Hotels in Maine
Think New England lodging, and it’s easy to imagine a lot of charming B&Bs and inns. And while you’ll find those among the best Maine hotels, there are also bigger, and luxurious places to stay, as well as an assortment of mainstream brand names. In Kennebunkport, along the coast, is where you’ll find the plushest accommodations. Check out a few of the best hotels in Maine.
At Captain Lord Mansion—a pale yellow 1812 folly with Federal-era antiques and stately fireplaces—you can sip iced tea in the shade of the chestnut trees. Chebeague Island Inn is a Maine hotel offers a blend of city and coastal charms: The 1920s Greek Revival inn sits on Chebeague Island in Casco Bay, a 25-minute water taxi ride from Portland. Great for leaf-peeping in the fall. The Stage Neck Inn is set on a rocky bluff between York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. The 58-room Maine hotel is a New England classic: shake roofs, white-trimmed windows, and British colonial furniture alongside the beachfront gardens (and, on a more contemporary side, two pools). Stays include a full breakfast, as well as hot cider and cookies served in the fireside lobby.
Just 15 minutes south of Portland on Prout’s Neck—the coastal tramping grounds of renowned Maine artist Winslow Homer—this 1878 inn with perfectly weathered cedar-shake shingles is one of the few Maine turn-of-the-century summer resorts still in operation.
Connected by a private boardwalk to sandy, three-mile-long Crescent Beach, this five-acre resort reopened in June 2008 after a multimillion-dollar eco-renovation.
Based in downtown Damariscotta, this vacation home rental company specializes in Cape-style houses and waterfront cottages. The firm has a portfolio of approximately 140 properties scattered throughout the Midcoast, mostly on lakes or the Atlantic shoreline.
The 19th-century proeprty has a wraparound porch, and 11 of the 24 rooms have views of Somes Sound (considered the United States' only fjord). If booked, try one of the cottages.
After breezing through Maine on a leaf-peeping tour in 2003 , Dutch duo (and hospitality-industry veterans) Oscar Verest and Raymond Brunyanszki returned in 2007 to open what is arguably Maine’s first truly design-focused inn, on a hill overlooking Camden’s sail-dotted town harbor.
At the 20-room Captain Lord Mansion, a pale yellow 1812 folly with Federal-era antiques and stately fireplaces, sip iced tea in the shade of the chestnut trees.
This single-level, yellow and green inn operates from May through the first week of December on the eastern shore of the scenic Kennebunk River, a half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean in southeast Maine.
Real estate veteran Sigrid Sproul and her team of agents specialize in selling waterfront homes and renting seasonal properties along the mid-coast of Maine.
Though the main hotel building and restaurant have closed, this oceanside inn still offers a cluster of no-frills cabins for rent.
While many of Bath’s historic homes and former sea captains’ residences (identifiable by their cupola-esque widow’s walks) are now B&Bs, this one stands out like a tall-masted ship among dinghies for its comfort, hospitality, and easy elegance.
In Kennebunk, Maine, the 10-room Inn at English Meadows is that perfect mix of luxe amenities (Frette linens; Vera Wang mattresses; Malin + Goetz toiletries) and cozy New England touches, such as gas fireplaces.
Set on the edge of the cobbled Old Port neighborhood, this opened-in-2003 hotel offers upscale (if somewhat corporate) accommodations just steps from some of the city’s best bars, restaurants, and shopping.
Since 1995, Medomak has been providing wholesome summer activities the whole family can enjoy.
The majestic white hotel on Kennebunkport beach has a sister property on South Florida’s Gold Coast, at Delray Beach to be exact, that operates year round. The northernmost Colony overlooks the Atlantic from its scenic promontory location and is open from mid-May through late October.
Bargain-hunters, outdoorsy types, and persnickety hotel-goers all like this comfortable inn within short walking distance of bustling Freeport, a.k.a. outlet central (170+ shops) and home to L. L. Bean, which has been outfitting fly-fisherman, campers, and preppies since 1912.