There was always family filling the Alley home. Today, her great grandchildren play in what is still, very much, a family home.
We love sharing our beautiful home.
A Family History in Prospect Harbor, Maine
Carroll and Elsa Alley purchased their home in 1955 and there raised their four children Julie, Jeffrey, John and Jane. All married and with children of their own, their children left home to come back again and again. There was always family filling the Alley home.
Carroll was a lobster fisherman, captain of the Elsa Louise. Their home, across from the harbor, was convenient for him. In the early morning Elsa awoke to sounds of the boats leaving for the day, and in the evening she watched them steam home with the days haul.
On days when inclement weather kept the fishermen on dry land, many would gather around Elsa's kitchen table where a hot pot of coffee and storytelling was commonplace. Elsa sat listening and cutting patchwork pieces for the quilts she made for the whole family.
Jeff and John, along with their sons Jeffrey Jr. and Jason continue the family tradition of lobster fishing out of Prospect Harbor.
Jeff, his wife Cynthia, Megan, their daughter and her husband, Glenn, are working to make the inn as cozy and homey as Elsa herself would have done.
Everyone agrees that having an inn here is a wonderful way to keep the home we love in the family and the tradition of Alley hospitality alive.
Each guest room is named for family. Elsa's room is surrounded by rooms named for her daughters and grand daughters. Decorated in Elsa's old-fashioned style, flowered wallpaper, hand made quilts, gardens full of flowers and a full cookie jar are among the many touches which remind the grandchildren of Grammy.