Portland, Maine is known for many things: lobster rolls, sunset sails, lighthouses. Splashy hotel openings? Not so much—that is, until now.

By Brooke Porter Katz
April 22, 2015
Credit: Courtesy of The Danforth Inn

The Press Hotel, a revamp of the historic Portland Press Herald building, debuts this month in the Old Port neighborhood. The property pays homage to its printing-press past, with an installation of antique typewriters in the on-site art gallery, vintage-styled journalist desks in the guestrooms, and author quotes incorporated everywhere from the lobby bar to the in-room safes.

Nearby, in the historic West End, the team behind the Camden Harbour Inn in Camden, Maine, is giving the Danforth Inn a much-needed refresh, to be completed by the end of June. (The hotel will remain open during renovations.) The 1823 brick building was a private home, a school, and a church before opening as a nine-room hotel in 1993. The lounge area will sport a new bar, complete with original fireplace and wooden shutters; a Southeast Asian restaurant will come on line in May.

An easy 30-minute ferry ride from the mainland, Great Diamond Island in Portland’s Casco Bay is welcoming a brand-new luxury retreat, with the first guests arriving on June 25. The Inn at Diamond Cove will have 44 rooms and suites, and is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding nature trails and pebble-covered beaches. There are two places to eat at the nearby marina—Diamond's Edge Restaurant and the General Store—which means you won’t have to go far for your lobster roll.

Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

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