Pilgrim's Inn & Cottages

20 Main Street , Deer Isle, ME 04627 USA (Show map)

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Situated on one of the most scenic sections of the Maine coast, this 1700's landmark is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of both the Select Registry and the B&B Diamond Collection. The inn is also the proud recipient of numerous awards by many well respected travel guides, including Forbes Top Places to Stay and Dine; The Discerning Traveler's Guide to Romantic Hideaways of New England; and Yankee Magazine's Editor's Choice list.




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

A Perfect New England Inn

4.8 on July 16, 2015

Pilgrim's is probably our favorite inn in all of New England. It occupies a magical and serene (if remote) setting; the main inn is historic and perfectly maintained; the beds are first rate; and new this year: air conditioning! The restaurant is a converted barn connected to the main inn, serving contemporary American cuisine, and is the perfect end to a day in one of the loveliest spots on the Maine coast. Highly recommended.

excellent find; beautiful setting; down home hospitality

4.4 on June 11, 2015

The location is close to the road whose traffic at times can be a distraction. Our room was in the back so this was not an issue. The B&B is not handicapped friendly. Some rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Dining area is below the main floor. This was not a problem for us but might be for others. If it is not already these conditions should be mentioned in their brochure to avoid any disappointment. Breakfast was always tasty with a different entrée each morning. Dinner was first class with excellent service and something for every taste. A bit pricy though but not out of line given the setting. Overall our three night stay here was delightful. “Want to get away?” as the airline ad asks: Deer Isle is the spot and the Pilgrim's Inn a nice place to stay. We would stay again and would recommend to others. Jim & Jan Medina TX

May Stay

4.4 on June 08, 2015

The weather was not the greatest during our stay, but the Pilgrim's Inn made up for it. The location was great for us. Love the quaint little village. Staff were wonderful, very attentive without being intrusive. The food was good, however the halibut was popular and our reservation too late in the evening to take advantage of it. Breakfast was wonderful with a different hot option each morning which was very welcome on the cold rainy days. This was my first trip to Maine and I really loved it. We will definitely be back.

Overnight get away.

4.8 on June 01, 2015

Quick 24 hr visit to a beautiful part of Maine. Such a relaxing time. Loved the vintage feel of the inn. Staff was friendly and gave us great suggestions for a morning walk along the coast.

Best B&B in the Northeast

5 on October 14, 2012

The Pilgrim's Inn was hands-down the best B&B of the six my wife and I stayed in during a recent visit to New England. The service was prompt and friendly; the room was bright, clean, and well-appointed; and the food was delicious. The inn is right next to a quaint causeway, so every room has a beautiful water view. I highly recommend having dinner at The Whale's Rib Tavern within the inn. The food was incredible.

Pilgrim Inn

5 on October 13, 2012

Excellent old house beautifully restored. Attractive view of lawn and water. Nice people.

40th Anniversary Get Away

4.8 on June 18, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a three night stay at one of the guest cottages. The owners and the staff were friendly, and seemed to love what they do. The delicious breakfast, and gormet dinners were beyond expectations. The beauty of the Inn and the natural beauty and serenity of the surroundings made for a wonderful stay.

Happy birthday!

5 on June 14, 2012

My wife's 60th birthday present was a trip to her birth state -- she'd never been back and I'd never been at all. Tina and Tony made our stay so much better than we'd expected; they even shipped some of our souvenirs home for us! Our room (#14) was very comfortable and well-appointed, and the food at the inn was amazing!! The location is out of the way, but that's what we were looking for. We're looking forward to going back!!!

Inns don't come any better...and most not as terrific

4.8 on May 29, 2012

We go to Pilgrim's Inn every Spring and again in the Fall for 3 or 4 days. The Inn itself is beautiful and furnished with wonderful antiques. We always stay in one of the two cottages. The food has always been excellent and the service couldn't be better. Most important, the owners are a young vibrant couple and they can't do enough to make your stay happy and memorable. Beautiful setting, and very near Stonington.

A Week in Maine!

3.8 on October 20, 2010

We spent a week on the coast of Maine in a different B&B each night from Ogunquit to Bar Harbor, and this night was in Deer Isle. Stonington and Deer Isle are small, quaint towns with beautiful scenery and a hometown feel, and they have a nice artisan community to go along with it all. Pilgrim's Inn is a gorgeous inn in a beautifully renovated old house that retains its rustic charm while having all of the modern conveniences. We stayed in the smallest "attic" room with a double bed and in-room bath, and were expecting extremely small and cramped. It was actually very doable for a couple, bigger than we were expecting and very nice. The innkeeper was extremely friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed the common areas for playing games and checking email. We ate dinner in an attached restaurant that used to be the barn, and although other diners were close it was more cozy than cramped, reminiscent of European dining. Dinner was spectacular, and we enjoyed pumpkin ravioli, seafood pasta, and the best dessert of the entire week, shortbread with caramel, chocolate, and a sprinkle of sea salt. It was a delightful experience and we would gladly stay again.

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Rooms & Rates

Room 11-queen bed

This cozy and quaint mid sized room with a queen bed is located on the third floor. The room includes a window seat that overlooks the garden, yard and mill pond. The bathroom has a tub/shower combination and sink topped with Deer Isle granite. Special Note: The stairs to our third floor are very steep and not a good choice for those who have difficulty climbing stairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 12-double bed

Located on the third floor, this is the smallest but coziest room in the house and ideal for a single traveler. A full size bed is tucked underneath a sloped ceiling with a skylight and windows with views of the harbor and pond. A partially enclosed sink, shower and toilet area is located at the end of the room. Due to its small size, we do not recommend this room for two people. Special Note: The stairs to our third floor are steep and not a good choice for those with difficulty climbing stairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 14-queen bed

Located on the third floor overlooking Northwest Harbor across the road, this rustic mid-sized room has exposed vertical beams and a queen size bed. An in-room vanity sink is topped with Deer Isle granite and a separate bathroom includes the shower & toilet. Special Note: The stairs to our third floor are steep, and not a good choice for those with difficulty climbing stairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Ginnys Cottage 1

Ginny's Cottage One is a cheery one-bedroom cottage with a queen bed and television. It includes a living area with a full-sized sleeper sofa suitable for two small children or one adult. A kitchen and dining area is equpped to cook simple meals. A shared deck with Ginny's Two looks out over the harbor across the road. Ideal for families with children, guests traveling with a well behaved small to mid-sized dog, or those wanting more space and privacy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Ginnys Cottage 2

Ginny's Cottage Two is a charming one bedroom cottage with a queen bed and television. The living room has a queen-sized sleeper sofa suitable for two children or one adult. A dining area and kitchenette are equipped to make simple meals. A shared deck with Ginny's Cottage One has views of Northwest Harbor across the road. Ideal for families with children, guests traveling with a well behaved small or mid-sized dog, or guests wanting more space or privacy. This cottage can accommodate a maximum of four people with no exceptions.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Rugosa Rose Cottage

This romantic two story, one-bedroom hideaway has french doors that lead out to a private deck overlooking our pond. A queen bed and television are located in the upstairs loft, along with a bathroom with a shower. The downstairs living area has a full-sized sleeper sofa that fits two small children or one adult. The kitchenette is equipped to make simple meals. Ideal for families with children, guests traveling with a well behaved small to mid-sized dog, or those looking for more room and privacy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Room 1-two double beds

This large sunny room on the first floor with views of our pond and grounds features two full beds, a non-working antique stove, and wide pumpkin pine floors. The large bathroom includes a tub/shower combination. This room is a good choice for those who wish to avoid stairs or need two separate beds.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Room 2-king bed

Room two is a spacious room overlooking the lawn, gardens and pond from a first floor location. The room features a king sized bed, a non-working fireplace and wide pumpkin pine floors. The small bathroom has a tub/shower combination. Due to its location above the restaurant, noise can be heard in the morning at 7:00 AM and during the dinner hours until 10:30 pm.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 3-double bed

This small first floor room in the front of the building has a full size bed and looks across the road toward Northwest Harbor. It is a good choice for single travelers or those on a budget. Special note: This room is directly over the kitchen, and noise can be heard up until 10:30 PM and in the morning around 7:00 AM.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 4-king bed

Room four is located on the second floor and overlooks the lawn, garden and mill pond. A comfortable king size oak canopy bed, pumpkin pine floors and large brick non-working fireplace add to its ambiance. The large bathroom includes both a shower stall and an antique built in tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 5-king bed

This large, popular room on the second floor features a king sized bed with views of the lawn, garden and millpond. A non-working fireplace and pumpkin pine floors adds to its ambiance.The bathroom has a tub/shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 6-queen bed

Room six is a large room on the second floor with views of Northwest Harbor across the road. It features a queen size bed with a carved mahogany headboard, pumpkin pine floors and a non-working fireplace. It includes an in-room vanity sink and a small bathroom with toilet and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 7-queen bed

This second floor mid-sized room has warm colors and views of Northwest Harbor across the road. It features a 4-poster cherry queen size bed, pumpkin pine floors, and a non-working fireplace. The bathroom has a tub/shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 8-double bed

Located on the second floor, this sunny corner room with a full-sized bed has a separate stair case and looks toward Northwest Harbor across the road, with views of the mill pond to the south. The bathroom has a tub/shower combination. Please note that the stairs to this room can be steep for those who have difficulty climbing stairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 9-queen bed

This large, bright and sunny room on the third floor overlooks Northwest Harbor across the road. It features beautiful wood floors, exposed brick and vertical beams. This room also has a sitting area and iron queen-sized bed. A tri-fold privacy screen separates the shower area, with the toilet in an enclosed area. Special Note: The staircase to the third floor is very steep and not a good choice for those who have difficulty climbing stairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Island, Vista oceano


Bangor, ME (BGR)

Directions to property:

Deer Isle can be reached by airplane from Boston, Portland, Bangor, and then by car. Car rentals are available at the Airports. Or, drive from Boston to Interstate 95 (N) to Augusta, then take Route 3 (E) to Belfast, then follow Route 1 (N) to Route 15 (S), which travels to Deer Isle down the Blue Hill Peninsula. You will cross a large green suspension bridge onto Little Deer Isle. After driving 0.9 miles, you will begin to cross a causeway onto Deer Isle. After you arrive on Deer Isle, drive another 4 miles to Deer Isle Village. Turn Right just before the Maine Photography Gallery (building with a dark green awning) onto Main Street. Pilgrim's Inn is 0.1 miles on the left, opposite the harbor.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Isle au Haut, Acadia National Park, Galleries, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Computer, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Petanque court, Gilchrist & Soames bath products, Fine linens

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Art Galleries, Scenic Drives, Petanque court, Sailing, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking is allowed 100 feet from a building
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children must be 10 or older, except if staying in cottages
  • Childcare Provided: Limited Babysitter is available upon request with advanced notice
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pets are allowed in cottages only, with permission
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on holiday, and July & August weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full deposit on a one night stay, and 50% on two or more nights to confirm reservation.
  • Cancellations: Reservations must be cancelled 14 or more days before arrival date for deposit to be returned. Reservations cancelled less than 14 days before arrival will have deposits returned only if we are able to re-book the room. A $25 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations.



Tina Oddleifson, Tony Lawless

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About the innkeepers

We love fishing, skiing, playing Petanque, and eating great food. We are involved with Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, an organization helping people with disabilities enjoy outdoor activities.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Maine Blueberry Pancakes
Many of our guests have described our blueberry pancakes as the best they have ever had. Made with Maine blueberries and topped with Maine maple syrup, our pancakes are light, fluffy and delicious. Served with a thick cut of applewood smoked bacon, they are the perfect way to start the day.