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Monhegan House Jun 15, 2010
One of two hotels on Monhegan Island, the Monhegan House is a rambling four-story building which meshes with the comfort of the island. While decidedly down-scale, I find the weather-beaten aspect charming and part of the local lore. The facility has been hosting guests since 1870 and I love the expansive lobby which features a stone fireplace and is constantly populated with folks sipping coffee and ready to exchange greetings and stories.
Most of the rooms are on the second floor (with shared bathrooms), though there is a ground floor suite with it's own bathroom. Check-in is very easy since none of the rooms have locks so you don’t need to get a key, reinforcing the laid back atmosphere. Breakfasts are served in the Bluebird Café (which we rented for our wedding reception), and there are a sprinkling of places nearby for lunch and dinner. The island is teensy so everything is within walking distance.
Another great place to mingle with locals and visitors is to relax on the spacious porch or park yourself on one of the Adirondack chairs on the front lawn. Though not meticulous, the grounds of the Monhegan House are a delightful mix of plants and rocks with ocean views. Ahhhh, just writing this description recalls the tranquility of this restful spot. Monhegan is a wonderful destination, and staying at the Monhegan House during your visit is a perfect way to tune into the relaxed vibe of this special place.
2010 UPDATE - there are now TWO suites with en suite facilities and the dining area has been enlarged, but the vibe from fifteen years ago is undisturbed.
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