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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The Captain AV Nichols Inn is a beauty; both inside and out. It is a shining jewel of an inn on the crowning, craggy coast of Maine. My daughter and I stayed there for two nights in October and we were amazed and delighted by the decor, the setting and the service...not to overlook the breakfast but I'll get to that in a minute.

The inn was the home of a successful ship captain. It still has the feel and warmth of a home, furnished with antiques from around the world and lovingly restored to its full glory by the owners. The grounds are gorgeous with berry bushes, peach trees, a vegetable garden and expanse of grass that leads to the water's edge. The rooms were period in nature but did not lack for any modern comfort in the bedroom or bath. Everything we needed was there. The linens on the bed and in the bath were very high quality. The entire Inn was spotlessly clean from top to bottom.

We enjoyed hospitaility throughout our stay. There was a lovely wine and cheese cocktail hour every afternoon in the glass-encased bar with access to heated decks and the sea. The breakfast was more like a three course dinner. We had fresh fruits in fabulous sauces, proscuitto and melon, eggs florentine, shrimp and grits, home grown salads with perfect tomatoes, peaches and cream cake, hand made biscuits, and endless coffee. The service and gracious hospitatlity provided by the owners, Brenda and Mike never faltered. They know how to make you feel special!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Linmes
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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you so much for this beautifully written review. Of course, we appreciate your glowing remarks, but are also very happy that it sounds like we achieved our goal of "creating a memory" for you and your daughter. Hope to see you again in upcoming years!

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Our late arrival last year and awakening to the most beautiful inn on the waterfront, amazing gourmet breakfast and gracious hosts, Brenda and Mike Liston, left us with with a sincere desire to return this fall for a much longer stay. 14 friends joined me during the first 10 days before departing and, my sister is with me for the final 6 nights. The inn’s location makes it perfect for daily outings to the most spectacular highlights of this part of our country. All who joined me on this return left with a sense of awe and fulfillment with the state of Maine and our wonderful home away from home. Wine and cheese tasting with fresh fruits from the onsite gardens daily in the evenings at the Inn were included. Once again, my sister and I feel the need to return to our new fall home. Next fall my daughter will join us for a week of fall foliage, wonderful hosts and the best B&B I’ve ever experienced.

Room Tip: The Captain’s Suite and Havana Suite have 2nd & 3rd Floor balconies overlooking the waterfront. Check the website for all necessary details.
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

It is always a treat to have wonderful guests who appreciate what we have created. Last year when you said you would return, we were delighted to think that you wanted to spend more time with us. This year was an absolute delight to meet all your friends and get to know each of you. You are all now a part of our family. We look forward to seeing you again next Fall!

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This is the most beautiful and luxurious home I've ever stayed in. We were a group of 15 women gathered to celebrate our 30+ year friendship. Brenda and Mike welcomed us with a great glass of wine from their wine collection. Breakfast for 10 days with no repeats in the stunning dining room. The presentation of the three courses was magazine worthy. After our hearty breakfast we enjoyed walking through the garden and sitting by the bay. Cocktail our was a great time to gather, relax and enjoy the cheese, wine and fruit on the side porch. The antiques that Brenda has collected will amaze you! Beds were comfy and we enjoyed our own fire pits on our decks. All the ladies felt we were saying good bye to friends ! I can't say enough about the Maine hospitality.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you so much for such a lovely review. Of course, we also enjoyed your group. Each of you added such unique personalities to our memories in this house. It was wonderful to get to know you each. We loved every moment of your time with us. Hope we can see each of you again.

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Only spent one night here but the innkeepers are delightful and know the history of this property. It's beautiful with lovely views, flowers, and close to the ocean. The 3-course breakfast was amazing and we loved every moment we were there! Because it is a piece of history, it's an older inn, which adds to its character and loveliness. The innkeepers have updated rooms and bathrooms and have added beautiful furniture and décor.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Tonya C
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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

We were so happy to meet you and want to say thank you for appreciating our little Inn. Hope you can stay with us again sometime.

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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This very large, elegantly furnished Sea Captain's residence on the Maine coast in Searsport is well-located, set back from Route One while backing to a sheltered slip of cove. In the days of tall ships, this was a busy port, but is a sleepy town now. It provides easy access to busier towns like Belfast and small historic gems like Castine. The Inn itself is lovely inside and out, offering welcoming outside porches on several levels and sides. One includes furniture grouped around a fire pit. Each morning begins with a lovely three-course breakfast, enough to keep you fueled all day. In the late afternoon, you are welcome to enjoy wine and cheese at your leisure. Take a walk on the extensive grounds, marked by gardens, abundant wildflowers, and a view of the sea. The proprietors are gracious and helpful, and run a spotless and historically impressive summer residence.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Norma Jo S
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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. Thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property. We do hope to see you back for another visit in the future.

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