National Road Trip Day: Kick off summer vacay season with a trip to Maine inns

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We know there are holidays that everyone celebrates, like Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and July 4th, then there are those holidays that some, but not all decide to observe like Grandparents Day, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and so on.  We at Inns Along the Coast of Maine have decided that National Road Trip Day – celebrated the Friday before Memorial Day – is one holiday we will observe this year!

We all know that Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to the summer vacation season, so it’s perfectly fitting that the Friday before Memorial Day - National Road Trip Day – can serve to kick off the kick-off to the summer season!  According to NationalDayCalendar.com, with two-thirds of leisure travelers (64 percent)* planning to take vacations this summer, the open road will be calling when long weekends and Fridays roll around. And all open roads in New England lead to Maine and the nine inns that make up Inns Along the Coast. As travelers, pack up, fuel up, stock up and then crank up the tunes, innkeepers at Inns Along the Coast are readying rooms and creating fun itineraries for the culmination of these road trips. 

While your road trip may end at any of the nine Inns Along the Coast OR involve an itinerary that includes all of them, road trips that begin and end with happy passengers are always the best kind.  So here are a few tips you may want to consider for your upcoming road trip.

Plan ahead.  While many of the best road trips are spontaneous, it pays during the busy summer and fall travel season in Maine to plan ahead.  The new Inns Along the Coast availability calendar allows travelers to see which inns have availability and then link through to make an easy online reservation.  That way you’ll know that there’ll be room at the inn when you arrive.

Plot your course. Consider construction, fuel and snack stops, shopping and the interests of yours and the other travelers.  Remember, traffic tends to back up at the Maine and NH toll booths. Time your drive to avoid rush hour on the road.  Anytime between 4:00pm to 8:00 you’ll tend to find back-ups at the tolls on Friday.  If you can time your trip to arrive to Maine before noon or after 8:00pm, you’ll get there a lot faster.  And road trips are all about road snacks too!  Might as well make getting here half the fun and stock up on road snacks.

Let your innkeeper help plan your days once you’re here: Innkeepers are heralds of the best in everything local.  Nothing makes a great road trip more than living life like locals, and your innkeepers can let you in on all the secrets – best selfie-worthy locations, best hikes, biking paths, boat rides – you name it.  Worried you can’t get a reservation at the best restaurant in town?  Let your innkeeper know – chances are they can help.  Believe us when we say that the difference between staying at a Maine vacation rental, hotel or campground and staying at one of the Inns Along the Coast is the hospitality and inside knowledge that the innkeepers can add to your road trip.

No matter the destination, road trips include an element of expectation, and they rarely disappoint. Start planning your Memorial Day road trip to Maine and don’t miss the icing on the cake – staying at any or all of the nine Inns Along the Coast, from Kennebunkport to Bar Harbor.  And don’t forget: Book direct for the best rates.

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 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, Your hosts: 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

 

 

*According to AAA Travel survey; April 11, 2019