Renowned its rugged rocky coastline, spectacular natural scenery, and rich maritime history, northeastern-most U.S. state of Maine offers a wealth of attractions, activities, and beautiful sights. From lobsters and lighthouses to charming resort villages, peaceful harbors, pebbly beaches, and mile upon mile of jagged sea cliffs, Maine is New England at its most iconic.

1. The Cliff House

The Cliff House
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Perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Cliff House Resort is an iconic Maine retreat. Set on 70 acres of pristine oceanfront landscapes on top of Bald Head Cliff, this sprawling resort and spa was built in 1872 and has been captivating guests with its luxury and charm ever since. Located minutes from Ogunquit’s sandy beach and just over an hour north of Boston on the southern coast of Maine, the resort features deluxe accommodations, first-class amenities and facilities, award-winning cuisine, and breathtaking panoramic views. Each of the retreat’s guest rooms and suites is beautifully appointed and stylishly decorated with handcrafted elements and coastal accents and boast en-suite bathrooms and private terraces with incomparable oceanfront views. Deluxe amenities and facilities include four swimming pools, including one adults-only pool, an exclusive full-service spa with an outdoor meditation labyrinth, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a full range of equipment and classes on offer. An excellent restaurant serves superlative cuisine, and a casual lounge and poolside grill offer a relaxing place for drinks. The Cliff House Resort also features over 25,000 square feet of event space for unforgettable weddings, social gatherings, or corporate retreats, capturing the best of New England in every season.

591 Shore Rd, Cape Neddick, ME 03902, Phone: 207-361-1000

2. Samoset Resort Golf Club

Samoset Resort Golf Club
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Designed initially as a nine-hole course in 1902, Samoset Resort Golf Course is a classic golf resort set on a spectacular oceanfront property in Rockport. Just a few miles from the center of the city, the plush resort features a 6,600-yard, par 71 18-hole golf course, which has been hailed as one of the most beautiful in New England, with seven holes bordering Penobscot Bay and ocean views from 14 holes. There is also a nine-hole golf course, a high-end spa and wellness center, a beach-like entry swimming pool with a poolside bar, and a variety of sports courts such as tennis, basketball, and volleyball. The resort hotel features beautifully appointed, airy guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms, private balconies, Keurig coffeemakers, iPod docks, mini fridges, flat-screen televisions with cable channels mini-fridges, and complimentary wireless Internet, while cottages have full kitchens with washer/dryers and screened-in porches. A casual Italian eatery offers delicious Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, along with a laid-back grill serving prime steaks, and a wine bar offering fine wines from around the world.

220 Warrenton St, Rockport, ME 04856, Phone: 207-594-2511

3. Stage Neck Inn

Stage Neck Inn
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Set on a rocky peninsula next to York Harbor Beach and with easy access to the antique shops, historical sites, restaurants and bars of downtown Portsmouth, the Stage Neck Inn is a plush hotel that offers a quiet retreat with spectacular views. Located a few miles from the famous Cape Neddick Lighthouse, the hotel features well-appointed and individually decorated guest rooms with British Colonial-style furnishings, coffeemakers, mini-fridges and flat-screen televisions, as well as private balconies with harbor or ocean views. A seasonal seven-bedroom cottage is also available for larger groups or families, and dining options include an elegant ocean-view restaurant with a terrace, and a casual grill and bar. Other hotel amenities include a day spa offering massages and body treatments, a fully equipped gym, an indoor swimming pool and a hot tub, as well as a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, and tennis courts.

8 Stage Neck Rd, York, ME 03911, Phone: 207-363-3850

4. Nonantum Resort

Nonantum Resort
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Ideally located for enjoying the beach, shops, and attractions of Kennebunkport, the Nonantum Resort is a refined, riverfront resort just a short walk away from Dock Square in the heart of the town. Established in 1833, the historic resort is home to a marina from which a scenic lobster boat tour departs every day, along with an outdoor heated swimming pool, three casual restaurants, and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Polished guest rooms have en-suite bathrooms, balconies with beautiful views and modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions with cable channels mini-fridges, and complimentary wireless Internet. Upgraded deluxe suites have spacious living areas, en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, and additional bedrooms for extra guests. Bikes and kayaks can be rented for exploring the surrounding area, and activities on offer range from yoga, cooking demos, and sand sculpting.

95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, Phone: 207-967-4050

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5. Portland Harbor Hotel

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Portland Harbor Hotel is a beautiful hotel in Portland's Old Port district, located conveniently near top city attractions such as the Victoria Mansion and the Portland Observatory. The refined upscale hotel, which was opened in 2002, showcases 95 elegant rooms and suites designed with nautical decor elements, featuring prime amenities such as soaking tubs, pillowtop beds, flat screen televisions, and courtyard garden views. Suites upgrade to cozy fireplaces, whirlpool jet tubs, and private sitting areas. Excellent North Atlantic seafood is served up daily at the BlueFin restaurant, helmed by executive chef Gil Plaster. Free car shuttle service is offered for all guests, along with use of the hotel's spa, business center, and exercise room.

468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-775-9090

6. Captain Lord Mansion

Captain Lord Mansion
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Tucked away in the heart of Kennebunkport in Maine, the Captain Lord Mansion is a romantic bed and breakfast escape that will leave lasting memories. Beautifully appointed rooms and suites are decorated in luxurious, ornate furnishings with romantic four-poster beds, plush linens, comfortable living spaces and lovely en-suite bathrooms with indulgent bathtubs, large showers, and deluxe bath products. Sumptuous homemade country-style breakfasts are served every morning, where freshly brewed coffee accompanies organically farmed eggs, steaming pancakes with Maine maple syrup, and freshly squeezed orange juice. After breakfast, unwind with an indulgent spa experience in the comfort of your room as you relax in absolute tranquility. Overlooking the meandering Kennebunkport River, the Captain Lord Mansion is situated just three short blocks away from Dock Square and is surrounded by an array of 17th and 18th century Colonial and Federal period homes.

6 Pleasant St, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, Phone: 207-967-3141

7. Chebeague Island Inn

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Set in a stately 1920s building overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean, Chebeague Island Inn is a deluxe hotel that offers an idyllic island escape. Initially built in the 1880s as The Hillcrest Hotel, and later rebuilt in the 1920s as the Chebeague Island Inn, the beautifully appointed hotel boasts breathtaking views of the ocean. Set on Chebeague Island, one of Maine's most beautiful islands which is a few hours north of Boston and accessed by ferry, the hotel features well-appointed guest rooms with en-suite or shared bathrooms, sitting areas with daybeds (suites) and modern amenities. The Inn has an upscale eatery that serves seasonal, local cuisine, a complimentary hot breakfast and afternoon snacks are offered daily, and a great common room has comfortable seating and a large fireplace where guests can relax. The Chebeague Island Inn is ideally located for exploring the island, which is within easy access to several beautiful beaches, including Bar Harbor, Portland and Old Orchard Beach, and a variety of activities and attractions.

61 S Rd, Chebeague Island, ME 04017, Phone: 207-846-5155

8. Hidden Pond

Hidden Pond
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Hidden Pond is a secluded, rustic-chic resort spread across several wooden chalet-style buildings that offers a fabulous Kennebunkport retreat. Close to Goose Rocks Beach, and the 19th-century Goat Island Lighthouse, the resort features quaint two-bedroom cottages with living room with flat-screen televisions, gas fireplaces, kitchens with washer/dryers, and screened-in porches with lovely views. Guests can enjoy a refined dining experience at a posh farm-to-table restaurant followed by drinks at a relaxed bar, as well as pampering massages and body treatments at a unique treetop spa. Other amenities include two outdoor heated swimming pools, loaner bikes for exploring, a fire pit for alfresco evenings under the stars, and arts and crafts classes.

354 Goose Rocks Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, Phone: 207-967-9050

9. Grace White Barn Inn & Spa

Grace White Barn Inn & Spa
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Situated in a leafy spot close to the Kennebunk River, the Grace White Barn Inn & Spa is an elegant inn set in a former farmhouse that offers a tranquil and serene retreat in the heart of Kennebunk. Located just two miles from the Cape Arundel Golf Club and a short walk from Gooch's Beach, the hotel features bright and airy country-style rooms and cozy cottages with en-suite bathrooms, whirlpool tubs, and rainfall showers, sitting areas with fireplaces, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, and private patios with beautiful views. Amenities at the Inn include an upscale restaurant and a relaxed bistro serving globally inspired cuisine, a luxurious day spa, and private marina, loaner bikes for exploring, and cooking classes for keen guests.

37 Beach Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043, Phone: 207-967-2321

10. Grand Harbor Inn

Grand Harbor Inn
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Resting on the edge of a scenic harbor in the coastal village of Camden, the Grand Harbor Inn is a small and sophisticated boutique hotel designed for discerning business and leisure travelers. The only award-winning hotel in the area, the Grand Harbor Inn celebrates the history and tradition of New England coastal cottage architecture with Coastal Cottage, shingle-style architecture and Tuscan-inspired interiors, evoking a charming, old-world ambiance. Open year-round, the Grand Harbor Inn features luxurious accommodations, world-class amenities, and exceptional guest services to offer an unrivaled and unforgettable experience.

14 Bay View Landing, Camden, Maine 04843, Phone: 207-230-7177

11. Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel
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Resting atop Chase Hill, just steps away from bustling, downtown Kennebunkport, the Grand Hotel in Kennebunk is a beautifully appointed retreat with classic New England architecture and elegantly appointed décor. Boasting beautiful views of the vibrant Dock Square and Lower Village, the Grand Hotel features charming guest room and suites decorated in soothing tones of saffron, cream, and silver with contemporary furnishings, marble en-suite bathrooms and modern amenities such as air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, and Keurig coffee makers. The hotel features a carefully curated art collection with a variety of exhibits throughout the hotel and upscale amenities include complimentary parking, beach towels and chairs, beach cruiser bicycles, free kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals, and a guest pantry stocked with snacks, bottled water, forgotten toiletries, magazines and books to lend.

1 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, Maine 04043, Phone: (800) 597-9408

12. Harborage Inn on the Oceanfront

Harborage Inn on the Oceanfront
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Overlooking Boothbay Harbor, the Harborage Inn on the Oceanfront is a quaint family-run bed-and-breakfast that is situated a few miles from the 250-acre Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the Maine State Aquarium. Established in 1925, the charming inn features warmly decorated guest rooms and suites decorated with antiques and floral-patterned furnishings, electric fireplaces, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, whirlpool tubs, and private decks with panoramic harbor views. Upscale amenities at the Inn include a seven-person hot tub and large covered porch with rocking chairs and tables, and a complimentary breakfast is served seasonally every morning.

75 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, Phone: 207-633-4640

13. Harraseeket Inn

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Exuding classic Maine style and warm hospitality, the Harraseeket Inn is a luxurious, family-owned country inn in the small village of Freeport. Boasting two fantastic restaurants, comfortable accommodations and a range of outdoor activities to enjoy, this relaxed, award-winning hotel promises an unforgettable stay. Guest rooms are beautifully decorated with lavish antiques, romantic four-poster beds, spacious en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool baths, and some rooms enjoy cozy wood-burning fireplaces. Imported linens, plush terry robes, and deluxe bath products add a special touch. The hotel features two outstanding restaurants – The Maine Harvest Dining Room and the Broad Arrow Tavern – both of which serve delicious, handcrafted fare and superb wines in an elegant setting. Freeport has much to offer in the way of sightseeing and exploring – enjoy world-class shopping, wonderful museums, and galleries, or head outdoors for scenic whale watching cruises, hiking and mountain biking, fishing and golf.

162 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032, Phone: 207-865-9377

14. Hartstone Inn & Hideaway

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Built in 1835, the Hartstone Inn & Hideaway is a historic Mansard-style Victorian bed and breakfast in Camden, Maine. Located in the heart of the village, the award-winning retreat offers elegant and refined accommodations with private en-suite bathrooms, modern amenities and private gardens with lovely views. Suites add spacious living areas with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, and a complimentary gourmet breakfast is served every morning. Stylishly decorated common areas feature a collection of over 400 orchids, hors-d'oeuvres and drinks are offered in the afternoons and guests can enjoy added extras such as cooking classes and spa services for an additional fee. The Hartstone Inn & Hideaway is ideally located for exploring the seaside village of Camden, which offers a host of activities and attractions such as hiking, biking, and kayaking to world-class golf courses, art museums and galleries, and boutique shops.

41 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843, Phone: 207-236-4259

15. Inn at Sunrise Point

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Set on five acres of beautifully landscaped grounds along the shores of Penobscot Bay, the Inn at Sunrise Point is an upmarket bed and breakfast that offers elegant accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and breathtaking bay views. Located a few miles from Camden Harbor and the forests of Camden Hills State Park, the inn boasts airy, stylishly decorated guest rooms and deluxe suites in the main house and an annex. All lodgings have en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs and walk-in showers, sitting rooms with fireplaces, and conveniences such as microwaves, wet bars, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, and complimentary wireless Internet. A delicious gourmet breakfast is served every morning in the sunroom, and a wood-paneled library with a fireplace is an ideal spot to relax in the evenings.

55 Sunrise Point Rd, Lincolnville, ME 04849, Phone: 207-236-7716

16. Inn by the Sea

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A short walk from Crescent Beach and just eight miles from the foodie capital of the state, Portland, the Inn by the Sea is an upmarket hotel with well-appointed and warmly decorated accommodations, a full-service spa, and a fine dining restaurant with an outdoor deck and panoramic beach views. Ocean-facing guest rooms boast local artworks, en-suite bathrooms, work desks and chairs, and modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions with cable channels, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and gas fireplaces, while deluxe suites enjoy separate living areas, kitchenettes or kitchens, and private balconies or patios with lovely views. A luxury spa provides pampering massages and treatments, a garden fire pit is perfect for evenings under the stars, and a seasonal activity program for kids and adult keep guests busy.

40 Bowery Beach Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, Phone: 207-799-3134

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17. James Place Inn

James Place Inn
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Set in a beautifully restored 1890 Victorian home, James Place Inn is a charming bed and breakfast with comfortable accommodations, home-cooked gourmet cuisine, and a warm and welcoming ambiance. The Inn features well-appointed and individually decorated guest rooms with four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms, whirlpool tubs, kitchenettes, fireplaces, and private decks with gorgeous views. In-room conveniences include flat-screen televisions with cable channels, handmade toiletries, and complimentary wireless Internet, and a delicious full breakfast is served in the dining room or out on the deck every morning. Afternoon snacks are offered, and a DVD library is available for guests to use. James Place Inn is located a few miles from both the Bradbury Mountain State Park and the beautiful beach at Winslow Memorial Park.

11 Holbrook St, Freeport, ME 04032, Phone: 207-865-4486

18. Press Hotel

Press Hotel
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Press Hotel is a unique hotel in Portland's Old Port District, conveniently located near top city attractions such as the Portland Art Museum, the Wadsworth Longfellow House, and the Victoria Mansion. The hotel is housed within the former headquarters of the Portland Press Herald, which operated out of the Gannett Building until 2010, with each guest room adorably styled as a 1920s writer's office with vintage desks and design elements. The newspaper's former city room has been repurposed as the Inkwell Coffee Shop and Bar, which serves up coffee shop beverages, vintage-style cocktails, and craft microbrews from Portland-area breweries. Other newspaper-related artifacts can be found throughout the hotel, including a former newsprint scale that has been repurposed for use within the hotel's fitness center.

119 Exchange St. Portland, ME 04101, Phone: 207-573-2425

19. Maine Hotels: The Bayview

Maine Hotels: The Bayview
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Boasting beautiful views over Frenchman's Bay, the Bayview is a traditional hotel in Bar Harbor with spacious guest rooms and balconies overlooking the ocean. Located a short way from downtown Bar Harbor and the Acadia National Park, the charming seaside retreat features well-appointed guest rooms with microwaves, mini-fridges and complimentary wireless Internet, deluxe suites with pull-out sofas, and two and three-bedroom townhouse units with fully equipped kitchens, living and dining rooms, and electric fireplaces. A delicious continental breakfast is served every morning, along with afternoon cookies and an outdoor swimming pool is a perfect place to soak up the sun.

111 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: 800-356-3585

20. Camden Harbour Inn

Camden Harbour Inn
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Camden Harbour Inn is a luxury bed and breakfast on the rugged coast of Maine. Hailed as one of New England’s most exclusive boutique hotels, the historic inn offers a unique blend of luxurious accommodation with breathtaking views, indulgent amenities and gourmet cuisine at an award-winning restaurant, and gracious hospitality to create a memorable experience. Camden Harbour Inn offers a range of luxurious and beautifully appointed accommodations with plush king or queen-size beds in designer linens, en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs, walk-in showers, thick bathrobes, and Molton Brown toiletries, and spacious living rooms with designer furniture and fine art, fireplaces, and modern conveniences. Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour offers an unrivaled dining experience. Boasting spectacular panoramic views of Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay, the award-winning Natalie’s blends European style with the inviting spirit of New England and serves a creative menu of modern New England cuisine.

83 Bayview Street, Camden, Maine, 04843, Phone: 800-236-4266 or 207-236-4200

21. The Inn at English Meadows

The Inn at English Meadows
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Built in 1860 as a dairy farm and based on a 19th-century Greek Revival-style property in coastal Kennebunk, The Inn at English Meadows is a chic bed and breakfast inn that has been beautifully restored to its former glory to offer a stylish and elegant seaside retreat. Located a short walk away from the antiques shops, galleries and restaurants of Dock Square, the hotel features airy and modern individually decorated guest rooms and suites spread across the main building and a lovely carriage house, with en-suite bathrooms, whirlpool tubs, designer toiletries, gas fireplaces, and modern amenities such as c espresso machines, iPod docks, flat-screen televisions, and complimentary wireless Internet. A three-course gourmet breakfast is served every morning in the dining room or on the patio, along with afternoon snacks.

141 Port Rd, Kennebunk, ME 04043, Phone: 207-967-5766

22. The Inn at Ocean's Edge

The Inn at Ocean's Edge
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Resting on the Western shore of picturesque Penobscot Bay, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is a serene retreat that lies between the sandy curve of Lincolnville Beach and the historic port of Camden. Exuding an ambiance quintessential to Maine, the oceanfront boutique hotel features luxurious accommodations, first-class amenities and facilities, gracious hospitality, and spectacular views of the ocean. Situated in the heart of Camden Village, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is ideally located within close proximity to the many quaint shops and bustling harbor, the vibrant artist colony of Belfast and the beautiful sandy beaches of Lincolnville. The Inn at Ocean's Edge offers an array of first-class amenities and guest services, including exclusive spa services at the Poolhouse Spa, which features two massage rooms, a hot tub, and a cedar sauna, and a heated outdoor infinity edge swimming pool with sundeck and outdoor fireplace. The Inn’s pub and lounge offer an ideal spot for an early evening drink by the crackling fire or on a lounger in the outdoor lounge area overlooking the picturesque Penobscot.

24 Stonecoast Rd, Lincolnville, ME 04849, Phone 207-236-0945

23. Wolf Cove Inn

Wolf Cove Inn
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Surrounded by pristine woodlands on the shores of Tripp Lake, Wolf Cove Inn is a secluded bed and breakfast inn with easy access to excellent hiking and fishing at the Range Pond State Park. The charming inn features warmly decorated guest rooms with traditional furnishings, pull-out sofas, fireplaces, and en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. Suites have spacious living rooms and mini-fridges, and all accommodations offer modern in-room conveniences such as flat-screen televisions with cable channels, and complimentary wireless Internet. A gourmet three-course breakfast is served in the dining room every morning against a backdrop of beautiful lake views, and cheese and wine socials are hosted on the weekends. A sunroom and a comfortable lounge offer laid-back places to relax and a beautiful garden is the perfect spot to unwind.

5 Jordan Shore Drive, Poland, ME 04274, Phone: 207-998-4976

24. Breakwater Inn & Spa

Breakwater Inn & Spa
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Set on the Kennebunkport River, the Breakwater Inn & Spa is a casual hotel dating back to the 1880s with a modern annex that houses beautifully appointed accommodations, modern amenities, and gracious hospitality. The hotel features bright and airy guest rooms and suites with nautically-inspired décor, spacious sitting areas with flat-screen televisions with cable channels, mini fridges, complimentary wireless Internet, and lovely river views. A delicious continental breakfast is served every morning, along with afternoon tea, and a refined seafood restaurant serves New England cuisine against a backdrop of beautiful river views. Additional amenities include a spa and a fitness room, and loaner bikes for exploring and the hotel is a short drive away from Gooch's Beach and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.

127 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, Phone: 207-967-5333

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The Captain A.V. Nickels Inn

Built in 1874 and surrounded by three acres of beautifully manicured gardens and grounds, the Captain A.V. Nickels Inn is a grand inn with elegant Old-World rooms and suites and beautiful ocean views. Located on the Main Road in Searsport and a short walk from the Penobscot Marine Museum, the charming hotel boasts stylishly appointed guest rooms with antique furnishings, hardwood floors and original artworks, en-suite bathrooms, coffeemakers, mini-fridges and flat-screen televisions, and complimentary wireless Internet. A complimentary cooked breakfast is served in the conservatory every morning, and cheese and wine events are held in the guest lounge in the evenings. A formal dining room and a casual restaurant serve delicious homemade fare and two sitting rooms, a library, and a Bayview loggia offer relaxing spots to unwind.

127 E Main St, Searsport, ME 04974, Phone: 207-548-1104

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Maine is known for its lobster production, rocky coastline and seafaring history. There are many scenic natural areas offering a range of outdoor activities and opportunities to see wildlife. Parks include well-known Acadia National Park and several smaller state parks. Lighthouses dot the rocky coast, whales can be seen offshore and several beaches are also popular among summer tourists. The cities offer museums, interesting restaurants and shopping as well as other interesting attractions. The state has a variety of activities for every season including beautiful fall foliage and winter sports activities such as snowshoeing and nordic skiing.

Ogunquit Beach

Ogunquit Beach is a beautiful summer resort on Maine’s southern tip. The beach is constantly rated among the top beaches in the country. It is a 3.5-mile stretch of dunes and sandy beachfront. The beach creates a natural barrier between the ocean and the Ogunquit River. The beach is lifeguarded during the main season. There is a middle section of the beach known as Footbridge Beach which can be accessed by a footbridge that crosses the river. Beach access is also available at several other locations along the beach. Facilities include parking, umbrellas, chair rentals, picnic tables and public restrooms.

Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond is located inside Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor. It was formed by a glacier and is approximately 150 feet deep at its deepest. There are steep inclines on both the East and West side of the water. The water in the pond is very clear, with the visibility being approximately 46 feet deep on average. Swimming is prohibited, but canoes, kayaks and other non-motorized boats are allowed on the water. The launch for such boats is at the Jordan Pond North parking lot. There is a full-service restaurant, Jordan Pond House, that overlooks Jordan Pond. The restaurant is the only full-service restaurant located inside Acadia National Park. They serve lunch, dinner and afternoon tea while you enjoy the stunning views.

Wells Beach

Wells is the third oldest town in Maine and has been a popular destinations for tourists for a very long time owing to its public beaches, seven miles of shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean and other attractions and amenities. Wells Beach is a 1.5-mile stretch of sandy beach that borders both Crescent Beach and the Wells Beach Jetty. The beach is flanked by grassy dunes and there is a rocky section near the entrance which makes it a great place for kids to explore and experience nature. There are many services and amenities on the beach including a snack bar, gift shop, parking, restrooms and more.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of several sections of land that together make up 9,125 acres along fifty miles of Maine’s southern coast. The refuge protects important estuaries which provide an important habitat for several species of migratory birds. A variety of wildlife can be seen in the park including White-tailed deer, raccoons, moose, black bear, snowshoe hair and a large variety of birds and waterfowl. The refuge allows hunting, fishing and shellfishing with appropriate permits and during certain seasons. Photography, canoeing, kayaking and educational programming are other activities that visitors may enjoy at the refuge.

Popham Beach State Park

Popham Beach State Park is a coastal state park that is situated in an area between where the Morse and Kennebec rivers open into the ocean. It is also located near the coastal city of Bath. The beach is one of the most popular in the state. Fox and Wood islands can be seen offshore and during low tide it is possible to walk to Fox Island. Geologic tours of the beach can be arranged. The park is located nearby Fort Popham, a fortification from the Civil War. The historic site is still being excavated and is said to have been the first colony in today’s New England.


Portland is an old fishing town that has grown into a modern city. The city sits on a peninsula that extends out into the Casco Bay. The Old Port waterfront is a favorite among tourists. It features many fishing wharves that are still in use today alongside warehouses that have been converted and now house restaurants and shops. Visitors also enjoy the Western Promenade for its location which offers views of the mountains and river, as well as its wide variety of family friendly activities. Several historic buildings, mansions, and museums, including a well-rated children’s museum are just a few of the other attractions in the Portland area.

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbour is an island town on Mount Desert Island along Maine’s Frenchmen Bay. The town is a jumping off point for visitors to Acadia National Park and the surrounding mountains. The bayside town has many restaurants, shops and other amenities that make it a popular base for tourists exploring the area. The historic town has several small museum and galleries, and the downtown area has a self-guided walking tour marked by signs for tourists. The surrounding area has plenty to do for those who like the outdoors and adventure. Opportunities for biking, hiking, kayaking and boating abound in the town and surrounding areas.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre recreation area that is mostly located on Mount Desert Island. The park’s terrain features rocky beaches, granite mountain peaks and woodlands. The park contains the highest point on the East Coast - Cadillac Mountain. Activities include hiking the many trails in the park, biking historic carriage roads, camping the park’s campgrounds, and winter activities such as snowshoeing, nordic skiing and snowmobiling. Many wildlife can be seen while exploring the park including moose, bear, seabirds and whales. For those who prefer more of a guided experience, National Park Tours offers guided bus tours throughout the park which include three stops, including one on the iconic Cadillac Mountain.

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Camden is a small town on the Penobscot Bay along Maine’s southern coast. Similar in feel to Nantucket or Bar Harbor, the town is a well-known summer colony with a population that more than triples in the summer. Popular attractions include Curtis Island with its iconic lighthouse, Barrett’s Cove Public Beach and Megunticook Falls. Several schooners such as the Lewis R. French and the Grace Bailey are based in Camden and offer sailing trips and cruises, some including week-long cruises. While the town is most highly trafficked in the summer, the small, community-owned Camden Snow Bowl ski area draws some winter tourism as well.


Bangor, known as the Queen City, is a city on the Penobscot River. The town is only about an hour north of the bustling tourist haven, Bar Harbor. However, the inland town is peaceful year round. Visitors to the city enjoy perusing the shops, visiting the many museums and the exploring the range of outdoor activities in the area. Favorite museums include the Cole Land Transportation Museum and the Maine Discovery Museum, Outdoor attractions include the Orono Bog Boardwalk and Bangor City Forest. Acadia National Park is only about an hour away. The town is also home to horror novelist, Stephen King. Stephen King-themed bus tours of Bangor are popular among his fans.

Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy is a beautiful bay on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine. The Bay only has a small portion of shoreline on the state of Maine as most of it is situated between the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The Bay boasts status as being one of the 7 wonders of North America and is home to the highest tides on the planet. The Bay is also known for being the site of many significant geological discoveries inclusive of dinosaur fossils and a range of semi-precious gems. The Bay of Fundy is also home to rare species of whales and whale-watching tours are a popular activity.


Rockland is a city on the coast of the Penobscot Bay and a popular tourist destination. Annually, the town hosts the world-renown Maine Lobster Festival, honoring their primary export. Other attractions include the famous Farnsworth Art Gallery which is home to the paintings of artist, Andrew Wyeth and other New Englanders. Visitors enjoy browsing the many interesting shops, coffee stores, markets and more. The city is home to the departure port for the Maine State Ferry Service which provides access to the nearby islands of North Haven, Vinalhaven and Matinicus. For a unique experience, visit Rockland via train on one of Maine Eastern Railroad’s excursions from Brunswick.


Augusta is a medium sized city and the state capital of Maine. The city is located on the Kennebec River in Kennebec County. Visitors can learn all about state history and governance at the Maine State Museum, the Blaine House and the State House. The city is also home to New England’s oldest surviving wooden fort, Old Fort Western, dating to 1754. Outdoor attractions abound in the Kennebec Valley including Messalonskee Lake and the Viles Arboretum, a 224 acre botanical garden. For those traveling with children, check out the well-rated Children’s Discovery Museum, Bicentennial Park and the Calumet Playground.


Bath is a small city along the Kennebec River, near Maine’s southern coast. The city is popular with tourists due to it’s 19th-century architecture, proximity to outdoor attractions, lighthouses and interesting museums. The city was historically a sea-going base and is home to the Maine Maritime Museum which provides an interesting look at the city’s maritime past. Several lighthouses along the Kennebec River are popular among tourists including the Doubling Point Light Station, and the Squirrel Point Light Station. There are also several nature preserves in and around Bath including the Thorne Head Preserve and Butler Head Preserve. Many parks and walking trails such as Whiskeag Trail provide even further opportunities for fun in the outdoors.


York is a town on the Gulf of Maine near the state’s southern tip. The town is known as a popular summer resort town. The town is a golf haven and is home to three popular 18-hole golf clubs. There are three sandy beaches which are perfect for summer fun. Long Sands Beach is the largest and most popular, and has quite a few options for beachfront accommodations in the summer months. The town has many interesting examples of Gilded Age architecture and features a cluster of preserved historic buildings in the center of York Village which are currently being operated as museums.


Lewiston is a city in Southern Maine. The city has significant connections to French Canada as much of the town’s historical development coincided with the migration of French Canadians from Montreal. The town was a former mill town but much of the lumber industry has fallen off in recent years and the city has attempted to re-invent itself as a tourist destination. There are several events and festivals that are hosted in Lewiston each year and draw many tourists and locals including the Liberty Festival, The Great Falls Balloon Festival, and Emerge Film Festival. Tourists who visit Lewiston will also find several interesting museums, a downtown historic district, and several beautiful parks.


Ellsworth is one of Maine’s fastest growing cities. The city is also popular among tourists with many interesting historic buildings and other attractions. Some examples of the historic architecture in the city includes the 1935 City Hall and The Grand theater which still hosts various performances throughout the year. Several interesting museums are based in the city including the Telephone Museum and Woodlawn Museum which is also listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Outdoor activities include Birdsacre which is home to the Stanwood Homestead Museum as well as a wildlife sanctuary. Others come to Ellsworth for shopping including the L.L Bean Outlet and several gift and specialty shops.

Marginal Way

Marginal Way is a mile-long walk along the cliffs, extending along the ocean near Ogunquit Beach. The walk stretches from Shore Road to Perkins Cove. The route passes by the iconic Marginal Way Lighthouse. The footpath is one of the only of it’s kind in New England. Visitors come for the peaceful, salty air and beautiful views of the ocean. The land was donated to the town nearly a century ago and is managed by a non-profit organization. Children will enjoy exploring the tide pools along the walk as well as looking for shells and sea creatures such as hermit crabs and starfish. There is a children’s guide to the Marginal Way as well as a walking map available on their website for free.

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Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island is the largest Island off the coast of Maine as well as the 6th largest in the continental United States. The most famous attraction on the island, and the reason most people visit is Acadia National Park. However, the island is also home to several well-known summer colonies such as Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor. Several celebrities have summer homes on the island. Most come to experience the natural beauty of the area with attractions such as Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole and Jordan Pond. There are many hiking and biking trails throughout the island as well as lighthouses and other interesting sites. The island’s villages offer shopping, restaurants and other services and amenities for tourists.

Camden Hills State Park - Mt. Battie

Camden Hills State park is a 5500-acre, publicly-owned recreational area that overlooks the Penobscot Bay in Camden. The park’s property contains both Mount Megunticook and Mount Battie. The top of Mt. Battie offers especially scenic views. The park offers multi-use trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking as well as winter sports such as snowmobiling and snowshoeing. The park also allows hunting. Camping The park is especially nice in fall when the colors are at their peak. For those who are looking for overnight accommodations, the campground at the park has more than a hundred individual sites to choose from.

Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park is a large area of wilderness in north-central Maine. The park was comprised out of 28 separate donations of land which together make the park more than 200,000 acres. The park is home to the highest mountain in Maine, Mount Katahdin. The mountain is 5,267 feet above sea level at its highest point and is the northern end of the Appalachian Trail. There are several lakes in the park including Grand Lake Matagamon, Nesowadnehunk Lake and Webster Lake among many other smaller bodies of water. There are also several streams, creeks and waterfalls. The park is somewhat isolated and has no electricity, running water or paved roads on the park grounds. Sightings of moose and other interesting wildlife are fairly common.

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park is a state park located on Casco Bay to the southeast of the town of Freeport. The park has more than 200 acres of protected, publicly owned recreation land. There are many trails within the park which pass along the shoreline and through dense forests. The trails offer scenic views of both the Harraseeket River and Casco Bay. Visitors enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the trails as well as birdwatching and picnicking. Guided nature tours are offered which affords visitors the chance to see baby ospreys in their nests with the use of high-powered binoculars. The park is day-use only, and no overnight camping is allowed.

Smalls Falls

Smalls Falls is a beautiful waterfall made up of a series of cascades and falls on the Sandy River. The waterfalls total 54 feet in height. The falls are accessible via the Smalls Falls Rest Area on Maine Route 4. The rest stop features basic amenities including parking, picnic tables and pit toilets. All of the four waterfalls are set within a beautiful gorge offering a scenic setting to enjoy them. It is especially beautiful in the fall. The waterfalls are separated by pools which are perfect for swimming. The lowest fall has a rocky beach leading to its base with fire pits and bathrooms nearby, making it a popular spot for picnics.

Gulf Hagas

Gulf Hagas is a gorge in central Maine’s mountains. The gorge is cut by the western fork of the Pleasant River and has created a vertically-walled slate gorge over the years that features several waterfalls. A scenic hiking trail follows along the rim of the gorge and offers beautiful views of the waterfall and surrounding area. For a short distance, this Gulf Hagas Rim Trail follows along the Appalachian Trail. This section of the Appalachian Trail is called the Hundred-Mile Wilderness and is both the final section of the trail as well as the section deemed by many to be the most difficult and remote.