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Craignair Inn by the Sea

5 3rd St, Spruce Head, ME 04859-4241
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 13/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


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The Craignair Inn is a 21 room inn with a restaurant. Every stay comes with a homemade breakfast that guests can enjoy while sitting on the porch taking in the ocean views. All rooms have private bathrooms and some are dog friendly. The Inn is within walking distance from historic, preserved Clark Island via a causeway. We are at the end of a peninsula with relaxing rooms, unmatched food and gorgeous views. The Craignair Inn is just minutes to Rockland, 30 minutes to Camden and about an 90 minutes to Portland. Come enjoy the peace and serenity of Craignair Inn at Clark Island!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Kids stay free
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Electric vehicle charging station
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
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Room features
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
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Suzanne B wrote a review Sep 2021
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What a charming coastal inn with delightful water views! My husband and I had a wonderful 5-night stay last week and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the innkeepers and the nature walks on Clark Island across the causeway. We enjoyed our delicious breakfast each morning and two great dinners in the popular Causeway Restaurant. The Craignair Inn is centrally located along the lower Maine coast and within a reasonable drive of many popular coastal destinations (ie Acadia National Park). We would definitely recommend to others looking for a quiet and restful getaway!
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: Pick a room on Second Floor of Inn facing the water so that you can enjoy the view from a private...
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Response from Craignair Inn, Owner at Craignair Inn by the Sea
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the kind words, we hope to see you both again next summer!
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Elizabeth B wrote a review Aug 2021
1 contribution
My husband and I just enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Craignair Inn. The amenities were perfect, and the owners, Lauren and Greg, we’re so welcoming! The location couldn’t have been more quintessential Maine if it tried! We enjoyed walking around the quarry and relaxed on Adirondack chairs facing the water before dinner. Oh, and the dinner was fantastic **chef’s kiss** You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu! We can’t wait to visit again (and soon!)
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Craignair Inn, Owner at Craignair Inn by the Sea
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for the kind words and for your visit. We hope to see you again in the future!
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apikalia wrote a review Aug 2021
Paris, France42 contributions51 helpful votes
We were so looking forward to our stay at the Craignair! Based on reviews, albeit one, we thought we were in for a treat. Unfortunately we paid over the top for a very basic motel-like room. There was no one to check us in, we waited fifteen minutes and finally asked a waitress. We were in the building opposite the inn which we thought was the better building, especially for the price. There are clean towels but nothing else. It’s plain and small with a view of the sea that is very far away and no amenities. The photos make the room look huge. We could not sleep well as the bed was not comfortable and walls are thin. In addition because we came in late after dark one night, and there are no lights on the property, my wife literally fell into the room. She was holding a lot of bags and it is impossible to see the ledge at the entrance. She fell and hurt both her legs, just barely missing the bed railing and a possible concussion. Needless to say we will never stay here again. We felt the owners took advantage of our late booking and charged us an atrocious price considering the quality. This is not a generous bed and breakfast. We recognise that they may be struggling but there are motels near the sea that charge one quarter the price we paid with more generous offerings, like open breakfast sides, afternoon treats and room amenities including water and good lighting. The dinner fare is mediocre, although our waiter was exceptional.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Craignair Inn, Owner at Craignair Inn by the Sea
Responded 5 Aug 2021
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback for us. It is tough when you arrive outside our check-in times, as we are a small family run inn we can't staff the desk 24/7 like some other hotels in the area. The exterior building lights are on a timer and do turn off at 10:30pm so as not to disturb other guests sleeping around the property, though we do try to leave a lamp on in the rooms for our late check ins. Our room rates are in line with most other properties in the area. However, last minute reservations are more work and stress on our small staff, so there is a premium for anyone booking last minute and/or when we are at a high occupancy. Our business is simply keeping up with supply and demand in this ever changing environment.
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Barbarasmid wrote a review Jul 2021
New York City, New York9 contributions2 helpful votes
The Inn was taken over in 2019 so improvements are coming but the bed was one of the most uncomfortable. Not sure why an Inn doesn’t have fresh and clean bedding. Do they think it’s quaint?? And we were instructed to take “short showers” because they are on well water. The shower was so restricted that it took a long time to rinse the soap off. No way I could take a short shower…. If you are looking at a basic and not so comfortable stay in the area, this inn will suffice. Breakfast was nice. Go with the blueberry whole wheat pancakes. Don’t miss McLoons for a lobster roll. It’s only 5 miles away and one of the best in the state of Maine. I would skip the overly salted meal at the Inn and get the lobster roll at McLoons!! MUCH better and healthier.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Craignair Inn, Owner at Craignair Inn by the Sea
Responded 3 Jul 2021
Thank you for the helpful feedback. We have been replacing several of the old mattresses each year, but unfortunately haven't gotten to them all yet. Also, we do apologize that the statewide drought impacted the amount and pressure of water available here during your stay, we too wish there were more water available for our hotel guests and restaurant!
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jen wrote a review Jun 2021
Indianapolis, Indiana12 contributions
What an incredibly peaceful visit to coastal Maine. The views were breathtaking. The food and drinks were mouthwatering—we were never disappointed and never wanted to try any other restaurant because it was So Good for Every Single Meal. The owners and staff were so friendly, accommodating, and had such attention to detail. Soft linens, great mattress, clean and tidy rooms, lovely scents and environment at the Inn. It was just what we needed. Will. Be. Back!!!!!!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Craignair Inn, Owner at Craignair Inn by the Sea
Responded 3 Jun 2021
Thank you for your kind words, we look forward to welcoming you back again in the future!
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US$114 - US$238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Craignair Inn by the Sea
Which popular attractions are close to Craignair Inn by the Sea?
Nearby attractions include Olson House (7.0 km) and Langlais Sculpture Preserve (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Craignair Inn by the Sea?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Craignair Inn by the Sea?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Craignair Inn by the Sea?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Craignair Inn by the Sea?
Conveniently located restaurants include McLoons Lobster Shack, Miller's Lobster Company, and The Happy Clam.
Are pets allowed at Craignair Inn by the Sea?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Craignair Inn by the Sea?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Farnsworth Art Museum (13.7 km), General Henry Knox Museum / Montpelier (10.0 km), and Finnish Church and Heritage House (9.0 km).
Does Craignair Inn by the Sea have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.