The newest member of the Four Historic Inns of Rockland is the Granite Inn. Owners Ed and Joan Hantz purchased the inn in 2006 and started to renovate. This 1840 Federal Colonial waterfront residence was originally built by local craftsmen from granite quarried in nearby St, George. There are not many examples of granite homes left. It became an Elk’s Club in 1906 and 1920 saw General Pershing giving an address on the front steps. In 1984, the Granite Inn became a B&B and has remained Rockland’s only harbor-front inn.
Joan and Ed had a lot of work to do and one of the first things they added was a front porch. Here, guests can sit and enjoy activities of the harbor with the sunrise greeting them in the morning. It is also considered one of the best spots it town to view parades from the numerous festivals Rockland features. Joan and Ed kept intact the historic architecture, living room woodwork and Terrazzo tile floors. The inn has been renewed in a clean contemporary style, interspersed with family antiques. Joan, a graphic designer by profession, has been the interior decorator who has been able to bring together the richness of historical aspects of the inn and incorporate them with an elegant and updated look.
We were greeted by Ed and Zack, his English springer spaniel, waiting for us on the front porch. As we stepped through the front door, the lovely living room beckoned with its multiple sitting areas and fireplace. The distinctive woodwork was evident as well, and there were also deep windowsills full of flowering plants. We seldom see windowsills like these and discovered they were deep because the granite walls were thick.
We then met Joan and she provided us an enjoyable tour. Each of the guest rooms showcases authentic antiques and modern furnishings. All guests have fine linens, plush towels, wireless high-speed internet access, flat-screen television, alarm clock, pillows, pillows, and more pillows. Joan likes pillows and they are welcoming. Both the first and second floor halls contain guest pantries complete with refrigerator, hot/cold bottled water dispenser, and “bottomless” cookie jar.
The dining room is not just for breakfast. This team’s inn is a favorite for baby showers, breakfast business meetings, school alumni reunions, and private brunches. It can accommodate a sit-down dinner for 30 and is known for an exquisite customized menu.
When Joan and Ed moved to Rockland, they were accompanied by their daughter, Giuliana, and, of course, Zack. The Granite Inn reflects the love and personality of this family and the town is happy they arrived.
Ed and Zack are in the cozy kitchen by 5 A.M. to begin his scone and muffin preparations. The scones and the morning glory muffins we tasted were outstanding. But we understand his apple pancakes and variety of quiches and crepes are just as good.
The Granite Inn, has been certified by the state of Maine as an environmental leader in the hospitality industry.
As part of the Four Historic Inns of Rockland, Joan and Ed are quick to refer someone to one of the other three inns, should they not have space. These inns all work together to promote the town of Rockland and each other. They are a model for other resort areas. All of the inns and restaurants we experienced are collaborative and cooperative. This is what makes Rockland especially unique and successful, year round. When you check out the website, you’ll see all the special activities featured throughout the year.