1 . Maine Stay Inn and Cottages

Kennebunkport, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 328 - 0453

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Take a journey to historic Kennebunkport and plan your stay at Maine Stay Inn and Cottages. This year round bed and breakfast provides outstanding hospitality and breathtaking coastal beauty. Eleven cottage suites offer a bevy of amenities including romantic suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzi's.

Listed on the National Register of Historic places, the main house offer beautifully restored premier accommodations for all of your needs. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a girlfriend's getaway or a family trip with children, the area surrounded Maine Stay Inn has you covered. Cool ocean breezes will make any time the perfect time for a walk along the beach. Take a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride through town to experience this unique historical village. Numerous lighthouses are located nearby along the coast, and provide excellent tourist attractions for the entire family! Make your plans to visit Kennebunkport and the friendly staff at Maine Stay Inn.

Address

34 Maine Street Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Number of resorts

There are 28 Inns and Bed and Breakfast's in Kennebunkport and the surrounding area.

Highlights

Eleven guest cottages and six Victorian-themed Inn rooms give guests an exquisitely decorated place to stay in Kennebunkport. Guest Cottages give your the option of having a fireplace and/or Jacuzzi tub in your room.

2 . The Topside Inn

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 623 - 6319

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Enjoy Coastal Maine's most beautiful vantage point at The Topside Inn, which sits atop McKown Hill, the highest point in town. New England hospitality awaits onsite while the city abounds with buzzing attractions and awe-inspiring ocean views!

This 19th Century sea captain's home features two classic summer guesthouses and is just steps from the going-ons of the charming coastal village of Boothbay Harbor. Twenty guestrooms are spread across three buildings on two scenic acres. Soak in panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and watch glorious sunrises creeping over the horizon. The famous footbridge is across the inner harbor to the east and the lighthouses and islands are to the south. The front lawn showcases a grandstand seat to observe harbor activity throughout the day and the lights of the sky at night. Wander off-site and enjoy in-town excursions, as the inn is just a one-minute walk to restaurants, shops, and art galleries in the waterfront coastal village. For some aquatic adventures, boat cruises depart at the foot of the hill for bird and whale watching, sightseeing, lighthouse tours, schooner sails, fishing, kayaking, and more. Stay dry on the Land Trust hiking trails, at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, or catching a tan on the beach. Your Maine event awaits here!

Address

60 McKown Street, Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538

Extra Stops

Head to Ocean Point and stroll along the scenic sea wall or stop by Barrett Park and enjoy a picnic and a dip in the water at the head of Linekin Bay.

Related Onsite Offerings

All guestrooms include private in-suite baths, cable television, complimentary wireless Internet, bath amenities, plush towels, hairdryers, irons, and ironing boards.

3 . The Breakwater Inn and Spa

Kennebunkport, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (207) 967 - 5333

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Waves may break daily on our No. 3 spot’s shores, but this coastal Maine inn boasts a rich tradition of making waves of its own. Short of going overboard, the Breakwater Inn and Spa even transforms New England’s nautical roots into a stylish décor we deem castaway chic!

Speaking of castaways, we wouldn’t mind being stranded for a day, week or even a month inside these resplendent coastal Maine accommodations. The Breakwater Inn offers an unparalleled selection of New England lodging, from traditional inn rooms and coastal cottages to secluded apartments and indulgent spa suites. The aptly-named spa rooms may bring to mind bliss-filled hours under a skilled masseuse’s hands, but we think these inspired accommodations also conjure up images of a romantic Maine getaway spent in your loved one’s arms. Each of the Breakwater Inn’s suites is charming in its own right, but even these stunning spaces won’t keep you from the exclusive comfort of the Breakwater Spa. This seaside spa sanctuary takes its inspirations from the Atlantic Ocean’s waters, and it shows in signature treatments like the Kennebunk River Stone Manicure and Pedicure. An invigorating symphony of heated river stones, exfoliating Maine sea salts and hydrating masks are expertly applied to beautifully restore your hands, feet and state of mind.

Fun facts

The Breakwater Inn offers Movies on the Lawn all summer long!

Highlights

The Breakwater Inn’s Stripers Waterside Restaurant serves up fresh coastal Maine lobster and shellfish with spectacular views of the Kennebunk River waterfront.

Related Onsite Offerings

Conference facilities and meeting rooms at the Breakwater Inn offer planners flexibility for coastal Maine meetings, conferences and events.

4 . Camden Harbour Inn

Camden, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 236 - 4266

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Our No. 5 spot is a short drive from the coastal town of Camden, but our No. 4 spot trumps that from its soaring perch atop a central Camden hill. For those looking to sample the finer things in life, Camden Harbour Inn offers everything from simple luxuries to lavish amenities on your coastal Maine vacation!

Camden Harbour Inn is simply overflowing with luxury, style and refined amenities, making this coastal Maine accommodation more of a boutique hotel than a traditional inn. And your gracious Camden Harbour Inn hosts wouldn’t settle for offering you any ordinary New England vacation. Instead, they’ve taken it upon themselves to execute complete lifestyle experiences tailored to your personal tastes. Vibrant floral displays, a sampling of local wines and even original artworks can all be placed in your already stylish Camden Harbour Inn suite. It was a close race, but Camden Harbour Inn easily offers the most spectacular scenery of all the Maine inns and bed and breakfasts on our list. Sure, there are the sweeping harbor and Penobscot Bay views you’d expect from a coastal inn, but Camden Harbour Inn also features breathtaking panoramas of the village, mountains and evergreen islands that flourish at the foot of this hilltop retreat.

Related Onsite Offerings

Camden Harbour Inn rooms and suites include en-suite private baths and are furnished with king-size pillow-top beds, the finest linens, fluffy towels and soft bathrobes. The inn is also the only lodging establishment in Maine to offer in-room mini bars.

Highlights

Complimentary coffee, tea and snacks are served in this coastal Maine bed and breakfast’s Princess Juliana Lounge throughout the day.

Fun facts

The innkeepers have added a hint of their Dutch homeland’s history by naming Camden Harbour Inn’s rooms and suites after famous world ports once used by the Dutch East India Company.

5 . Belfast Bay Inn & Luxury Suites

Belfast, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (207) 338 - 5600

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Our No. 5 spot has received its fair share of recognition, including the honor of becoming the seaside town of Belfast’s first – and only – bed and breakfast to be awarded a prestigious AAA Four-Diamond designation. It may seem silly, but we simply couldn’t pass up the chance to heap a few praises of our own upon this coastal Maine inn!

Belfast Bay Inn is also one of few coastal Maine accommodations to boast a place among the distinguished ranks of the Select Registry Boutique Hotel list. But what we most admire about this Belfast bed and breakfast is its innkeepers’ genius decision to take up residence in a pair of 19th-century rowhouses and transform them into luxury suites surrounded by Belfast’s quaint shops and boutiques. And this Maine inn’s convenient Main Street address puts you a short stroll from Belfast Harbor’s waterfront, while Camden and Acadia National Park are both a scenic drive away! We think Belfast Bay Inn’s boutique-style ambiance is perfect for special occasions and long weekends on the New England coast. Tulips border the brick-lined sidewalks and streets of Shoreline Park and the inn’s garden courtyard is the perfect place to curl up with a cup of tea and that book you’re desperate to crack open. Slip on a soft terrycloth robe in the comfort of your Belfast Bay suite and sit back as skilled hands gently massage away every last trace of stress away!

Fun facts

Belfast Bay’s innkeepers, Ed and Judy Hemmingsen, are no strangers to the travel business. They built the Bluenose Inn, a 97-room luxury hotel in Bar Harbor, before moving to Belfast and opening Belfast Bay’s doors.

Address

72 Main Street, Belfast, Maine 04915

Related Onsite Offerings

Belfast Bay Inn offers a variety of in-room massage treatments, including therapeutic massages, chair massages and massage appointments for two.

6 . The Admiral's Inn Resort

Ogunquit, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (207) 646 - 7093

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By definition, an admiral boasts the highest ranking among his or her peers, and we can’t imagine a more fitting description of our No. 6 pick, Admiral’s Inn Resort. This Ogunquit original is a commanding presence on Maine’s coast and an admirable destination for your coastal Maine vacation!

While this coastal Maine inn is already decorated in authentic New England style, we’d like to pin a few more stars – four, to be precise – to its metaphorical chest. Admiral Inn Resort’s all-new amenities, including two heated pools and two hot tubs, could easily take all four. The extensive treatment menu – Swedish and deep tissue massages, hydrating facials and aromatherapy cocoons, to name a few – offered by its day spa, Body Mechanix, could easily merit the addition of even more stars. But we’d rather save them all for the inn’s crowning glory: it’s designation as Ogunquit’s only true full-service resort and inn! While it certainly wouldn’t be as prestigious, perhaps a three-star salute would be more fitting for this coastal Maine accommodation. Not that the Admiral’s Inn isn’t deserving of a full four stars; it’s just that this modest inn is actually three separate properties in one central Ogunquit location! There’s the original inn, with its traditional bed and breakfast-style rooms. There’s the White Rose Inn, acquired in 2008 and added to the Admiral Inn’s selections. And the inn’s most recent addition: a stunning coastal Maine hotel with spacious rooms and access to all the Admiral’s resort-style amenities!

Highlights

You’ll find plenty to fill your days in Ogunquit, including shopping and dining in the Ogunquit Village Center, sunbathing on Ogunquit Beach and the quaint fishing community of nearby Perkins Cove

Fun facts

Originally called the Playhouse Inn, followed by the Post Road Inn, the Admiral's Inn is Ogunquit's oldest bed and breakfast and has been operating as an inn for nearly 50 years!

Related Onsite Offerings

Additional amenities at the Admiral’s Inn include an onsite health club and sauna, day spa and a full-service restaurant with lounge.

7 . The Kennebunkport Inn

Kennebunkport, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 248 - 2621

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Those in the real estate business are fond of saying that everything boils down to one – er, three – things: location, location and location. If that’s true, then our No. 7 pick has cornered the market on coastal Maine destinations. The Kennebunkport Inn is the only accommodation in this coastal city’s famous Dock Square, after all!

The Kennebunkport Inn’s central location means that shopping, dining and attractions galore are all just minutes from your door! Dock Square is known for more than just its spectacular coastal scenery; art galleries, museums and one-of-a-kind boutiques all line this landmark’s streets. Just beyond these earthly pleasures, you’ll find a wide array of aquatic pursuits like fishing, sailing and whale watching on the Atlantic Ocean’s deep blue waters. The Kennebunkport Inn even lets you choose the lodging that suits you, from the classic sophistication of the Main Inn to the breezy cottage-style rooms offered in the Wharfside Building. We’d suggest working up an appetite for the inn’s newly-opened One Dock restaurant. This versatile Maine dining space alternates as a lively piano bar by night, while its patio offers al fresco dining under the starry coastal Maine sky. One Dock’s signature cocktails and Kennebunk River views accompany whichever dining experience you choose!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Kennebunkport Inn offers a range of massage, body and facial treatments to complement your coastal Maine inn vacation.

Highlights

The Kennebunkport Inn’s onsite restaurant, One Dock, offers traditional coastal Maine dishes like baked haddock and steamed lobster, along with its signature fusion dishes that pair fresh seafood with Asian and Spanish flavors.

Fun facts

The Kennebunkport Inn was selected as one of the Travel Channel's Maine Best Escapes.

8 . Newagen Seaside Inn

Newagen, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 654 - 5242

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There’s only way to sum up the sea salt-tinged air, rocky cliffs and vast ocean waters that surround our No. 8 spot: quintessential coastal Maine. From its shuttered Colonial Revival exterior to the charming interiors of its seaside cottages, Newagen Seaside Inn is the definition of New England coastal chic.

Much of the credit for Newagen Seaside Inn’s breathtaking accommodations undoubtedly goes to its prime location. Not only does this quaint Maine inn boast a Boothbay Harbor address, it’s also perched on the very tip of scenic Southport Island. But don’t think for a minute that we’d forget to give Newagen’s innkeepers their dues. The scenery outside may come courtesy of Mother Nature, but Newagen Seaside Inn’s immaculate guestrooms and cottages didn’t decorate themselves! Hardwood floors, hand-stitched quilts and walls awash in coastal-inspired colors blend for a calming effect in these well-appointed Maine accommodations. If Newagen Seaside Inn’s sunny interiors aren’t enough to motivate you, we think a breakfast with a view is just what the doctor – er, innkeeper – ordered. Specialty dishes like blueberry French toast and chocolate chip pancakes are a delightful addition to breakfast staples like freshly-prepared pastries, juice and eggs. And the spectacular Atlantic Ocean views framed by the dining room’s expansive windows make every meal as scenic as it is delicious!

Highlights

Newagen Seaside Inn is the ideal location for your Maine destination wedding. This coastal Maine inn boasts 20 acres of oceanfront property for spectacular outdoor ceremonies, receptions and more!

Related Onsite Offerings

Looking for more space, privacy or a bit of both on your coastal Maine vacation? Newagen Seaside Inn’s cottages feature multiple bedrooms, living rooms and breezy screen porches.

Fun facts

In 1943, the original Newagen Seaside Inn burned down, but was rebuilt within three months and has warmly welcomed guests to the coast of Maine for the past 65 years.

9 . Rocktide Inn

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (207) 633 - 4455

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Our No. 9 pick may not be the first coastal Maine inn to hail from scenic Boothbay Harbor, but it does offer some of the most spectacular views of this beloved body of water! We simply can’t imagine a finer location for your coastal Maine vacation than surrounded by Rocktide Inn’s cozy accommodations and the sea’s calming presence.

If the friendly faces of Boothbay Harbor residents are any indication, warm welcomes come standard in coastal Maine. Rocktide’s innkeepers are eager to share whimsical touches like museum-worthy model ships and a miniature train that winds its way around the inn’s dining room. But don’t waste all your time holed up in the comfort of this coastal Maine inn! Outside, boat tours depart straight from the inn’s docks, while historic trolley rides take you into the heart of Boothbay’s shops, galleries and quaint charm. On the rocks may have once been a grim reality for shipwrecked fisherman, but the On the Rocks lounge comes with none of the same negative connotations. Playful thatched roofs are the only hints of deserted islands you’ll find inside this sleek lounge space. And we certainly can’t fault you if every breakfast, lunch and dinner finds you stranded inside Rocktide Restaurant’s elegant dining space. After all, we had our fair share of Rocktide Inn’s tender roast beef, juicy steaks and fresh seafood dishes during our stay!

Related Onsite Offerings

Rocktide Inn’s Restaurant serves up a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning and boasts panoramic views of Boothbay Harbor’s historic footbridge and the Mouse and Tumbler Islands.

Related activities

Rocktide Inn purchases a membership to the Boothbay Country Club each year so that its guests have access to partake in a round (or two) of golf on their coastal Maine vacation.

Highlights

All-new suites at Rocktide Inn feature stylish contemporary décor and modern upgrades like whirlpool baths and flat screen TVs.

10 . Brown's Wharf Inn

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (207) 380 - 6111

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It may be the final pick on our list, but don’t write off Brown’s Wharf Inn as your everyday East Coast inn. If the oversized statue of an old lobster fisherman – complete with equally enormous yellow rain slicker – that welcomes you into this coastal Maine inn is any indication, you’re in for a Maine vacation of grand proportions!

Brown’s Wharf Inn’s modest New England-style exterior belies the surprisingly spacious and luxurious rooms harbored beneath its roof. Flat screen TVs, wireless Internet and private decks with panoramic views of the sail boats and other craft moored in Boothbay Harbor all come standard at this coastal Maine inn. Brown’s Wharf even offers budget-conscious efficiencies for those who prefer to spend the majority of their Maine vacation on water rather than land. The Old Salt Shed Lounge, which takes its name from its former use as – what else – a salt storage shed, is a must on any Maine vacation. This historic Boothbay Harbor eatery is famous for its succulent seafood dinners, so you’d be wise to reserve your space well in advance. You may have to fight through the local crowd to take your seat, but when a Maine lobster – straight off the fisherman’s boats and dripping with butter – graces your plate, it somehow seems worth it!

Related Onsite Offerings

Brown’s Wharf Inn is the perfect place to dock your boat on your coastal Maine vacation. The inn’s private marina has plenty of dock space available; you can even fish from the dock or hunt for lobsters in the harbor.

Highlights

Air conditioning, refrigerators and guest laundry make the Brown’s Wharf Inn both comfortable and convenient on your coastal Maine family vacation!

Fun facts

Brown’s Wharf Inn has been family-owned and operated by the Brown family for three generations.

11 . Spruce Point Inn

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (207) 633 - 4152

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Its name may hint at blue-hued spruce and prickly pine needles, but our No. 11 pick actually sits high atop a peninsula that stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean’s watery expanses. We hope you’re ready for a change of scenery on your coastal Maine vacation, because that’s precisely what awaits you at the Spruce Point Inn!

Here at the Spruce Point Inn, the smoggy cityscape that once served as your backyard has been replaced with coastal Maine’s craggy cliffs, sparkling waters and dense forests. Your nosy neighbors have been transformed into burly fisherman hauling in their catches and spiny sea critters turned to-die-for dinners when smothered with butter. And in place of your everyday soundtrack of honking cars, ringing cell phones and overbearing bosses, you’ll find the sweet melodies of birdsong and the gentle lapping of Boothbay Harbor’s waves. Chances are you’re looking for more than a change of scenery on your coastal Maine vacation, but Spruce Point Inn is our recommended destination for any reason and in every season. Family vacations could use a little sprucing up in our opinion, and there’s nothing like a little New England flair and a gentle sea breeze to put that spring back in the step of kids and parents alike!

Highlights

The Spruce Point Inn’s fun-filled summer children’s program, The Lighthouse Camp, is the perfect supplement to coastal Maine family vacations.

Related activities

Biking, fishing, hiking, swimming, tennis, shopping, children’s program and spa treatments.

Related Onsite Offerings

Speaking of walking, you won’t have to go far – you’ll find a fitness room, day spa, gourmet dining and more on the Spruce Point Inn’s picturesque grounds.

12 . Inn at Ocean’s Edge

Lincolnville, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (207) 236 - 0945

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You’ll find plenty of admirable choices on our Top Coastal Maine Inn and Bed and Breakfasts list, but for a true New England experience at the water’s edge, the aptly-named Inn at Ocean’s Edge is our hands-down selection!

For once, we don’t even care if you doubt our judgment – that would only mean more room for us at this delightful Maine inn, after all. In fact, we’ve got half a mind to forsake this entire list in favor of time better spent lounging in the sparkling infinity-edge pool, strolling the vast blooming gardens or indulging in a second helping at the Inn at Ocean’s Edge’s award-winning restaurant. But we’ll take pity on your poor seafaring soul and let you in on this coastal Maine inn’s best-kept secret: a scrumptious breakfast buffet overlooking Penobscot Bay. Lobster boats cruise past, loaded down with their morning catch – soon to be your dinner – as they take their place in the peaceful harbor. Over on Lincolnville Beach, tiny toddlers with shovel and pail in hand leave their mark on the soft golden sands. And across the bay, Islesboro beckons with a full day of shopping, wine tasting and exploration on its rocky shores!

Highlights

Experience an aerial tour of the Maine coast from a helicopter that departs directly from the Inn at Ocean’s Edge property.

Fun facts

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is a great place to cozy up with friends and family during the holiday season. The village of Camden even kicks off the season with a spectacular Christmas by the Sea celebration.

Related Onsite Offerings

Charming Camden offers a full calendar of festivals and celebrations in every season, including the North Atlantic Blues Festival, Maine’s annual lobster festival and the Maine Boats and Harbor Show.

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