Keeper's House Inn
RobinsonPoint Lighthouse Station, Isle Au Haut, ME, USA
www.keepershouse.com - 207-335-2990
Keeper's House Inn Isle Au Haut Reviews
This Place is a Keeper! May 27, 2014
This is a magnificent getaway. Isle au Haut is a larger island off the coast of Maine (about six miles long by two miles wide) with a declining year-round population: now (in 2014) down to 38 souls. The limited population limits man-made attractions, but the motivation getting me out here was that most of the island belongs to Acadia National Park. Most people only know of the park’s bigger piece by Bar Harbor, but I assure you Acadia’s patch on Isle au Haut also offers wonder and charm.
And if you want to savor that patch, there is no better way than booking some time at this splendid retreat. Leave civilization behind, because even though the inn has electric, it is off the grid (they have solar panels) and nighttime lighting is exclusively, exquisitely by lantern (electric lamps are around, but I never saw one in use). No wi-fi and occasional cell phone reception guarantees escape, but you won’t be roughing it.
The owner and his staff of three is professional and beyond courteous. They are good people, attentive to your every need. Two of the hosts concentrate on dining, the inn’s special bonus – you get three squares with your daily rent, and this is top shelf cooking. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room, where windows afford a view of the lighthouse. Gazing upon a lovely lighthouse by candlelight is stunning, but strongly rivaled by the quality of the food. Your chefs strive to create their masterpieces from local sources, and during my stay I got to relish fiddleheads (a delicacy you can pretty much only get in Maine in late spring) and a lovely haddock caught by one of the islanders - Lincoln Tilly, I was told.
For striking out and exploring the island during the day, you are provided with a hearty bagged lunch. The first day I had a delicious tempeh salad, the second an overstuffed sandwich. Both of my lunches were accompanied by homemade granola which was not burdened by the usual sugary ingredients. This was custom made for me because Julie and Char knew I was diabetic. Perhaps the strongest point I can make about the Keeper’s House is this personal touch. Seems like everywhere I communicate my disease it gets roundly ignored. At the Keeper’s House, however, they asked if I had any dietary restrictions when I made my reservation two months in advance. Three days before I headed north, they actually called me with some specific questions (would fresh fruit and crème fraiche be okay?) as they planned out my feasts!
The furnishings are dated, but this is in keeping with the theme, not a negative. Maine’s refreshing summer climate always makes sleepy time a joy, but I found nighttime nirvana at the Keeper’s house. My bed was amazingly cozy and comfortable, and located far from the maddening crowd out on Robinson’s Point, absolute silence was the final magical ingredient.
I really can’t say enough about the charm of the Keeper’s House. It’s a keeper!
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