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The Ice Fish Inn is a year-round bed and breakfast inn in Millinocket, Maine, in one of the town's designated four most-historic residences, within easy walking distance of shopping and dining.
The Ice Fish Inn is in Maine's North Woods region, next door to Mt. Katahdin, Baxter State Park, and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail; and in the heart of the Maine Highlands snowmobile, cross-country skiing and ATV trail networks. Millinocket is the gateway community for Gulf Hagas, the Katahdin Ironworks, the 100-Mile Wilderness, Ripogenus Gorge, the Golden Road, the Allagash Waterway and the most scenic backwoods and wildlife in the state.
There are some limitations on pets who can stay at the Inn. Please see out pet policy on our website, icefishinn.com, or call for details. Smoking, candles and flame sources of any type are not allowed at the Inn.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Catherine Helm-Clark for sharing her secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most of our guests are here to enjoy the area's amazing outdoor recreation opportunities or to visit family and friends.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique?
More and better guest services than anyone else in town, extremely flexible breakfast hours and arrangements, and we're the only pet-friendly B&B in the area.
What do you love most about your inn?
Our location and our wonderful guests from all over the world.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Outdoor recreation. This is northern Maine, after all.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
One of our online reviews says it all: "The owners took every opportunity to make sure we had everything we needed."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The Penobscot River. Most of the folks who visit here focus on hiking in Baxter State Park and the Appalachian Trail, snowmobiling, or fall foliage. Many, though not all, overlook the river. The ones who remember are usually here to do white water rafting on the west fork. Most miss the incredible fishing and the flat-water paddling on the east fork and lower west fork.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
That's not an easy question for a place like Millinocket because our attractions change radically according to the season.
1. Find a hiking/paddling/biking/ATV/dog sled/snowmobile/cross-country skiing/snowshoe trail and take it.
The area around Millinocket is really the land of a million trails for any kind of recreation. The hiking trials are the most famous, including the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and Mt. Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain, both in Baxter State Park. These get the most attention but there are an incredible number of other land and water trails, including the famous paddling trail of the Allagash Waterway. Because Millinocket played a key role in the development of the snowmobile, the snowmobiling trail network here is one of the best in the nation - though the ATV trail network is quickly catching up. Trails for bikes, dog sleds, snow shoes and extensive dedicated cross-country skiing also exist and they're all free. There are places in the area that you can cross-country ski well into April!
We have the longest ice fishing season in the country, usually including most of March and sometimes into April. Or come and fly fish for trout during Maine's famous fly-fishing season in the spring. Or troll or bank fish the Penobscot or one of the local lakes for bass, muskie or perch in the Summer. Maine also allows catch-and-release in the fall.
3. Play in the water - or on the water!
White water rafting? We got it! There are many outfits that offer rafting here from late May through September.
White water and flat water paddling? We got it. You can rent canoes and kayaks just about everywhere when it's warm enough to get out on the water. You can paddle, sail, boat or float. You can even follow the river route Henry Thoreau took in his famous trek through the Maine highlands!
Is it Winter? If you can do it on the ice, you can do it here. People trek, ice-sail, skate, cross-country ski, snowmobile and fish the abundant local lakes, rivers, and streams when frozen.
4. Take in our unique sights.
Take a moose tour or craft your own moose viewing trip. Come view our famous New England Fall foliage. Climb or circumnavigate Maine's tallest mountain. Come see what stars look like with zero light pollution or watch the aurora borealis. Or just sit on the porch, put your feet up and watch the logging trucks roll by; or watch the seven or eight car back-up at downtown's only traffic light during evening "rush-minute."
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Several restaurants and drinking spots, one of the most acclaimed art galleries in New England, the town's downtown business district, and several excellent scenic walks or hikes along water and/or through woods.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Soup to Nuts in East Millinocket - looks like a little cheesy hole in the wall but it's ranked in the top 50 restaurants in Maine on Yelp and Urbanspoon. Get the lobster roll though don't overlook the pasta al forno, which is out of this world. Lobster mac-and-cheese is awesome for lunch. They make everything there from scratch, including all the desserts.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
The Websites at the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Tourism Association.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have seven rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We have two pet-friendly rooms and can also point folks to other pet-friendly places locally if we're booked up. Our insurance prohibits us from accommodating the so-called aggressive dog breeds.
The Ice Fish Inn offers two breakfast options: a continental breakfast at the inn, or a hot breakfast at the Appalchian Trail Cafe.
Breakfast at the Appalachian Trail Cafe
The cafe is just around the corner from the inn. This offer entails:
- A breakfast voucher good for anything on the cafe's menu
- Gratuity included
- Breakfast is served all-day starting at 5 AM when the cafe opens, so all you early morning hunters, anglers and hikers can still get your morning meal before heading out.
- The voucher is still valid after check-out so you san sleep in if you want, check-out and still have breakfast without being rushed.
Continental-style Breakfast To-Go
This continental breakfast is not the cheesy motel-standard that will leave you hungry an hour after you ate! We need to know before 8 PM the evening before if you want this breakfast option. Since we're sending you off with far better than grocery-store fare, we need the advance notice so we can get to the bakery on time. If you can give us a few days advance notice, we can make sure we include some of the local cheeses from nearby organic farms.
If you're leaving before dawn, tell us and we'll have it boxed and waiting for you to grab in the large guest fridge downstairs. Just let us know what sorts of things you like to eat. Depending on local availability, our continental breakfast can include:
- Breakfast rolls
- Specialty breads
- 2-4 varieties of fruit depending on the season
- Other drinks
- Nuts or trail mix