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1794 Watchtide by the Sea
Searsport, Maine

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An historic bed and breakfast inn overlooking Penobscot Bay
in midcoast Maine.
 

        Watchtide . . . by the Sea! invites you to experience the unhurried lifestyle along the midcoast of Maine.  This historic bed and breakfast inn on three-plus landscaped acres offers some of the finest accommodations on the Maine coast  -- The inn has five comfortable guest rooms, each of which has been newly renovated and decorated. All rooms have quiet Quasar air conditioners, cable TV and mini refrigerators. You'll also find terry cloth robes, hair dryers, clock radios, and a selection of toiletries.

          Each morning you'll awaken to a superb, creative multi-course breakfast served on our 60-foot enclosed sunporch as you watch a spectacular sunrise over the glistening waters of the bay.  new_sunporch.jpg (156444 bytes)Spend your day relaxing on  the sunporch or in our guest lounge, reading in our library, or strolling in our flowering gardens.  Venture out for sightseeing, visiting the many interesting galleries, museums, antique shops, parks and historic sites along the coast road, or sailing on one of  America's most attractive waterways.

          Less than an hour's drive from Rockland, Camden, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, the inn is located on Coastal Route 1 in Searsport, a seacoast town famous for its clipper ships and sea captains in the mid-1800s and today considered the antiques capitol of Maine.

Breakfast at Watchtide is our favorite time of the day. It gives us the opportunity to get better acquainted with our guests, and for our guests to get to know us. It also gives us a chance to treat them to Maine's seasonal bounty of foods --- lobsters, crabs, clams, mussels, shrimp, salmon, fresh fruits and vegetables from nearby farms, wild blueberries, wild beach plums, and maple syrup, of course. The restaurant at the inn we operated in Maryland hunt county outside Washington, D.C. was recognized by the media as one of the ten best in the area. While Watchtide operates on a much smaller scale, the quality of the food and service is the same.

The best fresh ingredients, creative preparations and appealing presentations are at the heart of every dish that comes out of our kitchen. All of the breads and pastries we serve are baked in our ovens. We also make all of our own stocks and sauces. And our herbs come from our herb garden, so we know they are fresh.

Breakfast is served on our sunporch overlooking Penobscot Bay. On request you'll find a selection of cereals and granolas along with Greek yogurt, whose creamy richness belies the fact that it contains 0% fat. There are coffees specially roasted in small batches by Rock City Roasters in Rockland, ME and a selection of fine teas.

Our served breakfast begins with a juice course --- citrus, tropical fruit or berry juices, perhaps a blend of juices. Following is a fruit course. We'll serve fresh fruit in season, perhaps a macedoine of fruits, sometimes fruit gratins. In late spring, you may have rhubarb from our garden topped with fresh picked strawberries from the farm stand down the road.

You'll find homemade breads on the table --- whole wheat soda bread, apricot, lemon black walnut, orange-pecan, cranberry orange. There may also be homemade palmiers, wild blueberry muffins, popovers, flaky hot biscuits and, if you are especially fortunate, Aunt Lydia's New England brown bread. The selection depends on the entree served or the whim of the chef. Accompanying the breads and pastries are sweet and flavored butters and preserves which may include one of our specialties --- Meyer lemon marmalade, mango, wild blueberry, wild beach plum, and crabapple from our trees. The entree or main course varies from day to day. Remember, the chef has whims.

          In August, 1794, Brigadier General Hanry Knox acquired the original deed to the Watchtide property.  General Knox, one of George Washington's most reliable aides during the American Revolution, was the new nation's first Secretary of War and is acknowledged as the founder of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.  After General Knox sold the property, well-to-do merchants and sea captains resided here until the Pettee family purchased it in 1901 and retained ownership for half a century.  One of the daughters, Frances Pettee, and three roommates from Wellesley College opened a tea house on the site in 1917 which evolved into the College Club Inn, one of the most popular stopping-off places on the Maine coast.  The inn hosted many notables, among them Eleanor Roosevelt who made regular visits with her entourage as she traveled the coastal route to Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, where the Roosevelt family spent their summers.  In April, 2000, the College Club Inn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places   by the U.S. Department of the Interior.   A framed document certifying this recognition hangs proudly in the main entry hall at Watchtide . . . by the Sea!

Policies

The inn is open year round.
High Season rates apply June 15 - October 14.
Quiet Season rates apply the rest of the year.
Rates are subject to 5% Maine Sales Tax and 2% Maine Accommodations Tax.
Room rates are per room, per night, double occupancy, and include a full, multi-course breakfast each morning. Please add $30 per night for a third person occupying the General Knox Suite.
A minimum two-night stay is required on weekends in High Season.
Deposits - For multi-night stays, a deposit of 50% is required. Single night stay requires a full deposit. Deposits may be made by Visa or Mastercard. Without a credit card we require prepayment by check of the full amount of the reservation, to be received within ten days of the date the reservation is made in order to hold the room.
Cancellations - Refunds are honored in full, less a $25 processing fee, if cancellations are made at least two weeks prior to the scheduled arrival date. Cancellations made less than two weeks before the reserved date(s) will be charged the full amount of the reservation. Single night cancellations are non-refundable. These charges do not apply if we are able to rent the room for the period of the reservation. We do not refund for early departures. We are also not able to offer refunds for illness, emergency, inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control.
Check-in times: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Check-out time: 11:00 a.m.
Smoking is not permitted in the inn or anywhere on the property.
We do not have facilities to accommodate pets.

          The present owners and innkeepers, Patricia and Frank Kulla, take great pleasure in continuing the tradition of hospitality established at the inn many decades ago.  Today, as in years past, they are welcoming guests to enjoy the warmth and special ambiance of a stay at this unique, historic bed and breakfast inn overlooking beautiful Penobscot Bay.

Fodor's Choice - Maine Coast - 2005

Yankee Magazine Editor's Choice

 1794 Watchtide by the Sea
Bed and Breakfast

190 W. Main St.
Searsport, Maine
(207) 548-6575 (800) 698-6575
Fax- (207) 548-0938
E-mail: stay@watchtide.com
Homepage: www.watchtide.com
Innkeepers: Patricia and Frank Kulla

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