Sporting one of the few granite façades left in Rockland, the Granite Inn began as a private residence when this Federal Colonial house was built in 1840 and attached to a smaller circa 1790 house. Once officially called The Old Granite Inn, the name was shortened by present owners, Ed and Joan Hantz because the styling of this inn is anything but “old”.
Today, the Granite Inn offers a unique Midcoast Maine B&B experience ideal for exploring Rockland’s arts and dining scene along with the islands throughout the Penobscot Bay. Known for its warm hospitality, contemporary comfort, artistically decorated rooms, and innovative cuisine, the Granite Inn offers a wide range of amenities to romantic couples, families, business travelers, and people traveling with pets. Favorite guest amenities include “raidable” guest pantries with refrigerators, hot/cold bottled water dispensers, and a “bottomless” cookie jar. The Granite Inn has also been certified by the state of Maine as an environmental leader in the hospitality industry and is deeply committed to offering a sustainable vacation option.
The Granite Inn is pet-friendly, family-friendly, smoke-free, offers a full sprinkler system throughout the whole inn, and within just steps of Rockland’s vibrant dining and shopping scene and harbor. Rates range from $105 to $215 per night depending on time of year and room chosen.
GUEST ROOMS, AMENITIES AND RATES
There are six spacious guest rooms furnished for double occupancy plus two two-room suites at the Granite Inn, each sporting a decidedly contemporary cottage style in quiet contrast to the inn’s age. One suite comfortably sleeps four in two bedrooms (one king and one with two twins) sharing a bath, and the other offers a king bed, luxurious sitting room (with a couch that can double as a twin) with fire place, and bath with whirlpool tub. All guest rooms have private baths. Two of the guest rooms in the original granite building face the ferry terminal and Knight Marina, allowing guests to get a birdseye view of the comings and goings in the harbor as the sun rises. On the other hand, for guests seeking a quieter experience, any of the rooms at the other end of the building are bright and cheery and cozy too. Guest rooms are located on both the first and the second floors.
The two suites are ideal for families traveling with younger children and/or two couples traveling together. Well behaved dogs are welcomed at the inn with prior reservations too.
Joan, co-owner of the inn and a graphic designer by profession, has served as the interior decorator extraordinaire for the eight guest rooms and suites. Each is uniquely decorated in an artful counterpoint of authentic antiques and modern furnishings with bold colors accenting quiet pasteled walls. All guest rooms offer either queen or king beds (some convertible to two twins), fine linens, plush towels, wireless high-speed internet access, flat-screen television, alarm clocks, hair dryers, and pillows, pillows, pillows. Irons/ironing boards are available on request. Some rooms offer private fireplaces and/or whirlpool tubs.
The Granite Inn’s “bottomless cookie jar” is a favorite amenity of guests. Ed’s homemade cookies always inspire guests to ask for more. It’s a little tough to eat just one. Self-serve tea and filtered water is available for guests 24-7 in the dining room.
In the quiet season, (mid-November through mid-May) room rates range from $85 (double occupancy) to $130 (the suites). During the shoulder seasons (mid-May through mid-Junes and mid-October through mid-November) rates range from $90 to $170) During the summer season, (mid-June through mid-October) the same rooms range from $150 to $215 per night. All rates do not include Maine State sales tax, which should be added. Rooms may be booked online from the inn’s website.
The first thing you see as you approach the Granite Inn is the welcoming front porch surrounded by carefully tended gardens. A welcoming spot facing the harbor, guests often take their morning coffee out to the porch to greet the morning sun and watch the ferries load. In the late afternoon the porch is in shade, and serves as a frequent gathering place to debate where to have dinner or enjoy a cool beverage. And, during Rockland’s festivals, the porch offers the ideal front-row viewing stand for the parades.
Step through the front door into the Granite Inn’s grand living room with two large, comfortable sitting areas, a wood-burning fireplace, distinctive woodwork, original art, and deep window sills (due to the thick granite walls) filled with flowering plants. One corner of the living room contains a table ideal for playing card and board games provided by the inn, and one corner of the dining room contains a large TV with DVD player and a guest “swap” library. Both the first and second floor halls contain guest pantries complete with a refrigerator to store wine, drinks or guest leftovers, hot/cold bottled water dispenser, and the infamous “bottomless” cookie jar is found in the dining room.
The dining room is a versatile space that has seen baby showers, breakfast business meetings, school alumni reunions, and private brunches. The room can accommodate a sit-down meal for up to 30.
In the bright dining room, the Granite Inn’s hearty breakfast is served both family and buffet-style depending on the number served and the menu of the day. Guests are encouraged to participate in the traditional B&B experience by eating at the large central table, but if privacy is preferred individual tables are also available. Breakfast starts with a steaming cup of locally roasted coffee, and then moves to a generous helping of fresh fruit and house-baked pastries, scones or muffins. A hearty breakfast entrée follows. Breakfast entrées range from Apple and Maine wild blueberry pancakes to a large variety of healthy quiches, frittatas, and crêpes. If you are lucky, you’ll arrive on the day the Granite Inn’s signature ginger scones are offered. Another crowd pleaser is the signature Crab Quiche. Ed’s prowess as the Granite Inn breakfast chef is well known.
This stately home’s history began in 1840 as a Federal Colonial residence built by local craftsmen from granite quarried in nearby St. George. It is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Rockland. Since its inception, it has gone through many incarnations serving as a home and office to at least two physicians. In 1906, the Elks’ Club purchased the house and added a large wing to the rear. In 1920, the building went down in the history books when General Pershing gave an address on the front steps of the Elks’ Club. In 1984, the building was transformed into a B&B, and has remained Rockland’s only historic harbor-front B&B ever since.
In 2006, Edwin and Joan Hantz purchased the inn, moving from Rochester, NY, with their daughter Giuliana and Springer Spaniel, Zack, and began to renovate the inn from top to bottom. The front porch extending the length of the building was added, and room by room, renovations, refurbishing and redecorating occurred. While the historic architecture and many of the beautiful touches such as the living room woodwork and Terrazzo floors were left in place, the inn has been renewed in a clean, contemporary style interspersed with family antiques and original art. At the Granite Inn, history has been preserved with a simple, elegant, and updated panache.
Ed grew up in Fayetteville, AR. He is an avid cook and gardener and is responsible for the innovative food served at the Inn. Joan grew up in Lexington, MA, the daughter of two architects. An avid interior designer, woodworker, and photographer, Joan is credited for the look and feel of the Inn.
Ed and Joan met at the Music School of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, in 1967. Joan was a composer/violinist and Ed was her accompanist. They moved to Rochester, NY, where Edwin taught in the Eastman School of Music. Joan switched to graphic design, taught design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and continues to do business with a few New York clients as well as new relationships in Maine. The closeness to relatives and life-long family friends brought Edwin and Joan Hantz to Rockland to purchase the Granite Inn in 2006.
Coming from backgrounds in service-related fields, both of the Hantzes value close client relationships. Running an inn has been a “good fit.”
Ed and Joan have two grown children, a son, who works and lives in Manhattan, and a daughter, who lives in Liberty, ME. Each child has two daughters, and Ed and Joan are active grandparents along with innkeepers.