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by The Maggie B
Hoboken, New Jersey
September 25, 2002
We used this inn as a safe haven to hide out during the final preparations of our wedding. If it weren't for the relaxing atmosphere, the cozy bedrooms with amazing ocean views, no phones or alarm clocks to jar your sensibilities and the sound of the ocean, I think we would have been much worse for wear.
Our room was one of the turret rooms; the rounded alcove had a queen size whitewashed iron bed nestled into its curve with three large windows, which bathed the room with sunlight. The room was small, with high ceilings, which made it airy and cozy at the same time. The bathroom was large with a tub, shower and plenty of room to move around. All that space became popular with our girlfriends who were staying in other rooms and used our bathroom to get ready for the wedding!
Luckily our room was on the second floor so it wasn't much of a hike. The hallways and rooms are wood paneled and give a feeling like you are in a ship. Our room had white painted walls, but the hallway was natural. It provided a very unique touch in décor.
We woke up with the sunlight and wandered down to breakfast, which is served from 8am-9am. Bleary eyed and rested we surveyed the long table full of mouth watering blueberry muffins, raspberries so ripe they melted in your mouth and quiche as good as my mom's. This is the kind of breakfast that grandmothers serve in storybooks.
Out on the porch that seems to stretch on forever, you can bring your coffee, settle into a rocker and let your senses roam over the view.
I loved my stay here and how I felt when I left. This place is part of a wonderful memory and we plan to return for as many anniversaries as we can with the promise to fall in love all over again.
From journal Georgetown Maine a hidden treasure
June 15, 2002
We had an ocean view room with a king-size bed. The room was rather small; it was mostly taken up with the bed. The bathroom was also very small, with only a shower stall. We also had to climb up some stairs to get to the third floor, but the view out the window, the isolation, the quiet, and the fresh sea breezes all the time made up for it.
We didn't stay in the room during the day except to nap. The lounge on the first floor had plenty of space for sitting around. We read in front of the huge stone fireplace, and snuggled up on the comfortable sofas.
Every morning they started cooking breakfast early, and delicious smells wafted all the way up to the third floor. They served breakfast buffet style from 8-9 every morning, and it was quite a spread. Fresh baked muffins, breads, a variety of perfectly ripe fruits (the largest, sweetest strawberries I've seen in years), cereals, toast, and various egg-based dishes. While we were they served quiche, frittata, quesadillas, blueberry bread pudding, and french toast. All were tasty and appealing. Hot coffee, tea, orange juice, and milk were available to drink. The coffee was excellent.
Another plus for us was that they indicate on their website (www.greyhavens.com) that the inn is not appropriate for children under the age of 12. Not having younger children running around really encouraged a sense of romance.
They don’t specifically bill themselves as a "gay/lesbian" retreat, but I have a hard time imagining that anyone would be made to feel uncomfortable here. Also, an interesting thing, the inn is mostly run by women. We only saw two males working there during our stay, and they weren’t there long (one was doing some work on the grounds, the other was bringing in firewood and talking to the desk clerk). The staff was polite, responsive, and friendly without being intrusive.
I heartily recommend this place for escaping phones, computers, faxes, city noise, and bustle.
From journal Four days in Midcoast Maine (Georgetown)