Holiday Happenings Along the Maine Coast

Kennebunkport's nautical holiday decorations. Robert Dennis photo.

Kennebunkport's nautical holiday decorations. Robert Dennis photo.

Create your own holiday itinerary of Inns Along the Coast

Who says summer and fall are the only time to visit the Maine Coast?  Plan things right, and you might just be able to create a holiday tour of all our inns.  Since many of the holiday events take place at the beginning of the holiday season, plan to create an itinerary of holiday happenings in each of the Maine coastal communities where Inns Along the Coast are found.

Let’s take a look at the holiday happenings occurring along the Coast of Maine.

Captain Jefferds Inn in all her holiday lights.  Jumping Rocks photo.

Captain Jefferds Inn in all her holiday lights.  Jumping Rocks photo.

Southern Maine/Kennebunkport

The 36th Annual Christmas Prelude takes place in Kennebunkport, Maine, November 30-December 10, 2017. Named the #2 Christmas town in the USA by HGTV, Kennebunkport’s two-week holiday festival includes everything from tree lightings and Santa arrivals by boat to hat and pooch parades. Of course, there are also ice bars, bonfires and plenty of holiday spirits too. 

While there are hundreds of events on the schedule, two of the events are focused on inns, including the Captain Jefferds Inn.  On Sunday, December 3, from 1:00-3:00pm, the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport will open their doors for a holiday open house.  Tour inns dressed in all their holiday finery and enjoy refreshments at each inn. Then on Saturday, December 9, join the Walk to Bethlehem, a candlelight procession with Mary and Joseph stopping at three inns, including the Captain Jefferds Inn, and ending at the manger for hymns and carols followed by refreshments.

Book your stay at the Captain Jefferds Inn soon, and be right in the heart of the holiday happiness.

Holiday time in Freeport, Maine

Holiday time in Freeport, Maine

Freeport

Filled with outlets and great shops, Freeport is hopping throughout the holidays. Visit any time during the holiday season and you can’t go wrong, but Sparkle Celebration weekend is a particularly colorful time to visit the Brewster House B&B.  December 1-3, 2017 marks Freeport’s Sparkle Celebration this year.  While the schedule is filled with shopping, holiday cheer and Freeport’s famous talking Christmas tree, the highlight of the weekend is the Parade of Lights, on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:00pm.

Walk to many of the events from the Brewster House Inn.  Then after a full day of holiday shopping and celebrating, return to the inn to sample one of the many craft brews on tap here. Simply visit Brewster House B&B online to view availability, then book soon for this popular weekend.  Remember, though, anytime during the holiday season is a great time to visit Brewster House B&B, as the famous outlets are an easy stroll from the inn.

Newcastle Inn's own in-house festival of lights.  Newcastle Inn photo.

Newcastle Inn's own in-house festival of lights.  Newcastle Inn photo.

Newcastle

Few New England towns are as quaint and quintessentially New England during the holidays as Newcastle and adjacent Damariscotta, where the harbors meet the towns and holiday decorations are classic and tasteful, and home to the Newcastle Inn. Yet, those in search of incredible holiday displays will find one nearby at Gardens Aglow in the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, where you’ll see gardens in a whole new light! From November 17 to December 31, 2017, visit this special botanical garden where 500,000 energy efficient LED lights decorate the central gardens and buildings. It’s a spectacle to behold, and a highlight of Boothbay’s Festival of Lights.

All this light magic is less than a 15-minute drive from the Newcastle Inn.  Book your holiday stay any time over the six weeks Gardens Aglow is open, and spend some time shopping in the unique local shops too.  Return to the inn for a hot toddy in the Newcastle Inn’s pub and complete the ongoing puzzle you’ll find in the living room.

Rockland's famous lobster trap tree.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography

Rockland's famous lobster trap tree.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography

Rockland

Visit Rockland, Maine over Thanksgiving weekend and not only will you enjoy your fill of turkey, but you can also take part in the annual Festival of Lights, featuring the world-famous lobster trap Christmas tree and the Festival of Lights parade. Home to Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn and Granite Inn, all three are within an easy stroll of the Festival of Lights events.

One of the highlights of this weekend is the Holiday House Tour including all three of the Inns Along the Coast members here.  Tour these special inns and view the gorgeous Victorian decorations at the Berry Manor Inn, the extraordinary nutcracker collection at the LimeRock Inn and the chic contemporary holiday décor at the Granite Inn.  You’re sure to go home with ideas for decorating your own home.  It’s all topped off with a tree auction at the Rockland Library; the event benefits Friends of Rockland Library.  Take advantage of the Festival of Lights package honored at all three inns.

Camden storefronts dressed for the holidays. Experience Camden Maine photo.

Camden storefronts dressed for the holidays. Experience Camden Maine photo.

Camden

Christmas by the Sea is a December tradition in Camden, Lincolnville and Rockport, Maine celebrated this year December 1-3, 2017. The schedule of events includes carriage rides through downtown, a holiday parade, stores open late with ongoing sales, cookie decorating, a tree-lighting in Harbor Park, carolers, Santa Claus, and many craft shows, holiday fairs and activities throughout three communities. This is the perfect time for a holiday stay at Hawthorn Inn, just steps away from all the holiday action. 

Start the day right with a beautifully handcrafted breakfast, offered by innkeepers, Ted and Lisa.  Then stroll through Camden’s eclectic shops while taking in a full schedule of holiday events over the weekend.  You can book online or call the Hawthorn Inn to enjoy your holiday getaway by the sea.

A winter look at downtown Bar Harbor.  Bar Harbor Chamber photo.

A winter look at downtown Bar Harbor.  Bar Harbor Chamber photo.

Bar Harbor

Mark your calendar for December 1, 2017 and Bar Harbor’s one-day Village Holidays and Midnight Madness Sale.  The evening begins at 4:30pm on the Village Green in downtown Bar Harbor with carolers and hot cocoa. Then, join us in welcoming Santa Claus to the Village Green at 5pm. From there, follow Santa and the carolers down to the MDI YMCA for family activities and crafts and your chance to visit with Santa, from 5:30-6:30pm. Activities and crafts provided by the MDI YMCA and Summer Festival of the Arts. It’s all walking distance from Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B and Aysgarth Station B&B.

Forget Black Friday’s rise-and-shine at o-dark-hundred. The Midnight Madness Sale is for night owls. It begins at 8:00pm. Make a night of it with dinner at one of Bar Harbor's many restaurants before shopping the generous discounts and sales from participating businesses. Then, bring your receipts down to the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on the corner of Main and Cottage Streets to enter to win the midnight raffle drawing. Every receipt from a participating location will be good for one entry into the drawing for 2 round-trip tickets from Bar Harbor to Boston on Cape Air. The more you shop the better chances you'll have to win!

Be sure to book a stay where you can walk to all the action, then after you’ve literally shopped until you’ve dropped, stroll back to Saltair Inn.   Aysgarth Station B&B will be closed during this time, but opens again in January for winter stays and getaways.  You can book your stay online or call for reservations. 

There you have it; a whirlwind holiday itinerary for Inns along the Coast of Maine in all their Christmas glory.  Wouldn't you love to see it in person?  Contact your favorite inn and book your holiday getaway soon. 

In Bar Harbor:

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:  relax@saltairinn.com, website: www.saltairinn.com, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.

Aysgarth Station B&B: Email: innkeeper@aysgarth.com, website: www.aysgarthstation.com, 207-288-9655, Innkeeper: Melody Kronenberg.

In Camden

Hawthorn Inn: Email: info@camdenhawthorn.com, website: www.camdenhawthorn.com,  207-236-8842, Your hosts: Ted & Lisa Weiss

In Freeport

Brewster House B&B: Email: info@brewsterhouse.com, website: www.brewsterhouse.com, 207-865-4121, Your hosts: Dave Noel & Kelleigh Dulany

In Kennebunkport:

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email: captjeff@captainjefferdsinn.com, website: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom

In Newcastle

Newcastle Inn:  Email: info@newcastleinn.com, Website: www.newcastleinn.com, reservations: 207-563-5685, Your hosts: Julie Bolthuis and her four-legged assistant innkeeper, Jabu

In Rockland:

Berry Manor Inn: Email: info@berrymanorinn.com, website: www.berrymanorinn.com, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email: info@oldgraniteinn.com, website: www.OldGraniteInn.com, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

LimeRock Inn: Email: info@LimeRockinn.com, website: www.LimeRockinn.com, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis

Autumn along the coast of Maine: A photo tour to spur your next trip

Grassy Pond in Union, Maine.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Grassy Pond in Union, Maine.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

While Indian Summer may be upon us right now, it's beginning to look a lot like autumn in Maine. With temps in the 80s this week, it may not feel like fall is here, but just look up at the trees and you'll see fall colors are beginning to turn.  The leaves make their shift from summer greens to harvest hues in the Northern part of the Maine Coast first, but by mid-October Maine foliage is a sight to be seen.  Contrast the color of the leaves with a deep blue sea or a blue sky and it's no wonder that people flock to Inns Along the Coast for romantic getaways during this time of year.  Return to a crackling fire, a warm toddy and the most comfortable bed you've ever slept in, then start the next day with a scrumptious homemade and hearty breakfast. Now that's what New England fall getaways are all about.

We thought it might be fun to take you on a photo tour of what you'll see along Maine's coast this fall.  While admittedly these photos were taken in previous seasons, Mother Nature never disappoints us. Here's what you have to look forward to.

Starting in the Southern part of the state, the colors are in the beautiful decorations found at Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport.

And sunsets are beautiful along the beaches and rocky coast at any time of year.

And sunsets are beautiful along the beaches and rocky coast at any time of year.

And each door is highlighted by a beautiful fall wreath at this time of year.

Fall wreaths at Captain Jefferds Inn, Kennebunkport, ME

Fall wreaths at Captain Jefferds Inn, Kennebunkport, ME

In Freeport, look for fall leaves to highlight the Brewster House B&B.

Golden yellows light the way to the front door of the Brewster House B&B.

Golden yellows light the way to the front door of the Brewster House B&B.

And with a focus on craft beers sampling, cooking demonstrations and fabulous breakfasts, your innkeepers, Kelleigh and Dave will be on hand to offer a hearty autumn welcome.

Kelleigh and Dave, your innkeepers at Brewster House Inn.

Kelleigh and Dave, your innkeepers at Brewster House Inn.

Continue traveling up the Maine Coast toward the Midcoast, and you'll find fall foliage scenes that will leave you speechless.  LimeRock Inn innkeeper, PJ Walter, has captured some beautiful scenic shots along Maine's Midcoast.  Now grab the camera and see these for yourself on your own Inns Along the Coast getaway!

In Newcastle, you'll find the ideal respite at the Newcastle Inn, flanked by beautiful foliage and fall themed window boxes.

NewcastleInn-fall.jpg

Whether you enjoy a glass of wine or sample some of Maine's Craft beer in the pub, filled with innkeeper Julie's collection of board games, or sit and enjoy putting the final piece of the puzzle in the ongoing jigsaw, there are plenty of common rooms at the Newcastle Inn to return to after a day of leaf peeping.

Board games in the pub at the Newcastle Inn.

Board games in the pub at the Newcastle Inn.

Next stop, Rockland, and the three Historic Inns of Rockland, LimeRock Inn, Berry Manor Inn and Granite Inn,  in all their autumn glory!

Fall flowers and fall leaves offer autumn color at the LimeRock Inn.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Fall flowers and fall leaves offer autumn color at the LimeRock Inn.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Berry Manor Inn in all her fall glory.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography.

Berry Manor Inn in all her fall glory.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography.

Autumn reds are seen both in the leaves and in the late blooming gardens at Granite Inn.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Autumn reds are seen both in the leaves and in the late blooming gardens at Granite Inn.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Rockland's harborside downtown section comes alive in fall colors.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Rockland's harborside downtown section comes alive in fall colors.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Next stop on our Inns Along the Coast fall photo tour is Camden.  As beautiful fall colors ring the harbor, the town is painted in the natural autumn hues and long rays of sunshine during the fall months. Stay at Hawthorn Inn and view the fall colors around the harbor from the back yard or walk the few blocks into town and take in the view from Main Street.

Falling leaves add a carpet of autumn colors to the Hawthorn Inn.

Falling leaves add a carpet of autumn colors to the Hawthorn Inn.

And beauty is not only served by mother nature.  Fall, winter, spring summer, beauty is served up each morning at breakfast by innkeeper/breakfast Chef, Ted!

And beauty is not only served by mother nature.  Fall, winter, spring summer, beauty is served up each morning at breakfast by innkeeper/breakfast Chef, Ted!

We end our photo journey of Inns Along the Coast in Bar Harbor, known for its gorgeous inns and Acadia National Park. Here you'll take in the colors of fall from trails, Carriage Roads and the windows of your room at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B or Aysgarth Station.  Here's what you can expect to see.

Fall views in Acadia.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

Fall views in Acadia.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

Colorful trees line downtown Bar Harbor streets.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

Colorful trees line downtown Bar Harbor streets.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

At Aysgarth Station B&B, Bar Harbor leaf peeping starts right in the front yard.

At Aysgarth Station B&B, Bar Harbor leaf peeping starts right in the front yard.

Take in the fall views of Frenchman's Bay from the back yard of Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B.

Take in the fall views of Frenchman's Bay from the back yard of Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B.

There you have it; an online armchair tour of the inns along the Coast of Maine in all their autumn glory.  Wouldn't you love to see it in person?  Contact your favorite inn and book your fall getaway soon.  We'll continue to see color until late October, so you still have time!

In Kennebunkport:

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email: captjeff@captainjefferdsinn.com, website: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom

In Rockland:

Berry Manor Inn: Email: info@berrymanorinn.com, website: www.berrymanorinn.com, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email: info@oldgraniteinn.com, website: www.OldGraniteInn.com, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

LimeRock Inn: Email: info@LimeRockinn.com, website: www.LimeRockinn.com, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis

In Bar Harbor:

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:  relax@saltairinn.com, website: www.saltairinn.com, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.

Aysgarth Station B&B: Email: innkeeper@aysgarth.com , website: www.aysgarthstation.com, 207-288-9655, Innkeeper: Melody Kronenberg.

5 reasons to peep a leaf with Inns Along the Coast this fall

Fall foliage on Maine's midcoast.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Fall foliage on Maine's midcoast.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

While many think that summer is the busiest time to visit inns along the Maine Coast, fall is actually equally busy. Why? Because this is the most colorful time of year, and visitors from throughout the world flock to Maine to witness the beautiful harvest hues. The reds, oranges and yellow leaves highlight those wonderful crimson cooked lobsters that you'll enjoy along the way too.  Who says you can't get a lobster after Labor Day? Fall is a perfect time to enjoy lobster, lighthouses and fabulous Coastal Maine inns.  Combine the Inns Along the Coast 7 Day Fall Foliage Tour with our Lobsters and Lighthouses Itinerary,  and you've got everything you need for the perfect fall inn to inn vacation.

Just to entice you to consider an Inns Along the Coast autumn Maine getaway, we're going to give you a little insight into what you have to look forward to, and five big reasons why combining fall foliage with inns along the Maine Coast offer the ideal romantic Maine getaway.

1.  Maine inns are absolutely beautiful at this time of year.

Hawthorn Inn, Camden, Maine

Hawthorn Inn, Camden, Maine

Berry Manor Inn, Rockland, ME (Jumping Rocks Photography)

Berry Manor Inn, Rockland, ME (Jumping Rocks Photography)

Aysgarth Station B&B, Bar Harbor, ME

Aysgarth Station B&B, Bar Harbor, ME

2. Friendly innkeepers are on hand to offer great leaf-peeping photo ops and a warm greeting at the end of the day.

Sarah Lindblom, innkeeper at Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport

Sarah Lindblom, innkeeper at Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport

Saltair Waterfront Inn B&B innkeepers, Matt and Kristi in Bar Harbor

Saltair Waterfront Inn B&B innkeepers, Matt and Kristi in Bar Harbor

Ted and Lisa Weiss, innkeepers at the Hawthorn Inn in Camden

Ted and Lisa Weiss, innkeepers at the Hawthorn Inn in Camden

Dave and Kelleigh, your smiling innkeepers at Brewster House Inn in Freeport.

Dave and Kelleigh, your smiling innkeepers at Brewster House Inn in Freeport.

3. You'll be fueled for a fabulous day of leaf peeping after enjoying the fabulous breakfasts that come with a stay at the Inns Along the Coast.  And if you return hungry, you'll find fresh cookies, pie and other treats at the end of the day too!

Start the day with beautifully prepared fruit, like this broiled orange from Brewster House Inn.

Start the day with beautifully prepared fruit, like this broiled orange from Brewster House Inn.

Breakfast burrito served at Newcastle Inn.  Photo by Christian Giannelli Photography.

Breakfast burrito served at Newcastle Inn.  Photo by Christian Giannelli Photography.

Blueberry Crumb Cake served made with fresh Maine blueberries at the LimeRock Inn.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Blueberry Crumb Cake served made with fresh Maine blueberries at the LimeRock Inn.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Berry Manor Inn's famous pie, served 27/7/365.  Jumping Rocks photo.

Berry Manor Inn's famous pie, served 27/7/365.  Jumping Rocks photo.

4. The fall colors and leaf peeping along Maine's Coast is simply gorgeous.  See where the ocean meets the sea, from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to Mount Battie State Park. 

Sunrise from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Sunrise from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Midcoast Maine during peak fall foliage. Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Midcoast Maine during peak fall foliage. Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Fall gardens add to the color, like this one at Granite Inn.

Fall gardens add to the color, like this one at Granite Inn.

Fall decorations at Captain Jefferds Inn welcome fall guests.

Fall decorations at Captain Jefferds Inn welcome fall guests.

5. Inns Along the Coast's fall foliage and Lobsters & Lighthouses itineraries make a Maine fall getaway just that much more colorful and delicious.

Rockland, Maine in all its fall splendor.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Rockland, Maine in all its fall splendor.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Fall foliage surrounds the Newcastle Inn.

Fall foliage surrounds the Newcastle Inn.

Lobster is still in ample supply up and down the Maine Coast.  Photo provided by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council.

Lobster is still in ample supply up and down the Maine Coast.  Photo provided by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council.

We hope we have convinced you that fall is a wonderful time to come visit the Inns Along the Coast.  To plan your Coastal Maine fall foliage getaway, simply start with www.InnsAlongtheCoast.com to plan the ideal inn to inn fall tour or combine some of our wonderful itineraries.  Most importantly, remember, book now or forever hold your peep.  Fall is a popular time to travel to Maine's coast. 

New members, new itineraries - see what's new at Inns Along the Coast

Come sit a spell at Newcastle Inn, one of the new members of Inns Along the Coast.

Come sit a spell at Newcastle Inn, one of the new members of Inns Along the Coast.

With new inn members and new itineraries, Inns Along the Coast has expanded to include the ideal inn-to-inn itinerary, with no two inns more than one-tank apart.  In fact, you can just about visit all of them on one tank, depending on your car.

Launched in 2015 with members in Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor, Inns Along the Coast offers the ideal opportunity to explore the Maine Coast, staying at a variety of inns along the way. Today, not only has Maine’s only coastal Maine inn association added members in Bar Harbor, Camden, Newcastle and Freeport, it has also added three itineraries offering themed inn-to-inn experiences along the Maine Coast.   The  consortium has worked hard over the winter to add new itineraries to their existing themed coastal Maine routes, now including a seven day Coastal Maine fall foliage tour, and a coastal “Cheers” itinerary with stops at breweries, distilleries and wineries along the way.  The itineraries offer the ideal suggestions for themed self-guided tours along the Maine Coast combined with inn stays along the way.

Guests enjoy the new firepit overlooking Camden Harbor at Hawthorn Inn in Camden.

Guests enjoy the new firepit overlooking Camden Harbor at Hawthorn Inn in Camden.

The addition of the Brewster House B&B in Freeport, Newcastle Inn in Newcastle, Hawthorn Inn in Camden and Aysgarth Station B&B in Bar Harbor allows travelers to journey no more than 1.5 hours (and often less) from destination to destination, leaving plenty of time to explore the Maine Coast via self-guided itineraries.

 “We’ve added three more itineraries to our list, so now inngoers can choose to follow an adventure, arts, foodie, lighthouses and lobsters, leaf-peeping or beer, wine and spirits tour up or down the Maine Coast,” said Cheryl Michaelsen, co-owner of Berry Manor Inn and spokesperson for Inns Along the Coast. “We’re hoping to add an aquaculture tour and an Experience Maritime Maine tour in the near future,” she added, “giving visitors the opportunity to have experiences with Maine’s working fishing community and rich maritime history legacy,” Michaelsen finished.

This is the kind of gorgeous fall foliage you'll see along the coast in Midcoast Maine.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

This is the kind of gorgeous fall foliage you'll see along the coast in Midcoast Maine.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

The new 7-day Fall Foliage tour offers up perfect fall photo opportunities for leaf-peeping, along with experiences that will reveal the best fall views.  Get insider tips on the perfect places to enjoy fall along the coast, where the mountains meet the sea and harvest hues reflect for amazing vistas and photos.

The new “Cheers” Along the Coast itinerary offers suggestions for ways to take in Maine’s amazing craft beer scene, paired with wineries and hot new distilleries too.  Affectionately called the “Drink your way up the Coast tour,” you’ll even have the chance to meet mead! While we always suggest travelers sip and drive responsibly, this itinerary allows travelers to never be too far from welcoming inn accommodations, perfect for a nap in-between stops.

InnsAlongtheCoast.com offers descriptions of the coastal Maine regions, the participating inns, itineraries, and more.  And travelers will find plenty of last-minute offers, photos and travel ideas on the Inns Along the Coast Facebook page too.

Just in time for summer and fall vacations, Inns Along the Coast offers the perfect planning tool for those searching for inn accommodations along Maine’s scenic coast.  Visit www.InnsAlongtheCoast.com for more information and to book your getaway soon. A handy availability calendar offers the opportunity to plan your inn-to-inn itinerary on your own. Yet, if planning stops at nine or fewer inns along the way seems too daunting, an Inns Along the Coast travel consultant can do all the planning for you.  Simply email your requested dates and the kind of itinerary you’d like to follow to Stay@InnsAlongtheCoast.com.

 

Five tips to make the most of your Maine vacation any time of year

Fall along the coast of Maine.  Packodawgs Photography photo. 

Fall along the coast of Maine.  Packodawgs Photography photo. 

No matter what time of year and how long or short, vacations are your time to unwind, and finally give yourself permission to relax. An added bonus, of course, is beautiful Maine scenery and great food, and while having fun on the coast of Maine is goal number one, recharging the batteries and rekindling the romance are wonderful side effects of getting away too.  Inns Along the Coast are a group of welcoming B&Bs each specializing in their own unique way in providing the ideal environment for rest, relaxation and romance.  To ensure that your special Inns Along the Coast vacation is as perfect as it can be, here are a few tips for packing, booking and having fun.

Packing for Perfection

Some travelers believe in packing the bare minimum and others want the vast maximum while on vacation.  Women tend to prefer having choices of outfits, whereas men will bring a change of clothes, and a pair of comfortable shoes and be happy.  No matter how you prefer to pack, the key is to bring clothing and footwear that will be suitable for your adventure.  If you plan some hiking, boating or outdoor adventure, don’t forget a jacket and the right kind of shoes.  If all you want to do is sit by the fire, read a good book, and snuggle, then don’t forget the comfy clothes and the good book. The rest is up to you!  Remember, fall on the Maine Coast is often filled with crisp mornings and warmer afternoons, so pack accordingly.

Consider a package or itinerary

While some travelers want to plan their getaways or simply come with no itinerary, others would prefer to leave the planning to someone else.  The Inns Along the Coast have created a nice 6-day package, offering the chance to visit three different parts of Maine’s Coast and three different inns. There are a number of themed itineraries too, including everything from foodie adventures, to art and cultural itineraries.  There’s even a wonderful itinerary suggesting the ideal way to drink your way up or down the coast of Maine.

Champagne and chocolates add to the romance. Photo from Berry Manor Inn.  Jumping Rocks photo.

Champagne and chocolates add to the romance. Photo from Berry Manor Inn.  Jumping Rocks photo.

Arrive hungry and set the diet aside

Inns are all about pampering. And great vacations always involve memorable food too.  One of the best ways to indulge yourself in a getaway is to pamper your appetite too. Plan to dine at some of the great restaurants in town; your innkeeper will be happy to tell you all about the options and give you the inside scoop on service and specials.  Then, every one of the Inns Along the Coast will serve a sumptuous breakfast to start the day and offer afternoon refreshments, teas or homemade pie and ice cream.  You’ll be well fed, we assure you, so leave the diet at home and enjoy every morsel.

Go unplugged

Vacations are all about unplugging.  And while each of the Inns Along the Coast offer up free wi-fi and TVs in rooms, allow your Maine Coastal vacation to be one where you can finally escape all the political ads.  You’ll start feeling the sense of relief the minute you walk into the door of one of the Inns Along the Coast.  Of course, you can leave the number for the inn with those who might need to reach you at home, just to give yourself that sense of security, but plan to turn off the electronics and focus on the two of you. There’ll be plenty of time for TV and texting when you return home.

Have Fun!

This one’s simple, but surprisingly often forgotten. Have fun during your Maine vacation, and make the best of not only the adventure and scenery but also your time away from the demands of jobs and home.  Take in a view of the stars from the porch of the inn and the crackling fire in the hearth. Watch the sun rise or sleep in. Have a cup of tea or a glass of fine wine, and forget about your work and routine while you’re gone. Most of all, as they say “love the one you’re with”. If you can do this, you will have the best time while reviving, refreshing and rejuvenating along Maine’s coast.

Fireside chats and relaxing happen in the common rooms at Inns Along the Coast.  Shown here: Captain Jefferds Inn.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography. 

Fireside chats and relaxing happen in the common rooms at Inns Along the Coast.  Shown here: Captain Jefferds Inn.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography. 

When you go

Of course, you’ll find all the info you need about the 8 Inns Along the Coast atwww.InnsAlongtheCoast.com. However, if you should want to reach out to any or all of the Inns Along the Coast directly, here’s the info you’ll need.  We look forward to welcoming you soon for your tasty trip to the Maine Coast. 

In Kennebunkport:

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email: captjeff@captainjefferdsinn.com, website: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom

In Rockland:

Berry Manor Inn: Email: info@berrymanorinn.com, website: www.berrymanorinn.com, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email: info@oldgraniteinn.com, website: www.OldGraniteInn.com, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

LimeRock Inn: Email: info@LimeRockinn.com, website: www.LimeRockinn.com, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis

In Bar Harbor:

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:  relax@saltairinn.com, website: www.saltairinn.com, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.

12 Reasons Vacations are Healthy

We're approaching the half way mark for the summer.  Can you believe it? Have you had your summer vacation yet?  If not, little did you know you could be not only tired and cranky, but you might be putting your health at risk too.  The Inns Along the Coast have teamed up with Expedia to offer a little advice. Make sure you take some time to relax and romance along Maine's Coast this summer.

There are two expressions that come to mind. "The family that plays together stays together" is the first one. The second one is "work hard, play hard."  Are you working too hard and not saving enough time for play? According to an infographic from Expedia you should.

According to Expedia's infographic although 92 percent of employees clock more than 40 hours of work per week, 57 percent don't use all of their vacation time by the end of the year.  Worse yet, a full 40 percent of workers say they can't justify taking time off.

Expedia's infographic lists 12 reasons why vacation time is good for our body and soul.  They include startling statistics, such as:

  • People who take annual vacations reduce their risk of disease by 21 percent.
  • Men who skip vacations several years in a row increase their risk of a heart attack by 30 percent.
  • Giving your brain time to relax improves your ability to memorize and learn new skills.
  • Studies show that the more vacation time you take, the better you perform at work.

Check out Expedia's full infographic for more important reasons to consider a sun-soaked, relaxing and romantic inn-to-inn itinerary along the Maine Coast soon.

The summer will be over with before you know it.  Then it will be too late to start planning that much needed rest.  Don't be the one who finds themselves with unused vacation time at the end of the year. Consider the Inns Along the Coast's 6 day package or one of the exciting arts, adventure, foodie or (adult)beverage-filled itineraries

When you Go

Bar Harbor

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:  relax@saltairinn.com, website: www.saltairinn.com, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.

Rockland

Berry Manor Inn: Email: info@berrymanorinn.com, website: www.berrymanorinn.com, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email: info@oldgraniteinn.com, website: www.OldGraniteInn.com, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

LimeRock Inn: Email: info@LimeRockinn.com, website: www.LimeRockinn.com, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis

Kennebunkport

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email: captjeff@captainjefferdsinn.com, website: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom

Inn at English Meadows: Email: innkeeper@englishmeadowsinn.com, website: www.englishmeadowsinn.com, reservations: 207-967-5766/800-272-0698, innkeepers: David and Kate Parisi

Independence: What it means to us

The Margaret Tood, in Bar Harbor, Maine.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

The Margaret Tood, in Bar Harbor, Maine.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

As we approach Independence Day, we can’t help but think about what the word means, especially in light of what’s happening in the UK.  Isn’t it ironic that as we celebrate the independence of our country from England’s rule, across the pond they are celebrating the same kind of independence more than 240 years later.

Yet moving beyond the patriotism of the July 4th holiday, we can’t help but think about how being independently owned is what makes our collection of six independently owned inns unique. While it sounds a bit cliché, being independent of any corporate rules or owners is the absolute basis of what makes each of our inns special and distinctive.  Like the colonists before us, we’re fighting for our recognition too, in a fiercely competitive lodging market.

Today, travelers have more choices for accommodations than they’ve ever had before.  From AirBnB rooms in homes to vacation rentals, chain hotels, motels, yurts and even treehouses, those with wanderlust can choose from a myriad of options.  We at Inns Along the Coast work hard to set ourselves apart.  What is it that makes our Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor inns special? When considering a coastal Maine vacation, we like to think it’s the distinctive décor – with each guest room different from the next – and the hospitality that our owner-occupied and managed inns offer. 

Our innkeepers/owners are on hand in the morning to offer tips on things to do, directions to your day trips and to make reservations.  We can recommend the best place for a Maine lobster dinner or a schooner ride.  Stay at a Hilton, Marriott, Omni or Holiday Inn Express and you won’t find the owner on hand to not only cook your delicious breakfast but offer ideas for your day. 

Raspberry French Toast for breakfast at Berry Manor Inn.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography.

Raspberry French Toast for breakfast at Berry Manor Inn.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography.

And oh yes, the breakfast! Our Maine inns will offer up not only a locally-sourced and homemade multi-course breakfast, but your breakfast will change from day to day.  No processed cold eggs in a chafing dish or toaster waffles here.  Once again our independence allows us to choose a different homemade breakfast each day.  You won’t find that at a chain hotel.

So, as we approach Independence Day we take a moment to relish what that term means not only to our country but to our businesses.  And we vow to allegiance to staying independent so travelers will have one unique and non-corporate option well into the future. 

When you Go

Bar Harbor

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:  relax@saltairinn.com, website: www.saltairinn.com, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.

Rockland

Berry Manor Inn: Email: info@berrymanorinn.com, website: www.berrymanorinn.com, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email: info@oldgraniteinn.com, website: www.OldGraniteInn.com, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

LimeRock Inn: Email: info@LimeRockinn.com, website: www.LimeRockinn.com, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis

Kennebunkport

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email: captjeff@captainjefferdsinn.com, website: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom

Inn at English Meadows: Email: innkeeper@englishmeadowsinn.com, website: www.englishmeadowsinn.com, reservations: 207-967-5766/800-272-0698, innkeepers: David and Kate Parisi

Lobsters, Lighthouses and Luxury along the Coast

Photo credit: Maine Lobster Promotion Council

Photo credit: Maine Lobster Promotion Council

The Inns Along the Coast have teamed up to create the perfect itinerary for exploring Maine’s true treasures. This year, celebrate the best of Maine by indulging in fresh Maine Lobster, beautiful coastal Maine lighthouses and luxurious Maine inns with the new Lobsters, Lighthouses & Luxury package offered by the Inns Along the Coast.  The best part about this itinerary is you can experience a Lobsters, Lighthouses and Luxury package in each location – Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor – and combine them into one fabulous tour of the Maine coast, or you can enjoy them separately. Plan to travel in June, 2016 or 2017, during Maine Lighthouse Week and Ask for the Lobster, Lighthouse and Luxury package when you book.

Kennebunkport’s Lobster, Lighthouse & Luxury package (available June – Sept)

This package includes accommodations at your choice of three inns:  Inn at English Meadows, 1802 House B&B or Captain Jefferds Inn, plus:

  • Home cooked breakfast for two each morning
  • 2 Tickets for the Rugosa Lobster Tour* “A Hands-on Lobsterman Experience
  • A Lobster Roll Picnic Lunch for two complete with bikes to ride along the coast line
  • 2 Lobster Dinners at Nunan’s Lobster Hut, the down and dirty way to eat lobster
  • An Illustrated Map and Guide of Maine Lighthouses
  • Self-guided tour maps of the lighthouses between York and Portland
  •  Tour of Wood Island Lighthouse off the Biddeford Coast (July and August only)

Two night packages start at $690/couple* for the Kennebunkport portion of the trip. The cost of the package is based on double occupancy and is subject to applicable state lodging and sales tax. 

Lobsters, Lighthouses & Luxury Package in Rockland

This package includes two nights accommodations at your choice of three inns: LimeRock Inn, Granite Inn and Berry Manor Inn, plus:

Hand-crafted and locally sourced breakfast for two each morning

  • 2 tickets to the Maine Lighthouse Museum where you will enjoy the largest collection of lighthouse lenses and artifacts in the US;
  • 2 tickets to Captain Jack’s Lobster Boat Adventure where you will spend 1.75 hours on one of the oldest working lobster boats in the area*
  • Tour of the oldest working lobster pound*
  • 2 Lobster meals on the wharf at the water’s edge where you will pick your lobster from the trap*
  • 2 “Got Lobstah” tee shirts

This two-night package starts at $475 per couple for the Rockland portion of this trip. The cost of the package is based on double occupancy and is subject to applicable state lodging and sales tax. 

Lobsters, Lighthouses & Luxury in Bar Harbor (available June only)

This package combines two nights accommodations in June (only) at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B, plus:

  • Hearty and fresh breakfast for two each morning
  • 2 tickets on either the Historical Lighthouse and National Park Tour or the Baker Island/National Park Tour (your choice) *
  • A highlighted map to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse and nearby walking trails.
  • A $50 voucher to dine on the pier at Thurston’s Lobster Pound in Bernard with a view of Bass Harbor
  • Maine themed gift

Two night packages in Bar Harbor start at $550 per couple and are available in June only.  The cost of the package is based on double occupancy and is subject to applicable state lodging and sales tax. 

** Important Note: Package prices vary depending upon date, inn and room choice. All packages are subject to availability, represent special value and may not be combined with any other discount, promotional offer, gift card/certificate or other special pricing offer.  Please note that the package is subject to specific inn’s normal cancellation and advanced deposit policies.  All outdoor activities, boat cruises and the lobster dinners on the wharf are weather dependent and the time, location or actual activity may be cancelled or changed.  In case of cancellation that portion of the package cost will be refunded.

Packages should be booked directly with the property where guests plan to stay.  Each portion of the itinerary will need to be booked separately, but together can create the perfect lobster, lighthouses and luxury itinerary up the Maine Coast. 

 

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Deck the halls of Maine inns with boughs of holly

As we approach Christmas day along the coast of Maine, we thought it might be fun to take you on an armchair tour of the holiday decorations at the 7 inns of Inns Along The Coast.  From Bar Harbor to Rockland to Kennebunkport, our inns and our towns are decked with everything from lobster trap Christmas trees to boughs of holly.  Come along for a photo tour of Christmas time at the Inns Along the Coast.

Starting in Kennebunkport, you'll find everything from modern to traditional.  A visit to the Inn at English Meadows promises us a white Christmas here, filled with homemade marshmallows and white twinkling lights.

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Just across the bridge and down the street, you'll find the halls decked with boughs of holly, pointsettias, and roping for some of the most beautiful traditional decorations at the Captain Jefferds Inn.

Next, we're on to the 1802 House where both the kitchen and the Christmas Tree offer up some nautical holiday cheer.

Iced Egg Nog cookies.

Iced Egg Nog cookies.

From Kennebunkport, we're on to Rockland where the town's icon is an incredible Lobster Trap Chrismas tree, featured on the World's Most Extreme Christmas Trees show.

Once again, at Rockland's inns you'll find everything from modern to traditional to an incredible collection of nutcrackers and Christmas wind-up toys. We'll start with the Granite Inn, where beautiful and chic ornaments take front and center in the holiday decorations.

Next we're on to Berry Manor Inn where beautiful Victorian styled decorations are intermingled with innkeeper Mike LaPosta's wonderful collection of holiday moving toys.

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Victorian-styled holiday decor at Berry Manor Inn.

Victorian-styled holiday decor at Berry Manor Inn.

And speaking of toys, you haven't seen a nutcracker collection until you see the one at LimeRock Inn! Collector and innkeeper, PJ Walter, has amassed a wonderful display of nutcrackers only debuted during the holidays.

 We'll end our armchair tour of scenes from Bar Harbor, where Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B is among the few B&Bs open year-round to welcome guests to this beautiful Maine coastal town. Look at how pretty it is in the winter.

Photo provided by Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Photo provided by Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Bar Harbor has their own version of a Lobster Trap Christmas Tree.

Bar Harbor has their own version of a Lobster Trap Christmas Tree.

There you have it.  Rudolph's own personalized holiday tour of Inns Along the Coast.  Now it's time to choose your inn and pick dates for your January or February getaway.  Even better, take a tour of all these locations via the Inns Along the Coast 6-day package. Here's the best way to reach the Inns Along the Coast.

In Kennebunkport:

1802 House: Email:  info@1802house.com, website: www.1802house.com, reservations: (800) 932-5632, Innkeepers: Teri & Roger Walker

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email: captjeff@captainjefferdsinn.com, website: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom

Inn at English Meadows: Email: innkeeper@englishmeadowsinn.com, website: www.englishmeadowsinn.com, reservations: 207-967-5766/800-272-0698, innkeepers: David and Kate Parisi

In Rockland:

Berry Manor Inn: Email: info@berrymanorinn.com, website: www.berrymanorinn.com, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email: info@oldgraniteinn.com, website: www.OldGraniteInn.com, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

LimeRock Inn: Email: info@LimeRockinn.com, website: www.LimeRockinn.com, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis

In Bar Harbor:

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:  relax@saltairinn.com, website: www.saltairinn.com, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.