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.
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.
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