Best Lodging in Maine | 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards
Best Classic Island Inn: Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island Much of the charm of this 1920s establishment is that it’s a part of island life. Monday-night dinners become a regular event for summer island residents, who sit on the famous porch and take in the sunsets, some of the finest in New England. 61 South […]
Best Beachside Inn | Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth
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Best Classic Island Inn:
Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island
Much of the charm of this 1920s establishment is that it’s a part of island life. Monday-night dinners become a regular event for summer island residents, who sit on the famous porch and take in the sunsets, some of the finest in New England.
61 South Road. 207-846-5155; chebeagueislandinn.com
Best Pet-Friendly B&B:
The Captain Jefferds Inn, Kennebunkport
The 11 elegant rooms in the 1804 main house are fur-free, but five equally inviting rooms in the attached Carriage House welcome dogs with bowls, towels, and a treat. Each room has direct access to the yard, and pet sitting is available. Rates: from $170.
5 Pearl St. 207-967-2311; captainjefferdsinn.com
Best Beachside Inn:
Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth
Handsome rooms, suites, and cottages shelter guests at this seaside resort with an outdoor saltwater pool, a restaurant and lounge with indoor and outdoor seating, and a boutique spa. A boardwalk through a New England cottontail rabbit preserve links the ultra-green, dog- and family-friendly property with dune-backed Crescent Beach, a state park with lifeguards. Rates: from $229.
40 Bowery Beach Road. 207-799-3134; innbythesea.com
Best Lighthouse Stay:
Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse, Cuckolds Island
Splurge on one of two ultra-luxe suites in a meticulously restored 1892 lighthouse complex on a private island. The pampering includes transportation, breakfast, and afternoon tea; lunch and dinner are available. Rates: from $450.
Best Ocean Resort:
If you can tear yourself away from the dreamy views, facilities at this 230-acre oceanfront resort edging Penobscot Bay include an 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a fitness center, a children’s program, tennis courts, lawn games, and easy access to the Rockland Breakwater. Rates: from $110.
220 Warrenton St. 207-594-2511; samosetresort.com
Best Shorefront Value:
Oakland Seashore Motel & Cabins, Rockport
Psst … Don’t tell too many friends about this shoreline-hugging colony comprising no-frills, gently updated vintage cottages and a dance hall turned motel. On 70 grassy, shaded acres, with a private pebble beach, accommodations are simple, comfortable, and clean; some have kitchens or kitchenettes, but none has a TV or phone. Rates: from $70.
112 Dearborn Lane. 207-594-8104; oaklandseashorecabins.com
Best Family Vacation:
Medomak Family Camp, Washington
Think summer camp is only for kids? Swim, play, create, paddle, hike, tour, or do nothing during family sessions at this traditional lakeside summer camp on Washington Pond. Family-style meals and a rustic, few-frills private cabin are included; the counselors make it sing. Rates: from $915 per adult per week, $650 per child per week.
178 Liberty Road. 203-845-6001; medomakcamp.com
Best Classic Seaside Hotel:
The Claremont, Southwest Harbor
White curtains billow in the afternoon breeze at The Claremont, a pleasantly old-fashioned yet elegant grand dame, with a croquet court on the lawn rolling down to Somes Sound. Rates: from $180.
22 Claremont Road. 800-244-5036; theclaremonthotel.com
Best Lakeside Resort:
Migis Lodge, Casco
Set under towering pines on the shores of Sebago Lake, this 100-year-old resort turns the lakeside family vacation into a luxury experience, pampering guests with wood-burning fireplaces, stocked daily, and fancy linens in 35 well-appointed cottages and a main lodge. Choose from paddling, sailing, tennis, kids’ programs, and a slew of family-friendly activities, from island cookouts to waterskiing sessions. Meals and most activities are included. Rates: from $199 per person.
30 Migis Lodge Road. 207-655-4524; migis.com
Best Wilderness Camping:
Stephen Phillips Memorial Preserve, Rangeley
Swim, paddle, watch wildlife, or simply escape at this 6,000-acre preserve, including more than four miles of shoreline on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Choose from mainland and island sites, all with picnic tables, fireplaces, and toilet facilities. Rates: from $20 per site.
377 Stephens Road. 207-864-2003; stephenphillipswildernesscamping.com
Best Island Sporting Camp:
Attean Lake Lodge, Jackman
Attean has been welcoming guests to Birch Island, an oasis of hospitality in the wilderness, since the late 19th century. Guests stay in comfy cabins, enjoy meals in the main lodge, and spend their days swimming, paddling, hiking, and fishing. Rates: from $290, including meals and most activities.
Birch Island. 207-668-3792; atteanlodge.com