Camden Harbour Inn
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. Though it occupies a gracious, rambling 1874 building, the inn has enough mod shine to shake up the Top-Sider set; the public lounge spaces feel more South Beach bôite than historic New England. The 20 guest “chambers”—each named after famous ports of the Dutch East India Trading Company and accessed via old staircases—are an ebullient swirl of graphic Metal X wallpaper; Asian antiques; Deco accents; satin, silk, and velvet comforters; plus all the latest technology. The restaurant, Natalie’s, serves sophisticated brasserie fare—both inside and on the grand porch in summer—in turn-of-the-century Parisian style (note the bar made from 100-year-old convent doors from France).