Spend the day sailing aboard ViVA and spend your evening
at the
Tidewater on the island of Vinalhaven...

"Maine doesn't get much more authentic than Vinalhaven
and the Tidewater has the best view in town."
Down East Magazine

No hotel, motel, or campsite in the world is closer to the water than the Tidewater Motel on Vinalhaven Island. Because the Tidewater is built on a bridge, the ebb and flow of the tides provides the soundtrack to your stay as the water flows beneath your room. That same rush of ocean water once powered a blacksmith shop and grist mill on the site.

On the Carver's Harbor side of the Tidewater, the world's most productive lobster fleet is anchored right outside your window. On the other side is Carver's Pond, the harbor's tidal estuary, and the town and island of Vinalhaven, just waiting to be explored. Open year-round, the Tidewater is the island's only motel. If you want to be closer to the water, you'll have to get wet.

You can sit on your private deck and dangle your toes in the water, or lie in bed, open the window, and let the tide's gentle lullaby sing you to sleep. Few views can equal those at the Tidewater and few places are as relaxing. Whether you come to Vinalhaven for work or play, the Tidewater Motel's cozy harborside and townside units, some with kitchenettes, will make you wish you never had to leave. Vinalhaven is a great place for kids to vacation, and we welcome families.


Most of our rooms are right on the busy harbor. Others look out over the serenity of Carver's Pond. Typically, each room has its own deck overhanging the water, a queen bed and a single bed, cable TV, and private bath. Other accommodations are tucked away elsewhere in the motel and we've tried to make these unique in some way. One has a kid's sleeping loft. Many of our rooms have full kitchens.

One of these, the spacious Harbor Master's Berth, boasts a commanding view of the harbor and the southern bay beyond, and can accommodate a large family or serve as a meeting place for as many as forty people. Several rooms on the upper floors can be combined to create suites for families or big groups.

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