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Ultimate Guide to The Best Maine Sustainable and Green Hotels, Inns, and Vacation Rentals

Believe it or not, Maine has several certified green hotels, resorts, and lodges that take extra steps to be eco-friendly. These properties have earned the distinction of Maine Environmental Leader by meeting or exceeding the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s requirements as an environmentally responsible business.

These Maine green lodging properties have implemented programs that save energy, conserve water, reduce waste, use environmentally friendly cleaning products, purchase local foods whenever possible, and educate guests on the importance of reducing their environmental impact in cooperation with the Maine DEP.

You can do your part to be green by choosing a Maine green lodging property for your next trip to Vacationland. And, be sure to keep Maine clean by reusing your towels, recycling, putting trash in its place, and leaving only your footprints on the mountains, roadways, trails, and beaches.

Featured Maine Sustainable & Green Hotels, Resorts, Inns, & Rentals

York Harbor Inn | York Harbor 207-363-5119 | 480 York Street, York Harbor , Maine
Luxurious Historic Oceanfront Inn that has been featured on the Travel Channels "Great Country Inns" and as Country Living Magazines "Inn of the Month." Many rooms with fireplaces, Jacuzzi spa tubs, decks and ocean vistas. Award winning ocean view dining with a bistro menu in 1637 plus dining and entertainment in our Ships Cellar Pub. Outdoor hot tub open year round. Complete conference facilities. Open year round. See website for last minute Internet Specials, Innkeeper and other packages. Free WiFi. Learn More
Nonantum Resort | Kennebunkport 207-967-4050 | 95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine
Family friendly waterfront resort in Kennebunkport, just 90 minutes from Boston, with 109 beautifully appointed guestrooms, a full family activities program, heated pool with bar and grill on the water’s edge. Lobster boat, sailing, and sport fishing tours leave daily from the resort’s marina. Perfectly located just a half mile from the shopping and restaurants and beach. Complimentary shuttle for hotel guests. On-site restaurants, including Latitudes and Heckmans, offer fresh Maine seafood, creative coastal cuisine, waterfront views, and live entertainment. Named “The Best Resort in Maine for Couples.” Come learn why guests rave about the staff and their genuine Maine hospitality. Learn More
Seaside Inn | Kennebunk Beach 207-967-4461 | 80 Beach Ave, Kennebunk, Maine
Oceanfront Inn directly on Kennebunk Beach. Walk to Kennebunkport's famous Dock Square shops and restaurants. Sea kayaking, whale watching, fabulous sunrises and sunsets from your room! The Seaside Inn is open year round and includes breakfast daily in the 1850 Boat House. Hot tub. Bicycles. Oceanfront rooms. Great values with our special Off-Season Packages in the inn. 9th generation family innkeepers since 1667. Kennebunkport's premier beachfront address. A memorable location and experience directly on the beach. Learn More
Kennebunkport Captains Collection | Kennebunkport 207-967-3141 | 6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, Maine
Located in the heart in Kennebunkport’s historic district, the Captains Collection is comprised of some of the most significant historic ship captain's homes in Kennebunkport. Previously known individually as Captain Lord Mansion, Captain Fairfield Inn, Captain Jefferds Inn, and Maine Stay Inn, under the new collection name, the inns are now managed as a resort-style single entity, embodying the nautical charm of the town with the design and amenities to satisfy the desires of today’s discerning traveler. From private cottages to spacious suites and cozy rooms, the collection offers something for everyone. Enjoy landscaped grounds, warm hospitality, and professional concierge services. Learn More
Craignair Inn | Spruce Head 207-594-7644 | 5 3rd St, Spruce Head, Maine
We are committed to providing a warm and welcoming escape for our guests with amenities that will make your stay comfortable while following green lodging best practices to ensure that we do our part to preserve the natural beauty of Maine for future generations to enjoy. We welcome guests and pets looking for a peaceful retreat on the edge of the Maine coast. Every room is appointed with luxurious sheets, towels, and robes. All water facing guest rooms have a unique view of Clark Island and the Atlantic Ocean’s dramatic tide. Learn More
Blue Hill Inn | Blue Hill 207-374-2844 | 40 Union Street, Blue Hill, Maine
Relax and vacation at The Blue Hill Inn (est. 1840). Visit a quiet town on the picturesque Maine coast. Sail, cruise or kayak past the lighthouses of Penobscot Bay or shop for antiques and visit galleries. Sample food from farmers and fishermen at one of the local restaurants. Then return to a romantic, historic inn complete with fireplaces and a hearty breakfast, drinks and hors d'oeuvres which are always served with extraordinary hospitality. Learn More
Sewall House | Island Falls 646-316-5151 | 1027 Crystal Road, Island Falls , Maine
Chosen TOP US/Canada yoga retreat by Conde Nast Traveler, USA TODAY, Instyle and more. Customized wellness getaway/workshops. Six private bedrooms, daily yoga, meditation, healthy meals. Near lakes, hiking. Where young Theodore Roosevelt healed from asthma. Tradition continues with Roosevelts’ nature guide Bill Sewall’s great grand daughter, Donna Davidge, teaching since 1985, MS Nutrition. 1865 National Historic Registry offering retreats since 1997. Meditation retreats with 4 or more people get the house to themselves. Learn More

About Ski Resort Lodging in Maine

More and more Maine lodging properties are going green. What was once just a color is now a way of doing business and protecting our precious environment. Mainers know that the Pine Tree State’s natural resources, beautiful coastline, and grand mountains and pristine lakes must be kept clean to remain pristine.

The integrity of Maine’s landscape is an important part of the state’s culture, which is why the state aims to minimize its impact on the environment. To promote the Sustainable Maine Program, billboards are not allowed because they’re considered a disturbance to the natural environment.

What It Means to Be Green

With the increasing costs of energy and possible global climate change, going green means preserving the planet’s resources for future generations. Maine’s environmentally friendly initiatives are state-wide — from beaches to inland waterways — rewarding hotels and motels with green certificates for energy and water conservation and using natural products.

These properties have created programs to preserve energy, water, and reduce waste. That’s what being green is all about — from recycling and using organic cotton linens and paper products made from recycled paper to buying local seafood, beef, and produce, as well as organic farming and composting.

Some hotels and motels have installed electric car chargers for visitors who own electric cars to charge up while they’re checked in. Tesla has installed charge stations at select Maine hotels, for example. Preferred parking for hybrid cars and electric cars is popping up at Maine resorts too.

If you are looking to go green during your Maine vacation, look for the Maine Environmental Leader Seal from the DEP at lodging properties.

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