Pilgrim's Inn

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Reasons To Stay Safe, Stay Small, Stay Inn in Deer Isle, Maine, During COVID

Updated 3/31/21

We encourage you to Stay Safe, Stay Small, Stay Inn! Staying at a small, professional, owner-run inn like Pilgrim’s Inn, offers you many benefits, including easier social distancing, plenty of outdoor space to roam, and an island full of preserves and beautiful vistas to enjoy. A small inn means no crowds. And you will be supporting small, family-owned businesses.

As owners, we are very active in daily operations, including when we are closed during the off-season. We have been busy studying an array of best practices, and science-based resources, from the CDC and industry organizations, in order to create operations plans that will keep our guests and staff safe and healthy. We are also following guidelines set forth by the Maine Governor. We want to share with you some of the things we have implemented. Some aspects of your stay will change more than others, and this is a work in progress, so stay tuned. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Arrival Information and Our Pilgrim’s Inn Insider Guide

  • Arrival time is from 3-6 PM, please let us know if you plan to arrive later. Check out time is 10:30 AM. We are unable to accommodate early arrivals or late check outs. We do extensive cleaning, room preparation, restocking of amenities, maintenance and outdoor chores between departures and arrivals, and we need this time to prepare to make your stay perfect, as well as the next guest’s. COVID has added some extra hurdles with regard to cleaning/drying times. We follow all state regulations for lodging. Please provide us with the courtesy of arriving no earlier than 3 PM.  A $100 fee may be assessed if you check out past 10:30 AM on departure day.
  • In order to maintain social distancing, we are offering contactless arrival. On your arrival day, we will text you with check in instructions on how to get to your room or cottage. We will ask for any necessary information from you upon arrival, such as license plate info, etc.
  • Our office may be closed to guests because of its tiny size, but we are onsite and available if you need us. You may find us gardening, or working around the inn. We are always happy to assist, you, with social distancing, of course. Our new texting option will be very helpful for us to keep in touch with our guests and provide for any needs.
  • In advance of arrival day, you will receive our Pilgrim’s Inn Insider Guide. It will have all the local info you need from restaurants to hikes, as well as the in-house particulars you need to know during your stay at Pilgrim’s Inn.
  • Based on Governor Janet Mills’ Stay Safer At Home Executive Order, we ask that our guests bring their own face coverings, as we are unable to provide them. Face coverings are required for staff at all times, and are required for guests while in common areas and the dining room, as well as public spaces.


  • Our housekeepers take great pride in their work, and it shows. We already have exceptional standards for cleaning our rooms.  We will continue this tradition, while adapting to meet any new needs with regard to COVID based on State mandates, CDC and industry recommendations. Our standard cleaning plan has utilized hospital-grade disinfectants since 2017. Our housekeepers will be provided with any necessary PPE. Due to the time it takes to clean and prepare a room or cottage, we ask that you arrive between 3-6 PM, no early arrivals can be accommodated. Check out time is by 10:30 AM.
  • Guests love our cozy, clean, luxurious beds!  We use 100% cotton Sferra luxury sheeting and duvet covers, that can withstand high temperature washings and bleach. Our laundry is done at a commercial facility. We eliminated all throw pillows, bedspreads and unnecessary (and often unsanitary) extras when we took over the inn in 2017,  in order to be able to launder everything regularly.
  • High touch areas in our common rooms and halls will be sanitized frequently
  • In order to minimize contact, we will not be providing daily housekeeping service during your stay. We are happy to change out towels and collect trash. If you need anything, please feel free to ask.

Public Spaces at Pilgrim’s Inn

  • We ask that our guests follow all State of Maine mask mandates while staying at Pilgrim’s Inn. Masks are required while in public, which includes the common rooms and dining room.
  • There is no guest access to the office at this time, due to it’s tiny size. There is a video doorbell at the office door in case you need anything and don’t see us around. Or feel free to text.
  • There is lots of outdoor space to practice social distancing. Please feel free to roam the grounds!


  • We are so happy to again be offering breakfast to our guests in 2021!  We are planning a multi-course served breakfast each day. In addition to our airy dining room in the Barn where we love to open the windows and barn door when the weather allows, we will have a few tables for outdoor dining too. We will of course be following all required COVID procedures for dining with regard to cleaning, serving, and social distancing.

Book a stay at Pilgrim’s Inn and enjoy our fresh air and open spaces. Take advantage of the solitude of Deer Isle. “Staying Small” on a remote island has its advantages! We are doing our best to provide a safe, healthy experience to you as our guest, and for our staff. We thank you in advance for your cooperation with us as we modify our services to make reopening possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you back to Pilgrim’s Inn!





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