an inn like no other
The Tidewater was built by Sarah's grandparents almost 50 years ago in the site of a former grist mill. Perched on a bridge, the tide raced beneath the building on its way to Carver's Pond on the other side of the road. Twelve hours later, it rushes back out. The result? A steady peaceful burble to an almost thundering roar taking place just beneath your room as the tide races from place to place. As Sarah's Dad, Phil, says,
"Twice a day, all the water in the Atlantic heads for the Tidewater. Why? Come see for yourself."
In your room, you will find crisp white sheets on your comfortable bed, a restful and relaxing color scheme, a carafe of freshly filtered water, and free (though limited depending on demand and weather) wifi. Televisions are available upon request, and we have a thoughtfully curated DVD library, but no cable. There is a fan in your room, but no air conditioning on the premises.
The Gathering Place
The heart of The Tidewater, The Gathering Place commands a view of the harbor like no other. From a lending library to a work space to a play room to a lounge, The Gathering Place is a multi-purpose space.
Throughout the summer, the patio morphs into many things: join us for a lobster feed, a wine tasting, or just a quiet contemplation of the adjacent turbines, once used to power the grist mill.
The Tidewater can arrange everything to make your visit spectacular: summer camps, babysitters, nights out on the town, dinner reservations, boat rides, kayaking, hiking, visits to North Haven, just to name a few.
We are pleased to offer daily complimentary shuttle service from each ferry to the Tidewater, as well as to other island hot spots, including the quarries, Lane's Island, and The Basin. Other destinations or outings available upon request.
From 6-10, you are invited to enjoy a thoughtfully presented continental breakfast with freshly baked goods each morning, as well as a selection of other goodies, including yogurt, fresh fruit, eggs, and our homemade granola, as well as a selection of tea and some mighty fine coffee.
When in Maine, eat lobster! Throughout the summer, we will host lobster bakes for our guests. Reservations are required and include a full lobster dinner (one lobster, two sides, bread, butter, and dessert) served on our patio. An a la carte menu will also be available.
THINGS TO DO
We would happily help arrange a boat ride during your stay - from an adventure aboard a lobster boat, the F/V Seabreeze to an excursion to Seal Island to see the puffins to a slower-paced putt around the island, we will help you find the right one to suit your needs.
The Vinalhaven Land Trust is a true treasure of Vinalhaven. This organization tirelessly protects wild areas for us all to enjoy for future generations. We're happy to suggest some favorites to explore during yorur stay.
Held each Saturday morning from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the flea is an event not to be missed. From fresh produce to souvenirs to refreshments to art to all manner of treasures. You never know what you'll find at the flea!
Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddle board from the Tidewater to experience another side of Vinalhaven. We'll drop you and your boats off at the location of your choice (we recommend the Basin or Mill River). Swim, picnic, watch the seals, relax, and renew.
One of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer day is to jump off a granite cliff into the crystal clear water at one of the two public swimming quarries on Vinalhaven. Each is only about a mile or so away from the Tidewater.
So much more...
Vinalhaven has something for everyone; from shopping and eating to relaxation and adventures, we can't think of any reason NOT to make Vinalhaven the place for your next vacation. We look forward to seeing you then!
Sarah Crossman and Chad King have a combined 40 years in the service industry, and a combined 16 years in the construction industry. Sarah’s family has owned and operated The Tidewater for nearly 50 years so when her Dad, Phil, started thinking about retirement, Sarah jumped at the chance to learn the ropes. Born on the island, and raised in Connecticut, she worked by her Dad’s side for several years before taking over in October of 2018. She loves food, travel, and connecting with new people.
Chad originally hails from Mount Desert. He ran his own construction business, Old Harbor Building, for several years. He loves playing his guitar and is an avid history buff.
Chad and Sarah have two children , three cats, and seven chickens. They look forward to meeting you.