The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Maine, USA

Maine is full of charming towns and equally charming boutique hotels
Maine is full of charming towns and equally charming boutique hotels | © Mauritius Image / Alamy Stock Photo
Chloe Cann

From fall’s leaf peepers to antiques seekers and beach dreamers, Maine has long been hot property for vacationers looking to escape the grind. After all, even the state’s most populous city of Portland is only home to some 66,000 people. From gorgeous kids’ bunk rooms to historic homes full of period charm, these eight boutique hotels in Maine dish up a Pine Tree State experience that’s next level, honing in on all the little details that make Maine special.

1. Captain Lord Mansion


A bedroom at Captain Lord Mansion, with a four-poster bed, fireplace, carpet, armchairs and windows
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Nothing says “boutique” more than hand-sewn bed throws and window drapes made by none other than the innkeeper. At Captain Lord Mansion, each guest room is elaborately decorated and named after a boat or ship associated with the Lord family, who maintained this Kennebunkport mansion for 158 years. You’ll find a heated floor in the bathroom, a fireplace in the bedroom and oodles of historic charm everywhere, with walls splashed with antique art and vintage trinkets dotting nooks and timber tables.

2. Hidden Pond Resort


Whether you opt for this wilderness resort’s bungalows, cottages or its new Treetop Lodges, one thing is certain – you’ll feel right at home. Have old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies and glass-bottled milk delivered to your smartly dressed and spacious room. Occupy a stool at Hidden Pond’s candlelit bar, under hanging branch decorations, and enjoy herb-infused cocktails. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses at the property’s organic farm.

3. The Inn at English Meadows


A cosy room at The Inn at English Meadows, with a small fireplace, armchairs and a door leading to a conservatory
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If you’re in the market for a spot of good old-fashioned hospitality, the Inn at English Meadows is the perfect place. Both the bed and the breakfast are supercharged at this Kennebunk B&B. Innkeeper Elizabeth Arruda prepares a gourmet three-course breakfast each morning, alongside a coffee blend developed especially for the inn by Portland roasters Coffee by Design. The beds are none other than hypoallergenic Vera Wang mattresses, dressed with down duvets and pillows.

4. The Bethel Inn Resort


An outside view of Bethel Inn Resort, with an outdoor swimming pool and sun loungers on grass
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Almost every amenity you could possibly dream up is on offer at this country inn, which skirts the fringes of the mountain village of Bethel. An ice-skating rink come winter? An 18-hole golf course designed by a renowned golf-course architect? A year-round outdoor heated pool? A tavern? You’ll find all of the above and more at this historic Maine resort, set on 200 acres (81ha).

5. Cliff House Maine

Hotel, Luxury

An outside view of Cliff House, with green plants, sun loungers, a pool of water and sea views
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Don’t let appearances fool you. Although this sprawling Southern Maine resort is home to 226 guest rooms and suites, the vibe feels undeniably intimate. Cliff House has zoned in on a wealth of special touches. The Cove Pool cabanas come with charging stations for your devices and a dedicated server. There’s a fully curated art exhibit on the property that changes with the seasons and supports local artists and museums. Kids will adore the Sleepaway Bunk Suites.

6. Stage Neck Inn

Inn, Hotel

An outside view of Stage Neck Inn, surrounded by trees and next to a beach
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The rooms at this York Harbor property are modest, but the views are not. Sitting pretty on a rocky peninsula, with the sandy shores of York Harbor Beach by its side, Stage Neck Inn offers a panoramic outlook that takes in the harbor, the beach and the ocean. Bob around in the outdoor freshwater pool, toast s’mores over a firepit on the property’s lawn and tuck into the daily American breakfast buffet.

7. White Barn Inn

Inn, Spa Hotel, Hotel

A light bedroom at White Barn Inn & Spa with fireplace, wood floor and nautical decor
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Exposed brick chimneys, timber beams, paneled doors – expect special architectural features in every direction you look at White Barn Inn. This luxurious Kennebunk retreat has been known to attract its fair share of celebrities, and it’s not hard to see why. You’ll find fresh flowers in your room, complimentary port in the resort lounge, live piano music played nightly at the White Barn Inn Restaurant and a ridiculous array of resort activities on offer.

8. Hawk’s Nest Lodge

Lodge, Cabin

Designed and built by owners Sarah and Pete Dostie, Hawk’s Nest Lodge is an all-American log cabin that’s truly one of a kind, made from timber between 100 and 200 years old. Inside, you’ll find custom-made furniture. Outside, on the lodge’s deck, there are a couple of wood carvings made by chainsaw-carver extraordinaire Jeff Samudosky. Best of all, as a guest at this Kennebec Valley lodge, you’ll be staying in the thick of a wilderness playground.

Fancy discovering more plush hotels in Maine? Check out our pick of the best hotels in Bar Harbor, Maine, or the most romantic hotels to book in Maine, all bookable with Culture Trip. Or for more hotel options, check out the best hotels in Maine for every traveler, bookable on Culture Trip.

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