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Guide to The Green and Sustainable Hotels, Resorts, and Lodging in Maine

Below, we present you with certified Green hotels, resorts and lodges that take the extra steps to be eco-friendly. These properties have earned the distinction of Maine Environmental Leader, by meeting or exceeding the Maine state DEP requirements as an environmentally responsible business.

These Maine Green Lodging properties have implemented programs to be save energy, conserve water, reduce waste, use environmentally friendly cleaning products, purchase local foods whenever possible, and educate guests on the importance of reducing environmental impact in cooperation with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

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

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 646-316-5151 | 1027 Crystal Road, Island Falls , Maine
On the National Historic Registry Sewall House (1865) in Island Falls offering yoga & meditation retreats since 1997. Theodore Roosevelt was healed from asthma while climbing Katahdin, trekking with Maine guide William Sewall. Sewall’s great granddaughter, has taught yoga in NY City since 1985 and continues the legacy of hospitality and healing amongst the northern Maine woods and lakes. Three delicious vegetarian meals per day, private bedrooms, sauna, massage, jacuzzi, porch sitting, daily yoga & meditation are all offered. Relax, renew, all levels welcome, including beginners. Learn More

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, our coastline, grand mountains and pristine lakes, must be kept clean to remain pristine.

The integrity of Maine’s landscapes is an important part of its culture which is why the state aims to minimize impact on the environment. To promote Maine’s Green Initiative, billboards are not allowed – considered a disturbance on the natural environment. If you have ever driven on Maine’s highways, you may have noted that there are no billboard advertisements here or on main routes to promote businesses.

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With the increasing costs of energy, and the 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, to rewarding hotels and motels with green certificates for energy and water conservation and using natural products.

Many hotels in Maine are doing their part by earning the Green Hotel certification for their effort to become Eco-friendly. These properties have created programs to preserve energy, water and reduce waste. That’s what being green is all about, from recycling at our hotels and restaurants, buying local seafood, beef and produce,organic farming, composting, and even using organic cotton linens and paper products made from recycled 

paper. Some hotels and motels have installed electric car chargers for visitors who own electric cars to charge up while they check in. Tesla has installed charge station at select Maine hotels for example. Preferred parking for hybrid cars and electric cars are popping up at Maine resorts as well. If you are looking to go green during your Maine vacation, look for the Maine Environmental Leader Seal from the DEP at Maine lodging properties, and check out our list of green hotels and motels.

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