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.

 

Three reasons to give the gift of travel

Give the gift of relaxation this holiday season.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography at Captain Jefferds Inn.

Give the gift of relaxation this holiday season.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography at Captain Jefferds Inn.

This holiday season, give the gift of getaway, and you’ll be the remembered for your gift giving prowess.  Each of the 7 Inns Along the Coast offer gift certificates available not only this holiday season but year round for holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, or no reason at all but to relax.  Whether it’s a romantic getaway or an outdoor adventure, give the gift of travel to the one(s) you love and plan to go along for the ride.  It's a gift for them and for you too!

But don’t listen to us; take the advice from some well-respected travel experts.  There are a number of reasons to give the gift of getaway this holiday season.

Perfect for that person who has everything but time to relax

According to the annual BedandBreakfast.com™ Winter Travel Trends survey of more than 950 B&B travelers conducted in October and November, 2015, more than three-quarters of B&B travelers are planning weekend trips to “just get away,” with one out of three planning to take two weekend getaways this winter. A gift certificate for travel will be just what they need to make their getaway hopes and dreams come true. A gift certificate from any of the eight Inns Along the Coast is the perfect gift for that person who has everything but time to relax. 

Too much vacation time goes unused - give a reason to use it

According to Travel & Leisure, The U.S. Travel Association, a trade group which encourages Americans to travel, funded Project Time Off to measure the economic impact of the decline in vacation time. They found that among employees with access to paid time off, nearly five days went unused in 2013, and 1.6 of those days did not carry over to the next year. That totals to 169 million days of lost vacation time for Americans. We're willing to bet that part of the reason so many vacation days were left behind was because these folks didn’t have a good reason to travel.  Give the gift of a getaway to any of the 7 Inns Along the Coast to that sleep-starved worker, and it’ll bring that person one step closer to the best night's sleep he or she has had in a long time. The gift certificates or gift cards from Inns Along the Coast will beckon them to book now or forever hold your time card!

Know someone who really needs a vacation - send them to the Coast of Maine

Is it time to send the boss away?  How about your mother in law? If you’re at a loss for what to give the boss from everyone in the office or Aunt Ruth who really needs a good reason to smile, give them the gift of getaway on the Maine Coast.  Not only will they get the much-needed rest and relaxation they need, you’ll all benefit from the break too!  And you might even get a smile out of them!  Have the camera ready.

There’s still time to order a gift certificate to your favorite member of Inns Along the Coast, but you don’t want to wait too much longer.  Visit each of the eight Inns Along the Coast by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites.  Better yet, visit them in person to see all the gorgeous holiday decorations found throughout the inns.

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.

 

 

 

 

Off Season Ideas from Inns Along the Coast Innkeepers

One of the favorite things to do during the off season is sit in front of the fire with a good book and a cup of tea.  Photo taken at Captain Jefferds Inn.

One of the favorite things to do during the off season is sit in front of the fire with a good book and a cup of tea.  Photo taken at Captain Jefferds Inn.

Once October comes and goes, Maine Coastal towns move from the bustling tourist-filled vacation spots to a quieter and more pensive feel.  Many like visiting Maine much better during the “off-season” than during the busy summer and fall months.  There’s a more relaxed feel to Maine’s coast during this time of year.  It’s romantic, it’s peaceful and it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a romantic New England vacation.  Picture sitting in front of a crackling fireplace with a steaming cup of tea or a bold glass of red wine or cuddling up under blankets in the most comfortable bed you’ve slept in for months.  This is what Inns Along the Coast offer during the off-season.  Use our itineraries or create your trip with our 6-day package and you have everything you need to plan the perfect off-season Coastal Maine getaway.

We asked our innkeepers what they love to suggest to guests during the off season and here’s what they had to say…

In Kennebunkport:

Teri at the 1802 House recommends having a massage/spa treatment at Cottage Breeze Day Spa.  For outdoor fun, she suggests bundling up to walk the trails at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.

Sitting by the beach and watching the waves break.

Sitting by the beach and watching the waves break.

Sarah at Captain Jefferds Inn says “We send our guests for a nice walk along the Kennebunk River and the Ocean to look at Walker’s Point the Bush Family’s summer home.   Additionally, she explains that Kennebunkport has three lovely beaches that are perfect to walk on when the summer folks have left: Parson’s Beach, the three Kennebunk Beaches, and the 3 mile Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport.  Additionally, Sarah explains that in Kennebunkport, vacationers are fortunate to have miles of hiking trails owned by the Kennebunkport Conservation Land Trust and the Captain Jefferds Inn offers maps their our guests.  Additionally, Sarah confers with Teri saying “The Rachel Carson Preserve and the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm also offer great hiking as does “the Bridle Path” all within a 10 min. drive. Once snow is on the ground in addition to the above trails we suggest going to Harris Farm (a 30 min. drive) for snowshoeing or cross country skiing on groomed trails (they are also pet friendly)

In Rockland:

Ed at the Granite Inn recommends any one of the four museums in the vicinity along with his two favorite places to shop: Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars (vinegar and oil tasting room) and Archipeligo (The Island Institute Gift Shop). Of course, says Ed, "You can always just eat all day in any of our restaurants too!"

Cheryl at the Berry Manor Inn says things her guests enjoy are massages and Spa Days at one of Rockland's great downtown spas or the Farnsworth Art Museum and gallery hopping for the afternoon. Another great off-season idea includes catching a movie at the renovated and historic Strand Theatre or checking out the area lighthouses and the Maine Lighthouse Museum.  Once the snow falls, Cheryl suggests tubing, a toboggan run or a 2 hour day pass to downhill ski at the Camden Snow Bowl with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Acadia National Park is as wonderful in the off-season as during the summer.  Photo by Packodawgs Photography.

Acadia National Park is as wonderful in the off-season as during the summer.  Photo by Packodawgs Photography.

In Bar Harbor:

We suggest a trip to Acadia National Park because there are so many places off season that are just heavenly, quiet and  pristine .  Unknown to some, Acadia is a natural playground year round, even after the leaves have fallen.  “Little Hunters Beach and the Stone Bridge are two of my most favorite places. It is just different in the winter. Beautiful in completely different ways than in the summer.”

There you have it; the inside scoop on all the fun things to do in the off-season from Inns Along the Coast expert innkeepers.  Just because the temps are cooler, doesn’t mean winter isn’t the perfect time to visit the Maine Coast.  Both indoor and outdoor fun are store for your next Maine Coastal getaway.

Sit beside a lovely warm fire in the living room at the Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME

Sit beside a lovely warm fire in the living room at the Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME

When You Go

Of course, you’ll find all the info you need about the 7 Inns Along the Coast at www.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:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

An armchair tour of fall gardens along the coast of Maine

The swamp maples are always the first to turn.  This photo was taken in Midcoast Maine just about a week ago by PJ Walter Photography.

The swamp maples are always the first to turn.  This photo was taken in Midcoast Maine just about a week ago by PJ Walter Photography.

How do our gardens grow at the Inns Along the Coast?  Autumn in New England is well known for its fall foliage.  Leaf peepers flock to the Maine Coast and to New England states to see beautiful leaves.  Yet, fall foliage color is a little behind schedule this year.  We know it's coming, but due to a warm, dry New England summer and September, we're just now beginning to see turning leaves in Maine.  Yet, fear not.  The color is still in our gardens! 

We thought we'd take you on a armchair tour of the Inns Along the Coast's fall gardens.  Better yet, plan your own fall getaway and come see our gardens and views for yourself.  Book the Inns Along the Coast 6-day package and spend two days at your choice of Kennebunkport inns including 1802 House, Inn at English Meadows and Captain Jefferds Inn.  Then, head up to Midcoast Maine and enjoy two days in Rockland at your choice of Granite Inn, LimeRock Inn or Berry Manor Inn.  You'll finish off your 6-day itinerary with a stay at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Yet for now, let us show you how our gardens grow and the views from our decks and our towns. Here's a view of the late season herb garden, still going strong at the Inn at English Meadows.

Photo of late season herb garden by Inn at English Meadows.

Photo of late season herb garden by Inn at English Meadows.

Next, we're on to the 1802 House which shared this photo of their gardens, still replete with color in late September.

Photo of the late season garden taken in September by 1802 House B&B.

Photo of the late season garden taken in September by 1802 House B&B.

Look at the newest guest who made Captain Jefferds Inn its home over the summer and into the fall!

This little guy roosted below one of the decks at the Captain Jefferds Inn throughout the summer. Photo by Marti Mayne.

This little guy roosted below one of the decks at the Captain Jefferds Inn throughout the summer. Photo by Marti Mayne.

Next our tour will move up the Maine coast to Rockland, Maine's Midcoast home for the Historic Inns of Rockland.  The gardens here are still going strong, with plenty of fall color to greet guests, starting at the LimeRock Inn.

You'd think this photo of the LimeRock Inn's gardens was shot in the height of the summer, but it was taken in early October!  Photo by Marti Mayne.

You'd think this photo of the LimeRock Inn's gardens was shot in the height of the summer, but it was taken in early October!  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Berry Manor Inn's gardens are still filled with color.  Here's another example of a fall garden that you'd think might be mid-summer's blossoms.

Pink and maroon are Berry Manor Inn's colors in this late September photo.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Pink and maroon are Berry Manor Inn's colors in this late September photo.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

And the Granite Inn overlooking Rockland Harbor is also still in bloom.  In fact, with the addition of its new greenhouse to raise orchids, the Granite Inn will be blooming year-round now!

Yellow flowers flank the deck at the Granite Inn.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Yellow flowers flank the deck at the Granite Inn.  Photo by Marti Mayne.

Our final stop on the fall tour of Coastal Maine is in Bar Harbor, renowned for its fabulous fall views and Acadia National Park hikes.  Lately the sunsets have been fabulous.  Here's one captured by a guest of the Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B in early fall.

A view of Frenchman's Bay from Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B.  Photo provided by Saltair Inn.

A view of Frenchman's Bay from Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B.  Photo provided by Saltair Inn.

And when guests of Saltair Inn and Canterbury Cottage went hiking in Acadia National Park, look what they found as early as late August!

Guests at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B and Canterbury Cottage B&B always spend time in Acadia National Park.  Photo by guest of Saltair Inn. 

Guests at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B and Canterbury Cottage B&B always spend time in Acadia National Park.  Photo by guest of Saltair Inn. 

The best part about the late fall foliage season is that many of the inn's move to "value season" after mid-to-late October.  Book your Inns Along the Coast trip later in October and you'll still enjoy plenty of great Maine leaf-peeping along with value-season rates too.

When you go

Of course, you’ll find all the info you need about the 7 Inns Along the Coast at www.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:

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.

Five things you simply must do when you visit Maine – Part II

Last month we started our list of the five “must do’s” when you come to Maine.  Part I of this list covered enjoying lobster, visiting lighthouses and staying at one of the 7 Inns Along the Coast.  This week we’ll cover some of Maine’s fabulous sites including Acadia National Park and then we’ll introduce you to some of the ideal ways to discover Maine by sea. Add these must-see spots to a stay at the eight romantic and inviting Inns Along the Coast and you have the perfect Maine fall coastal getaway. 

Acadia National Park

Fall colors in Acadia National Park.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

Fall colors in Acadia National Park.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

Travelers have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and rugged scenery, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park and people have had the good fortune to visit ever since it opened in 1916.  Just think next year Acadia National Park will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The park is home to many plants and animals, and Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast, and a draw for tourists who enjoy being the first to watch the sunrise Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery. 

In fact, one of the most popular pastimes in the fall is a colorful ride on the park’s fabulous Carriage Roads.  Acadia National Park's carriage road system was built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and according to the National Park Service has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Whether on foot or by bike the 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park will be something you won’t forget.

Enjoy time on the water

Goose Rocks Lighthouse near Kennebunkport.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Goose Rocks Lighthouse near Kennebunkport.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

If part one is by land, part two of this blog is by sea! One of the best ways to see all that Coastal Maine has to offer is by sea. Sailing on a Maine windjammer or schooner surrounded by blue Atlantic waters, the craggy Maine shore and the beaches of Maine is truly unforgettable. Schooner and windjammer tours explore Maine's rocky coastline from each of the Inns Along the Coast’s destinations. Board the historic Schooner Eleanor for a 2 hour sail around Kennebunkport with Captain Rich on his hand built schooner.  In Rockland, enjoy a day on the bay with Morning in Maine or Captain Jack’s Lobster Adventures if you want to focus more on la day in the life of a lobsterman.  In Bar Harbor enjoy a nature cruise on Bass Harbor Cruises or a historic tour of Bar Harbor on the Margaret Todd Schooner, a centerpiece in the Bay.  Each one of these locations also offer a wide range of places to rent kayaks, stand up paddleboards and small sailboats for an additional way to enjoy coastal Maine by sea. 

Fall is such a beautiful time to visit all that Coastal Maine has to offer.  To plan your fall getaway start at the Inns Along the Coast availability calendar where online booking and checking for availability is easy.  Next, put together your 6 day package offering the chance to stay at your choice of three inns in three destinations, and where free gifts will be presented at each stop. We look forward to welcoming you to your coastal Maine getaway this fall.

When you go

Of course, you’ll find all the info you need about the 7 Inns Along the Coast at www.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:

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.