Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.
The Old Granite Inn Bed & Breakfast, located in the national historic district of Rockland, Maine, is a Federal Colonial built of gray granite quarried nearby in St. George. Local craftsmen fashioned the beautiful structure that still stands today. In the early 1900s, the building was purchased by the ELKS for their clubhouse.
In 1984 John and Stephanie Clapp bought the building and through renovation and restoration created the lovely, comfortable Old Granite Inn. In 1997, Ragan and John Cary of St. George, an educator and an engineer respectively, purchased the Inn as their gracious home, continuing the tradition of a fine Bed & Breakfast.
Rockland is a wonderful place which we call the, “Gateway to the Penobscot”. Ferry boats depart daily for North Haven and Vinalhaven Islands, which are part of the Fox Islands. There is fresh water swimming on Lake Chickawaukie about two miles from the Inn. Rockland is minutes from the Knox County Airport which has daily commercial air service from Boston, Massachusetts.
Explore the city: Rockland is becoming a name in art circles with the opening of the Wyeth center, at the renowned Farnsworth Art Museum. There are interesting and diverse galleries and intriguing shops:
- Farnsworth Art Museum
- The New Wyeth Center: opened on June 21, 1998. American art. Its distinguished collection of over 5000 works spans three centuries.
- Maine Watercraft Museum: 100 boats built prior to 1960. Classes on boat building and rentals.
- Olson House: A “significant place” for those interested in the art of Andrew Wyeth. See
- “Cristina’s World”, 1948, painted by Andrew Wyeth.
- The Owls Head Transportation Museum: One of the worlds finest collections of pioneer automobiles, aircraft, engines, motorcycles, bicycles and carriages.
- Penobscot Marine Museum: The Penobscot Marine Museum is a seafaring village of nine historic buildings with special exhibitions and an excellent collection of marine paintings.
- Shore Village Museum: The largest collection of lighthouse and Coast Guard artifacts on display in the country.
- Out in the country find beaches, parks, lighthouses and mountains to climb. The Rockland area contains the only Knox County mainland lighthouses accessible by car and foot. These are:
- Rockland Breakwater Light-1888/1902: 18′ square tower atop fog signal house at end of granite pier. Access from Samoset Road.
- Owls Head Lights-1825: 20′ white (brick) conical tower built on the peak of the headland and standing 87′ above sea level. From Route 73, take North Shore Drive to Owls Head Village. Follow signs.
- Marshall Point Light-1832/1858: 25′ white (granite) tower with attached foot-bridge. Access from Marshall Point Road, off Route 131, Port Clyde.
- Go to sea: Rockland harbor is home port to windjammers and other tour boats offering luncheon cruises, day trips and extended sails. Take the ferry, across from the inn, to the islands of Vinalhaven or North Haven.
When evening comes, sample the many excellent restaurants or a picnic of fresh boiled lobster and clams on a wharf as the sun sets over the darkening water…
Then come home to the Old Granite Inn and sleep soundly.
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