Edible Inn and Around: Squire Tarbox Inn, Wiscasset
Photography by Jillian Guyette and Kate Zimmerman Turpin
The Squire Tarbox Inn is an impeccably curated, centuries-old property located off the beaten path on Westport Island. Originally established in the mid-1700s by the English-born Tarbox brothers, the 12-acre property still encompasses the rural feel that attracted the siblings to Maine.
After extensive renovations completed in 2018, the Inn’s current owners, Houston, Texas–based friends Lisa Dalton and Michelle Adams, have made sure no two of the 11 guest rooms look alike. But all are filled with natural light and decorated in soothing, modern but muted tones. The women created an overall welcoming atmosphere with inviting common areas for sitting and taking teas, and multiple outdoor spaces where guests can safely co-mingle. There is a deck overlooking a sweeping lawn, a fire pit with a view of the pond, and private trails that lead into a salt marsh. Guests can even hang out with the goats and chickens in their barn.
To engage with Maine residents who don’t necessarily need a place to stay, the Squire Tarbox offers dinners in its renovated 1820s event barn that include wood-fired pizza on Monday nights, a winter soup series, and wine and beer dinners in conjunction with local chefs and producers.
If you’re in the area to stay with them or simply passing through, the folks at the Squire Tarbox Inn have a few recommendations for what to do while you’re in the area.
Where to shop?
Don’t miss the Rock, Paper, Scissors boutique gift shop on Main Street in Wiscasset.
What to explore?
· You can book a private boat trip from the town dock to Five Islands Lobster Co. in Georgetown for an early dinner, followed by a sunset cruise back to Westport Island.
· A local kayak company will drop off kayaks at the Inn so you can paddle across the Sheepscot River to Barters Island for a lunch at the Trevett Country Store.
· From the Inn, a local historian offers tours exploring the oyster middens around the island.
Where to eat?
That depends. For a special occasion, go to Little Village Bistro on Gardiner Road in Wiscasset. For a Maine seafood experience, go to Glidden Point Oyster Farms in Edgecomb. And for a meal with local flair, go to Water Street Kitchen and Bar on Water Street in Wiscasset.