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Your Guide to The Best Historic Maine Inns

Maine’s historic inns are more than just old buildings, these historical landmarks have a story to tell and legacy to uphold. You become part of a story where people from all over the world, people of all ages and unique backgrounds have shared memories in one place here in the historical inns of Maine. This directory has been provided for those with a hankering to learn and experience Maine history first hand.

Many of Maine’s historic inns are on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, selected for their timeless architecture and original detail.

After extensive refurbishing, these historic lodgings provide both a place to enjoy a Maine vacation and leave with a sense of purpose and place – a shared feeling of refreshment and legacy. Be sure to consider staying at an historic Inn in Maine during your travels.

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. Three on site restaurants including, 95 Ocean, offering fresh Maine seafood, 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
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
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
Kennebunkport Inn | Kennebunkport 207-967-2621 | 1 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine
Casual elegance. Stylish guest rooms. Thoughtful amenities. Exceptional guest service. These are a few of the highlights guests rave about during their stay at the Kennebunkport Inn, the only hotel located in the heart of Kennebunkport, Maine. Perched in the heart of the village center, the inn’s vista overlooks the downtown shops, restaurants, galleries, and even the Kennebunk River, making it an optimal choice for guests who prefer to walk to the most popular destinations in town. Learn More
AWOL Kennebunkport | Kennebunkport 207-967-2117 | 34 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine
AWOL KPT is your new retreat in Kennebunkport. Located in a pine grove and tucked into a quiet neighborhood, AWOL KPT is just a short walk to the harbor and all that is happening in Kennebunkport's Dock Square. It's a juxtaposition just like Maine—serenity amidst activity. Private but with plenty of opportunity to interact with other travelers. Isolated but central. AWOL KPT accommodations offer something perfect for whoever you are. Check out our fireplace cabin suites—some dog-friendly—or our luxurious, paired-back main house suites with various unique layouts to allow for your own expression. Learn More
Five Gables Inn | Boothbay Harbor 207 Murray Hill Road, Boothbay Harbor, Maine | 207 Murray Hill Road, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Perched on a garden hillside overlooking Linekin Bay and built in 1896, our inn underwent restoration, bringing back to life one of the only remaining summer hotels in East Boothbay. Lounge by the living room fireplace with a book, sit back in a rocking chair on the porch or enjoy the gentle sea breezes coming off the bay. A five minute drive puts you in the middle of Boothbay Harbor with trips to Monhegan Island, windjammers, kayaking, whale watching, restaurants, galleries and shopping. Learn More
Breakwater Inn & Spa | Waterfront Inn and Spa 207-967-5333 | 127 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine
Located directly on the Kennebunk River with beach, ocean and sunset views. This chic historic inn offers modern spa rooms with river views, cottages hanging over the river and more. One of the most historic Kennebunkport hotels and inns with all the modern hotel comforts of today. Full service spa complex to indulge in exclusive signature spa treatments. Guests delight in innovative cuisine at Stripers Waterside Restaurant, taking pleasure in the freshest seafood, lobster and shellfish from the New England Maine Coast. Learn More
The Lady Mary Inn | North Berwick 207-676-2133 | Elm Street, North Berwick, Maine
Comfortably familiar and welcoming, elegant and classic, down to the tiniest detail, while still offering every convenience the modern traveler expects. Welcome to the Lady Mary Inn. Surround yourself in Victorian romance. Experience the grandeur of this 25-room mansion while you enjoy all the Southern Maine Seacoast Region has to offer! Stretch out in one of our spacious guest rooms with beautiful private baths. Full gourmet breakfasts are artfully served. Conveniently located in North Berwick, Maine, just 6 miles from I-95 and 15 minutes from miles of white sandy beaches. Learn More
Union Bluff Hotel | York Beach 207-363-1333 | 8 Beach Street, York Beach, Maine
The Union Bluff Hotel has been keeping a watchful eye over the shores of Short Sands Beach since 1868. Back then our guests arrived with their trunks packed for a month-long stay and men and women dressed in “bathing costumes”. Styles have changed but not the splendor or personal service that keeps generation after generation coming back to the Union Bluff Hotel. Learn More
The Belmont Inn | Camden 207-236-8053 | 6 Belmont Avenue, Camden, Maine
Elegant, historic Inn steps from downtown Camden's stunning harbor, fine dining and shops. Newly updated, the Belmont Inn offers fine accommodations and superb comfort. Prepare to be pampered by our gourmet, three-course breakfast, relaxing wrap-around porch and extensive perennial gardens. Six well-appointed guestrooms, including one suite, all with private bathrooms; a living room and adjoining room both with fireplaces, and a lovely dining area, all provide ample areas to relax and unwind after a day of exploring all that midcoast Maine has to offer! Come discover why the Belmont Inn is a favorite destination for travelers! Learn More
Harbour Towne Inn | Boothbay Harbor - Waterfront 207-633-4300 | 71 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Upon arriving at our newly refurbished in-town Victorian waterfront property you will immediately be transported back to a time when romance and gracious living were a way of life. Choose an Inn room with an outside deck or common deck access for scenic views of the charming village or picturesque waterfront. Our luxurious modern Penthouse is spacious and sleeps six in luxury. Enjoy our buffet Continental breakfast with our compliments. Fresh coffee, great food and good cheer. Learn More
Captain Nickels Inn | Oceanfront in Searsport 207-548-1104 | 127 E Main St, Searsport, Maine
Enjoy luxury accommodations in a historic Sea Captain’s home. Step back in time and enjoy one of our nine guest rooms as if you were a guest of Captain Nickels himself. Upgrade your stay with one of our suites, both offer stunning views from their decks of our six-acre lawn and Penobscot Bay. Awaken to the smell of our chef’s choice breakfast served each morning in our dining room or solarium. Unwind from a whirlwind day of exploring Maine’s MidCoast in one of our two parlors. Take a stroll to the water and enjoy classic Adirondack chairs on the bay’s edge. Learn More
Camden Windward House | Camden B&B 877-492-9656 | 6 High Street, Camden, Maine
Great location, steps from Main St. and Camden Harbor, our 1864 Greek revival bed and breakfast begins each day with a fresh two course breakfast. Newly renovated gardens, decks and firepit create a private retreat, with mountain views and hiking trail access, all within walking distance to area dining, shopping, hiking, sailing, kayaking, skiing and lobsters. Eight well-appointed, meticulously clean, air conditioned en-suite guest rooms, with free wi-fi and large smart tvs, some featuring private entrances and decks, gas fireplaces and soaking tubs. 24 hour complimentary guest pantry. Book direct and save! Learn More
Ocean Point Inn & Resort | East Boothbay 207-633-4200 | 191 Shore Rd, East Boothbay, Maine
Ocean Point will take you back to the golden era of summers spent on the rockbound coast of Maine. This has been called "paradise on the coast of Maine." The majority of guest rooms enjoy direct ocean views. Many rooms with decks offering stunning sunsets. All accommodations have private bath, mini-fridge, cable TV and AC/heat. Some with gas fireplaces. Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Free WiFi. Learn More
Waldo Emerson Inn | Bed and Breakfast Inn Kennebunk 207-985-4250 | 108 Summer Street, Kennebunk, Maine
A romantic colonial style inn with a rich history, located in the Historic District of Kennebunk. Guests enter directly into the keeping room dating back to 1753 with it’s hand-sewn oak timbers and a welcoming wood burning stove. The inn offers six romantic guests rooms all with ensuite bathrooms, four with fireplaces. The rooms are decorated in a traditional style with antique pieces and a touch of elegant whimsy. Let us pamper you with our gourmet breakfast. This restored shipbuilders mansion is the perfect inn for a Southern Maine getaway. Learn More
Pentagoet Inn & Wine Bar | Castine 207-326-8616 | 26 Main Street, Castine, Maine
Gracious hospitality, exceptional lodging, and a cozy pub and wine bar await you. This award winning Queen Anne Victorian inn overlooks the picture perfect village and harbor of Castine. Take one of the inn bikes to Dyce Head lighthouse, hike Witherle Woods or relax at the Backshore beach. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Maine coast with kayaking and sailing tours around the harbor and Penobscot Bay. Wine Bar open to the public for libations and small plates. Summer Jazz on the Porch, Tuesdays, July-September. Learn More
Abigail's Inn | Camden 207-236-2501 | 8 High Street, Camden, Maine
Stay in the heart of historic Camden at Abigail’s Inn. Built in 1849 and recently restored, our B&B is just steps to town and the harbor. Relax in one of our 4 spacious guest rooms, and enjoy beautiful grounds and warm, inviting common areas. Plan your day in one of the cozy parlors by a fireplace. Kick up your feet on the front porch after a day of sightseeing. Our stone patio is a great place to enjoy your breakfast, an afternoon beverage or simply soak up the sun. Learn More
Elms of Camden | Camden 207-236-6250 | 84 Elm St. , Camden, Maine
Elms of Camden is an authentic 1806 New England Colonial and a fine example of preservation and restoration. Our bed and breakfast is a short walk to the harbor, shops, restaurants, and activities in downtown Camden. All guest rooms have their own private bath, flat-screen cable TV, WiFi, USB charging stations, irons/ironing boards, hair dryers, luxurious towels, and fine linens. All rooms feature individually controlled AC/Heat and gas fireplaces. For your convenience, a guest pantry is available 24/7 with a small refrigerator, a variety of individually-wrapped snacks, and a Keurig beverage station. Learn More
Jeremiah Mason House | B&B in Limerick 207-793-4858 | 40 Main St, Limerick, Maine
The Historic Jeremiah Mason House Mansion, built in 1859, is located in the charming village of Limerick. Centrally located to the many activities and adventures this beautiful region offers. Just 50 min from Portland and very close to the Sebago Lake Region. 55 Min to North Conway Outlets and Ski areas. Our rural country setting offers biking, hiking, boating, fishing, golfing, swimming and many winter activities. Just 40 min from Old Orchard Beach with its gorgeous 7 mile stretch of beach. Learn More
Kingsleigh Inn | Southwest Harbor 207-244-5302 | 373 Main St , Southwest Harbor, Maine
Kingsleigh Inn is a turn of the century, turreted Queen Anne Victorian that sits high on a hill, 100 yards from the water. The Inn, with its elegant yet casual atmosphere, is located in the center of town surrounded by Acadia National Park. Enjoy rooms with water views, private decks and pampering amenities. A three-course gourmet breakfast is served as are afternoon baked goods, early evening wine and hors d oeurves and all day tea and espresso. Come see why Conde Nast featured us as the place to stay on Mount Desert Island! Learn More
Blue Hill Inn | Blue Hill 207-374-2844 | 40 Union Street, Blue Hill, Maine
The Blue Hill Inn (c.1830), a place to relax, a place to vacation. Visit a quiet and scenic place on the coast. Sail, cruise or kayak past the lighthouses of Penobscot Bay or shop for antiques and visit galleries. Sample food and cooking from local farmer’s and fishermen or attend a chamber music concert. Then return to a bed and breakfast of distinction where hors d’oeuvres and wine are served by the fireplace and where our priority is individualized attention to guests. Learn More
Bliss Farm Inn | Bed and Breakfast 207-407-3241 | 1290 Royalsborough Road, Durham, Maine
Built in 1772, The Bliss Farm Inn is a year-round bed and breakfast that allows guests to take a step back in time without sacrificing any of today's modern luxuries. Located just 10 minutes from Freeport and 15 from Brunswick, Durham is set in the rolling hills and farmland adjacent to the Androscoggin River. Bliss Farm Inn is a special place providing guests true farm-to-table breakfasts, 24 hour snacks and beverages, and all of the simple charms and romance of a historic hideaway! Learn More
Blind Tiger | Portland 207-879-8755 | 163 Danforth Street, Portland, Maine
A historic piece of Portland's vibrant West End, our guest house is designed to make you feel like a true Portlander. Located in the heart of one of the country’s most happening cities, Blind Tiger offers an easygoing style and creative design in an intimate setting, for an experience that embodies the spirit of Portland. Learn More
The Oxford House Inn | Fryeburg 207-935-3442 | 548 Maine Street, Rt. 302 , Fryeburg, Maine
A country inn with spectacular mountain views, combining classic Mission style design with contemporary elegance. Highly acclaimed on-site restaurant and lively pub are run by Culinary Institute of America graduate Chef/Co-Owner. Accommodations combine antique charm with updated, modern amenities. King beds, private baths, TV/DVD and full country breakfast. Surrounded by lakes and mountains with activities, including hiking, biking, skiing, antiquing, outlet shopping, golf, fishing and many scenic drives. Open year-round. Learn More
Chapman Inn | Bethel Inn B&B 207-824-2657 | 2 Church Street, Bethel, Maine
A charming and delightful inn with unbeatable location, in the heart of Bethel's historic district facing the town common. The Chapman Inn offers great rooms, a "world famous" full gourmet breakfast, and warm genuine hospitality, and all at sane rates. The inn is very family friendly, and indeed was named "Best Family Inn in New England" by the New England Travel Guide. Pets are also welcome. Learn More
Kennebec Inn | Bath Bed and Breakfast 207-443-5324 | 696 High Street, Bath, Maine
Experience warm hospitality at the Kennebec Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in historic Bath, Maine. Resting on large park-like grounds with an in-ground pool, the Inn is a short walk from a wonderful downtown. Providing many premier amenities of a luxury hotel, while balanced with the personalized treatment and service that only intimate lodging accommodations can provide, the Kennebec Inn has been the B&B of choice by guests of Bath, Maine for over eight years. Learn More
Bethel Inn Resort | Bethel Resort 207-824-2175 | 21 Broad Street, Bethel, Maine
Maine's Premier Four Season Resort in the heart of historic Bethel Maine. Country elegant accommodations and townhomes, award winning fine and casual dining, health club with an outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, hot tub and spa services. 18 hole championship golf course. 40km Nordic Ski Center. Just 6.8 miles from Sunday River Ski Resort. Whether it's a ski or golf vacation or corporate meeting, retreat or wedding, The Bethel Inn Resort offers unsurpassed amenities, accommodations and recreational activities. Learn More

Legends of sea captains and their ships lost at sea explain the “widows walks” that grace so many Victorian mansions still standing majestically by the sea. Today’s Bed and Breakfasts in Maine were once grand summer homes for families, and their servants, who would escape the heat and swelter of the city to come for months at a time to relax and take in the health benefits of the fresh sea air in Maine.

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Grand seaside inns speak to the social season that Maine summers at the turn of the century were famed for lavish parties, yacht club galas, festivals and even casinos with ballrooms and big bands playing.

Still, these historic bed and breakfast homes recall the luxury of a bygone era with the pleasantry of warm hospitality, charming decor, and homemade meals for a romantic getaway or relaxing vacation in Maine.

Back in Maine’s heyday, summer theaters were staples on the Southern Maine coast while today a few great summer stock playhouses remain continuing the off Broadway plays and productions. Maine innkeepers add to your vacation by providing local knowledge and tips on what to do during your Maine stay and what’s going in in their Maine town.

Innkeepers also take great pride in the history, architecture and legacy of their inn and love to tell their guests about the previous residents, folklore and even haunted stories of their spectacular inns.

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With recent refurbishing, visitors of Maine’s historic inns can relive the lavish lifestyle of those the past with today’s modern amenities. Enjoy unmatched accommodations, often with hot tubs, breakfast, afternoon tea and wine in the parlor, and gourmet meals at Maine’s historic inns.

Take in the natural beauty of Maine’s coastal regions in a grand Victorian home perched along the ocean or behold the splendor of the lakes and mountains in a cozy inn.

Staying at historical Maine inn on the coast or a charming bed and breakfast, you have the chance to experience the timeless beauty and tradition of a seaside vacation.

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