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The most northerly state in the continental US, Maine is one of its most exciting and rewarding playgrounds, with everything going for it in terms of rugged coastline, unspoiled wilderness interior and a lively culture ranging from millionaires’ playground enclaves like Kennebunkport to arty bohemian cities like Portland. And the best places to stay in Maine reflect this diversity too with options ranging from great value inns to unbridled luxury.

And of course nobody who ever mentions Maine ever fails to mention the lobster, and the clams, which are just part of an overflowing natural larder that that brings drooling foodies from all over the US.

There’s so much to see and do here in this land of wide open, sparsely populated spaces. Whether you’re up for a hearty adventure kayaking, cycling, hiking in the endless forests and mountains, exploring the picturesque waterways, or enjoying the beach life with a glass of locally-brewed beer in hand.

This is a state off the beaten tourist track that will surprise you at every turn. Our choice of the best places to stay in Maine contains a strong whiff of sea air making the most of the state’s great maritime tradition.

Best places to stay in Maine

For luxury lovers

  • Gatecrash the country club set at Blackpoint Inn, Portland - a charming coastal hotel on a promontory jutting into the sea. Savour the local seafood in the fine dining restaurant and generally wallow in New England charm
  • The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport is rustic and traditional but still super-smart; a charming inn on the Kennebunk River, famous for its lovely landscapes, and proximity to Maine's best beaches. The barn is 140 years old, and has retained its old world features, while adding others, like the sophisticated spa, that belong very much to today’s world.
  • Migis Lodge, South Cascon offers log cabin luxury in the pine forest looking over beautiful Lake Sebago. Lobster dinners, daily BBQ lunchtime cookouts and evening drinks on the veranda. Great activities thrown in including water skiing and pilates.

For sailors and salty seadogs

  • Hartstone Inn & Hideaway is renowned for rooms that are elegant, spacious and light. The schooner Surprise offers 2-hour day trip out into Penobscot Bay, within easy reach of this Victorian-style B&B in the heart of Camden.
  • Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport. Whether it’s a classic-style schooner or a modern sailboat you’re after, this historic B&B will sort you out. Retire after a strenuous day under sail to four-poster beds, antique furnishings, plush linens and modern comfort
  • The Inn at Sunrise Point, Lincolnville provides opportunities to sail in an historic Windjammer and the schooner Old Lincolnville, the icing on the cake of a stay at this elegant ocean-front B&B, perched on the Penobscot Bay. Seaside-chic decoration with blue on white tones and clean lines with plenty of natural light.

For fishermen and women

  • Harraseeket Inn, Freeport offers local fishing trips and sportfishing charters. It also boasts 23 fireplaces in spacious and thoughtfully decorated rooms, an ndoor heated pool and two on-site restaurants.
  • Whether it’s fly fishing, trolling or ice fishing anyone who likes to hold a rod will find something to satisfy them at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake, Greenville. This enchanting property, perched right on the Mooseshead Lake, is a sophisticated wilderness escape.

For bird watchers

  • Not far from the famous Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport offers the best kind of fine New England hospitality - homely and intimate. This luxury bed and breakfast is just a short walk to the Dock Square with its gourmet eateries and select shops.
  • Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport is the perfect perch for exploring the salt marshes around the Kennebunk river estuary, home to a rich selection of coastal birds, crabs, and other marine life. It#s ideal for seaside relaxation in style, and commands superlative ocean views onto Goose Rock Beach,
  • Busy local birdlife is touted as one of the attractions of The Rangeley Inn. This comfortable retreat in a lively lakeside village is a great base for exploring Maine’s outdoor paradise features private porches & lake views.

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The best hotels in Maine

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  • Portland Regency Hotel

    Portland, Maine

    In the heart of the city's Old Port district, this hotel is surrounded by boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Two blocks from the waterfront. Beautiful, smart rooms feature fireplaces and luxurious marble bathrooms. Full of historic charm. Ideal for exploring Portland's top landmarks.

    95 rooms from $135
    Local exploring  -  In the center of the city's vibrant Old Port, easy access to whale watching, ferry rides, The Victoria Museum...
    Spa  -  All guests have complimentary access to the Fitness studio, steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi
    Outstanding location  -  Two blocks from the waterfront
    Full of character
  • Inn by the Sea

    Portland, Maine (Cape Elizabeth)

    A luxurious oceanfront hotel. Modern, warm, and inviting. Breathtaking ocean views from rooms, which feature a smart, contemporary design. Activities include nightly fire pits, beachfront sunsets, early morning yoga and garden tours. Ideal for a stunning and elegant sea-side retreat.

    61 rooms from $219
    Sights nearby  -  Crescent Beach State Park, Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth Light...
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

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  • The Rangeley Inn


    Wonderfully located in a lively lakeside village , this is the perfect base for exploring Maine’s outdoor paradise. 3 types of room; 'Traditional' - cosy historic feel, 'Tavern wing' - more spacious light & contemporary, and Haley Pond Lodge - simple rooms boasting private porches & lake views.

    30 rooms from $115
    Great walks  -  From modest forest trails to rock scrambles at 4,000 feet, the region has some of the Northeast's best hikes for all levels
    Sights nearby  -  In the middle of a National Scenic Byway, Rangeley is close to some of the region's most spectacular views
    Kayaking  -  Use the inn's kayaks on the lake or do a boat, canoe or kayak trip further afield
    Birdwatching  -  On site
  • Migis Lodge

    South Casco, Maine

    All inclusive luxury with thirty five private log cabins set in 125 acres of pine forest, overlooking Lake Sebago. Enjoy lobster dinners, daily BBQ lunchtime cookouts and smart evening drinks on the veranda. All activities, from water skiing to morning pilates are included.

    from $302
    Kids Club  -  Daily activities and kids meals
    Private villas  -  Individual Log Cabins
    Lakeside  -  Sebago Lake
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • The Maine Stay Inn

    Camden, Maine

    The Maine Stay Inn built in 1802 is a listed building on the National Register of Historical Places. This boutique hotel has its own quirky retro-chic decor, think period furniture, wooden floors and floral prints. Experience Old Camden in this historical haven!

    8 rooms from $130
    Kayaking  -  Sea Kayaking only two blocks away.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Outstanding location
    Full of character
  • Harraseeket Inn

    Freeport, Maine

    This Inn, boasting 23 fireplaces, is cosy and welcoming. The rooms are spacious and thoughtfully decorated. Enjoy a dip in the indoor heated pool, or a delicious locally sourced meal at one of the two on-site restaurants. A short distance from eye tempting shopping in Maine.

    93 rooms from $140
    Fishing  -  Local fishing trips by Obsession Sportfishing Charters, Coastal Fly Angler and Hillbilly Charters.
    Birdwatching  -  Beautiful walks in Mast Landing Bird Sanctuary, Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary and Maine Wildlife Park.
    Great walks  -  Visit Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for a scenic walk.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor heated pool.
  • Hartstone Inn & Hideaway

    Camden, Maine

    A Victorian-style B&B, nestled in the heart of Camden. Rooms are elegant, spacious and light, with warm colours and soft tones. Mouth watering meals and spa treatments complete the pampering.

    21 rooms from $135
    Great walks  -  Acadia National Park boasts 120 miles of trails, pristine lakes, breathtaking sea vistas, coastal shores and pebbled beaches.
    Cooking classes  -  From November through May, the Hartstone Inn schedules numerous cooking classes at our Camden bed and breakfast.
    Sailing  -  The Inn-keepers recommend the schooner "Surprise" for a 2-hour day trip out into Penobscot Bay.
    Fishing  -  Lake Megunticook, located five minutes from the Inn, offers great freshwater fishing.
  • The Inn at Sunrise Point

    Lincolnville, Maine

    An elegant ocean front B&B, perched on the Penobscot Bay in Lincolnville. The decor is seaside-chic, with blue on white tones and clean lines with plenty of natural light. Truly unwind as you watch the sunset from your own private balcony.

    12 rooms from $235
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Marshall Point Lighthouse, The Owl’s Head Lighthouse and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.
    Kayaking  -  Kayaking and canoeing on Penobscot Bay or nearby Megunticook Lake.
    Sailing  -  Sale the historic Windjammer Surprise and the Schooner Olad
    Fishing  -  The Inn will organise fishing in Lake Megunticook.
  • Lodge at Moosehead Lake


    An enchanting lodge perched right on the Mooseshead Lake. The luxurious lodge is orientated towards the lake, with floor to ceiling windows and private patios. Each room has its own theme, think totem pole fourposters, indoor swing seats, and antique snow shoes. A sophisticated wilderness escape!

    9 rooms from $282
    Back to Nature  -  Peace, quiet, lush forests, life-filled lakes and experienced guides to explain it all to you- what could be better?
    Birdwatching  -  There have been more than 415 species of birds recorded in Maine, and no more beautiful place to observe them.
    Fishing  -  From fly fishing, trolling or ice fishing, there is something here for everyone.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accomodated at this hotel.
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