The praise keeps piling up for Nebo Lodge, the inn and restaurant on the Penobscot Bay island of North Haven. Last summer Food & Wine magazine named Nebo Lodge chef Amanda Hallowell (pictured at left) as one of its best new chefs. This month, two separate magazines have lauded the island eatery and hotel for its food and overall experience.
Bon Appetit, in its list of the best food lover’s hotels in America, named Nebo Lodge as one of its favorites, noting its creative menu comprised almost entirely of local food, it’s comfortable, charming rooms and its centralized location on the small island. Travel & Leisure magazine also included Nebo in its list of easy weekend getaways; the focus was on North Haven, but the magazine lauded Nebo’s hyper-local, imaginative food.
Nebo Lodge is owned by a group of North Haven women, including Maine’s first district U.S. representative Chellie Pingree and her daughter, former state representative Hannah Pingree. They purchased the building in 2004, renovated it for two years, and then opened it in full in 2006. Nebo Lodge is open on the weekends through June 1, at which point it will be open Monday through Saturday for dinner. On Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from July 1 through Sept. 1, the Equinox boat will pick up diners at the Rockland ferry terminal at 4 p.m., bring them to the island for dinner, and return them to North Haven by 9 p.m. For more information, visit nebolodge.com.