Top U.S. Seaside Inns
Southwest Harbor, Maine
Great Value Down a winding road amid the pine trees on Mount Desert Island, the 19th-century Claremont Hotel (doubles from $205) looks like a country estate—it’s easy to picture the blue-blooded Rockefellers and Morgans (many of whom still have houses in the area) sipping gin on the wraparound porch and playing croquet on the lawn. The 24 rooms are traditional but polished, eschewing lacy bedspreads for crisp linens and bleached-wood furnishings. Best of all is the view of Acadia National Park from the wooden dock at the edge of Somes Sound, considered the United States’ only fjord. At night, there’s no better place to stargaze.
Don’t Miss: A fisherman’s lunch of chowder and fried clams at the no-frills Docksider (lunch for two $32), in Northeast Harbor.