Today's the day to start planning your 2018 vacation

Every year more than half of Americans (54%) fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 662 million unused vacation days. In Maine, we do a little better with  38% of employees leaving time unused and  2,569,528 days unused, according to Project Time Off, a national movement to transform American attitudes about vacation and change behavior. Still, that's a lot of days! Can you imagine if just one-percent of those unused days were spent vacationing with Inns Along the Coast?  That would mean 25,695 more days could be spent by travelers enjoying the comfort of one of the nine very special inns and B&Bs that make up Inns Along the Coast! Today, January 30th, is National Plan for Vacation Day.  Use this day to start planning your trip to Inns Along the Coast and let this be the year that you don't become a Project Time Off statistic with vacation time left behind.

According to Project Time Off, the most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (54%) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. National Plan for Vacation Day is a call-to-action for Americans substitute excuses for plans to vacation in 2018.

“Inns Along the Coast is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day because it’s time for Americans to reclaim their vacation days,” said Frank Isganitis, co-owner of the LimeRock Inn in Rockland, Maine. “By planning, we can all reap the benefits of taking a break while giving yourself something to look forward to while vacationing along Maine's Coast,” echoed Kristi Losquadro, co-owner of the Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B in Bar Harbor, Maine.

The research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2017 report found that planners use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.

·         52 percent of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 40 percent of non-planners.

·         75 percent of planners were more likely to take a full week of vacation time or more at a time. Non-planners take significantly fewer days—zero to three—than planners at once (42% to 18%).

·         More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their relationships (83% vs. 70%), health and well-being (57% vs. 48%), company (57% vs. 51%), and job (59% vs. 50%) compared to non-planners.

 “In 2018, Americans need to plan for their bucket list, instead of the to-do list,” say members of Project Time Off. And what better time to do that than now while availability at the 9 Inns Along the Coast is still open for the busy summer months.  But why wait until this summer to vacation along Maine's Coast.  There's so much to do in the winter too! From XC skiing to winter hikes, tasting Maine's famous craft beers, wines and spirits or simply curling up with a great book in front of the fire followed by a romantic candlelit dinner at any of our fine restaurants. 

Don't wait!  Use Plan For Vacation Day to jump start your vacation planning for 2018, and start right here along the coast of Maine. Use #PlanForVacation and help us spread the word that January 30th is the first day of your vacation planning for 2018!

Berry Manor Inn photo by Jumping Rocks Photography

Berry Manor Inn photo by Jumping Rocks Photography

In Bar Harbor:

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

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

In Camden

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

In Rockland:

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

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

In Newcastle

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

In Freeport

Brewster House Inn: Email: info@brewsterhouse.com, website: www.brewsterhouse.com , reservations: 207-865-4121, Innkeepers: 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

 

 

Cold temps warm hearts at Inns Along the Coast with winter events

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The weather outside might be frightful, but inside the nine Inns Along the Coast of Maine, fires are roaring and toddies are warming.  While some think that the Maine coast is only for summer vacations, those really in-the-know have discovered the off-season appeal of quiet walks on the beach or along the harbor and unhurried strolling around beautiful New England towns.

Throughout the winter, our coastal Maine towns are filled with wonderful events. We wanted to share a number of ideas for your Maine winter vacations and intimate escapes that will warm the heart and get the blood pumping all while enjoying some really cool events!

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Rockland’s Pies on Parade 2018, January 29, 2018

How does a nice warm piece of pie sound on a cold winter’s day?  How about 50 of them?  On Sunday, January 28th the town of Rockland turns into Pie Town USA as more than 25 inns, restaurants and shops open their doors to celebrate National Pie Day and raise money for the local food pantry.  From 1:00 – 4:00pm on the last Sunday in January, each year, the three Historic Inns of Rockland are joined by as many as 25 additional Rockland and Camden, ME businesses and restaurants to welcome hungry pie eaters to the town for the Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour. This year, Hungry pie lovers will sample more than 50 different pies at 25+ businesses, restaurants and inns throughout Rockland. Four of the Inns Along the Coast take part in this event, including founders, Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn and Granite Inn, joined recently by Camden’s Hawthorne Inn.  Each of the Rockland inns offers a Pies on Parade package.  Click here to read about the Hawthorn Inn’s Pies on Parade package. If rooms are filled, stay less than an hour away at the Newcastle Inn and tour the other participating inns while you get to stay at yet another wonderful Midcoast member of Inns Along the Coast. To really warm your heart and your stomach too, reserve the Love is in the Air package at Newcastle Inn and combine it with the Pies on Parade tour!

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Toast to winter at Bar Harbor’s 3rd Annual Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest, Jan 13, 2018

This one’s coming right up! On January 13, 2018* from 1 – 5 pm, don’t miss this annual brewfest  at its new festival location, downtown at Atlantic Brewing Midtown, a local small-batch brewery. Plan to enjoy games and live music from local bands while discovering Atlantic Brewing Company’s small batch beers brewed just seven barrels at a time. This pilot facility allows fellow brewers from around the state, country, and world to collaborate on unique recipes and formulations in a shared environment. The new space is also home to Midtown Burger, Bar Harbor’s newest destination for hand-crafted burgers and wraps too, so you can sip and savor all at once. Tickets are ONLY available by purchasing in advance. The $25 festival ticket includes unlimited samples and a tasting glass to bring home. Designated-driver tickets are $10. Children under 10 years old are free admission. Why not combine this with a winter stay at Saltair Waterfront B&B or Aysgarth Station B&B.  While in Bar Harbor, explore Acadia National Park’s XC and snowshoe trails too.  Quiet season is the ideal way to explore the nature and allure of Downeast Maine.

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Paint the town red in Kennebunkport! January 27-February 28th

Kennebunkport, ME, home to the Captain Jefferds Inn, will quite literally paint the town red for romance throughout February to stake its claim as “New England’s Most Romantic Town.” All businesses in Dock Square in downtown Kennebunkport will be decked out in red twinkly lights, and the restaurants, galleries and shops will welcome romantically inclined visitors with savings, from Red Plate dining specials to Red Tag sales from retailers. Simply visit www.lovekpt.com find more than 30 different offers, including romantic dinners featuring Maine lobsters, lodging packages with add-ons such as chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, and significant shopping discounts. Best of all, throughout the month of February, the Captain Jefferds Inn is offering it’s February is for Lovers package, complimentary with a two night stay. 

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Flavors of Freeport Ice Bar & Chef’s Signature Series, February 16-17, 2018

Enjoy delicious samples from some of Maine’s best chefs, sample local brews and beverages, and learn about what’s new in Freeport’s culinary world. Best of all, the great variety will leave you delighted and coming back to Freeport for more! The Flavors Ice Bar features frosty beverages, beautiful ice sculptures, fun photo opps, roaring fires and a DJ to get you moving!  On February 17th go back for more and groove to the tunes of Motor Booty Affair.  You can walk to all of the events, plus Freeport’s great shopping scene from the Brewster House B&B.  From now until the end of January, save 33-percent on a three-night stay with the Winter Wonderland Package at Brewster House.  Then in February, combine fun at the ice bar with quiet season rates at the Brewster House. 

Here's all you need to start planning your Inns Along the Coast winter getaway.

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 Freeport

Brewster House Inn: Email: info@brewsterhouse.com, website: www.brewsterhouse.com , reservations: 207-865-4121, Innkeepers: Dave Noel & Kelleigh Dulany.

In Newcastle

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

In Rockland:

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

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

In Camden

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

In Bar Harbor:

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

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

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Inns Along the Coast - part II

Last week we started our armchair tour of the holiday decoration at the inns in the Southern Part of the Coast.  Click here for a return to see the beautiful decorations there.  In Part II of your tour, we'll take you Downeast to Rockland, Camden and Bar Harbor for a view of the beautiful and sometimes whimsical holiday decor you'll be treated to at our inns there.  Let's start in Rockland.

At Berry Manor Inn, the theme is Victorian, with plenty of red bows and candles inside and out and mantles decorated in Victorian styles.

The view from the Parlor to the Living Room is filled with holiday reminders.

The view from the Parlor to the Living Room is filled with holiday reminders.

Look for wreaths on windows and doors throughout the inn.

Look for wreaths on windows and doors throughout the inn.

Holiday mantles are lit in white lights and berry-colored candles and ornaments.

Holiday mantles are lit in white lights and berry-colored candles and ornaments.

And the highlight is the grand Christmas Tree in the parlor.

And the highlight is the grand Christmas Tree in the parlor.

Just a few streets over,  the LimeRock Inn, Nutcrackers take front and center...and up and down and every way.  The collection of Nutcrackers here is unmatched. Guests bring them from far and away to give to PJ, the collector.  The flying reindeer are a nice addition to the outside decor this year too. 

LimeRock Inn, all dressed up for the holidays. Credit: PJ Walter Photography.

LimeRock Inn, all dressed up for the holidays. Credit: PJ Walter Photography.

Stately and tall, these nutcrackers guard the LimeRock Inn's mantle.  Credit:  PJ Walter Photography. 

Stately and tall, these nutcrackers guard the LimeRock Inn's mantle.  Credit:  PJ Walter Photography. 

The Nutcrackers are so fun, they deserve a second photo! Credit: PJ Walter Photography.

The Nutcrackers are so fun, they deserve a second photo! Credit: PJ Walter Photography.

And the Parlor is aglow in warm light throughout the holidays. Credit: PJ Walter Photography.

And the Parlor is aglow in warm light throughout the holidays. Credit: PJ Walter Photography.

And walking distance from both the Berry Manor Inn and LimeRock Inn, the Granite Inn offers a contemporary diversion from the more traditional Christmas decorations.  Look for a wall of ornaments, rather than a tree filled with them.

Santa is joined by seabirds rather than reindeer at Granite Inn.

Santa is joined by seabirds rather than reindeer at Granite Inn.

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Throughout the Granite Inn, look for gorgeous Christmas balls creating lovely centerpieces.

Simply elegant, the Granite Inn's contemporary style is reflected in the holiday decor.

Simply elegant, the Granite Inn's contemporary style is reflected in the holiday decor.

Another  holiday centerpiece at Granite Inn.

Another  holiday centerpiece at Granite Inn.

Next it's on to Camden, where the Hawthorn Inn offers more traditional holiday decor and the town brings in Santa by lobster boat to offer a holiday greeting.

A colorfully lit tree graces the Parlor at Hawthorn Inn.

A colorfully lit tree graces the Parlor at Hawthorn Inn.

And Hawthorn Inn's mantles offer up unusual manger scenes.

And Hawthorn Inn's mantles offer up unusual manger scenes.

Even the grand hallway and staircase are decorated with lights and boughs.

Even the grand hallway and staircase are decorated with lights and boughs.

And candles in the Hawthorn Inn's windows greet arriving guests.

And candles in the Hawthorn Inn's windows greet arriving guests.

The final leg of our armchair tour of holiday decorations at Inns Along the Coast takes us up to Bar Harbor.  It's Quiet Season now, when the sights and sounds of Bar Harbor include the seagull's cry and carolers in the square.  Tis the season to enjoy a winter time walk through Acadia and plenty of beautiful decorations of the season then enjoy a stay at Aysgarth Station B&B or Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B, both within an easy stroll of downtown Bar Harbor.

Remember these? A wonderful collection of Santa Mugs offer a blast of the past at Aysgarth Station B&B.

Remember these? A wonderful collection of Santa Mugs offer a blast of the past at Aysgarth Station B&B.

Look for the wreath hanging from the sign and you'll find Aysgarth Station!

Look for the wreath hanging from the sign and you'll find Aysgarth Station!

Scrumptious holiday cookies are the highlight of the afternoon at Aysgarth Station B&B.

Scrumptious holiday cookies are the highlight of the afternoon at Aysgarth Station B&B.

Just blocks from Aysgarth Station, Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B sports its own collection of nutcrackers, offered for show during the holiday season.

Just blocks from Aysgarth Station, Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B sports its own collection of nutcrackers, offered for show during the holiday season.

And the living room is aglow in red and green with a sparkling tree for all to see inside and out at Saltair Inn.

And the living room is aglow in red and green with a sparkling tree for all to see inside and out at Saltair Inn.

And no matter what season, guests never tire of the beautiful view of Frenchman's Bay from the windows of Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B.

And no matter what season, guests never tire of the beautiful view of Frenchman's Bay from the windows of Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B.

It's not too late to take in all the holiday splendor at Inns Along the Coast.  Contact your favorite inn and book your holiday or New Year's Eve getaway soon. 

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 Freeport

Brewster House Inn: Email: info@brewsterhouse.com, website: www.brewsterhouse.com , reservations: 207-865-4121, Innkeepers: Dave Noel & Kelleigh Dulany.

In Newcastle

Newcastle Inn: Email: info@newcastleinn.com, website: www.NewcastleInn.com, reservations: 207-563-5685, Innkeeper: 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

In Camden

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

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.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Inns Along the Coast - Part I

We've decked the halls with boughs of holly...and reindeer, ornaments and much more.  Come along for an armchair tour of the holiday decorations at Inns Along the Coast.  From modern to Victorian, you'll see that it's really looking like Christmas at our Maine Coastal Inns, from Kennebunkport to Midcoast Maine to  Acadia Country and Bar Harbor!

The grand staircase at Captain Jefferds Inn is decked out in red bows and holiday greens.  Photo by Contented Traveler, blogger.

The grand staircase at Captain Jefferds Inn is decked out in red bows and holiday greens.  Photo by Contented Traveler, blogger.

And the Captain Jefferds Inn's  front door welcomes guests in all its holiday splendor.

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Another view of Captain Jefferds Inn, decked out with sparkling lights to welcome guests to the inn.

The Christmas Tree at Brewster House Inn in Freeport is decked out in Maine themed ornaments.  Don't you love the Christmoose ornament?! Given to the innkeeper by a guest!

The Christmas Tree at Brewster House Inn in Freeport is decked out in Maine themed ornaments.  Don't you love the Christmoose ornament?! Given to the innkeeper by a guest!

From traditional to international, look for some beautiful Santas at the Newcastle Inn.

From traditional to international, look for some beautiful Santas at the Newcastle Inn.

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And Newcastle Inn's mantles are decorated in holiday lights and whimsical snowmen too.

Next, we move up the coast to Rockland.  Here you'll be welcomed with what has been named by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the best whacky Christmas Trees in the World.  It's also appeared on World's Most Extreme Christmas Trees.  It's none other than Rockland's famous - and we think quite lovely - Lobster Trap Christmas Tree!

Rockland, Maine's fabulous Lobster Trap Christmas Tree.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Rockland, Maine's fabulous Lobster Trap Christmas Tree.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

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Here's a close-up view of the tree and the Rockland Harbor beyond.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Tune in to the next in our series of photo blogs to view the rest of the Inns Along the Coast's holiday decorations.  There's so much to see at these beautiful Maine Coastal Inns, we've decided to turn this into a series. 

It's not too late to take in all the holiday splendor at Inns Along the Coast.  Contact your favorite inn and book your holiday or New Year's Eve getaway soon. 

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 Freeport

Brewster House Inn: Email: info@brewsterhouse.com, website: www.brewsterhouse.com , reservations: 207-865-4121Innkeepers: Dave Noel & Kelleigh Dulany.

In Newcastle

Newcastle Inn: Email: info@newcastleinn.com, website: www.NewcastleInn.com, reservations: 207-563-5685, Innkeeper: 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

In Camden

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

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.

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, Innkeeper: 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.

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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 Freeport

Brewster House Inn: Email: info@brewsterhouse.com, website: www.brewsterhouse.com, reservations: 207-865-4121, Innkeepers: Dave Noel & Kelleigh Dulany.

In Newcastle

Newcastle Inn: Email: info@newcastleinn.com, website: www.NewcastleInn.com, reservations: 207-563-5685, Innkeeper: 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

In Camden

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

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 Freeport

Brewster House Inn: Email: info@brewsterhouse.com, website: www.brewsterhouse.com , reservations: 207-865-4121Innkeepers: Dave Noel & Kelleigh Dulany.

In Newcastle

Newcastle Inn: Email: info@newcastleinn.com, website: www.NewcastleInn.com, reservations: 207-563-5685, Innkeeper: 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

In Camden

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

n 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