James Straub

New B&B Opens in Surry



James Straub
Even in clouds and fog, the Wave Walker bed and breakfast on Newbury Neck in Surry offers a picturesque setting and views to the mountains of Acadia National Park.

SURRY — Whether your criteria for selecting a bed and breakfast lies in the realm of incredible views, elegantly comfortable accommodations or delicious breakfasts, you’ll be pleased to discover Wave Walker.

Philip and Donna Doyen opened the bed and breakfast on Newbury Neck near the end of last year, soon after the nearly 4,000-square-foot house was completed.

Donna Doyen said the couple designed the house with a bed and breakfast in mind. They intended for it to provide income for their daughters should jobs be scarce in the future, but after it was built, they decided to launch the business.

Their twin daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth, graduated from George Stevens Academy this month and will help welcome guests at Wave Walker this summer before heading to college in the fall.

Doyen said they were creating a website for Wave Walker and hadn’t opened yet when they received a call from a couple traveling from New York who had seen the inn’s location on a Google map being added to the fledgling website.

The couple asked about staying at the bed and breakfast. Doyen said she and her husband contacted their insurance broker and asked whether they could get insurance that day. They did and opened ahead of schedule to accommodate their unsolicited first guests.

“They stayed two nights and loved everything,” Doyen said.

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James Straub

Reporter at Ellsworth American
Former Ellsworth American reporter James Straub covered the towns on Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula. He lives in Brooklin.