About Berry Manor Inn
Once the stately home for one of Rockland’s most prominent merchants, today Berry Manor Inn is located within an easy stroll of Rockland’s vibrant harbor front downtown. Down East Magazine calls it “The Wow House.” Renowned for its room amenities, casual and friendly hospitality with a Victorian flair and a highly amusing collection of toy hamsters, the Berry Manor Inn offers the ideal mid-coast location for exploring Maine’s arts, heritage and Penobscot Bay.
A range of amenities makes this a destination for everyone, from couples seeking a romantic getaway to travelers in search of business amenities. The Berry Manor Inn has been certified by the state of Maine as an environmental leader in the hospitality industry and offers a strong focus on sustainable travel. Known by all for its fabulous pies served daily, foodies are drawn here for the three course breakfasts and afternoon treats.
The inn is the only AAA-rated four-diamond historic inn on Maine’s Midcoast, and has received many other awards and accolades including a top ten inn choice by TripAdvisor. Berry Manor Inn is a smoke-free inn and in keeping with local safety codes offers a sprinkler system throughout the inn. Rates range from $125 to $300 per night depending on time of year and room chosen.
GUEST ROOMS, AMENITIES AND RATES
There are twelve spacious guest rooms – eight in the main inn (four each on 2nd and 3rd floors), and four in the Carriage House (all 2nd floor rooms). Two of the Carriage House rooms can be converted to a two room/two bath suite for two couples traveling together or families with older children. All twelve guest rooms have private en-suite luxury baths, air conditioning (in warmer months), working fireplaces and individual heat controls. Eight rooms offer whirlpool baths (four are oversized two-person baths) and four rooms offer custom two-person walk-in, multi-jet showers for the vertical whirlpool experience.
Each of the twelve guest rooms is uniquely decorated in the warm, rich colors of the Victorian palette and furnished with a blend of antique and period reproductions. Great care has been taken to preserve the features of this grand mansion, including the display of the original wallpaper in some rooms. Yet modern amenities are there for today’s traveler including wireless free high-speed internet access, large flat screen televisions with DVD player, irons/ironing boards, clock radios, hair dryer and warm, plush robes. Each night, staff turn down beds, leave chocolates on the pillows, and set the radio to soft classical music to welcome guests back to their room.
In the quiet season, (mid-October through May) room rates range from $125 (double occupancy) to $195 for luxury rooms. During the summer season, (June through mid-October) the same rooms range from $145 to $310 per night. Maine state lodging tax is added to these rates. Online booking is available.
Each afternoon one of the Berry Manor Inn’s warm signature pies is placed in the kitchen of both the main house and the Carriage House. In each location a guest refrigerator is stocked with vanilla ice cream to insure that pie can always be served a la mode if the guest wishes. Guests have been known to dual over the last piece of pie, going to such extremes as hiding that last piece for an after dinner snack when they return. The pies are a signature item at the inn made famous by the Berry Manor Inn Pie Moms featured on the Food Network, Discovery Channel and Travel Channel.
The guest refrigerators also features a selection of complimentary bottled water, sodas, and juices for guests. Guests use these refrigerators to store leftovers too. A microwave is also available in both the main inn and the Carriage House for warming up of guest leftovers or perhaps to warm that special piece of pie.
A guest computer and printer are available in one of the inn’s two parlors for use to check in with the office or print boarding passes. And for those who need their “feline fixes”, Nemo, the inn’s black rescue cat, is often seen in one of the parlors quietly keeping to himself as he watches over the inn.
Guests are welcome to enjoy the inn’s many common rooms including the drawing room, a formal parlor, a quiet and fully stocked second-floor library with books and DVDs, the front porch, the dining room, and the 24 hour complimentary guest pantry complete with refrigerator and microwave. Guests of the Carriage House also have use of their own living room, complete with a fully-stocked refrigerator, pantry and pies.
In the summer months, lovely wicker furniture beckons guests to sit on the porch overlooking lush gardens and watch the world go by. It’s a great place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon glass of wine too.
The Berry Manor Inn offers everything that any corporate traveler might need, including a small conference center with one larger room and two break out rooms, each equipped with modern AV equipment and Internet access. In-room phones with free local calls, free high speed internet access – both cabled and wireless, flexible breakfast hours for early travel, use of the fax machine and copier, a computer for guest use, concierge services and assistance with transportation needs are all ways that Berry Manor Inn caters to small meetings and retreats plus the business traveler.
Guests should plan to arrive to breakfast hungry, as the foodie fare begins at 7:00am with fresh coffee in the second floor library and Carriage House pantry. Breakfast is served at individual tables between 8:00am, and 9:30am in the elegantly appointed dining room, and features a multi-course meal including a choice of juice, fruit, pastries and an entrée. Entrées alternate between sweet and savory dishes, including such favorites as lemon blueberry pancakes, raspberry stuffed French toast, baked eggs with spinach and artichoke, and once in awhile the famous lobster egg casserole, served during the world-famous Lobster Festival.
Fresh and locally sourced ingredients are used as often as possible, including tomatoes and herbs grown right outside the kitchen door in the inn’s own garden.
Built in 1898 with all the grandeur of the Victorian era this shingle-styled mansion was originally the residence of Charles H. Berry, a prominent local merchant and nephew of Civil War General, Hiram Berry. It was a center of grand and gracious hospitality for more than a century, first as the primary residence of four generations of the Berry family, then in the hands of another local family for fifty years. Present owners, Cheryl Michaelsen and her husband Michael LaPosta bought the inn 100 years after it was built, attracted by its bold, symmetrical design and potential. In 90 contractor days, they converted the inn from a private residence to an elegant bed and breakfast inn. All renovation work met the standards imposed by the Department of the Interior to ensure the original architectural features of the property were both maintained and preserved. The property is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
In a former chapter of their lives, Cheryl and Mike worked together in the Health Care industry. Cheryl managed budget and finance for patient care services and Mike was employed as a contractor to manage the non-clinical operations – housekeeping, maintenance, dietary and transport. The idea of running a B&B was never a thought until Cheryl’s hospital went through a difficult merger and Mike shared with her that she was miserable to live with and needed to think about doing something else for work.
Mike was a man who strongly disliked B&Bs and still to this day has probably stayed in less than three in his entire life. Yet unknown to Cheryl why, he suggested buying a B&B. As caretakers for both sets of their parents, it as a great solution for a family business, allowing both sets of parents to come and live with them on the coast of Maine. After several attempts to purchase an existing B&B, they bought the stately home of Charles Berry which was at the time a one of the largest private homes in Rockland. The Berry Manor Inn has garnered media attention through the years from the “Pie Moms” that are actually the moms of Mike and Cheryl. They have appeared on the Food Network on a Throwdown with Bobby Flay, on the Travel Channel with Samantha Brown and Discovery Channel with Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs. That was over 17 years ago and today although the moms are older and less involved in the day to day operations, homemade pies are still a signature at the inn as our Mike’s breakfast antics.
Mike who absolutely embodies the thought that you have to grow old but you do not have to grow up, entertains the guests today with crazy hats and dancing animated toys while Cheryl watches and enjoys the reactions of guests.