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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.
Southport is a very quiet spot offering stunning ocean views, Bar Harbor on Mt Desert Island is better known and busier, whilst Southwest Harbor is the perfect base if you want to explore the Arcadia National Park
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.
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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Best Hotels in Maine
Lindenwood Inn 15 rooms from $127Southwest Harbor (Maine)
Lindenwood Inn is a charming, seasonal bed and breakfast with a peaceful garden and quiet swimming pool. Cosy bedrooms with homely touches and individual designs. Guests can relax in the small bar and welcoming sitting room with fireplace.Great walks - Acadia National ParkSights nearby - Southwest HarborRestrictions on children - No childrenViews - Great views from hotel
The Rangeley Inn 30 rooms from $115Maine
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.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 levelsSights nearby - In the middle of a National Scenic Byway, Rangeley is close to some of the region's most spectacular viewsKayaking - Use the inn's kayaks on the lake or do a boat, canoe or kayak trip further afieldBirdwatching - On site
The Beach House Inn 34 rooms from $129Kennebunkport (Kennebunk)
Dating back to 1891, The Beach House is one of the oldest Bed & Breakfast, oceanfront hotels in Maine. The seaview bedrooms are light, crisp and elegant. The house maintains its original Victorian charm, while providing all modern conveniences. The perfect New England getaway!Great walks - From woods and wetlands or seashore beaches and rugged coastlines, the Kennebunk, Maine area has it all.Sights nearby - Maine Maritime Museum, Kennebunkport Brick Store Museum, Kennebunkport Trolley Museum.Sailing - Soak up the sun and salt air on our daily sailing excursions.Surfing - Nearby Gooch Beach is renowned for surfing.
The Maine Stay Inn 8 rooms from $130Camden, 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!Kayaking - Sea Kayaking only two blocks away.Views - Great views from hotelOutstanding locationFull of character
Hartstone Inn & Hideaway 21 rooms from $135Camden, 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.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.
Portland Regency Hotel 95 rooms from $135Portland, 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.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 jacuzziOutstanding location - Two blocks from the waterfrontFull of character
Harraseeket Inn 93 rooms from $140Freeport, 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.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.
Shore Path Cottage 10 rooms from $145Bar Harbor
A lovely family run B&B in Bar Harbor with ocean views and a large garden. Rooms are large & traditional & there's a homely atmosphere and warm welome. The family will give you all the advice you could possibly want about ocean activities, and hiking & biking in the local national park.Views - The garden and some of the rooms have lovely views of Frenchman's Bay and the spectacular Porcupine IslandsSights nearby - Close to Acadia National ParkGreat walks - Good for walkers.Back to Nature
Breakwater Inn & Spa 35 rooms from $149Kennebunkport
This 19th century boutique Inn maintains its New England coastal style. The rooms are plush to say the least and follow a crisp blue and white nautical theme. Pamper yourself in the spa, or sit on the deck, glass of wine in hand, and admire uninterrupted views of the Atlantic. Total relaxation!Sights nearby - Kennebunkport and the Maine Coast abound with many fine art galleries, featuring local and world-renowned artists.Fishing - Pull up a few lobster traps and learn what a real lobsterman does on the Kylie's Chance Lobster Tour.Local markets - The village of Kennebunkport offers a multitude of fine shops selling locally made products.Kayaking - Take an exciting three-hour guided kayak tour to Porpoise Point with Coastal Maine Kayak.
Captain Fairfield Inn 9 rooms from $159Kennebunkport
Historic home in maritime Kennebunkport that has been artistically renovated. The rooms feature bold colours and patterns, striking wallpaper and modern furnishings. There is a beautifully manicured garden with outdoor lounge and firepit, and it is located close to some of Maine's best beaches.Active Holiday - Explore the town on foot, trek along the 50-mile coastline that is a National Wildlife Refuge, or kayak down the Kennebunk riverBeach Life - The beaches in Kennebunkport are some of the best in MaineCountry EscapeBack to NatureRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Colony Hotel 125 rooms from $165Kennebunkport
A picturesque family friendly hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Kennebunk River. Private beach, expansive lawns and gardens, large outdoor pool. Endless activities from surfing and kayaking to berry picking. Ideal for both a relaxing and active retreat in beautiful surroundings.Sights nearby - Visit nearby museums, theatres, lighthouses, the lobster tour, the trolley tour...Swimming Pool - Heated outdoor saltwater poolLocal markets - Weekly farmers' marketLively area - In the thick of the action.
Newagen Seaside Inn 35 rooms from $174Southport, Maine (Southport)
A charming, idyllic inn, located just steps from the beach. Hiking, biking, rowing, swimming, fishing, bowling - the activities are endless. Rooms decorated in pastel shades have a nautical vibe, private terraces, and beautiful ocean views. Perfect for both an active and relaxing sea-side vacation.Back to Nature - Explore 20 acres of wooded oceanfront with the hotel bikes, or visit the family-friendly network of Nature TrailsViews - The inn features breathtaking panoramic ocean viewsOutstanding locationSecluded setting - For escaping.
The Inn at English Meadows 11 rooms from $179Kennebunkport (Maine)
Luxury bed and breakfast in a fine New England house. Bedrooms are immaculately decorated in a contemporary style with large beds and fine linens. The Inn feels homely and intimate and is just a short walk to the Dock Square, Kennebunkport - which has a number of restaurants and small shops.Sights nearby - Within walking distance of Kennebunkport Village with its many historic propertiesBirdwatching - Rachel Carson National Wildlife RefugeLocal markets - Dock SquareGreat walks - Good for walkers.
Captain Jefferds Inn 15 rooms from $209Kennebunkport
This cosy B&B, in the heart of Kennebunkport, is steeped in local history. A former Captain's house with antique furnishings, contemporary comfort and style. You'll be truly spoilt with a fabulous breakfast and any number of pointers for a great day out.Great walks - Explore the salt marshes and estuaries of Rachel Carson National Wildlife RefugeSights nearby - Take a tour of Wood Island Lighthouse.OpulentFull of character
Tides Beach Club 21 rooms from $209Kennebunkport
A luxurious boutique hotel. Ideal for seaside relaxation in style. Stellar ocean views onto Goose Rock Beach, and a vibrant bar & dining. Smart, charming rooms with plush furniture and marble bathrooms. Stargazing, bonfires, kayaking, cycling, paddle-boarding. An idyllic beach resort.Back to Nature - Explore salt marshes and esturies on the Nature Walks - home to coastal birds, crabs, and other marine lifeSights nearby - Dock square is just a fifteen minute drive away, full of art galleries and world class diningKayaking - $25.00 per person, per hour (the same for paddleboarding)Restrictions on children - Adults only propertyRecommended by - Tablet
Captain Lord Mansion 20 rooms from $215Kennebunkport
This historic B&B is decorated in the most opulent fashion; fourposter beds, antique furnishings, plush linens, exuberant wallpapers as well as every modern comfort. Prepare for the ultimate indulgent getaway with spa facilities, an extensive wine cellar and lavish three course breakfast!Kayaking - Rent a kayak to explore the harbour, coastal inlets, islands and rivers near our southern Maine Coast Inn.Fishing - Charter boats are available for deep-sea trips to search for blues, stripers, tuna and grouper.Sailing - Book passage on either a classic style schooner or a modern sailboat.Spa - On-site professional spa facilities.
Inn by the Sea 61 rooms from $219Portland, 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.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 hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Migis Lodge from $288South 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.Kids Club - Daily activities and kids mealsPrivate villas - Individual Log CabinsLakeside - Sebago LakeFamiliesRecommended by - Fodors
The Inn at Sunrise Point 12 rooms from $235Lincolnville, 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.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 OladFishing - The Inn will organise fishing in Lake Megunticook.
Hidden Pond 36 rooms from $247Kennebunkport (Maine)
Rural New England cottages in stunning forest land with kitchen, roaring fires, private balconies and outdoor rain showers. Rooms are modern and comfortable, quiet and intimate. Earth offers farm-to-fork outdoor dining. The Tree Spa has a range of treatments and back to nature activities for all.Kayaking - Paddle boarding and kayaking on Goose Rocks Beach.Great walks - Nature Walks on the Hidden Pond Nature Trail.Back to NatureFull of characterRecommended by - Tablet
The Inn at Diamond Cove 44 rooms from $259Portland, Maine
In the heart of Casco Bay, this idyllic hotel offers a relaxing retreat with a smart outdoor pool and Cabana Bar. Beautiful sea views. Access to Pebble Beach and to miles of scenic trails. Full of historic character. Contemporary rooms with plush beds and flat-screen TVs.Back to Nature - Explore the nearby scenic trails along the island or admire the seaviewsSights nearby - McKinley museum located on the islandViews - Great views from hotelFull of character
Blackpoint Inn 25 rooms from $327Portland, Maine (Maine)
An unpretentious and relaxed seaside hotel with a country club feel. Uniquely surrounded by water on three sides, Blackpoint Inn boasts magnificent sea views. Sophisticated and tasteful bedrooms and a smart, fine dining restaurant serving locally sourced seafood. Quintessential New England charm.Kayaking - Kayaking Equipment AvailableBirdwatching - Prouts Neck Bird SanctuarySeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.On the beach - In front of the hotel.Recommended by - Fodors
Lodge at Moosehead Lake 9 rooms from $282Maine
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!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.
The White Barn Inn 26 rooms from $290Kennebunkport
Charming inn on the Kennebunk River, an area famed for picturesque landscapes, close to some of Maine's best beaches. The rooms are rustic and traditional, many with fireplaces and marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. The 140-year-old barn houses a brilliant restaurant, and the spa is excellent.Back to Nature - In an area famed for beautiful landscapes, the estate sits on the Kennebunk River minutes from some of Maine's best beachesActive Holiday - Kennebunkport is ideal for hikers, swimmers and those wanting to fish, canoe, horse-ride or paddleboardCountry EscapeTotal relaxationRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux