Posts Tagged ‘Inn on the Harbor’

Wings, Waves, & Woods returns to Deer Isle

May 10, 2010

Birders and art fans are invited to Deer Isle for the fourth annual Wings, Waves, & Woods, May 21-23. The festival, timed to coincide with early migration, is sponsored by the Island Heritage Trust, and a brochure detailing the event can be downloaded from its website.

Bob Duchesne, founder of the Maine Birding Trail, author of Maine Birding Trail, and a Maine Audubon trip leader for more than 20 years,  is this year’s special guest.

The festival opens with a reception Friday evening at the Pearson Legacy Gallery  showcasing bird-related artwork by more than 40 artists.

On Saturday and Sunday, experts will lead walks (free, donations appreciated), guide boat trips (fee), and give presentations and demonstrations. Here’s a sampling:

Warbler Walk, Settlement Quarry Preserve

Scotts Landing Bird Walk

Birding by Kayak, kayaks provided, $60

Nesting Eagles and Their Neighbors, Causeway Beach

Introduction to Birding

Puffins & Pelagics, cruise to Seal Island with Bob Duschesne, $60

Create Birdbaths & Planters, $35

Birdhouse Building for Kids, $5 includes materials and snack

Studio Demo & Tour (with the mega-talented Missy Greene and Eric Ziner)

Birding Identification Made Easy, Bob Duschesne

Lily Pond Walk

Found Objects Sculptures, demonstration, with Peter Beerits at Nervous Nellie’s Jams & Jellies (one of my all-time favorite places)

Local Foods Chowder Supper will be available on Saturday night (seating limited; $12).

Where to stay: There are some wonderful accommodations available on Deer Isle. My favorite is the aptly named Inn on the Harbor, in Stonington. Both the Pilgrim’s Inn and The Inn at Ferry Landing are lovely B&Bs in Deer Isle. To really get in the spirit of the birding weekend, book a cabin at the oceanfront Goose Cove Resort, in Sunset, which borders the Barred Island Preserve. On a budget? Boyce’s Motel, in downtown Stonington, has clean rooms, some with kitchenettes. For dirt cheap accommodations, book a bunk at the rustic-bordering-on-primitive Deer Isle Hostel.

Lobster for Lovers

January 16, 2010

Not a bad deal. The Inn on the Harbor’s Lobster for Lovers weekend, Feb. 12 – 14 , is reason enough to visit Stonington in winter.

The inn, in downtown Stonington, hangs over the harbor. Pack your woolies, as many rooms are accessed directly from outside. But the views! Can’t beat ’em.

The package, offered only when Valentine’s Day package the 14th falls on a weekend, includes a three-course dinner, with fresh Stonington lobster as the headliner. Not a lobster lover? Not a problem, the inn’s winter room-service menu choices are available as alternatives.

The full package includes two nights lodging, contintental breakfasts, and the Valentine dinner. Rates range $190-280 for two, varying by room chosen. The two-bedroom with full kitchen American Eagle suite is $330 for two.

Now frankly, there’s not a heckuva lot to do in Stonington in the winter, but it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, I’m sure you’ll figure something out.

Puffins, warblers, and eagles, oh my!

April 29, 2009

wingswaveswoods2009Deer Isle is going to the birds. The third annual Wings, Waves & Woods festival of birding and art, sponsored by the Island Heritage Trust, is coming up May 15-17.

Avian-centered events include Introduction to Birding, Warbler Walk, Nesting Eagles and their Neighbors, Puffin Boat Trip to Seal Island, Birding by Ear, and Found-Object Sculpture. Most events are free; boat trips range from $13 to $60 per person (reservations required for some).

On Saturday night, the Local Foods Chowder Supper highlights Dick Bridges’ fish chowder, along with homemade biscuits, Nervous Nellie’s jams and chutneys, fresh green salad, and the Ice Cream Lady’s homemade treat. A delicious feed, limited to 80 people, and costing $12 for the whole shebang.

Plan now to snag boat and supper seats. Need lodging, here’s a list. My faves include Boyce’s Motel for cheap sleeps, Inn on the Harbor for best location, Pilgrim’s Inn for country inn style, The Inn at Ferry Landing for a quiet B&B. Be sure to check any specials.

Escape the leaf-peeping crowds

September 23, 2008

If I wanted to lose the tour buses, the vehicle parades, the lines and the masses, and I wanted to not only see the fall foliage show, but also the coast, I’d—sshhhh—return to the Blue Hill/Deer Isle Peninsula, and spend a weekend or longer.

Perhaps because there are no huge hotels or fancy-schmancy resorts here, the crowds and bus tours go elsewhere. Good. Now I’ve previously blogged about the Shore Oaks Inn on the grounds of the Oakland House Seaside Resort, and the Inn on the Harbor, in Stonington at the tip of Deer Isle. Besides these, favorites are the Pentagoet Inn, a butter-yellow Queen Anne in Castine, the land of white houses, and the Blue Hill Inn, an elegant oasis in downtown Blue Hill.

Thanks to the mapmaker-challenging coastline, you can watch the sun both rise and set over the ocean as you noodle the byways with a glimpse of water around nearly every bend. Spend an afternoon or longer exploring Castine’s rich history and viewing its architectural gems; mosey around Deer Isle, and if the weather’s fine, take the passenger ferry to Isle au Haut. Artists’ and artisans’ studios are plentiful, walking and hiking trails lace abundant preserves, and dining choices range from seafood shacks to elegant restaurants.

A grand time to visit is over Columbus Day weekend, when the annual Peninsula Potters Studio Tour and Sale occurs. And here’s a plus: renowned potter Mark Bell has a kiln opening on Oct. 11.

The view from here …

July 12, 2008

…is mighty fine. Here being The Inn on the Harbor, in Stonington. It sits tight to Main street, but literally hangs over the harbor, with big windows framing the view and huge decks for watching the boats come and go. Last night, a windjammer sailed by as we were sitting on our deck eating leftovers from the Cockatoo along with cheese (goat brie) and crackers (sesame wheat) from the farmers market and a salad and baguette from Lily’s. Perfect!

With three of us, we opted for the American Eagle, a two-bedroom apartment with full kitchen. Only drawback was the lack of a good assortment of pots and pans and cooking utensils, but I made do with what was available.

The inn provides a continental breakfast buffet, which you can eat in the small buffet room/office area, or take out onto the huge main deck, soaked in morning sunlight and accented with flowers. In the afternoons, it doubles as an espresso spot, also serving sweets and homemade ice cream.

Rooms are open, airy, light and decorated with shabby cottage chic touch. Some have wood-burning fireplaces. I think in winter, when rates plummet, this would be a fabulous place to be during a storm. And yes, it does have a back-up generator.

Hate to leave, but we’re off to Isle au Haut for a day trip, then on to Brooksville.