A lungful of salty sea air, a vista of green islands dotting the bay, the sound of waves lulling you to sleep… this is the setting for the Captain Nickels Inn, a Maine Coast Bed and Breakfast and the perfect setting for a quintessential Maine escape.
Harbor Town of Searsport
Located conveniently between Bar Harbor and Camden, in the south central seaport town of Searsport, Maine, the Captain Nickels Inn is nestled on 3 acres of beauty on Penobscot Bay. Just 2 hours from Portland, ME, the location is perfect for a true getaway, yet close enough to the nearby town’s amenities to have plenty to do and explore. It is also perfect driving distance from Acadia National Park to make that destination a day trip.
Activities include blueberry picking, harbor cruises, lighthouse viewing and the oldest maritime museum: Penobscot Marine Museum, which features a re-creation of a 19th century seafaring village. After sightseeing, visit the area’s many seafood restaurants, beer and cider taprooms, and other local venues. A walk on the Sandy Point beach trails will work up an appetite for some of the freshest ocean fare imaginable.
For animal and craft lovers, take a look at the events calendar: the county fair, Donkey & Mule and Draft Horse shows, as well as Fiber Arts and other deeply rooted Americana is available for study and entertainment. Blacksmithing, stonework, spinning, and other homesteading arts provide historical context to the area.
“Inn” the Family
But the best part is returning to the Captain Nickels Inn, where mother and daughter Innkeepers Dawn and Cassidy Gintz are excited to welcome you to their 8-room inn, which is on the register of National Historic Places. Built in 1874 by Captain Nickels for his wife Elizabeth, the inn features outstanding guest rooms punctuated with extraordinary sitting rooms and a library with a seasonal roaring fire as well as a solarium with sea views.
First-Class Bed and Breakfast
The “Port of Call” at our Penobscot Bay lodging along with the Captain’s Suite offer a number of comforting choices, including some rooms with fireplaces, a jacuzzi tub in the suite, beautifully themed decor including antique furniture and deep, comfy beds. Whether you choose the Port of Call Portofino, London, Paris, Dublin, Charleston, Istanbul or Havana, each room displays special character that will make you feel at home.
Spectacular views, sumptuous interior, the Captain Nickels Inn offers romantic getaway packages, a generous discount for veterans of military service and a lighthearted Murder Mystery Weekend. Open year-round, you won’t mind staying inside during winter weather once you tour the astonishing interior of this historic home. In the summertime, enjoy badminton, croquet or bocce ball on the grounds, or just relax in the iconic Adirondack Chairs that face the sea.
Cassidy Gintz has taken on the challenge of providing unique and scrumptious breakfasts for their guests. Carmelized French Toast, frittatas, tri-berry baked pancakes and Cass’ famous chicken and waffles are just some of the ever- changing menu. Special food preferences can be honored at the Captain Nickels Inn.
Penobscot Bay is waiting to embrace you when you stay at the venerable and gorgeous Captain Nickels Inn.
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