6 Reviews for Chebeague Island Inn
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The Portland Company is a wonderful venue that offers some very unique thing such as a connection to the narrow gauge rail. My guests adored taking the train to and from the ceremony!
The customer service was excellent, all of the people I worked with were extremely professional and pleasant.
Recently the venue began offering their own bar service which didn't exist when I booked but is a great time saver.
More importantly the venue offered incredible places for photography, and supported a unique vibe that the guests loved. The options are endless with a stunning blank canvas!
The setting is absolutely beautiful with great views. This venue includes only the lawn space and the food. Basically everything you can imagine is an extra that you have to provide. They don't even provide plates and silverware. You have to rent all of the service work, glassware, tables, linens, floor, tent, chairs, barware, serving utensils, serving dishes, rehearsal dinner Service items… The list goes on.
The venue was about $8000 and included very little. The staff at the inn is not very helpful in arranging for everything.
Assume that nothing is included in the venue price and that you have to arrange for everything.
Overall, the quality of the food was good, but it certainly comes at a price. You have no options as they insist on using their in-house catering. We had a tasting dinner and some of the dishes presented at the actual reception were different (worse) than the tasting. I'm not sure if there's anyway to fix this type of behavior but there wasn't much we could do after-the-fact.
The servers and front desk workers at the inn were very pleasant and accommodating. The managerial staff (the owners in particular) can be quite difficult to work with. Things often felt like a struggle with them. The inn is the only establishment of its kind on the island – And perhaps that's why the some of the owners/staff act as if they have a chip on their shoulder.
Fortunately the weather was really nice and people did love the setting so everything went very well.
We had another family member considering the inn for their wedding. They will not be having it there after our experience working with them, even though the setting is amazing.
The Portland Company was the first venue that we found when we started our search for industrial wedding locations in Maine – and the space was absolutely breathtaking though it does require vision. A wedding here also requires a willingness to manage a lot of details – since you need to bring EVERYTHING in: tables, chairs, an oven, lighting, coat racks, etc. And you are also expected to get it all OUT that night (we had to negotiate very clearly even to store rentals for a standard Monday pickup). The ownership has changed in the past year so it was sometimes unclear who had final authority. We are sad to hear that 2015 is likely the last year of weddings – book yours now if you can!
Thanks so much for hosting your wedding with us at 58 Fore - The Portland Company! 2014 was a transition year for the ownership; we did our best to transition as smoothly as possible, but it definitely had some challenges. We definitely are booking weddings through 2017 at the least, though!
Our daughter's wedding at The Chebeague Island Inn was more than I had hoped for. It was elegant, but, at the same time, so intimate and easygoing. All of our guests had such a great time. Two months later, we are still getting rave reviews! The staff went the extra mile with every detail. I would definitely recommend staying at the inn also. What an experience!
Lynne Brennan Pitt
My wife and I were married at Chebeague Island Inn in September 2013 and could not have asked for a better venue. The staff at the Inn went above and beyond during our wedding weekend and were willing to help out where necessary. The Inn itself is amazing, it sits on top of a hill overlooking the bay, there is a fantastic great room with a fireplace, nice little bar area, and a deck where you can sit and watch the sunset. The Inn also added a fire-pit which we took full advantage of. All of our guests really enjoyed their time at the Inn and on the Island, we couldn't have asked for a better venue.
Jared and Lauren
This is a very "a la carte" spot. They provide the food/drink and the Inn/Land, but you have to bring everything else in (including your guests). The logistics can be somewhat complicated, but Caitlin, the Inn's event planner, helps you with the details. We did not hire a "day of" coordinator, but if you're not the super organized type, definitely a must.
The venue is absolutely beautiful, it's really fun to have all the rooms in the inn (although yes, other people can come eat at the restaurant, but we didn't mind that much) and the food is amazing, not your typical "warming drawer" wedding food. Every plate of scallops and steak was grilled to order right before it was served to our 150 guests. Beforehand, we designed the evenings menu's with the Inn's chef, so we really were able to make it our own.
The cons were that things were a little disorganized here and there, in terms of serving food, and billing rooms for items, the majority of the staff are a bunch of high school/college kids who definitely are not serving experts, but everyone was very polite and accommodating. And of course, bringing everything in from the tent to the flowers was a little hard in terms of logistics.
Caitlin was amazing throughout the process and nothing fell through the cracks on our wedding day. Sometimes she was slow to respond, but we always got an answer.
Just one last thing to keep in mind - it's hard to find places on the island for guests to stay and the inn only has 21 rooms, so most people will have to stay off island. AND, they told us getting late night water taxis for guests would be easy, it is not. Basically for anyone not staying on the island, they will need to leave via boat around 10:30pm at the latest due to laws on the mainland.