The Galen C. Moses House Bed and Breakfast

1009 Washington Street, Bath, Maine 04530
Innkeeper(s): Jim Haught & Larry Kieft
 
  • Introduction

    The Galen C. Moses House Bed and Breakfast - Bath, MaineThe only accommodations in Bath, Maine with AAA Approval.
    A 3-diamond rating, the highest given to a Bed and Breakfast in Maine.

    This Bath Maine Bed and Brea k f a s t is on the National Register of Historic Homes and has been featured in a number of publications, including the Bank of England's employees magazine "The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street", "The Insider's Guide: Maine's Southern Coast", "The Romantic Northeast" (Ken Christensen), "Maine, Off the Beaten Path" (Wayne Curtis), and all three major newspapers serving Bath. Selected for the 2008 Best of Bath Award in the Bed & Breakfasts category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA). Selected as a "Best of New England".

    Grand StaircaseBuilt in 1874 for Galen Clapp Moses, the house became an instant celebrity in Bath, Maine when Jim and Larry purchased it in 1994 to create a bed and breakfast. Departing from traditional local house colors, this Italianate structure was draped in the most vivid colors of plum, pink and teal, thus its nickname, "The Pink House".

    There are surprises throughout the house, from the elegant gardens and rooms filled with tasteful antiques to the full theatre located on the third floor (once used to entertain officers from the nearby Naval Air Station during World War II). The house contains a number of spirits. Our ghosts, assuredly friendly, are likely to make their presence felt on a frequent basis. Early evening finds guests relaxing on the porches which surround the house or taking a leisurely stroll along the waterfront.

    Parlor with Grand Piano Beautiful Gardens

     

    Dining RoomA full breakfast is served each morning and varies according to the cook's mood. While juices, fresh brewed coffee and a variety of muffins are available for early risers and late sleepers, the full breakfast between 8 and 9 am adds such entrees as walnut pancakes with orange sauce, mushroom or artichoke quiche, sour cream and chive omelets, baked French toast, cinnamon waffles with Maine maple syrup. All entrees accompanied by honey/mustard sausages, turkey bacon, or sundried tomato and basil sausage.

     

     

    Library

    Historic Bath Maine invites the traveler to spend a few relaxing days strolling through the pleasant parks overlooking the Kennebec River or rummaging through the many antique stores on Front Street. Beach lovers will find two sandy state park beaches within a short drive. The nationally acclaimed Maritime Museum, The Chocolate Church or the Art Gallery of Bowdoin College furnish exciting diversions on a rainy afternoon while short drives to Portland, Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor or Freeport (home of L.L. Bean) can satisfy every shopper's appetite. And speaking of appetites, the restaurants in the area serve marvelous seafood on tables overlooking the great bays and charming coves.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Jim Haught & Larry Kieft for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers select our Inn because of its history and its colors. The Inn is associated with two famous architects (Francis Fassett and John Calvin Stevens) and the colors are in the traditional Painted Victorian Lady style seen in san Francisco and Cape May. Galen Moses was a big contributor to Bath (Patten Free Library, the second oldest YMCA in the nation, and the Winter Street Church among other things) The Inn is very much like a museum but with all the modern conveniences.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our Inn feels like “grandma’s house” but in the grand style of the nineteenth century. Our guests continually rave about our breakfasts which are served in the formal dining room around a table which accommodates all our guests.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The City is entirely walkable and the in town shops are adorable with great variety. However, many of our guests come to visit the Maine Maritime Museum (one of the best in New England) and the beautiful beaches.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Our guests feel at home in our Inn.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    There are trains to Rockland, the best beaches on the midcoast and activities ranging from stage productions to bus tours of Bath Iron Works every day.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    As stated above, the Maine Maritime Museum, Popham beach, Reid State Park, art galleries, Maine State Music Productions (every night in the summer), the Bowdoin College Music Festival (all summer), LL Bean in Freeport, antique shops everywhere…we have three fat notebooks filled with things to do.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Downtown Bath, all restaurants, Maritime Museum, art galleries

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Solo Bistro with an excellent chef, great wine selection and super service; however all of our downtown restaurants are high quality and often offer lobster specials.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Go to our website www.galenmoses.com where we list lots of websites to check for descriptions and pictures of area highlights. You can also call us toll free 888-442-8771 for specific activities occurring on the dates of your visit.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We are not accepting pets currently.

     

  • History

    Being a guest at The Galen C. Moses House is like dwelling in a living museum, surrounded by reminders of the vast wealth that flowed through the city of Bath 150 years ago. The neighborhood, unquestionably, still the most handsome residential street in the state of Maine, reflects a delightfully historical era which has led many to refer to it as the "undiscovered Williamsburg of the North." Each home on Washington Street exemplifies some of the best architectural styles in America. Behind each door are stories of wealth acquired through shipbuilding, banking and commerce. The Galen C. Moses House is a prime example of such stories. Designed by Frances Fassett in 1874 for Mr. Moses and redesigned in 1901 by John Calvin Stevens, the house became a focal point of the city's social and civic endeavors. As a citizen, Mr. Moses was president of several successful banks, sat on numerous boards including the Bath Iron Works Corporation and provided the funds for both the city's library and the second YMCA in America.

    Socially, The Galen C. Moses House was redesigned in 1901 to host the grand dinner parties for which Bath was also noted. Entering the house through the double oak casket doors with the initials GCM etched in the glass above them, you immediately note the elaborate designs in the plaster ceilings and walls, which are found in every room of the house. The hallways and the grand staircase display ornate woodcarvings so predominate in high Victorian design. On the second lan

    ding of the staircase and in the grand dining room are numerous stained glass windows, including one purported to have been created in the Tiffany Studios. Every room in the downstairs contains a fireplace with elaborately carved wood or marble fronts. The high ceilings contain either hand done designs or beautifully shaped grid work. The tiles on each fireplace were created by Italian tilemakers, brought to America to work in the workshop of the architect. To the right of the entrance was the receiving room, or study, where Mr. Moses's guests would wait to be announced. The East and West parlors are separated by a magnificent oriental arch through which passed the social elite of Bath as they stood sipping their sherry under fine chandeliers designed to light with both gas and electric lights. 

    Dinners were served by a number of servants in the dining room with its built in sideboard, another grand fireplace and an elaborate display of stained glass windows. In the library, playful cherubs are carved on the fireplace front, while owls and other wildlife stare from the built-in cabinets and shelves. An inviting inglenook beside the fireplace is backed with the original tufted leather. This was a room in which Mr. Moses translated large portions of his business.

    Even today a guest in The Galen C. Moses House can feel transported back into that turn of the century period in any of the upstairs rooms, beautifully appointed with appropriate antiques. Many rooms contain high ceilings, original sinks and cabinets, fireplaces, and elaborate friezes. The large and ample windows provide warmth and light throughout the day. Indeed, the history of Bath, the ambiance of Washington Street, and the special design of The Galen C. Moses House becomes a total emersion in history for those who visit.

     

  • Local Attractions

    Historic Bath Maine invites the traveler to spend a few relaxing days strolling through the pleasant parks overlooking the Kennebec River or rummaging through the many antique stores on Front Street. Beach lovers will find two sandy state park beaches within a short drive. The nationally acclaimed Maritime Museum, The Chocolate Church or the Art Gallery of Bowdoin College furnish exciting diversions on a rainy afternoon while short drives to Portland, Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor or Freeport (home of L.L. Bean) can satisfy every shopper's appetite. And speaking of appetites, the restaurants in the area serve marvelous seafood on tables overlooking the great bays and charming coves.

    Things To Do
    Chocolate Church Performing Arts Center
    Maine State Music Theatre
    Maine Maritime Museum
    Museum guided boat tours
    Downtown Bath
    Cruises up and down the Kennebec River
    Guided fishing expeditions
    Several excellent golf courses & tennis courts
    Popham Beach State Park
    Reid State Park
    Bath Iron Works
    Robinhood Marine Center
    Bath Country Club
    Self-guided driving and walking tours
    Portland and Booth Bay Harbor
    Mae's Cafe and Bakery
    Byrne's Irish Pub
    Kennebec Tavern
    Beale Street Barbecue & Grill
    J.R. Maxwell & Co.
    Solo Bistro
    King Elders Pub
    Robinhood Free Meetinghouse
    The Osprey
    Five Islands Lobster Co. and Grill
    Cooks Lobster House
    Lawnmeer Inn & Restaurant
    Walking Tour of Bath
    Seguin Lighthouse
    The Bath Recreation Department
    The Bath YMCA
    The Patten Free Library
    Area Events:
    • Bath Antiques Show - One Sunday of every month from November through April, 10 am to 3pm.
    • Bath Heritage Days - (First weekend of July)
    • Kennebec River Fest - (August)
    • Maine Festival of the Arts. (First weekend in August)
    • Sagadahoc County Agricultural and Horticultural Exposition. (First week in August)
    • Annual Bailey Island Tuna Tournament. (4th week in July)
    • Maine Highland Games. (Third Saturday in August)
    • Annual Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival. (Last weekend in August)

     

  • Pets Welcome

    Galen Moses House
    House Rules For Visiting Pets

    The Carriage Room is pet friendly due to its immediate access to the outside. We hold pet owners financially responsible for any and all pet stains/damage to the premises/property, which unfortunately can amount to a substantial sum of money because of our investment in the décor of the guest room. To minimize the chances of such damage, the following house rules must be strictly adhered to by pet owners:

    1. All dogs must be completely housebroken- we cannot accommodate incontinent animals.
    2. Dogs cannot be left alone in the guest room at any time.
    3. Dogs are not permitted on any furniture, including beds, sofas and chairs.
    4. As a courtesy to the other guests, we cannot tolerate barking or howling dogs in the room or in guests' cars parked in the off-street parking area.
    5. During wet or muddy weather, please towel off each time your dog is brought into the house. If you did not bring your own dog towels, just ask to borrow some from us. A hose can be found on the North side of the house to wash off muddy paws. Please do not give your dog a bath in the tub or shower.
    6. Dogs are expected to be fed in the bathroom or in their crates (if you brought one). Be conscious of spilled water.
    7. Dogs must be walked and go to the bathroom on the city's streets and not in the front, back or side gardens. We have plastic bags and you can place the used bags in the receptacle located in the garden shed.
    Owners who are unable to abide by these House Rules will have to board their dogs in a local boarding kennel.

    If we determine that your guest room has sustained damage or loss because of your dog's behavior, we reserve the right to charge your credit card for the full amount of the loss or the cost of repairing or cleaning the damage.