Maine

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.

One of Maine’s larger ski resorts features eight interconnected mountains and 743 acres of trails. Sunday River’s Boundary-to-Boundary policy encourages additional off-trail exploration, as long as it falls within the property’s expansive perimeter.

It’s no surprise that Maine’s top-rated Relais & Châteaux hotel is located in the toniest summer community of them all—Kennebunkport—and just two minutes as the gull flies from the Bush family compound on Walker’s Point.

This longtime hunting and fishing lodge on Moosehead Lake resides on an 11,000-acre nature preserve. John Willard and his family have run the resort since the late ’60s, presiding over a handful of wooden cabins that range in size from one to four bedrooms, all with wood-burning stoves.

Built in 1793, this landmark inn on Northwest Harbor is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has since been restored, but original details like exposed wooden beams have been kept intact, and an old-school aesthetic still prevails.

The allure of this southern Maine hotel just north of Kennebunkport is the setting—and the food.

The eight-room, Queen Anne Victorian inn dates from 1904 and was purchased by Pamela Parker and Bryan Stevens back in 2010. The establishment opens in mid-May and overlooks Southwest Harbor on Maine’s Mount Desert Island.

This homey, eco-friendly bed and breakfast is set against the backdrop of nature: expansive open spaces, century-old maple trees, and numerous hiking trails. Housed in a late Victorian-era farmhouse, the inn's eight guestrooms are outfitted with antique furniture and accents.

Shingled lodge built in 1887 offering laid-back comfort on Frenchman's Bay, one of Maine's most scenic coastal spots.

Hidden on an island just south of picturesque Wiscasset, away from Vacationland's tourist crowds, this relaxed Maine inn is a world unto itself—and that's a good thing.

Overlooking Frenchman Bay, this pair of inns—one a Tudor mansion, the other a yellow country house with a wide wraparound porch—breathes new life into the traditional New England B&B with a whimsical collection of abstract sculpture dotting the grounds.

A restored seaside church, this nine-room inn on Wells Beach maintains a touch of the sublime. Chandeliers, stained-glass windows, and overstuffed furniture give the place the country-plush vibe of a classic B&B.

On one side: the perfect blue of Penobscot Bay, with its bobbing sailboats and island chains that streak across the horizon. On the other side: the sylvan swells of the Camden Hills.

Anchoring downtown Bar Harbor, West Street looks out over Frenchman Bay—in fact, the view from the rooftop pool might be the best waterfront vista in town.

One of Maine’s two entries in the Relais & Châteaux alliance of luxury hotels, Camden Harbour Inn has a hillside location with arresting views of the high-masted ships in Camden Harbor.