Inns vs hotels: Three Reasons to Choose Inns Along the Coast

Canterbury Cottage, Bar Harbor, ME

OK.  We’ll admit we’re a little biased, but when it comes to hospitality, hotels simply can’t compete with inns, especially those along the coast of Maine.  Hotel hospitality?  It’s really kind of an oxymoron in our book.  Sure, Maine hotels and coastal resorts are nice enough and once in a while they’re even really nice.  But when it comes to real Maine hospitality, the place to find it is with Inns Along the Coast.  After all, when is the last time the hotel owner met you at check-in with a smile and a homemade cookie, and welcomed you by name? As you will see, there is simply a personalized approach to Maine vacations that you’ll find with the nine member inns of Inns Along the Coast which you simply won’t find with a Maine hotel, motel or resort.

Inns Along the Coast offer a number of different themed itineraries for foodies, adventure-seekers and art lovers.  Enjoy a 6-night/7 day package combining a stay in several of Maine’s favorite destinations – Camden, Newcastle, Freeport, Rockland, Bar Harbor and Kennebunkport – and you’ll be treated to the kind of hospitality you wish you’d find everywhere. 

Let’s take a closer look.  Here are three special touches you’ll find at Inns Along the Coast that you won’t find elsewhere.

Personalized service & insider tips on where to go and what to see

Because the Inns Along the Coast are each independently owned with anywhere from six to eighteen guest rooms, they tend to be smaller and more personalized.  You can be sure you’ll meet the owner either at check-in or during your stay, and have the opportunity to get to know them too.  This group of Maine innkeepers love to share insider tips on their favorite place to visit, like innkeeper Kristi's tip to guests to visit the first stone bridge built on Mount Desert Island on the Jordan Stream Path in Acadia National Park or Sarah's tip to Captain Jefferds Inn's guests on the short cut to walk into town.  Have you ever gotten any insider-treasures from the hotel GMs where you’ve stayed?  We rest our case.

Plenty of extras

Visit a Coastal Maine resort or a hotel/motel along the coast of Maine and you’ll certainly find beverages are available 24-7, but besides the make-it-yourself coffee that you might be lucky enough to make in your room, those drinks are sure to cost anywhere from $5 for a bottle of water to $15 for a cocktail.  Visit one of the Inns Along the Coast, and you’ll find complimentary fine coffees, teas, bottled water or soft drinks available 24-7. You might even find them served in one of the innkeepers’ collection of fine china teapots.  And the extras don’t stop there.  From fresh baked afternoon refreshments at Aysgarth Station and Saltair Waterfront B&B to the bottomless cookie jar at Granite Inn, afternoon tapas and  and the guest pantry open 24-7 at LimeRock Inn to the famous freshly baked pies and ice cream at Berry Manor Inn and the cheese and crackers and cookies spread at Captain Jefferds Inn, you’ll certainly not go hungry.  Your wallet will thank you because all these treats which otherwise might add up to $10 to $15 per day at a Maine hotel, motel or resort are included in the cost of your stay.

Breakfast is included

Berry Manor Inn breakfast

Your Mama always told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  The Inns Along the Coast innkeepers agree and certainly want to do everything possible to make your Mama and you both happy.  Plan on enjoying a gourmet, freshly made and locally sourced breakfast each morning of your stay.  Your breakfast will start with a steaming cuppa Joe, which you can enjoy in your room or on the front porch, back deck or side yard depending upon the inn where you stay.  You’ll be treated to freshly baked muffins, sweetbreads, scones or other pastries, plus fresh fruit, juices and a breakfast entrée which will keep you fueled throughout the day too.  No one leaves the breakfast table hungry from any of the Inns Along the Coast. And the Inns Along the Coast innkeepers take great pride in their breakfasts when people like Ted Weiss at Camden's Hawthorn Inn or Julie at Newcastle Inn carefully prepare your meal with your dietary restrictions and preferences in mind.  You’ll be happy to know that you didn’t just spend $25 per person on a hotel breakfast.  And you know what the best part is?  You ate a great breakfast which makes Mama happy too.

When you go:

In Kennebunkport:

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email:, website:, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom

In Freeport

Brewster House Inn: Email:, website: , reservations: 207-865-4121, Innkeepers: Dave Noel & Kelleigh Dulany.

In Newcastle

Newcastle Inn: Email:, website:, reservations: 207-563-5685, Innkeeper: Julie Bolthuis and her four-legged assistant innkeeper, Jabu.

In Rockland:

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

Granite Inn: Email:, website:, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

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

In Camden

Hawthorn Inn: Email:, website:,  207-236-8842, Your hosts: Ted & Lisa Weiss

In Bar Harbor:

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:, website:, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.

Aysgarth Station B&B: Email: , website:, 207-288-9655, Innkeeper: Melody Kronenberg.

 Each destination offers pet-friendly and family-friendly accommodations, with all the inns catering to romantic Maine Coast getaways.  Click on the central availability and reservation calendar to begin planning your trip and to make online reservations.