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Log Cabin Inn
They pretty much thought of everything – even providing some bottled water in the refrigerator. There were plenty of local magazines and guides. The décor was casual and beachy yet very nice. There really wasn’t anything we would add. The owners are making an effort to go “green” as much as possible. There were many windows (with blinds that shut out the light at night) that afforded spectacular views. Note that this was their premier suite – we’re sure the other accommodations are nice too. We would definitely go back to this place.
The breakfasts really stood out (breakfast is included with the room). Coffee is of course available. We aren’t coffee drinkers and asked if it was possible to get unsweetened iced tea, and they happily complied with our request. We noted that the following two mornings they remembered our preference and brought us out large glasses of strong, fresh iced tea – we give them points for that! Breakfast always started with fruit – fresh melon, blueberries, strawberries, etc. Next was a bread or pastry course – we don’t know if the inn makes their bread products or gets them elsewhere but be forewarned they are VERY good. We sampled flaky pastries, lemon-poppy bread, blueberry muffins, wonderful rolls, etc. Our first morning there we had banana nut pancakes with lean, crunchy bacon – wonderful! The second morning we had eggs Benedict and home fries. Our final morning we had fresh made waffles. We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts. While we visited, breakfast was served from 8-9:30 a.m.
The inn does have a small bar – it’s not really the sort of place you would hang out, but rather permits them to serve beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). They had a small but decent wine selection, as well as beer and spirits. The bar is adjacent to the dining area.
We were greeted upon our arrival by Matt, the innkeeper (his mother owns the inn). He was very nice and explained about dinner and breakfast. When we went out to the pool we met his wife and two very-well-behaved young sons, and even spent some time in the pool talking to his father, who gave us lots of great tips about the area. Everyone we came into contact with – from the servers to the woman who cleaned the units – was unfailingly polite and genial.
As stated earlier, the first night we had dinner at the Log Cabin Inn and recommend it – although you need to be a guest at the inn to eat there and call ahead to reserve your choices.
Cook’s Lobster House - Route 24, Bailey Island, ME 207-833-2818
The second night we ate outside on their deck – Moby’s Deck (very cute). That was a wise choice, as it pretty much rained the remainder of our time in Maine and this was the one chance we really had to eat outside. Lori had their delicious lobster roll – her first on this Maine trip (and one she ultimately determined was the best). Keith (the landlubber) had a chicken sandwich. Yeah, we know, we ate at the same place two nights in a row, but there aren’t a lot of dining options on this small island, and by eating inside one night and outside the following night, we got two different experiences. Lori recommends this place for the lobster. Keith enjoyed watching her eat the lobster.
DO NOT come to Bailey Island for the nightlife. It’s nonexistent. This island is drivable – you don’t need to get on a boat to get there – but it’s remote. You go there for the scenery and to relax and for fresh seafood, not to go to a disco.
OK, we probably aren’t the best to consult about the weather. We went in early August and from people we talked to and research we did, we understand that is supposed to be the nicest time of the year. Well, it wasn’t. On the first day we got there it was a bit humid but the sun came out a little and we could use the pool. By dinner time the fog had rolled in and we couldn’t see anything. We desperately wanted to sit in the hot tub after dinner and did so but had to get out when we saw lightning through the fog. The next day it rained until the afternoon and the temperature was in the 60s. Tuesday was the nicest day – sun and clouds but no rain. By the time we woke up Wednesday morning to leave it was pouring again. They told us this was unusual weather, but we also learned it had been raining in Maine for the past few weeks. If you go during the summer, don’t just take summer clothing – be sure to take pants and a jacket (and probably a rain slicker!). On the day when it was nice, when the sun went in, it got cool very quickly and went down to the upper 50s at night (very nice sleeping weather). We did not need air conditioning.
This is a place for those who want to kick back and relax. GPS allowed us to explore without worrying about getting lost – although when you’re on an island there is only so far you can go before hitting water! Bring some reading material, perhaps your iPod, and possibly binoculars to take in the scenery. And remember the weather changes quickly so make sure you have layers. Also – take the ferry tour. It’s inexpensive and worth it. In spite of the stormy weather the previous weeks the water was surprisingly calm and we didn’t really see anyone who looked seasick.