For the second part of our road trip along the Maine coast, my dear friends picked the Grey Havens Inn in Georgetown. I rarely stay at a bed & breakfast, yet this enchanted little inn in a beautiful coastal setting won me over and made for a memorable getaway! Find out what won my heart over below!
Location: The Grey Havens Inn is near the small town of Georgetown, Maine, set on the Sheepscot River that cuts deeply into Maine’s Atlantic coastline. It’s about 30 minutes drive East of Brunswick, Maine, 1 hour drive North-East of Portland, ME, and about 3 hours drive North-East of Boston, Massachusetts. It is a remote, peaceful getaway location with a small general store in Georgetown and a few small restaurants around the island. You’ll find gas stations along Highway 1 and most things you’ll need in Brunswick.
The setting up on the bluff overlooking the coastline is stunning and the views from the porch alone are worth the visit!
Service: The Grey Havens Inn is a small bed & breakfast with only 13 rooms, run by Eve & Dick Roesler. They are gracious hosts and staying at the inn feels more like being guests at their home than staying at a hotel – which is a perfect fit for this classic setting on the coast, away from the hustle & bustle of the modern cities! Even before we arrived their warm hospitality showed: When we had to adjust our schedule, they were willing to assist despite the “rules”. We received a warm welcome to the inn and a tour of the property, as well as tips for the area. Throughout our stay, our hosts were always ready to assist and help us make the most of our stay! They demonstrated not only their passion for the hospitality business, but the experience and professionalism other owner-operators of small inns sometimes lack, making them a standout example of what you’d hope for in an inn keeper!
Housekeeping did a nice job cleaning the rooms each day, replacing towels and toiletries as needed. The bar keeper was friendly and made some mean drinks!
Rooms: I was part of a group of friends visiting Grey Havens Inn for a holiday weekend and had a chance to see several of the rooms, all of them with individual decor.
I stayed in the Ocean Room on the second floor, a small room with a comfortable queen-size bed and a nice ocean view. There are two small night-stands and an open clothes rack behind the door. It’s held in white & blue – a cool and friendly decor. The room came equipped with an iPod/iPhone friendly sound system.
The small bathroom has a toilet to the right, a small pedestal sink in the center with a shelf and mirror and a small glass-enclosed shower to the left. Towels were thick and plush and the decor in white & blue matches the bedroom. The room was perfect for me staying alone, but might be a little tight for a couple with a lot of luggage.
The Breakers is a turret room on the second floor, with the queen bed in a half-round alcove with great ocean views through the three windows. The walls are wood paneled and floors have a light carpet. The bathroom has a shower-over-tub, sink and toilet as well as a window with more views!
The Birch Room is on the same level to the back, also with wood paneled walls, a queen bed and small bathroom with shower, sink and toilet – probably my least favorite of the rooms I saw.
All rooms have free WiFi internet that worked reasonably well. But it’s a getaway destination and none of these rooms had a desk, so leave your work at home!
The Grey Havens Inn website has an individual description and photos of all the rooms, as well as the current, individual rates, so you can pick the one you like best. I found the photos to be very accurate and a true reflection of what you’ll find at the inn.
Restaurant/Amenities: The Grey Havens Inn is a beautiful old house and you enter via the long porch on the front of the building facing the ocean. It’s probably my favorite feature, with couches and chairs on one side and a row of rocking chairs on the other. What could be more relaxing than slowly rocking in these chairs, with a drink and snacks close by, looking out over the sea, reading a good book or having a conversation with friends?
The ground floor of the inn has a large and comfortable living room with big couches to hang out and a large table to play games or gather inside.
On the other side of the building is the restaurant “Blue” and bar. All rooms include a continental breakfast that is served buffet style. It includes fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries and bread, coffee/tea and juice. While the selection is not as big as at a hotel, it was enough to get the day started, of high quality and very tasty.
The restaurant is closed on certain weekdays and holidays, depending on the season, as well as for private events and we didn’t get a chance to eat there. It’s well reviewed and if you planning a stay, I’d recommend to make reservations early. It does have a full bar and the bartender makes some mean drinks!
Bottomline: The rates at the Grey Havens Inn are dependent on room and season, ranging from $155-$395/night, putting them into luxury territory during high season (my Ocean Room was $254/night during our stay in peak season). Those prices are steep, but justified by the location and service. Keep in mind that none of the rooms accommodate more than 2-3 people, making it more expensive for families of 4 than a typical hotel!
If you want to get away from the crazy city life, the Maine coast appears much further away than the 3h drive suggests and the Grey Havens Inn is a wonderful place to spend time to relax. The beautiful setting, charming property and wonderful hosts made it worth the price to me and I’d happily return to this peaceful place!