My room at the Keeper's House
The Keeper’s House doesn’t usually open until mid-June. If you are patient and wait until then, you can tell the pilot of the mail boat your destination and he can provide curb service. Because I was an early bird, however, the inn didn’t have their mooring out yet.
But not to worry. The inn’s owner, Marshall, came down to the town landing and picked me up in the ‘moose mobile’. During the one mile ride to the inn, Marshall shared I would be the sole customer at the inn during my stay. How picturesque when we got there!
I will let the pictures do the talking, but the beauty of this spot would be rivaled by the graciousness of my hosts.
Marshall escorted me inside, spread his arms and told me I could take my pick of rooms. I had reserved their cheapest accommodation, the Oil House, earning its reduced fare by being a hundred yards from the house with no bathroom, so a greatly appreciated bonus. Better yet, I met the remainder of the staff who would be waiting on me the next two days. There was Tracy and Julie, a husband and wife who moved out here last year. Tracy worked at LL Bean for years, so we had plenty to talk about. Rounding out the crew was Char (pronounced ‘shar,’ an abbreviation of Charlotte), a friend of Julie’s who was spending her first summer on the island to assist with cooking duties.
Let's get started with some appetizers in the parlor.
Meals are a feature of the Keeper’s House.
Three meals are included in the daily charge, but my first lesson was there is more. After unloading my daypack (I had left everything else back in my car on the mainland) I returned to the parlor to chat with Marshall and Tracy and savor the appetizers served nightly at 6PM. Fresh baked bread and crackers were accompanied by trout spread, olives, gruyere and feta. This was going to be fun!
Mealtime view from Keeper's House dining room on a foggy Maine evening.
Dinner was even better. Since I was solo, Marshall joined me at my table (I think maximum capacity of the inn is ten guests, so an intimate dining room with only five tables) for the evening meal. Of course we sat at the premiere table…by a window overlooking the lighthouse. A fabulous feast was heightened with great chat – Marshall has a doctorate in Geology and teaches at Morehead State in Kentucky.
Starter was vegan tomato soup made with coconut milk, followed by a lovely plate of mixed greens accented by a light maple drizzle (and I do mean light – they had asked me about dietary restrictions and I informed them I was diabetic. Unlike every other place where I ever communicated that info, the Keeper’s House took notice and strove to offer acceptable meals!). The main course was chicken with parsnips and fiddleheads, one of my favorite Maine delicacies.
A sumptuous chicken dinner with my favorite Maine delicacy - fiddleheads! (green things on the left)
For dessert I split a roasted pear with Marshall. Char asked me before serving whether a whole pear would be too much – so thoughtful! As delicious as the finisher was, I ate only half of the half – the bounty of the meal was adding up. After a wee bit more conversation everybody packed up for the night and left me alone in the Keeper’s House. Even though electric was added some years ago, the inn is lit by lanterns at night and I am authoring this blog entry by flame as a soft rain patters outside.
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