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.