Five things you’ll find at Inns Along the Coast, but not at hotels

Let’s face it, there are a number of benefits that inns and B&Bs deliver that hotels simply can’t. When it comes to hospitality and extras, the Inns Along the Coast have it hands down over corporately owned hotel chains.  Here are 5 things that you will find at the 7 Inns Along the Coast, which you simply won’t find at hotels, motels and definitely not at Maine coastal vacation rentals.

We ask and we care about dietary concerns

Breakfast at 1802 House in Kennebunkport, ME.  Photo by Christian Giannelli.

Breakfast at 1802 House in Kennebunkport, ME.  Photo by Christian Giannelli.

When is the last time the reservationist at a chain hotel asked before you arrived if you have any special dietary concerns?  In fact, what’s worse is he or she was sitting somewhere hundreds of miles from the hotel and didn’t even know the region. More importantly, do you think that that chain motel would change their breakfast menu to accommodate your vegan or low-fat diet?  Nope.  You get the same frozen waffles, hard bagels and bruised bananas there each and every day (that is if you get breakfast at all!).  Stay at Inns Along the Coast and you can count on your innkeeper to ask, care, and adjust the breakfast offerings for your dietary needs, or create a special breakfast designed just for your special needs.

The first thing you see is a smile, the second thing is sage advice

You might, just perhaps, see the inkling of a small smile out of the front desk person when you arrive at your Maine hotel or Coastal Maine motel, but usually it’s all business and no funny stuff.  Arrive at one of the 7 participating Inns Along the Coast and you can count on a smile from the innkeeper, who is also genuinely happy to host you.  The best thing about staying at our inns is the great advice you get from innkeepers for itinerary planning and photo opportunities.  Harbingers of local knowledge, your innkeeper is anxious to share insight into the best restaurants, attractions, hikes and rides.  Better yet, chances are they’ve negotiated special rates of have coupons to offer for discounted items.  Count on them to help plan the perfect day, something you simply wouldn’t get from the hotel owner or GM where you stay. 

Treats & Extras

Home made pie (and ice cream if you want)  is served 365-days a year as a treat at Berry Manor Inn.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography.

Home made pie (and ice cream if you want)  is served 365-days a year as a treat at Berry Manor Inn.  Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography.

When is the last time you went to a chain motel or hotel and were greeted the smell of warm home baked zucchini bread, steaming pie right out of the oven or warm chocolate chip cookies?  Enjoy your next getaway at one of the Inns Along the Coast, and you’ll not only get the R&R you need in cozy, inviting coastal Maine surroundings, but you’ll be treated to either afternoon refreshments a 24-7 snack pantry, cheese and crackers, or homemade pie or cookies all compliments of the inn.  Plus, say goodbye to that $5 water and the $6 M&Ms in the mini-bar. Complimentary beverages range from soft drinks and sodas to tea, coffee, lemonade, bottled water, and more, depending upon the inn. 

Free hugs

Father John receives a hug from Sarah Lindblom at Captain Jefferds Inn. Photo by Marti Mayne.

Father John receives a hug from Sarah Lindblom at Captain Jefferds Inn. Photo by Marti Mayne.

What would you think if the hotel owner came out of his or her office or around from behind the desk and gave you a hug?  At a minimum, you’d be taken aback.  It just doesn’t happen at a Maine hotel or Coastal Maine motel.  But say hello (if you’ve been a guest before) or good-bye to one of the 8 Inns Along the Coast innkeepers, and a hug or at least a warm handshake is likely.  Just recently when we were at the Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport, ME innkeeper, Sarah Lindblom, greeted her guest, Father John, with a huge hug, a warm welcome and an introduction to all of those in the room to him as one of her favorite guests.  It was enough to make any guest feel grand, and we could certainly tell Father John did. 

Homemade, hot breakfast and it’s complimentary too!

Next to the comfortable beds, romantic amenities, personalized service and smiles with a hug,  the wonderful breakfasts you enjoy at all 7 Inns Along the Coast are a real bonus that you simply won’t find at a chain hotel and definitely not at your Maine vacation rental either.  If breakfast is included at your hotel stay, it’s likely to be a do-it-yourself buffet with packaged pastries and cold cereal.  Usually, however, it’s not included, plan and you’ll spend upward of $25 per person for the kind of three course breakfast you’ll find at Inns Along the Coast. Using locally sourced, or grown-right-in-their-gardens ingredients, Inns Along the Coast offer homemade and handmade breakfasts featuring fresh fruits, baked offerings, hot and creative entrees all topped off with steaming and robust coffee, a selection of teas and fresh fruit juices.  It’s enough to fuel you for the day, and it’s all included in the cost of your stay.

There you have it, five reasons to stay at Inns Along the Coast.  Book the 6-day package and enjoy three of Maine’s best coastal regions plus a sixth reason to choose Inns Along the Coast!