave!
Relaxed by the fire after dinner one night w/ a lovely couple from Germany, played scrabble one day, and read by the window another - all in the spacious comfy living room.
We were able to take advantage of corn-hole on the lawn and take bikes for a ride to the boatyard where we did a little shopping and ate a little chowder at 'the Niblic' store.
Cute rooms w/ nautical flair and comfy beds.
Front desk staff were friendly and very accommodating. Waiters and waitresses were a mixed bag ~ some better than others ~ but I guess that's true most places!
Great little getaways!

Perfect ending to summer
Reviewed 8 months ago

Spent an overnight girl's getaway at the Inn in October and it was simply perfect! Upon arriving on the ferry, we were met and greeted by a lovely member of staff who helped us with our bags and delivered us to the property. The Inn is stunning - gorgeous grounds with breathtaking views and a lobby that was warm and welcoming. We were checked in and shown to our rooms which overlooked the ocean. The rooms were minimal but tasteful and comfortable (I cannot say enough about the delicious duvet and linens!) The weather could not have been more perfect so we spent the afternoon biking around the island and playing cornhole on the lawn. Our evening culminated with cocktails on the porch to toast the spectacular sunset. After a delicious dinner in the restaurant, we relaxed by the roaring fire in the living room before retiring to those amazing beds!

Will definitely be back again!

Relaxing atmosphere, amazing food!
Reviewed 9 months ago

Our stay at Chebeague Island Inn was among the best on our trip to Maine. The wrap-around porch with views of Casco Bay was the perfect place to relax and unwind after a stressful week at work. My husband and I especially enjoyed watching the sunset while enjoying delicious snacks and cocktails. The restaurant is first class and every meal was superb. The staff was very attentive, making sure we felt at home and had everything we needed. By the time we left, we felt like family. For a taste of the island life, Chebeague Island Inn can’t be beat.