The Best Bed and Breakfasts in Maine

Maine's beauty and tranquility will ensure a truly relaxing vacation
Maine's beauty and tranquility will ensure a truly relaxing vacation | © keith Luke / Unsplash.com
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17 January 2021

The wild, rocky coastal state of Maine is known for many things – lobster rolls, historic lighthouses, moose and Stephen King – among them. From Portland to Camden, Culture Trip will assist in finding the best B&B for you, whether you’re looking for peace and quiet, harbor views, or quaint historic homes.

Captain Nickels Inn, Searsport

Bed and Breakfast, Inn, Independent Hotel
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Captain Nickels Inn, Searsport
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This lovely Inn has old-world charm. Built in 1874, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Named after its seafaring original owner, the elegant chambers have monikers like Port of Call Dublin or Port of Call London. Rooms have unique amenities such as an antique chandelier, clawfoot cast-iron tub, and four-poster bed. Breakfast is multi-course, usually consisting of a cold starter, such as fruit or yogurt, followed by a sweet or savory hot dish, like their famous chicken and waffles.

Hawthorn Inn, Camden

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Hawthorn Inn, Camden
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The Hawthorn Inn is conveniently located just steps from Camden Harbor and minutes from the centre of town. Innkeepers Ted and Lisa prepare a two-course breakfast daily, the first course is a fruit dish, and the second a hot one, such as sweet potato pancakes or a zucchini frittata. Many of the cheery and light-filled rooms come with whirlpool tubs, others have private balconies and decks, gas-log fireplaces, leather loveseats, and views of the harbor.

Freedom House B&B, Dover-Foxcroft

Bed and Breakfast, Inn, Independent Hotel
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Freedom House B&B, Dover-Foxcroft
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A sunshine-yellow exterior welcomes guests to this quaint farmhouse. The main house holds a three-bedroom suite with a full kitchen and living room, and the guest rooms have queen or full-sized beds with showers. The cottage has three private rooms and a fully equipped one-bedroom apartment. The B&B is in the centre of town with shops and restaurants all easily walkable. A full breakfast is available to be added for a per-person fee.

Pryor House B&B, Bath

Bed and Breakfast, Inn, Independent Hotel
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Pryor House B&B
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Only an eight-minute walk to town, this Federal-style home is named after the owners, Don and Gwenda Pryor. The three rooms are classically decorated with unique features. The Captain’s Room is the largest with a view of the Kennebec River and an adjacent bathroom, the Elizabeth Room has a generous ensuite bathroom, and the Tall Chimney Room has a hot tub and private balcony. Gwenda cooks the included breakfasts with tasty dishes such as bacon onion quiche and cheese danishes.

Atlantean Cottage, Bar Harbor

Bed and Breakfast, Inn, Independent Hotel
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Atlantean Cottage, Bar Harbor
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Owners Nadine and Brad do their best to keep guests fed at the picturesque Atlantean Cottage. Savor gourmet breakfast dishes in the family dining room. Start with fresh fruit followed by a gourmet entree such as huevos rancheros or ratatouille. In the afternoon, find a fresh-baked treat along with tea and coffee in the butler’s pantry. The sophisticated guest rooms and suites have ensuite bathrooms, mini-fridges, robes, and bath products from Gilchrist and Soames.

The Elms of Camden, Camden

Bed and Breakfast, Inn, Independent Hotel
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The Elms of Camden, Camden
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The pretty slate-blue inn was built in 1806 but, never fear, today the rooms are modernized with flat-screen TVs, private baths, luxurious towels, and most even have a gas fireplace. Rooms are individually decorated with four-poster beds, floral wallpaper, and patterned quilts. The two-course breakfast is served on the garden patio or historic keeping room and consists of staples like scrambled eggs, French toast, fresh fruit, and yogurt. Innkeepers Gary and James, along with their cat Tinker, and dog Sadie, provide a warm welcome.

The Old Saco Inn, Fryeburg

Bed and Breakfast, Inn, Independent Hotel
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The Old Saco Inn, Fryeburg
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Set on 65 acres, surrounded by a smattering of trees, is the Old Saco Inn. The riverbank property with its views of White Mountain will help you reset and get back to nature. The main lodge houses five of the guest rooms and the lounge, pub, and dining room. The nearby Carriage House offers three rooms and a suite, all with outside seating areas. The comfortable rooms come with deluxe linens, flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms.

Victorian By The Sea Bed & Breakfast, Lincolnville

Bed and Breakfast, Inn, Independent Hotel
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Victorian By The Sea Bed & Breakfast, Lincolnville
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The peaceful Victorian-style B&B is the perfect restful getaway with its views of the sea, crackling fireplaces, and secluded location. Your hostess, Caroline, serves up a gourmet three-course breakfast in the sunny breakfast room, which includes Caroline’s specialty, Swiss bircher muesli. The dreamy rooms all have private bathrooms, Gilchrest and Soames products, fluffy robes, pillow-top mattresses, and no TVs. Some rooms have fireplaces, claw-foot tubs, bay views, private balconies, or small sitting areas.

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  • The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast, Portland

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    The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast, Portland
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    Have an intimate experience at the four guestroom Chadwick. The Queen Anne-style house was built in 1891, but the homey rooms have been recently renovated. Each comes with smart TVs with streaming access, white-noise machines, a cosy electric fireplace, and towelling robes. The Baxter Room has a private deck overlooking the firepit and garden. Chat to innkeepers Scot and Jason over a hot breakfast using fresh ingredients from local grocers, food stands and farmers markets.

    Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport

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    Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport
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    Regal and elegant, the historic Captain Lord Mansion was once the home of a Maine sea merchant and shipbuilder. On a quiet residential street, the house is a quick stroll from the shops and restaurants at Dock Square. The sumptuous guest rooms come with flat-screen TVs, gas fireplaces, lush robes, and hypo-allergenic bedding. Each morning guests can relax in the common area while enjoying egg dishes, overnight oats, fresh fruit, and baked goods.

    Berry Manor Inn, Rockland

    Bed and Breakfast, Inn, Independent Hotel
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    Berry Manor Inn, Rockland
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    The romantically regal rooms at the Victorian Berry Inn all offer fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, jetted showers, ensuite bathrooms, plush robes, Gilchrist and Soames toiletries, and flat-screen TVs. Start your day right with a full breakfast, including pastries, fruit, and hot entrees, in the dining room. Guest favourites include raspberry-stuffed French toast and poached pears with yogurt. On top of that, tea, coffee, Maine-produced Gifford’s ice cream, and the Berry Manor’s famous pies are always available in the property’s two guest pantries.

    The Squire Tarbox Inn, Wiscasset

    Bed and Breakfast, Inn, Independent Hotel
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    The Squire Tarbox Inn, Wiscasset
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    Gorgeous rustic-chic details abound at this secluded getaway, set on 12 acres (5ha) of farmland and forest. Built in 1763 and restored in 2018, four of the rooms are inside the original building, and eight are in the renovated barn. A breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, homemade scones, and egg dishes from the farm’s hens is served in the cosy keeping room. Relax in the serene communal spaces or stroll the lovely grounds, making sure to say hello to pygmy goats Abbie and Ellie.

    These recommendations were updated on January 17, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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