Captain Nickels Inn is an elegant Maine Coast bed and breakfast with spectacular views of Penobscot Bay. Our Inn features nine rooms and suites featuring private balconies, fireplaces, & sweeping oceanfront views. We know you will enjoy your stay with us but don’t take our word for it, take a look at our recent recognitions and awards.

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Rise and Shine in Searsport

“While driving along Maine’s coastal Route 1, few properties appear as striking as the Captain Nickels Inn in Searsport. Built in 1874, the inn is named after its first owner and is part of the East Main Street Historic District, a collection of five properties with Italian architectural influences, all built by ship captains.

Mother and daughter give historic inn new life in Searsport

What they have endeavored to do in Maine is make the Captain Nickels Inn into the kind of place that turns guests into repeat visitors year after year. The nearly 10,000-square foot home overlooking Penobscot Bay had long been a bed-and-breakfast, and the Gintzes wanted to freshen it up while still maintaining its historic elegance.”

Mother, daughter continue Captain Nickels Inn restoration

“There’s well over 100 years of history in the Captain Nickels Inn in Searsport. Now, the next chapter in its story is being written by a mother and daughter. For Dawn and Cassidy Gintz, getting the chance to own the inn has been a dream come true.”

$1M restoration of old sea captain’s house in Searsport almost complete

“When a retired medical provider from Florida and her daughter bought a 19th-century sea captain’s home in Searsport in 2019, they knew a lot of restoration work would have to be done to bring it back as a bed-and-breakfast.”

Explore The Penobscot Marine Museum In Maine, Then Stay The Night In The Historic Captain Nickels Inn

“Rich with history, this elegant inn is the perfect place to escape for your Maine getaway. The breathtaking home was built by Albert V. Nickels in 1874 as a gift to his bride, where the pair lived with their eight children when not on the high seas.”

Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2022

We are proud to have earned the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for 2022. This award is given to properties who consistently earn great reviews and places us in the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

MaineLife Season 7

Captain Nickels Inn is proud to be featured in Season 7 of the MaineLife video series.


“The Captain Nickels Inn is located along “Captains Row”, an Historic District comprised of homes once belonging to Searsport’s men of the sea. This unforgettable Bed and Breakfast has 9 rooms and offers an elegant and exceptional retreat with 180-degree views of Penobscot Bay. Whether a week’s vacation, weekend away, family reunion, birthday celebration, girl’s get-a-way or corporate retreat, the Captain Nickels Inn can accommodate your needs.”

Open Garden Day features two Searsport gardens July 23

“In the three years since Dawn Gintz purchased the historic Captain Nickels Inn at 127 E. Main St., she has expanded the gardens surrounding the bed and breakfast and created several sitting areas, many with commanding views of Penobscot Bay.”

A welcome respite for caregivers at Captain Nickels Inn

“The pandemic has put added pressure on just about everyone, but for those caring for children, spouses, or parents with special needs, it has been especially hard. A nonprofit designed to give much-needed rest and relaxation to caregivers partnered recently with Dawn and Cassidy Gintz, owners of the Captain Nickels Inn, to provide a carefree weekend for nine women serving in those roles.”

Coming Home to Maine

“Dawn and Cassidy Gintz dreamed of making a new start in Vacationland. For years, the mother-daughter duo read books about how to operate a bed-and-breakfast and scoured the classified ads for just the right place to launch their next chapter. Then they found the Captain Nickels Inn in Searsport, an 1874 Italianate mansion on 3 acres kissing Penobscot Bay.”

Searsport inn’s new owners searched U.S. to find right opportunity

“The Captain Nickels Inn in Searsport, built in 1874 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has a new owner.”

Maine native enjoys cozy writer-in-residence gig at local inn

“Elisa Doucette has a pretty sweet vantage point on the world. Since February she has been holed up in the attic of the historic Captain Nickels Inn, working on several writing projects while enjoying breathtaking views from the fourth-story widow’s walk.”

Maine Coast Bed and Breakfast – Captain Nickels Inn

“A lungful of salty sea air, a vista of green islands dotting the bay, the sound of waves lulling you to sleep… this is the setting for the Captain Nickels Inn, a Maine Coast Bed and Breakfast and the perfect setting for a quintessential Maine escape.”

9 Last Minute Romantic Getaways for Valentine’s Day or Any Day

“This romantic Captain Nickels Inn seaside bed and breakfast on the coast of Maine on the Penobscot Bay is the perfect last-minute Valentine’s getaway.”

9 Haunted Bed and Breakfasts to Sleep with a Ghost

“For those who’d rather enjoy murders than ghosts, the Captain Nickels Inn will put you right in the middle of solving the perfect crime. Skip Halloween and head to this haunted mansion on the Maine coast to solve a murder mystery on Nov 1-2, 2019.”

This Breathtaking Bed & Breakfast In Maine Is A Vision Of Coastal Charm

“Captain Nickels Inn is a picturesque Maine bed and breakfast that promises guests an unforgettable stay. Surrounded by the coastal charms of Penobscot Bay, you’ll feel like you’ve arrived to your own slice of paradise.”

a tapestry of vibrant blooms,

where sunlight dances on shimmering shores


We are shaking off winter and embracing the vibrant energy of spring! Our hearts are turning towards warmer days, eager to bask in the transformative magic of blooming flowers and budding trees.

Consider a stay in the Willard Room – our newest luxury accommodation! Located on the third floor, it offers added privacy. Updated amenities such as a walk-in jetted shower and sitting room provide luxury comforts.