Ready for an unforgettable New England vacation? Whenever you visit Maine, staying at its historic bed and breakfasts is a special treat. The Maine coast is one of the treasured natural wonders in the United States, and its seaside towns are filled with cultural treasures. Charming communities such as Camden and Rockport are delightful year-round destinations for families, couples, and even solo travelers.
A romantic seaside bed and breakfast with eight charming rooms on the coast of the Penobscot Bay. Experience the history, grandeur, and lush surroundings when you escape to our 145-year-old Sea Captain's Home. Take a step back in history to a simpler time, forget the hustle and bustle of travel and relax with a book in front of one of our fires or on the deck with a glass of wine. Our slice of the rocky coast are beckoning you from across the meandering lawn. Captain Nickels Inn is at your disposal. We are your destination - everything else is simply the cherry on top.
Welcome to the Kingsleigh Inn, a Mount Desert Island Bed & Breakfast offering spectacular water views in the charming fishing village of Southwest Harbor, Maine. We offer a relaxing, casually elegant ambience overlooking the harbor. We cater to all kinds of travelers, from romance seekers to adventurers. Our 1904 Queen Anne Victorian inn is located on the "Quietside" of the island near Acadia National Park and the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. The area offers an abundance of outdoor activities. We have 6 guest rooms and one suite, many with harbor views and private decks, and all with individually controlled A/C and heat, ceiling fans and private baths. Each is tastefully decorated with its own distinct personality, charm, and comfort. Colorful coordinating wall coverings, window treatments, and luxurious bedding all blend seamlessly with period furnishings and many thoughtful touches to make you feel welcome and relaxed. Start your day off with our special blend coffee, fresh-ground espresso, and assorted hot teas and cocoas. Our bountiful three-course hot breakfast can be enjoyed in our formal dining room or on our wraparound porch. Visit our website for further details and to book your stay. Treat Yourself and Someone You Love!
Our family cordially welcomes you to the Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront, located on Boothbay Harbor’s beautiful waterfront. Guest can choose a room with an outside deck or a room with use of a common dock for scenic views of the charming village or picturesque waterfront. We have 12 rooms and the Penthouse Suite for guests to choose from, each providing enchantment no matter what the season. We are steps away from the historic Boothbay Harbor filled with with many activities and special events throughout the year. The inn is also near the downtown area with plenty of boutiques and shops, fishing, boating excursions, kayak rentals, art galleries, and restaurants to enjoy. The area provides guests with countless activities including golf, tennis, boat trips, fishing, cycling, visit a lighthouse, a visit to the Maine Botanical Gardens or nature and bird walks on one of the many preserves. We look forward to pampering you!
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Named the #1 Hotel in Maine, the #5 Most Romantic Inn in the US and voted Best Water View by Yankee Magazine, the Topside Inn offers guests a true Maine vacation experience. The 19th-century sea captain's home and summer guesthouses are located on over four acres of private property with gardens and incredible harbor and ocean views from the highest point in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Enjoy the convenience of walking to restaurants, shops and galleries in our waterfront coastal village. Indulge in peaceful, comfortable rooms with modern amenities, and savor a delicious locally sourced full breakfast to start each daily adventure. Take a quick walk down hill into the center of town to enjoy a boat tour, art galleries and shops, and a great seaside meal. Or head out by car to the nearby botanical gardens, hiking trails, lighthouses, golf course, and scenic country and ocean view drives. Let us help you plan a perfectly classic coastal vacation. Three vacation homes are wonderful options for families groups and guests traveling with dogs. Full concierge services are available to help you plan your next coastal Maine vacation.
The perfect getaway in Portland, Maine, The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast provides thoughtful touches that invite a sense of pampering and romance in unsurpassed comfort and elegance. With endless events and activities offered in the Greater Portland area, you can keep active or spend time relaxing in the comfort of this classically appointed home-away-from-home. Do as little or as much as you’d like. The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast staff take great pride in providing tastefully appointed guest rooms—each with a private bathroom—beautifully landscaped grounds, and a five-star gourmet breakfast each and every morning. We can’t wait to have you experience it for yourself!
Welcome to The Inn at English Meadows, a delightfully charming, modern bed and breakfast located in Kennebunk, Maine, just minutes from Kennebunkport. Our historic New England bed and breakfast offers comfortable, luxurious accommodations, making it the perfect choice for a weekend retreat, romantic getaway, or a rejuvenating seacoast vacation. English Meadows is graciously maintained with beautif ul gardens and a lovely brick patio for guests’ enjoyment. The luxury guestrooms and suites are finely appointed with ultimate care featuring Vera Wang hypoallergenic mattresses and FRETTE fine linens. Guests will also enjoy a wide variety of amenities including free wifi, plush robes and slippers, flat screen TVs and even vehicle charging stations . Each morning, indulge in a 3-course gourmet breakfast featuring a seasonal menu that keeps guests coming back throughout the year. The Inn at English Meadows’ superb location in Kennebunk’s lower village offers guests an array of seaside activities and attractions for year-round entertainment. Guests will enjoy a variety of maritime activities such as lighthouse tours, sailing, kayaking, windjammer cruising. Just a few minutes from several beautiful sandy beaches and the many boutique shops and restaurants of Dock Square, Kennebunkport, there are countless ways to enjoy the Kennebunks.
The Dockside is a special place on the Maine seacoast. It captures the essence of Maine with natural beauty, gracious hospitality and abundant array of sights, recreation and activities. This unique location on a private peninsula provides an unsurpassed panoramic view of York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Spacious grounds offer privacy, relaxation and classic Maine scenery. Accommodations are in the Maine House, a quintessential "New England Cottage" and modern multi-unit buildings at the waters edge. All rooms in the Maine House enjoy large porches overlooking York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, complete with wicker rocking chairs so you can take in the harbor activity. The rooms in the multi-unit buildings have private decks with water views each looking directly out the harbor channel to the ocean. We offer a delicious breakfast buffet each morning, which can be enjoyed on the front porch overlooking the water or during the winter by the cracking fire in the living room. The Dockside Restaurant serves dinner and lunch in a bi-level dining room that affords every seat a water view. Local seafood as well a wide variety of other favorites make the Dockside popular with locals and visitors alike. Many people will drive hundreds of extra miles searching for the experience that awaits them at the Dockside. The Dockside offers the quintessential Maine experience of a relaxing atmosphere filled with friendly people, fabulous seafood and beautiful scenery.
Newcastle Inn, located at the top of the Pemaquid Peninsula, has been welcoming guests for over 80 years. Located in the charming coastal village of Newcastle, just steps from Damariscotta, this historic inn is centrally located and an ideal "launching pad" for exploring this special part of MidCoast Maine. Whether you are looking for a "taste of the river" by eating delicious Damariscotta River Oysters, antiquing, visiting the many artist studios and galleries or taking in the breathtaking beauty of the area by walking/hiking at one of the many land preserves, this area has it all! The inn has 14 guest rooms, all named for a Maine lighthouses, which are all individually decorated and each has a private bathroom. For the occasional warm day, all guest rooms have a window air conditioner or one that that been installed through the wall. In the morning a delicious, made-from-scratch breakfast is served from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. If you need to leave early to catch a ferry, or plane, we can prepare a "breakfast to go" bag for you. Our coffee is a special blend created for Newcastle Inn and you won't find it anywhere else! During the warmer months, we also serve breakfast outside on the deck, overlooking the Damariscotta River. One of the things that sets Newcastle Inn apart is the abundance of welcoming common spaces on the first floor. Choose between a screened porch, cozy sitting room, the pub (beer and wine for sale), outside deck or the living room with a beautiful stenciled floor. Outside you will find beautiful gardens and chairs to sit in and relax while taking in the view of the Damariscotta River. During the day you can explore Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Rockland and Bath, all just a short 20 - 40 minute drive from the inn. Perhaps you want to catch the ferry over to Monhegan Island? In the evening, after a busy day exploring, you return to Newcastle Inn where you will find peace and tranquility as you plan for your next day's adventures.
This restored 1869 grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast located in Portland Maine's prestigious, historic Western Promenade neighborhood is the epitome of comfortable elegance. Situated on a quiet, tree-lined street in a neighborhood of Victorian architecture, The Inn on Carleton is close to the center of downtown Portland. It's a short walk to the Portland Museum of Art, Maine Medical Center, the Performing Arts Center, historic Old Port, and the city's business district. “A standout B&B in a city full of B&Bs...Perfect choice for B&B lovers” Conde Nast Traveler - August 2019
Welcome to Blueberry Fields Bed and Breakfast nestled in Wahington, ME. Central to the property is a 10-acre blueberry field that is cultivated and well-kempt; The inn and cottage are on the edge of the blueberry field. There is also a large sugar-maple grove that we tap for maple sugaring in February and March.
Come experience the magic of Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park at The Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast, an elegant in-town inn on the shores of Frenchman Bay. Constructed in 1887 by Boston architect Arthur Rotch, the Saltair has been carefully renovated to accommodate guests while preserving the original architecture and period elements of its Victorian heritage. An expansive back lawn slopes gently from the rear of the house to the water’s edge. Low tide reveals a sand bar connecting the Saltair property to Bar Island, from which Bar Harbor takes its name. Enjoy panoramic ocean views from the privacy of your own intimate suite. Each accommodation offers thoughtful appointments and amenities appreciated by modern travelers without compromising the historic legacy of the home. Rooms have elegant private baths en suite. Standard amenities include luxury bed linens, gas fireplaces (two in each suite), cable TV, CD and DVD players, free parking and wireless internet access. Whether your Bar Harbor escape includes a little romance, peaceful relaxation, or an outdoor adventure, the Saltair Inn offers the perfect setting. Fabulous views, delicious breakfasts, and luxury suites await your arrival.
Hotel critic and travel writer Dale Northrup and innkeeper Misael Valdes Garcia have converted this 1830 Federal-style brick row house into an urban inn in the heart of Portland’s West End Historic District. The Percy has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, named Best Bed & Breakfast in New England by Yankee Magazine, and seen in Vogue, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Budget Travel, NY Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and more. Guests reside steps from cultural venues, historic sites, coffee houses, and a dozen restaurants around Longfellow Square. Guests select from traditional guest rooms with private bath, junior suites with a fireplace, or a suite with adjoining study ideal for business work or to place an extra bed. All rooms feature private baths, climate control, refrigerators stocked with complimentary soft drinks, flat screen cable TV, and rates include breakfast and parking. Two rooms are situated on the ground floor for those minimizing steps. Buffet breakfast is served in the second floor breakfast room 8-10am. The inn's bricked courtyard and side garden is open for reading, leisure, or wine time or you may choose the rear deck for conversation and sun.
Welcome to Brewster House Bed & Breakfast. Our Freeport, Maine bed and breakfast inn is the perfect spot for a trip to LL Bean, Freeport outlet shopping, your base from which to explore the Maine coast, or for a romantic getaway! At Brewster House, we’re about comfort in an atmosphere of simple elegance. Our beds and ironed linens will seduce you, and our fresh ground coffee and three-course gourmet breakfast will start your day with a happy, relaxed smile. Our inn was built in the late 19th century blossoming of Freeport, and the amazing quality of the built-in details and materials of this 5,000 square foot home reflects the wealth created in Maine in this period. Our 9’ ceilings, large private baths, Matouk linens, large fireplaced rooms, bay windows, cypress floors, mahogany mantelpiece, and Italian marble tiled hearth are yours to luxuriate in! We have parking for 11 cars, a porch to rock on with your glass of wine or Iced Tea, surrounded by beautiful landscaping and a large backyard garden for your function, or nap in one of our colorful Adirondack chairs. A Freeport, Maine Bed and Breakfast Convenient to All the Area Offers Freeport Village, LL Bean, restaurants and outlets are within a short three block walk, yet we are on the quiet side of the highway access. We are only a quarter of a mile from the Maine coast, and on the turn east of the Maine coast, with the glacially carved rocky, spruce covered peninsulas, beaches, rivers, islands, harbors, lighthouses, and lobster shacks that are so emblematic of “the real Maine.” Portland (and the airport) is only 15 minutes south. The Mahoosic and White Mountains are a scant 90 minutes west of Brewster House. We are minutes from Bowdoin and Bates Colleges, and less than an hour from Colby College. Maine has the longest contiguous coastline of any of the continental United States, so be sure to take advantage of letting us help you plan your itinerary, based on your interests. Choose Brewster House for the Finest Freeport, Maine Bed and Breakfast Experience Whether you’re planning that special trip to explore Maine, or simply in need of a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle for some rest and relaxation, come and let us indulge you at Brewster House! Save the hassle of the drive, and jump on the Amtrak Downeaster at North Station in Boston! Call us when you arrive, and we’ll pick you up at the Freeport Station!
Conveniently located in North Berwick, Maine, just 10 minutes from I-95 and 15 minutes from miles of white sandy beaches, we invite you to relax at The Lady Mary Inn in North Berwick, ME. Enjoy private king or queen size guest rooms, full gourmet breakfasts, and a number of special packages to choose from, including romantic getaway, golf packages, and theater packages.
The Dragonfly Guest House has five guest rooms and one large guest suite. The guest rooms are uncluttered, light filled, and equipped with thoughtful amenities. We offer one dog-friendly room, with private entrance, for those traveling with their four-legged companion. Each guest room has its own private bath with shower, a queen or king bed, individually-controlled air conditioning, high definition flat panel TV and mini fridge. Plush bathrobes, Turkish Towels™, hairdryers, soap and shampoo are among the amenities provided in each room. Each room is tastefully furnished and no two rooms are alike. Free wireless internet is available throughout the house. Beach chairs & beach towels are available for your use. Our guests can enjoy breakfast served daily between 8AM - 10AM. Breakfast changes daily with one hot entree, homemade bread or muffins, fresh fruit, yogurt, bagel assortment, locally sourced jams, juices, cereals and our very own homemade gluten-free granola. An assortment of coffee & teas are available throughout the day. To make your day complete, fresh baked cookies are served each afternoon.
The iconic Guilford Bed and Breakfast was built in the early 1900's in the post-Victorian, Queen Anne style and its design is sure to please architectural aficionados. It has been operating as a Bed and Breakfast and welcoming guests from around the world for over the past thirty years. Step inside and experience the classic elegance of a bygone era. This historic mansion offers personalized service, gourmet breakfasts, and modern conveniences for today's discriminating guests.
Greenville Inn at Moosehead Lake is an award winning Bed & Breakfast overlooking Moosehead Lake offering luxury suites, rooms & cottages each with distinct elegant decor. Our premier accommodations are perfect for weekend getaways, family vacations or romantic retreats. Enjoy "breakfast with a view" of spectacular mountain vistas from the inn's large windows and two elegant, intimate dining rooms. A leisurely one block stroll from the front door of the inn will have you at the shore of Moosehead Lake and the shopping area of Greenville, Maine.
Near Bangor Maine, our Historic Register inn is just 20 min off I-95 in the town of Dexter. We have 9 guest rooms all with excellent beds for a peaceful night’s sleep, private bathrooms with shower or tub/shower, all season fireplaces, flat panel TV’s, fast free Wi-Fi, independent in room heating / AC and I-Phone docking stations. The honeymoon suite even has a big whirlpool to unwind in, One guest room can accomodate up to 5 people comfortably whilst others 4. Enjoy a wonderful full breakfast each morning, prepared freshly with main courses that change from savory to sweet every day. The Brewster Inn is the home of former Senator and Maine Governor Ralph Owen Brewster. He was portrayed in the Oscar winning moving “The Aviator” by Alan Alda that also starred Leonardo DiCaprio as the billionaire Howard Hughes. Presidents Taft and Truman and Louis Mayer the founder of MGM films have also stayed here in years gone by. Just a short 50 min ride to the unspoiled, scenic and beautiful Mt Katahdin and Moosehead Lake region, the Maine coast and State Parks for day trips. Your home away from home offers very comfortable lodging, a relaxing and stress free atmosphere, beautiful gardens, screen porch and patio where you’ll find a peace and tranquility. Your hosts Mark and Tina would love to hear from you. Tell them what you need to make your trip to the Brewster Inn special and they will create it just for you with excellent customer service skills and local expert knowledge
The Blair Hill Inn is a picturesque bed & breakfast that you just have to see for yourself. We are located in beautiful Greenville, Maine, providing guests with luxurious rooms, exquisite on-site dining, and warm service. The inn's location offers gorgeous lake and mountain views with exciting local activities including water sports, Moose Safaris
Located in the Androscoggin River Valley and sitting on a hill overlooking the Androscoggin River is the Mt. Washington Bed and Breakfast. This 1800's farmhouses built by the Philbrook family is located at the entrance to the Mt. Washington Valley. Views abound, so relax in one of the rocking chairs on our porch and watch the sunset behind Mt. Washington, Mt. Madison & Mt. Adams. Our seven guestrooms are blended with a balance of antique and modern decor. Each room is uniquely named after various birds in the area and have wonderful views and private baths - two have whirlpool tubs! Included is a hearty hot breakfast each morning to delight your taste buds. Every morning Mary Ann prepares something different - what will breakfast be today? Lemon Raspberry Pancakes, Cinnamon Stuffed French Toast, or Baked Eggs Italiano? Looking for something on the lighter side? A variety of hot & cold cereals are available - including Mary Ann's homemade granola. Mary Ann's breakfast will fuel you for your day. For daily activities you can choose to hike, bike, fish, swim, downhill ski, cross-country ski, snowshoe, go for a dogsled ride, ski Tuckerman's Ravine, hike Mt. Washington, visit Storyland/Six Gun City/Santa's Village, go shopping, antiquing, or just curl up on the sofa in the "Knowing Room" to read a book or sit on the porch and gaze at the Presidential's and bird watch. Afternoon home baked goodies await your return in the afternoon - from Auntie May's Oatmeal Spice Cookies to Triple Threat Brownies! Come be pampered at the Mt. Washington Bed & Breakfast! Let us be your White Mountains destination!
The Inn offers 10 individually decorated guestrooms. Lodging includes a homemade gourmet breakfast with items prepared to suit dietary restrictions including gluten-free (a slight additional charge per person per day applies for vegan). We are nationally recognized for our quality of innkeeping and provide the best in service, hospitality, and attention to detail. Guests can unwind with our complimentary afternoon tea and beverage service with Paula’s home baked treats. Relax in front of the inn’s wood-burning fireplaces, on our front porch, or in one of our Adirondack chairs. Take a dip in our seasonal heated outdoor pool or soak in our seasonal open air hot tub. The Buttonwood Inn is convenient to many fine restaurants. We’ll help you with your selection and reservations if desired. If you enjoy nature and the peaceful atmosphere of the mountains and forest, The Buttonwood Inn on Mount Surprise offers that and more, while being close to everything. We are situated on more than five secluded acres of field and forests, two miles from the village of North Conway. Our hiking trails on Bartlett Mountain are accessed out our back door where you can follow the myriad of intersecting trails for hours. Within five minutes, the peacefulness of the mountain trail will envelope you.
Get away from it all, relax & rejuvenate at our comfortable granite manor house, completed in 1862, located on a 100 acre estate within the White Mountain National Forest. Settle into one of 8 spacious guest rooms, 5 suites or two cottages, each individually appointed & all with woodburning fireplaces. Notchland’s wonderful 4-course dinner & full country breakfast are served in a fireplaced dining room overlooking the pond & gardens. Member of Select Registry Inns for 24 years. Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Visit with Bear & Mia, our Bernese Mountain Dog and little --- energetic pup! Enjoy tax-free, outlet shopping. 4-season activities abound: Hike, bike, paddle, swim or ski, snowboard, snowmobile & skate. Experience our incomparable foliage season. Take the nationally designated scenic drive across the Kankamagus Highway through Franconia and Crawford Notches. The Notchland Inn ... secluded yet near to all the Mt. Washington Valley has to offer. ... a magical location.
Enjoy the finer things during a getaway to the historic Rabbit Hill Inn. This luxury bed & breakfast country inn is a perfect Vermont destination for romantic getaways, intimate vacations, celebrations and much more. Rabbit Hill sits on 15 acres of lush countryside in the tiny hamlet of Waterford, Vermont. Stroll through the lush gardens and pass the spring-fed pond for a peaceful afternoon. Relax in the gazebo and listen to the tranquility of our waterfall. But there is also so much to do and see here in the Northeast Kingdom and North Country New Hampshire. In addition to local culture, Visit Franconia State Park, go antiquing, or spend time in nearby Littleton, NH. Or get your juices flowing with zip-lining, ATV or snowmobile riding, mountain biking, tram rides, hiking, snowshoeing, and so much more! The Rabbit Hill Inn’s 19 elegantly appointed rooms are decorated with plush bedding and varied decor. From country to contemporary, rustic to ritzy, there’s a look and feel for everyone. Each enchanting room offers a variety of luxury amenities including spa tubs and sitting areas with fire places. The day starts with exquisite breakfasts each morning served by candlelight. In the afternoon, complimentary delicate pastries are served; and dinner… oh let’s not forget dinner for two in a most relaxing and romantic atmosphere. This is sopshisticated dining in a most unpretentious environment and has been called some of the best dining in New England. It certainly must be part of your visit to Rabbit Hill Inn.
Le Manoir d’Auteuil invites guests to enjoy the glamour and elegance of our French art deco boutique hotel. We offer visitors the charm of our historic building, the personal attention of our devoted multi-lingual staff and the special touches found in luxury hotels in Quebec City. Our location inside the old city walls, across from the Parliament building and near the Quebec City Conference Center, the Chateau Frontenac and the Hilton Hotel are ideal for tourists, business visitors and travelers seeking romantic getaways in Quebec.
Coppertoppe in Hebron, NH on Newfound Lake has one of the most romantic suites in New Hampshire. All our rooms are large, with high ceilings, mahogany floors, and king beds. Big and tall people will find comfort as well as little people (we have two sets of railings on the stairs). All rooms feature stunning lake and mountain views, private bathrooms and full amenities. Breakfast, snacks and beverages are included. Children and pets are welcome and pampered. Contact Sheila or whole-house or group reservations, elopements/weddings, or additional services. Visit our website for promotions and packages or call to invent your own.
Newfound Lake's best kept secret, Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast is an adult-friendly bed and breakfast that provides a comfortable, cozy atmosphere for guests looking for a touch of home with spectacular mountain views in Bristol, NH. Located on a state, designated scenic road in the heart of New Hampshire's lakes region, Pleasant View Bed and Breakfast is an historical farmhouse, built circa 1800, that offers six beautiful guest rooms in the main house, all with private baths, some with private terraces. Sitting on the wrap around farmer’s porch with your favorite beverage, taking a dip in the pool, relaxing in the hot tub, or picking blackberries are just a few of guests’ favorite pastimes at the bed and breakfast.
Guests from around the world have been welcomed to the first bed & breakfast in Portsmouth, New Hampshire since 1978. The Martin Hill Inn is a traditional New England inn conveniently located just 10 minutes' walk from Market Square in the heart of downtown. We offer 6 rooms & suites, all with private baths - 2 in the Greek Revival Main House, and 4 in the Gable-entry New Englander Guest House. A delicious country breakfast made from fresh local ingredients is served each morning.
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Portland, Maine is a common starting point for many first-time Maine visitors. While exploring the port city, stop by the Portland Head Lighthouse for breathtaking waterfront views. Stroll along the Western Promenade and visit the West End neighborhood to admire its Victorian architecture. Drive farther up the coast towards Acadia National Park and don’t leave without watching the sunrise at Cadillac Mountain. There are several cozy accommodations in Bar Harbor, and the coastal village puts you near rugged peaks like Cadillac Mountain. The beach and mountains are never far away, and nature lovers will find lots of outdoor recreation to stay busy. Whether you’re searching for relaxation or adventure, bed and breakfasts in Maine create a magical New England getaway.
Maine is all about seafood, and the coastal towns throughout the state offer succulent dishes that’ll satisfy your cravings. Lobster rolls are the most iconic delicacy in the region, and you shouldn’t end your vacation without trying a few different varieties. The majority of America’s lobsters come from Maine, and chefs across the state have added special touches to their lobster roll recipes for decades.
Sticking with Maine’s seafood prowess, chowder is another soothing dish that has nourished residents for generations. While cod was once the fish of choice, haddock and other types of seafood are added to the dish nowadays. Other delicious seafood choices available when you visit Maine include clams, scallops, oysters, crabs, mussels, and more.
If you’re looking for something sweet, blueberry pie and whoopie pies are two of the tastiest dishes to end your meal. When you visit Downeast Maine, stop by Helen’s Restaurant for a homemade recipe that’ll send your taste buds in a frenzy.
Maine gained statehood in 1820 and quickly industrialized to become one of the world’s leading lumber producers. Coastal towns such as Portland and Bangor transformed into strategic ports, and this fueled the Maine economy for decades. The extensive Maine coast led to a bustling shipbuilding industry, and many towns supported textile mills. Due to its booming industries, residents of Mane played a vital role in the westward expansion of the 19th century.
The state’s natural beauty attracted wealthy residents from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia that wanted a relaxed vacation setting. By the mid-19th century, beautiful cottages sprung up along the coast and hosted lots of East Coast vacationers. Eventually, the shipbuilding and textile industries declined as tourism began to power the economy.
With its rocky coastline and rugged mountains, Maine offers tons of outdoor recreation for visitors. The Southern Maine Coast is a fantastic place to start, especially if you’re looking for family fun by the ocean. Funtown Splashtown USA offers an exciting combination of amusement rides, water slides, and arcade games for all ages. Located in the beautiful Old Orchard Beach, the seasonal Palace Playground entertains you with rides and games along the waterfront. A little farther up the coast, Boothbay is a coastal paradise that invites families and couples with its unmatched charm.
Kennebunkport is one of Southern Maine’s most beautiful coastal towns and enchants tourists with its sandy beaches, gorgeous lighthouses, and summer cottages. Stroll along Colony Beach to watch boats docked in the harbor or cast your line to catch local fish. The nearby Goose Rocks Beach enchants beachgoers with its soft sands, seaside inns, and picturesque views of Timber Island.
Acadia National Park continues to be the state’s star attraction and among the most visited natural wonders on the East Coast. The dense woodlands, rocky beaches, and diverse wildlife on Mount Desert Island have intrigued nature lovers for decades. Hike to the summit of Cadillac Mountain for sweeping views of the island or take a refreshing dip in the waters around Sand Beach. Bar Harbor serves as the gateway to Acadia National Park, and you’ll find lots of charming bed and breakfasts for your Maine vacation. The entire DownEast region captures Maine’s rich maritime history, and it’s the perfect location to discover the raw beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. Wander around historic port towns, watch the ocean tides, and tackle hundreds of miles of hiking trails.
Maine presents some of the most dramatic scenery along the Atlantic coast, but its interior also astonishes visitors with its natural beauty. You’ll find everything from rugged mountaintops and lush woodlands to sandy beaches and mesmerizing tide pools. From the coast to the mountains, few places east of the Mississippi River offer the immense diversity of landscapes like Maine.
One of America’s most visited national parks, Acadia National Park is undoubtedly the place that best showcases the state’s wild terrain. Cadillac Mountain is the highest peak on the Atlantic Coast and an exciting place to watch the sunrise. Driving around the 27-mile Park Loop Road takes you to other beautiful sights such as Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff. Although its waters are frigid year-round, Sand Beach attracts many visitors for its wide, sandy shores and granite mountains.
Acadia National Park brings over 3.5 million yearly visitors to Maine, but it’s hardly the only natural wonder within the state. Located in north-central Maine, Baxter State Park highlights the ruggedness of the state’s inland region. Hiking trails lead to crystal-clear lakes as you gaze upwards at jagged peaks. Mount Katahdin is the centerpiece of the park and the northern terminus for the famous Appalachian Trail. Engulfed by granite mountaintops, Chimney Pond captures Maine’s raw beauty, unlike any other location.
Heading back towards the Maine coast, Two Lights State Park mimics the scenic MidCoast despite being only a few miles from Portland. The 41-acre park offers uninterrupted views of Casco Bay, and you can visit two of Maine’s historic lighthouses.
There are dozens of quaint towns to visit along Maine’s rugged coastline, but most tourists start their getaway in Portland. The largest city in Maine, Portland offers a wide range of activities for an unforgettable introduction to the state. Portland has a rich shipping history, and the Old Port neighborhood transports you to the 19th century with its beautiful architecture and cobblestone streets. Satisfy your cravings at delicious seafood restaurants or cast away on boating trips to the nearby Casco Bay Islands. To soak up more of Southern Maine’s coastal beauty, head to the stunning resort town of Ogunquit. Marginal Way provides enchanting views of the rocky coastline, while Ogunquit Beach attracts swimmers and sunbathers.
Rockland lies farther up the rocky coastline and features several museums to connect with the cultural side of Maine. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Coastal Children’s Museum, and Maine Lighthouse Museum are among the top places to visit in town. Don’t leave Rockland without lounging around the harbor to watch boats and marine life. Venture inland towards Bangor to see more of Maine’s historic gems and cultural attractions. Take a snapshot of the famous Stephen King House or admire innovative vehicles at the Cole Land Transportation Museum. Wander around the Broadway Historic District to check out 19th-century homes owned by powerful lumber barons of the time.
Bangor is a convenient launching pad to Mount Desert Island and the charming communities around Acadia National Park. Ringed by forested mountains, Bar Harbor gives you access to endless outdoor recreation and world-class bed & breakfasts. Southwest Harbor provides more solitude on the other side of Mount Desert Island and offers boat trips to the nearby Cranberry Islands. You’ll find several shops, restaurants, and friendly innkeepers for a delightful Acadia National Park vacation.
Maine is defined by four distinct seasons, with slight variations between its rocky coast and inland mountains. Summer temperatures generally reach the 70s and 80s along the Atlantic coast but may hit the 90s in the interior regions. The balmy weather makes the long summer days ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, cycling, horseback riding, and camping. July is the warmest month of the year, but nights are generally cool this time of year.
Winter temperatures are usually as average temperatures can drop below 25°F along the coast and below 15°F within inland areas. The state’s interior regions receive more snowfall, but the coast sees an occasional Northeaster storm that pummels communities with nearly a foot of snow. January is the snowiest month on average, and the late winter months occasionally produce increased precipitation.
With major airports in Portland and Bangor, you’ll have zero difficulties flying into Maine. However, public transportation across the state is limited, and we recommend renting a car during your vacation. While you’ll find some train and bus routes within the state, it will be difficult to reach your desired destinations without a car. Whether you arrive by plane, bus, or train, there are plenty of car rental options.
Once you reach the bed and breakfast, don’t be surprised to keep your car parked the entire time unless you drive outside of town. Most attractions are within walking distance, and you’ll likely be staying just a few minutes from the town’s main street.
By staying at a Maine bed & breakfast, you’ll be treated to a Victorian getaway with some of the friendliest innkeepers anywhere in America. Many of the state’s award-winning country inns offer oceanfront views and put you within walking distance of incredible attractions. Maine features numerous seaport towns that each boast a rustic charm that enhances your vacation experience. Relax inside historic inns and enjoy harbor views outside your window before strolling to shops, restaurants, and art galleries.
The historic 19th-century homes create the ideal accommodations for romantic getaways or family vacations. Whether eloping or planning an extravagant celebration, some bed & breakfasts can help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Invite the whole family or have your innkeepers arrange a private event with your lover. If you have a furry friend in the family, you can find pet-friendly bed & breakfasts to bring your pooch.
Although many of the award-winning Maine bed and breakfasts are inside historic homes and cottages, they’ve been modernized with the latest amenities for your comfort. In today’s digital society, internet access is crucial to stay in touch with family or even complete work. You won’t have any difficulty finding free WIFI by residing in one of Maine’s timeless accommodations. You’ll have unmatched privacy in your bedroom, and upgraded private bathrooms usually come with a hot tub or jacuzzi. Rooms are spacious, come with exquisite décor, and sometimes offer ocean views from your window. Don’t be surprised to find a gas fireplace to keep your room toasty if you visit during cooler months.
Common areas inside the Victorian mansions and scenic cottages give you the chance to socialize with other visitors. Enjoy breakfast in cozy dining rooms or take your meal outside to smell the fresh air beside the coast. For balmy summer days, you’ll have the luxury of air conditioning inside your room. Many rooms and suites also have private decks that give you sweeping oceanfront views. Once you’re settled in your room, wander around the property to find on-site gardens, lounge areas, or beach equipment for guests. There are often on-site bars to grab a drink, concierge service, and there's often free parking for guests with a vehicle.
Many of the best bed and breakfasts in Maine are located in popular summer resort towns. From 19th century Victorian homes to seaside cottages, you’ll have cozy accommodations along the beautiful Maine coast. Maine has been a popular New England getaway for decades, and you get the chance to stay inside guest rooms once frequented by wealthy politicians and industrialists.
Camden has always attracted vacationers, and the Hawthorn Inn offers one of the town’s highest-rated bed and breakfasts. Just a short walk from downtown Camden, the inn offers guests spacious guest rooms, whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces, private decks, and harbor views. A quintessential New England town, Camden has fantastic eateries, antique shops, and stunning nature around you.
Named the top hotel in Maine, the Topside Inn gives couples the romantic experience of residing inside a sea captain’s home. The summer guesthouses of this Boothbay Harbor estate are on private property and overlook the waterfront. If you’re looking for accommodations near Acadia National Park, the Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B places you in the heart of the Bar Harbor community. The 19th century home retains its beautiful architecture but retains modern amenities while you explore the park.
The Berry Manor Inn has earned its status among America’s most romantic bed and breakfasts, and this Rockland guesthouse stands out for its homemade pies. In addition to its genuine hospitality, the inn’s MidCoast location gives you easy access to Maine’s coastal beauty, cultural attractions, and scenic lighthouses.