Brunswick Inn, Brunswick
Few places will make you feel as welcome as this historic Brunswick home. In winter, locals and guests alike gather here to enjoy conversation and a glass of wine in front of a warm fireplace after an afternoon of ice skating in the town square. Located right on the village green, the inn is only a short walk from the Downeaster Train Station and Bowdoin College.
The Danforth Inn, Portland
This boutique inn near Portland’s Arts District brings a modern sensibility to high society luxury. From homemade breakfast granola and mid-day mugs of hot cider to the acclaimed Southeast Asian cuisine at its Tempo Dulu restaurant, The Danforth is a foodie’s dream getaway. The promise of gourmet delights may be the only reason to leave guestrooms complete with crisp linens, plush beds and cozy fireplaces.
Inn of Acadia, Madawaska
Although it’s as far north as you can get in Maine, there’s nothing rustic about this Aroostock County retreat known for its minimalist decor and maximum luxury. Enjoy St. John Valley’s rich Acadian heritage and miles of cross country ski trails in style, then sit down to a hearty meal in the Voyageur Lounge.
Greenville Inn, Greenville
Winter in Greenville means dog sled races, ice fishing festivals and miles of winter trails. The views alone are worth a stay at this cozy bed and breakfast overlooking Moosehead Lake. The rooms here are filled with period antiques, as well as modern touches that make it easy to relax after a day enjoying the outdoors.
The Maples Inn, Bar Harbor
Built circa 1903, the Maples Inn has been hosting visitors to Mount Desert Island since the Gilded Age. The owners here serve up warm hospitality along with local Maine fare like lobster eggs Benedict and stuffed blueberry French toast—fuel for exploring Acadia National Park’s winter wonderland. Much of Bar Harbor shuts down for the winter, but the locals will welcome you at their favorite off-season haunts.
Among the Lakes Bed and Breakfast, Belgrade Lakes
What could be more peaceful than watching the snow fall quietly across the countryside? Just a few miles from Colby College, this bed and breakfast is filled with cozy rooms and hearty Lakes County cuisine. Just outside its back door are Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails, a short walk to ice fishing on Great Pond and 250 secluded acres perfect building a snowman or three.
Rangeley Inn, Rangeley
This grand hotel has been welcoming visitors to explore Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region for over a century. Recently renovated, it retains its historic atmosphere. Especially in the tavern, which serves up sophisticated takes on traditional fare. As for activities, nearby Haley Pond is abuzz with ice skating and pond hockey; the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center offers several miles of Nordic ski trails; and both Saddleback and Sugarloaf are a short drive away.
White Barn Inn, Kennebunk
Sometimes the best winter getaway is one where you stay inside and get pampered. That’s certainly the case at this upscale retreat near Kennebunkport. Sumptuous rooms, an indulgent spa and the lauded menu at The White Barn Inn Restaurant makes this the place to go for a romantic weekend escape.