The Blue Hill Inn

40 Union Street , Blue Hill, 04614 USA (Show map)
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The Blue Hill Inn has been welcoming guests since 1840. The Federal style inn is located in the seaside village center of Blue Hill and walking distance to shops, restaurants, galleries and our waterfront town park. Explore the entire peninsula with Deer Isle, Stonington, Brooklin and Castine as well the 40 mile visit to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. With 11 rooms in the inn furnished with period antiques and two larger units in the Cape House next door, we offer something for every traveler. Each room is completely unique with individualized decor with private baths and air conditioning, some with working fireplaces. The Cape House units offer private entrances and kitchens. Our parlor and library offer areas for guest to relax and mingle with one another. Our sun filled dining room for breakfast starts your day of right. The garden and orchard offer a relaxing spot for afternoon tea. During the summer season, a full three-course breakfast with a choice of entree including our renowned blueberry pancakes is included each morning and hors d'oeuvres are offered each evening. Wine and cocktails are available for purchase.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining5

The way a New England inn should be

5 on September 13, 2016

It would be difficult to overstate how delightful it is to stay here. The inn is authentically historic, unlike those places that call themselves "historic" but have been gutted to accommodate cathedral ceilings & large-screen TVs. At the Blue Hill Inn you'll find wide, pumpkin-pine floors, antiques, & period decor, along with up-to-date bathrooms & speedy wi-fi. But it's the hospitality of the innkeepers that really makes this place unique (& I do not use that word lightly). Innkeeper Duncan & Assistant Innkeeper Chris cannot do enough for their guests. The breakfast menu changes daily & each is a three-course extravaganza. Hot coffee & tea are available at all times as are treats beneath the dome on the cake stand - lemon-blueberry cake one day, chocolate-chip cookies the next. And at 6 pm every night there's a spread of cheeses, pate, fruit, nuts, charcuterie - you name it. My partner & I got married there in August. We had planned just to go to Town Hall, but when Duncan & Chris found out - well, we ended up having it in the rose-petal-strewn garden of the inn, with champagne & chocolate strawberries. That night we found an elaborate arrangement of towels on our bed, forming two swans, their necks creating a heart.with more rose petals. Our wedding would have been special anyway - they made it extraordinary.


5 on September 23, 2012

Me and my partner stayed at the Blue Hill Bed & Breakfast on September 16th and 17th and we were impressed. The guest room was superb. The breakfast was out of this world with style and presentation. The evening appertizers in the living room were especially done and soooooo delicious.

No Blues Here

4.6 on September 28, 2011

We found the Blue Hill Inn by chance and hit gold. We only stayed one night but should have stayed 2 and skipped our disasterous stay at the Harborside Marina and Hotel in Bar Harbor. While the stairs are a bit steep and narrow, the charm more than made up for my huffing and puffing....we were traveling for 2 weeks with 3 heavy bags. The afternoon tea was wonderful...imagine my wife's surprise when they came up with a bottle of 12 yr old Glen Livvett scotch for her...with a very fair price. Our breakfast was 5 star. We wish we could have tried their optional evening meal and would have if we had a 2nd night. It was hot during our stay but the a/c worked fine. Do not miss this Inn and it's delightful staff/owner.

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Rooms & Rates

Cape House Studio

King-size bed that can convert to two twins upon request, twin bed, kitchenette, and private entrance. Located adjacent to the Inn. Maine cottage like and charming.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Room 2

Second-floor, front corner suite with bedroom and sitting room. Furnished with a four-poster double bed, 3/4 spindle bed, sitting chairs, oriental rug, natural pine wide-plank floors, and down comforters. Bath with ceramic tile shower. Village and mountain views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Room 3

This room has a sitting area and the bed is queen-size. The bath has an old-fashioned claw-foot 'soaking tub' with a shower attachment. Exposure from windows on the SW corner fills this room with soft light throughout the day.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 4

Second-floor front room, tall four-poster cherry king bed, wide-plank floor, wing chairs, wood-burning fireplace, and antique clawfoot tub/shower in bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Room 5

This generously-sized room with beautiful mauve wallpaper is on the second floor, NE corner. It has a queen-size bed, wood burning fireplace, and painted wide-plank floor. The tile bath has a tub with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 6

The antique walnut bed is queen-size and the marble-top dresser, drop-leaf table, and chairs are Eastlake. There are several pictures by Wallace Nutting in the room. The fireplace is a Rumford (sorry, we have not put it into operation).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 7

Smaller room on second floor rear with queen-size bed, wingback and ladderback chairs, contemporary armoire, down comforter, carpeted floor, and bath with ceramic tile shower. Windows face west with views of side of Inn grounds.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 8

Bright and sunny room on the second floor with three exterior walls and five windows. Views of the garden and village. Tall four-poster cherry bed, writing secretary, wingback chairs, original wide-plank floors, and bath with ceramic tile shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 9 Suite

Two bedrooms connected by a small sitting room on third floor. Main bedroom has pumpkin pine wide-plank floors and queen-size bed. Second bedroom is carpeted and has a twin bed. Comfortable chairs, bath with tub & shower combination. Central air conditioning.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 10

A first-floor room with striking color combinations in the painted wide-plank floor and wallpaper. It has a wood burning fireplace with a neoclassical mantle. Comfortable easy chairs and a large bath with a tub-shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 11

This first-floor room has views of the back garden. Window moldings and fireplace mantle have been restored to their natural pine finish. It has a painted wide-plank floor and a four-poster pine queen-size bed. The tile bath has a tub-shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Cape House Suite

King-size bed, queen-sized sofa bed, full kitchen, living room, and private deck. Located adjacent to the Inn. It is spacious, light and airy with natural pine floors, cathedral ceilings, a raised hearth fireplace, and fourposter king-sized bed. It is a perfect retreat for private getaways, small families, or for those who want to entertain friends in their own quarters.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Room 1

First-floor, front corner room with king bed that can convert to two twins upon request. Original maple narrow-plank floor, three windows, down comforter, and Queen Anne style chairs. Bath with tub and shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Historic Village Center, Small town


Bangor, ME (BGR) 38 miles

Directions to property:

From the south. Boston—5 hours, Portland—3 hours, Augusta—2 hours Take I-93 North to I-495 North/East then 95 N to Portland. In Portland, take 295 N to Augusta, then Route 3 East to Belfast. Continue on 3 East/1 North through Bucksport then merge with Route 15 South. Only in Maine can you drive north, east, and south all at the same time! About 9 miles east of Bucksport, turn right on Route 15 South by the Shell station. Continue on 15 South about 8 miles to a road sign for the Inn. Drive straight ahead on Route 177 East. After 4½ miles bear left at the fork. The inn is on the right. From Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Take Route 3 West into Ellsworth. At the light at Main Street, turn left for Route 172 South. After the next set of lights, stay in the left lane, head up the hill and bear left staying on Route 172 South. Follow Route 172 into Blue Hill (about 12 miles). When you cross the small bridge in the center of town, take the next right on Union Street, Route 177 West. The inn is on the left.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music, Hiking trails, Boule courts, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 15:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoke-Free Property
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes The romantic, antique-filled inn welcomes families.
  • Childcare Provided: No We may be able to arrange with enough notice.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required The Cape House Suite and Studio are pet-friendly.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions



Duncan Hamilton

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Duncan began innkeeping during college on Nantucket, finished a Hotel and Restaurant degree and moved on to managing large hotels on the west coast. Summering near Blue Hill his whole life, he decided it was time to settle in Blue Hill and be closer to family. He enjoys sailing in Blue Hill Bay and the wonderful community celebrating literary and the arts the Blue Hill area offers.

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  • Time Served: 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian gluten-free, vegan

Signature Dish

Our infamous blueberry pancakes with warmed real maple syrup.
Wild Maine blueberries are grown in blueberry barrens all around the peninsula. So small but so delicious. They will give you all the energy you need to climb Blue Hill after breakfast.