As seen in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 500 World’s Best Hotels of 2015.
For some vacation destinations, accommodations hardly leave an impression. Quite the contrary in Maine. Here, history comes to life in intricate detail and design, and lodging becomes a destination of its own, making your stay memorable from start to finish.
Bar Harbor Inn & Spa is comprised of 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.
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.
Just 15 minutes south of Portland on Prouts Neck—the coastal tramping grounds of renowned Maine artist Winslow Homer—this 1878 inn with perfectly weathered cedar-shake shingles is one of the few Maine turn-of-the-century summer resorts still in operation. The inn’s outdoor assets are even more captivating—and include an enormous veranda with inviting wicker rockers, scenic 18-hole golf course, and the nearby Cliff Walk.
It’s no surprise that Maine’s top-rated Relais & Chateaux hotel is located in the poshest summer community of them all—Kennebunkport—and just two minutes from the Bush family compound on Walker’s Point. With its 26-room main house, three outlying riverfront cottages, and two 1820s barns, intimacy is evoked by the property’s elegant flower-lined walkways and secret gardens, hand-painted furniture, sleek marble baths, and sleigh beds perfect for curling up on a cool Maine night.
Chebeague Island Inn is a tasteful, pared-down vision of grand seaside living—massive fieldstone fireplaces, board games and overstuffed chairs in the great room lobby and a wide porch made for watching boats and sipping stiff cocktails at sunset. All 21 rooms are crisply tailored in ginghams and plaids and feature works by Maine artists. In keeping with the remote island flavor, there’s not a phone or television in sight.
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