The best places to stay in Maine are on the water, near sand beaches, in beautiful historic towns, in the lakes and mountains and the Down East Coast. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing and more intimate getaway, your best bet is to stay in one of Maine’s premier inns or a romantic Bed and Breakfast, known for their warm hospitality and antique charm. Inns and Bed and Breakfasts can be found throughout the state in seaside villages, on the beach or even up north in the Maine woods.
For a fun family vacation, Maine resorts and lodges are an ideal choice, on the ocean or by a lake for outdoor opportunities. Located on the beach or up in the Maine western mountains region, these Maine resort properties offer all-inclusive accommodations and often provide full service amenities for vacation activities – hiking, biking, water sport or winter sports.
Whatever your preference, Maine has the right accommodation for you. Here is a list of our top places to stay in Maine at the best hotels, inns, and resorts.
One of the premier places to stay on the Southern Maine Coast is York Harbor Inn. This luxurious oceanfront property has been featured on the Travel Channel, LL Bean catalogues, and Country Living Magazine. Guests enjoy award winning dining, a nautical Ship’s Cellar Pub, outdoor hot tub and beautiful guest rooms with fireplaces, Jacuzzis and bold ocean views. With York Harbor Inn’s six gracious and unique inns to choose from, what more could you want for a beachside getaway?
The only inn located directly on the shores of Kennebunk Beach, is Seaside Inn. Seaside, like its name, has an ideal location righ on Gooch’s beach with easy access to Kennebunkport’s Dock Square shops and restaurants. Open year round, this family owned and run property dates back to the 1600s and is run by 9th generation family innkeepers! Seaside offers guests an ocean view hot tub, direct beach access, bikes, and breakfast in the 1850 Boat House for a memorable stay.
For a taste of Maine’s raw beauty, stay at Moosehead Hills Cabins, a beautiful lakeside retreat overlooking Moosehead Lake. Beautiful log cabins offer real wood-burning fireplaces and whirlpool bathtubs. Explore Moosehead during the day, with moose watching, hiking, kayaking, fishing and boating. End yoru day with a massage, sunset cocktaisl and dinner with breathtaking views. This is the place to stay in Greenville, Maine on majestic Moosehead Lake.
Samoset Resort is a sprawling 230-acre ocean side hotel located on the beautiful waters of Penobscot Bay just south of the town of Camden. Samoset’s setting and location alone put this on the list but recent multi-million dollar upgrade investments secure its standing amongst Maine’s top resorts. Samoset is a popular golf vacation destination, boasting a full championship golf course. Guests can also enjoy the large free form pool and bar, an Italian restaurant, guest cottages, gorgeous grounds and the Samoset Kids Club for their younger guests.
Those looking for beachfront lodging can stay at Stage Neck Inn, Resort and Spa. This boutique resort overlooks the ocean from a stunning York Harbor peninsula. This AAA four diamond resort offers guests ocean view lodging, full-service spa, indoor pool with Jacuzzi, fitness center with sauna, outdoor pool, seasonal clay tennis courts, sandy beach and fine dining in two restaurants. Extraordinary ocean views and Maine hospitality are a Stage Neck tradition.
A distinguished member of the Historic Hotels of America, originally constructed in 1895 as a home for Maine’s National Guard is The Portland Regency Hotel and Spa. Situated in the heart of Portland’s Old Port District, the Regency has become Portland’s premier full-service hotel. Portland’s best Old Port Hotel location allows guests to walk out the front door to Portland’s shopping, galleries and top restaurants, or catch a Casco Bay Ferry to spend the day exploring Maine islands, waterfront parks, lighthouses and the ocean.
For an ideal luxury getaway in Downeast, Maine with full-service spa, exercise room, marina, ocean side tennis, outdoor pool and AAA Four Diamond dining, we suggest Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. The Harborside’s fabulous waterfront location in the heart of charming downtown Bar Harbor allows you to walk to town, boat tours, shopping, fun pubs and Bar Harbor’s best restuarants (serving lobster of course). Or just stay at the resort pool or spa overlooking the harbor. Harborside has easy access to a wide array of outdoor activities in Acadia National Park.
One of the top year-round destinations in New England, is Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. Especially popular in the winter among skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, Sugarloaf offers the largest ski area east of the Rockies. Other winter activities include snowboarding, tubing and snowshoeing. Summer guests can enjoy the #1 golf course in Maine, hiking, biking, moose tours and more!