When you stay at a Maine inn or bed and breakfast, imagine you’re a local. It won’t be hard to do, because you’ll feel right at home wherever you are. Whether you’re staying at a bed and breakfast in Portland or in Bar Harbor, you’ll be seeing some neighbors. So go ahead and smile. Feel free to wave. We do that here. Ask your innkeeper where the locals go for a lobster roll. On your way, take a refreshing walk around the neighborhood. It’s what locals do.
Inns and bed and breakfasts offer you a chance for a close-to-the ground vacation, cozied up and comfortable. Lodgings come in all varieties in Maine, from simple houses to the former mansions of sea captains. Depending on where you stay, you’ll be showered with personal touches, from fancy bedding to home-cooked meals. Folks often ask: What’s the best bed and breakfast in Maine? Or, what are some of the best inns in Maine? Of course, we think it’s a multi-way tie for best. Here’s a sampler list to get you started.
Boutique Bed and Breakfasts
By the Shore
The Grey Havens Inn offers vacationers a quintessential Maine experience, with magnificent ocean views seen from an expansive covered porch. Built in 1904 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the inn’s unique architecture is a landmark for fishermen and lobstermen navigating the Maine coastal waters. The inn’s restaurant, BLUE, offers fine dining and cocktails to locals and tourists, and breakfast for inn guests. Reid State Park is only 1.5 miles down the road for a fantastic Maine beach experience.
Norumbega Inn is in the High Street Historic District of Camden. The inn was built in 1886 by Joseph Stearns based on castles he saw as he traveled throughout Europe. For almost 100 years, the “Castle,” as it is commonly referred to, was privately owned, until 1984, when it was converted to a bed and breakfast. Norumbega Inn overlooks Penobscot Bay and offers 11 guest rooms, including two spacious suites.
Located in the heart of Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, the 1802 House Bed and Breakfast is a centerpiece of historic charm. Modern amenities go hand in hand with original colonial features. Whether you stay in one of the five guest rooms or the one-bedroom suite, you’ll get a taste of Maine as it was two centuries ago. And it’s all just a short stroll from the shops, restaurants and galleries of historic Dock Square.
By the Shore
Bar Harbor Inn & Spa comprises quintessentially shingled lodges offering laid-back comfort on Frenchman’s Bay, one of Maine’s most scenic coastal spots. Originally established in the late 1800s as a men’s social club, this waterfront oasis has rooms spread among three buildings on well-landscaped grounds. Rooms in the Oceanfront Lodge have private decks overlooking the ocean, and many of those in the main building have balconies overlooking the harbor.
There’s only one place with the uncomplicated charm of Swan Island, and only one motel to accommodate an unforgettable stay. Each of the four rooms at Harbor Watch Inn comes with two beds and a full bath, and two feature full kitchens. Centrally located in the Minturn section, it’s just minutes from the Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse, the Lobster and Marine Museum, and the island’s beautiful beaches.
On Hills and Mountains
Just 15 minutes south of Portland on Prouts Neck — the coastal home of renowned Maine artist Winslow Homer — this 1878 inn is one of the few Maine turn-of-the-century summer resorts still in operation. The inn’s captivating outdoor assets include an expansive veranda with inviting wicker rockers, a scenic 18-hole golf course and the nearby Cliff Walk.
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.