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Pilgrim's Inn

Deer Isle, Maine

Overlooking picturesque Northwest Harbor and tranquil Mill Pond, Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle is the perfect place to experience all the things to do in Downeast Maine. This historic post-and-beam inn welcomes guests with the ambiance of a bygone era. Lovingly restored and meticulously maintained, Pilgrim’s inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the building is one of the oldest in Deer Isle. The inn was built in 1793 by Ignatius Haskell as a private home. He was one of the maritime community’s most influential residents, and his home became known as the Squire Ignatius Haskell House.

Pilgrim’s Inn has some beautiful, very natural landscaping, with rock walls, heirloom apple trees, Seckel  pear trees, raspberries and blackberries.

There is a history of native pollinator plants around Mill Pond, and eagles are known to make regular appearances overhead.

Pilgrim’s Inn can be the perfect destination in Downeast Maine for events such as corporate leadership meetings or team builders, family gatherings and vacation reunions. The spacious lawn is ideal for a tented event, and current owners have chosen only to handle events that can be accommodated inside.

For corporate meetings, there are 4 rooms that could be used for breakout sessions, and the dining room will provide a great space for the whole group to meet in, with seating for the whole group when reserving the whole inn. There is plenty of space on the near 2 acres to be able to disconnect for some blue-sky thinking and strategy.

The current business is financially viable and yet still offers a great deal of potential:

  • larger tented events and weddings which require catering
  • brunch or dinner to the public
  • new owners could lease the restaurant
  • catering business
  • bakery carry-out
  • creative or nature workshops
  • cooking classes
  • workspace/business meeting rental
  • whole inn rental
  • food, wine and beer tastings
  • add a dock for water sport access; kayaking and canoeing in the pond is a beautifully serene experience

The former owners operated a restaurant called The Whale’s Rib Tavern which was open to guests and the public for dinner. Current owners are operating the rooms only, by choice, with a very small amount of food and beverage (and have a full liquor license).




At a Glance

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  • built in 1793
  • 15 guest rooms with private baths – 12 are guest rooms, 3 are cottages with small kitchens and all have hardwood floors throughout; bathrooms are a mix of hardwood and tile
  • two parlors on the main floor of the inn with hardwood floors
  • sitting area downstairs near the bar with hardwood floors
  • cozy bar with 12-14 seats, 2 beer taps, soda system, ice maker, low boy/wine bar fridge
  • dining room with hardwood floors and space for 42 seats
  • fully equipped commercial kitchen with tile floor, Ansul system hood, 10 burner stove, convection oven, fryolator, gas grill,blast freezer, sous vide, large Hobart mixer, walk-in and low boy refrigeration
  • owner’s open concept apartment with induction stove, newly renovated bathroom, heat pump and a wonderful view over Mill Pond
  • 1.87 acres on Mill Pond
  • Tax map 23, lots 55 & 56, 20 Main St., Deer Isle
  • Warranty Deed, Book 6714 Page 147, Hancock County Registry of Deeds
  • 2020-21 real estate taxes $9,392
  • beautiful exposed posts and beams
  • wood siding
  • various sections of new roofing (metal and shingle)
  • full inn generator
  • on demand hot water
  • oil fueled boiler
  • mini splits for heat and air in guestrooms and the owner’s quarters
  • private well/septic


Deer Isle – Stonington offers the outdoor and maritime enthusiast’s a sanctuary. There are activities on the water and in the woods. Deer Isle is a working fishing village and also an artist island community, as galleries dot the island all around. There’s a bit of something for everyone. But best of all, an abundance of unspoiled nature and views all around. Read more about the area on the chamber’s website.

  • 5 miles to Stonington
  • 18 miles to Blue Hill
  • 50 miles to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park
  • 60 miles to Schoodic (part of Acadia National Park)
  • 50 miles to Bangor
  • 70 miles to Camden
  • 110 miles to Boothbay Harbor
  • 150 miles to Portland
Yes, this is the view...

This is a wonderful business and lifestyle opportunity. Financials provided to qualified buyer with signed non-disclosure agreement.