The following are a few of the things that some of our guests and other independent reviewers have said about our inn.
We hope these give you a good idea of the experience we strive to always offer at Oceanside Meadows.
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“Oceanside Meadows: Along the sleepy road to Corea, nearby where author Louise Dickinson Rich made her home, is a magnificent sand beach set off by dunes. If it catches your attention, you’ll likely miss the rambling white-clapboard farmhouses that compose Oceanside Meadows on the other side of the road. Owner Sonja Sundaram, a geologist-geographer with a teaching background, met her husband, Ben a marine biologist who hails from Scotland, at an environmental studies program in Bermuda.
Together they have extensively renovated the original house, built by Captain George Allen in 1860, and taken over the Sands, the 1820 inn next door. They are well on their way to their goal of building an environmental education center on the property. We have dunes, beach, forest, ponds, a salt marsh, and tidal pools,” Ben says, adding there are six bald eagle nesting sites on the nearly 200-acre property.
Rooms are comfortably furnished with country furniture as well as ornately carved mahogany pieces that Sonja brought back from her travels to India. Both houses have comfortable living rooms, the Sands has a full kitchen for guests’ use as well as a music room with a piano. You can see the water from rooms in the front of both houses. Room 5 in the main house, built into the eaves and decorated in pink and blue, has an excellent view of the beach. In the Sands, Room 1 has a private deck over-looking the water, a cathedral ceiling, and a magnificent chest from India that was hand-carved an inlaid with ivory; Room 5 has the best view of the bay; and Room 7, built under the eaves on the third floor , is popular with honeymooners.
The elegant multi-course breakfast includes such dishes as chilled mango-lime soup and waffles with gorged pears; all use fresh herbs and edible flowers from the inn’s organic gardens. After eating, you can go moose spotting on the nature trails to the marsh, walk along the shoreline to a lighthouse, or just sit on the beach and listen to the waves.” End of description in Fodor’s guide to New England’s Best Bed and Breakfasts.
Description from: Fodor’s guide to Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire (2000) Editor: Linda Cabasin; Editorial Contributors: Paula J. Flanders, Hilary M. Nangle, Bill Scheller, Kay Scheller “The King of Guidebooks” Newsweek. From the introduction “The lodgings we list are the cream of the crop in each price category.”
Oceanside Meadows: Inspired by the ocean out the front door; fields, woods, and a salt marsh out back; and moose, eagles and other wildlife, the owners have created an environmental center here with lectures, musical performances, and other events held weekly in the barn.
This guide also described “The Schoodic section of Acadia National Park (five minutes from Oceanside Meadows Inn)… At the tip of the point, you’ll get a sense of how unforgiving the sea can be: Huge slabs of pink granite lie jumbled along the shore, thrashed unmercifully by the crashing surf, and jack pines cling to life amid the rocks. The Fraser Point Day-Use Area at the beginning of the loop is an ideal place for a picnic. Work off your lunch with a hike up Schoodic Head for panoramic views up and down the coast” End of description in Fodors’s 2000 guide to Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.
Christina Tree also wrote of the Acadia National Park at Schoodic (five minutes from our inn) ……. “the Schoodic Point loop, an oceanside drive that’s one of the most dramatic parts of Acadia National Park……. Too many visitors simply daytrip to this area, perhaps ending the day with a visit to the Bartlett Maine Estate Winery in Gouldsboro (five mins away from Oceanside Meadows). “Given the choice of attractive places to stay and to eat, to shop and to hike, not to mention the kayaking, mountain biking and distinctive beauty of this area – which harbors many old estates, East Hancock County (our area) should be viewed as a destination in its own right.”
Article from New York Times Travel Section, Titled “Way Down East” by Pamela J. Petro.
“Oceanside Meadows Inn is a 19th century house grandly situated at the head of an isolated, sandy beach and near forest trails.”
“Shortly after we had settled into our third-floor room at the Oceanside Meadows, we watched in disbelief as an elderly guest strode across the road to what the owner has described as the only beach for 55 miles and hopped into the sea. A stiff evening breeze had already made us shut our windows shivering. Later, we’d hear it howl above the rhythmic slap of the waves.”
The NYT Travel Writer Pamela Petro noted the reasonable room rates, which as she put it “include lavish breakfasts”
Article copied from: The Atlanta Journal/ The Atlanta Constitution, Sunday edition. “Marguerite and Charles Tatter of Marietta made a discovery this year. They say they hope to “rediscover” it another time.”
“It’s hard to imagine a more restful place for a vacation than a country inn we discovered along the coast of the Schoodic Peninsula in Maine. The Oceanside Meadows Inn is a converted sea captain’s home overlooking a private sandy beach, one of the very few in Maine. The inn has seven bedrooms and a suite that is perfect for individuals, couples or small conferences. Most rooms have an ocean view, and two are adjoining, ideal for a family.”
"Conversations by a fire in the parlor or sitting room, with a cup of tea or cocoa, help guests and hosts develop instant friendships. Sundaram’s breakfasts are works of art, each individually designed and including fruit popovers, blueberry pancakes and even edible flowers. By day, you can explore gorgeous rocky ledges surrounding the inn or visit the US Bells foundry, where brass items, including mobile bells, are made. The Bartletts Estate Winery, which makes blueberry and other wines, and Corea-by-the-Sea, a lobster fishing village, also are nearby.”
“At night, the quiet sounds of surrounding meadows and a nearby salt marsh, punctuated by the sound of gentle waves crashing on the beach, are certain to lull you to sleep.” End of Article copied from: The Atlanta Journal/ The Atlanta Constitution, Sunday edition.
Notes from the renowned guide “The Coast of Maine”, by Rick Ackermann and Kathryn Buxton.
Notes from the”Maine Handbook” a very comprehensive guide to our beautiful State by Kathleen M. Brandes “
Overlooking the Gouldsboro Peninsula’s only sandy saltwater beach, Oceanside Meadows Inn, is a jewel of a place on 200 acres with fabulous gardens and wildlife habitat. The elegant 1860′s main house has seven attractive rooms; next door are three suites (now seven bedrooms with all private baths) in a recently renovated 1830′s farmhouse. Breakfast is an event, staged by innkeepers Sonja Sundaram and Ben Walter.