DEER ISLE – A historic inn opened for the season Monday under new ownership.
Now, the owners are looking to make new memories.
The 224-year-old Pilgrim’s Inn, built by Ignatius Haskell in 1793, has sits on Main Street in Deer Isle.
It first housed guests at the end of the 1800’s.
“We saw and said, this is something we would love to do,” say Scott Hall, co-owner of The Pilgrim’s Inn. “Life is short, and if we never did it, then we would have that regret.”
It is all smiles now for the husband and wife duo of Scott Hall and Nicole Nedar, faced with a fresh new challenge in life.
They bought the inn in February and moved from Philadelphia during a blizzard.
The historic building features 12 bedrooms,overlooking two bodies of water on each of it’s sides.
It is also connected to the Whale’s Rib Tavern and features two guest cottages on its property.
Scott, a former senior manager, packaging engineer and navy veteran, says the transition came after some much needed changes.
“The stress of my previous job at one point was having a toll on my health and my relationship with my wife,” he says. “We decided that really to fix these things I need a different career.”
“There’s a lot we have to discover for sure,” says Nicole.
She, a former hygienist, kick-started the journey for the two after finding the inn for sale online.
The couple had already considering inn-keeping for a number of years, but until now, thought they lacked the life experience to do so.
Now, they align their new career with their love of traveling and hospitality.
“We’re both people-people, so that helps a lot too,” says Nicole.
Since then, the couple has been working around the clock for opening day.
Hoping to give guests the best possible experience that the inn has been giving for decades.
But like anyone setting out to complete a vision, it has not come out without periods of second-guessing.
“It takes a small village,” says Nicole.
“There were,” says Scott. “I can’t even count the number of doubts.”
Regardless, both Nicole and Scott are excited for what the future at this unique inn holds and hope to be a hub for new memories for Mainers and beyond.
“When i hear these people on the phone and i hear about how excited they are to come here,” says Nicole, “that’s really rewarding.”