Frequently Asked Questions

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Are you pet friendly?

We are pet friendly and want our guests to enjoy the company of their well-behaved dog while on vacation!
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How many wedding guests can we accommodate?

We can comfortably host up to 125 guests at the Squire Tarbox Inn. 
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Do you have a restaurant on the property?

At this time we do not have a restaurant at the inn, however, there are several local restaurants we think you’ll love! We've provided a list of local recommendations in our local guide. Be sure to check out our events page for pop-up dinners and our summer pizza night schedule.
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What does the event rental fee include?

There is a 50% deposit due upon booking with the balance due 180 days before your wedding. The rental fee includes use of the 12 acre property, which includes the barn, the deck, the adjacent lawn, the pasture overlooking the pond, and other areas of the property.
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What is your cancellation policy?

Being a small inn, we are greatly affected by cancellations, and while we are sympathetic to emergencies, we appreciate your understanding of our cancellation policy. All cancellations are subject to a $35 handling fee when charged on a credit card, no exceptions.
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Do you allow children?

We gladly welcome well-behaved children! Most of our rooms, with the exception of room 7, are only able to accommodate a total of two guests max. Up to 4 guests can be accommodated in room 7 but we ask that the children are age appropriate to climb a ladder into a loft space.
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What are your general reservation policies?

Reservations require a 50% deposit of the entire reservation. This amount will be charged to your credit card upon booking the reservation.
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What if I need to check-in early or late?

Our typical check-in window is 3pm to 7pm, we do our best to accommodate early and late check-ins but do require advanced notice. If you’ll be arriving after hours please let our team know as soon as possible. We will set you up with an easy self check-in process.
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The front sign at the Squire Tarbox Inn

General Questions

Answers to questions from here and there to that and the other.

Who is Samuel "Squire" Tarbox?

Samuel Tarbox (1780-1861) became known as the Squire probably because of his wealth and stature as a business man and founding father of the Town of Westport. He was born in Litchfield, ME. In 1806, soon after marrying Mary "Polly" Brown, he bought the land on Westport from Stephen Parsons.
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How large are the grounds surrounding the inn?

Our boutique inn is surrounded by 12 acres of pastoral farmland, heritage woods, and a tranquil salt marsh. Built in 1763 and lovingly restored in 2018, our historic property is a peaceful retreat. Situated only fifteen minutes from major attractions in Wiscasset and the Boothbay region.
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When was the property restored?

Our historic 1820’s barn has been recently renovated in 2018 to create a beautiful space. We have added a spacious deck across the back of the barn, opening it to an elevated overlook of our lush cascading grounds, as well as a cozy loft space that looks down over the main floor of the barn.
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When was the Squire Tarbox Inn built?

Anchoring the line of buildings that make up the Tarbox Inn is the federal style homestead built by Samuel Tarbox ca. 1825. An expansion soon after at the back of the house served as the kitchen until 1956. The oldest part of the house is the 1763 ell, which was originally situated on a hill to the north of the property.
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What is your smoking policy?

We offer a designated smoking area for your event. The inn is non-smoking.
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Does the event barn have heat or A/C?

At this time, the barn does not have AC but there are plenty of large doors and windows that will allow for a comfortable climate. We do have kerosine heaters available for rent in the barn.
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A bride at the Squire Tarbox Inn

Weddings & Events

Frequently asked questions relating to our weddings and wedding events.
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How many wedding guests can we accommodate?

We can comfortably host up to 125 guests at the Squire Tarbox Inn. 
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Do you have restrooms in the event barn?

Yes, we have new restrooms located near the event barn.
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Do you provide tables and chairs?

The event barn comes with a built-in bar, lounge furniture and several antique tables. In addition, we have ten 6' custom wood tables available for rent along with an eclectic assortment of wood chairs. For all other rental items, we recommend connecting with one of our preferred vendors.
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Do you require a wedding planner?

We highly recommend you book a wedding planner to help with logistics, however, we do not require one. We do require that you book a day-of coordinator.
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Do you require preferred vendors to be booked?

We have curated a preferred vendors list for you to use as a planning tool. It is not required that you book the preferred vendors but we do require approval of any vendors not on the list. All vendors must be licensed and insured.
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Is insurance required?

Yes, we do require event insurance for private events and weddings. Policies are typically very affordable and can be added to your homeowners or renters policy. There are also third party options as well.
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What does the event rental fee include?

There is a 50% deposit due upon booking with the balance due 180 days before your wedding. The rental fee includes use of the 12 acre property, which includes the barn, the deck, the adjacent lawn, the pasture overlooking the pond, and other areas of the property.
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What is your smoking policy?

We offer a designated smoking area for your event. The inn is non-smoking.
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Does the event barn have heat or A/C?

At this time, the barn does not have AC but there are plenty of large doors and windows that will allow for a comfortable climate. We do have kerosine heaters available for rent in the barn.
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Is there onsite parking for our event?

We have onsite parking for 20 vehicles that are for the use of the Inn guests. Transportation shuttles are required for larger events. Parking lots may be available for rent through the town of Westport Island.
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What does the venue rental include?

The venue includes access to our 12-acre property including the event barn and deck, adjacent lawn and pasture overlooking the pond, bathroom facilities and some parking from Friday to Sunday.
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Can we supply our own alcohol, beer, or wine?

No. Due to our current liquor license all alcohol, beer, and wine must be purchased through the inn.
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How late can our event go on to?

We require that your bar close and the music end by 10:30PM and all guests not staying at the property have left the property by 11PM.
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Outside a room at the Squire Tarbox Inn

Inn Questions

Frequently asked questions relating to our inn.
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Do you have a brand ambassador program?

Yes! As our brand ambassador you can enjoy a monthly 10% commission, your ambassador account referral code, exclusive room specials, and more!
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What is your cancellation policy?

Being a small inn, we are greatly affected by cancellations, and while we are sympathetic to emergencies, we appreciate your understanding of our cancellation policy. All cancellations are subject to a $35 handling fee when charged on a credit card, no exceptions.
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Is check-in contactless?

We ask that all guests follow Maine’s guidelines of wearing a mask when entering the inn. For winter 2020/2021, we will switch to contactless check-in. Our check-in time will begin at 3pm.
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How will breakfast be offered with COVID-19 measures?

Per Maine’s guidelines, we will be offering to-go breakfast each morning. All guests should inform the team of any dietary restrictions prior to their stay (minimum 48-hours notice).
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Will room service change with COVID-19 safety measures?

We will not be able to service rooms normally during a guest’s stay, however, we will work with you to ensure that your needs are met.
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Are masks required at the inn?

Guests and staff are required to wear masks when walking through common areas at all times. You are not required to wear a mask while you are in your room.
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What if I need to check-in early or late?

Our typical check-in window is 3pm to 7pm, we do our best to accommodate early and late check-ins but do require advanced notice. If you’ll be arriving after hours please let our team know as soon as possible. We will set you up with an easy self check-in process.
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The grounds at the Squire Tarbox Inn

Covid-19 Questions

Frequently asked questions relating to our Covid-19 safety measures.
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Certificate of Compliance

To help “Keep Maine Healthy,” guests of Maine are required to complete this certificate prior to their stay. Residents of Maine, and residents of states currently exempted from testing or quarantine requirements do not need to fill out the Certificate of Compliance.
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How do I get a COVID-19 test in Maine?

Under a partnership between Maine DHHS and health care organizations, drive-through and mobile testing is greatly expanding throughout Maine, strengthening access to safe and accessible testing for residents, tourists, seasonal workers, and other visitors to Maine.
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Is check-in contactless?

We ask that all guests follow Maine’s guidelines of wearing a mask when entering the inn. For winter 2020/2021, we will switch to contactless check-in. Our check-in time will begin at 3pm.
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How will breakfast be offered with COVID-19 measures?

Per Maine’s guidelines, we will be offering to-go breakfast each morning. All guests should inform the team of any dietary restrictions prior to their stay (minimum 48-hours notice).
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Will room service change with COVID-19 safety measures?

We will not be able to service rooms normally during a guest’s stay, however, we will work with you to ensure that your needs are met.
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Are masks required at the inn?

Guests and staff are required to wear masks when walking through common areas at all times. You are not required to wear a mask while you are in your room.
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