Spend the day sailing aboard ViVA and spend your evening
at the
Captain A.V. Nickels Inn in historic Searsport.

Welcome to the Captain A. V. Nickels Inn on the ocean in Searsport, Maine.

Nestled in a Historic Seaside community, this Sea Captain's mansion is an art of stately elegance and a testimony to the graceful times of it's era. Built in 1874 by Captain A.V. Nickels and placed on the National Registry of Historic Homes, this architectural display of craftsmanship and design is renowned for creating a setting of ambiance and charm.  You will be greeted on the sweeping veranda that frames the front with it's Victorian filigree trim and arched framework. As you enter the stained glass doors to the foyer you are met with a turning three story stairway and chandeliers that open to the Captain's Parlor. It is here you might appreciate the ceramic fireplace and ornate mantel or in the Mistress's parlor where you will find the marble fireplace, clawfoot chaise lounge and built-in secretariat. Also available for your stay is access to the guest dining room and sitting room, boardroom and ballroom with all overlooking the Atlantic Ocean as it forms Penobscot Bay.  On the 2nd floor guests enjoy full use of the library/media room with full cable, ample shelves of books, games and a relaxing atmosphere. We offer a full gourmet breakfast and evening Hors d’Oeuvres plus internet access. 

This grand "ole painted lady" was built by Captain Albert Vinal Nickels in 1874 for his wife, Elizabeth McGilvary and 5 children at the time, which soon came to house three more children.  Captain Nickels took command of several ships during his career  including his last ship the infamous "Iroquois" built for her speed by Captain Nickels father-in-law, William McGilvary. Ironically, Captain Nickels passed away in 1902 in the same year that the "Iroquois" was ship wrecked passing through the Straits of Sapi from the Indian Ocean.

Today, this precious piece of yesteryear is own by a sailor of 26 years and his wife who have returned to the sea, Daniel and Sherri Hanson. Both having fathers and ancestors in the navy and with Daniel having had a renowned career in the Merchant Marines, it was destiny in the making.

As a guest of Captain AV Nickels Inn you can expect to be pampered and lavished with relaxation, atmosphere and fine dining. Your gourmet breakfast will tantalize your senses and begin your day overlooking Penobscot Bay from our guest dining & sitting room as pictured.  Or you may want the special attention of breakfast in your room for two, just let your host know and we will be happy to service your request.  We also have evening Hors d’Oeuvres meant to wind down the day and further your experience of this seaside haven. All is included in your stay.

Succulent and savory dinners will are available to guests when requested upon registering. All are at additional cost and subject to 7% tax. Or perhaps you would enjoy a toddy to quiet down the day or a bottle of wine from our wine cooler. Our Mermaid Bar is available to guests.

Accomodations for a grand evening...

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