Vacation at a historic hotel, inn, or resort when visitng Maine

Maine historic hotels, inns and resorts are located in beach towns, ocean resorts and cities. Historic lodgings and bed and breakfasts include first class hotels and historic hotels with long pedigrees and the atmosphere to go with them: antique or period reproduction furniture, beautiful surroundings, fireplaces and balconies, first-class service. Even through these hotels have their roots in earlier times, they are equipped with modern conveniences, including air conditioning, cable television, and Wi-Fi.

806 Spencer Pond Road Beaver Cove, ME, 04617 Phone: 207-745-1599

Rustic Camp Founded in 1901 by Local Woodsman

The rustic, remote Spence Pond Camps welcome guests to a sojourn close to the sounds and sights and smells of unspoiled nature. Fourteen miles from any neighbor, with no electricity but well-stocked with furnishings, wood stoves, a dock, canoes, and hiking trails, the camps celebrate the basics of living near the land. The area was home to Natives, who called Big Spencer Mountain “Sabotowan.” The genesis of the camps happened in 1901, when Mose Duty, a young Maine guide and local trapper and boat builder, began clearing land and felling logs on these grounds to build his first cabin. The present operators, Christine Howe and Dana Black, are both registered Maine Guides who continue a tradition of exploring and protecting the natural habitat.

16 Bay View Street Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: 207-236-4325

The Bricks of Maine’s Industrious History Encase This Hotel

Nice thing about New England: visitors feel the presence of local history simply by looking around. Nowhere is this more true than in the Mid-Coast town of Camden, where small boats in the harbor and cool shops and dining in town display the inventive Maine character. The luxurious 16 Bay View Hotel lives this history, situated, as it is, in a restored 1905 industrial building in the center of town. The beauty and spare elegance of the old structure is repeated in exposed brick walls, ironwork balconies, and lots of in-rooms fireplaces. Note that today’s luxuries are well-represented: heated bathroom floors; custom marble showers with body jets; thick, terrycloth bathrobes; Champagne service; Wi-Fi; business computer & printer access. But you will feel old Maine ingenuity all around you.

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22 McKinley Court Portland, ME, 04109 Phone: 207-805-9836

History beckons while the lodging comforts.

Stay in the heart of Maine’s coastal history from the moment you embark from Portland’s Old Port district on a short voyage across beautiful Casco Bay. The Inn is set on Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island and astride Diamond’s Edge, formerly an artistic retreat community rich in charm and history. Here is Fort McKinley, constructed in Portland Harbor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to protect Maine's principal city. Select from 44 deluxe guest rooms and suites while the outdoor pool, fitness room and activity center and a short walk to Diamonds Edge Restaurant and the full service marina will keep you moving. For fun and sundries you’ll find the General Store, scenic trails, and Pebble Beach.

208 Ocean Avenue Kennebunkport, ME, 04046 Phone: 207-967-2125 Toll-Free: 855-346-5700

History and luxury meet on the alluring Maine Coast

Like many of the New England’s finest inns this magnificent resort is found within landmark buildings. Be transported back to the 19th century when the railroad brought “summer people” to this enviable spot on the Maine coast where the first schooner was built and where architecturally alluring mansions earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Today enjoy the same privacy and comfort of coming “home” to Kennebunkport—with a world of amenities. You’ll enjoy the sea, of course, but also the daily wine events, bicycles for touring, high-speed wireless Internet access, a menu of pillow choices, coffee and tea throughout the day, car service into town, yoga on the lawn, movie screenings, and live music outdoors.

163 Danforth Street Portland, ME, 04104 Phone: 207-879-8755 Toll-Free: 800-991-6557

A provocative history lends charm to this Portland lodging

Since 1823, the Danforth inn has played a variety of roles in this beautiful city by the sea. A bootlegger’s hideaway during prohibition, a boarding school, and Episcopal housing with hard luck stories to tell, the Inn has become a glamorous setting special events and memorable times. Guest rooms include a private bathroom, air conditioning, a working fireplace, wireless internet access, premium spa-quality robes, and televisions. Guests enjoy off street parking, full access to the wood-paneled billiard room, the unique rooftop cupola, and hospitality rooms, a deck and a private garden on the upper floors. Savor Southeast Asian cuisine prepared artfully at Tempo Dulu on site and order up a “Jakarta,” the best cocktail in the US according to StarChefs in 2015.

5 Pearl Street Kennebunkport, ME, 04046 Phone: 207-967-2311

Exemplifying and surrounded by history

As you’ve assumed by the name, the Captain Jefferds Inn, built in 1804, was originally the home of a sea captain, designed for comfort and safe harbor and not just as a roof over his head. As with most large homes of the time, it has a carriage house, now converted into a residence. Innkeepers Erik and Sarah Lindblom also have lovingly restored the main building into to beautifully remind guests of an earlier, gracious period and lifestyle, as sturdy, snug and fit as a sailing ship. The inn is located near the town center of historic Kennebunkport, conveniently situated for informative strolls, where you can learn about the ship-building mecca that became a colorful resort destination a century ago.

95 Ocean Avenue Kennebunkport, ME, 04046 Phone: 207-967-4050 Toll-Free: 800-552-5651

History and the sea meet in this magnificent setting.

Maine holds a special place in New England’s history and lore. And this enchanting resort by the sea near Kennebunkport reflects special elements of each. Established in 1883, Nonantum has maintained its Victorian charm and touches like elegantly appointed rooms, private baths, fine dining and a level of service reminiscent of days gone by. More contemporary amenities bring your stay up to date with free WiFi, a heated pool, recreational activities and always the sea. Lobster tours and fishing excursions that set out daily are for the more adventurous, while sailing and beachcombing top the more leisurely pursuits. There’s even a trolley that will take you from shop to gallery and back to the beach as and when you wish.

611 York Street York Harbor, ME, 03911 Phone: 207-351-1075

Charming Seacoast Lodging at a Historic Southern Maine Coast B&B

The Inn at Tanglewood Hall is a casually elegant 1880s bed & breakfast located in the Gilded Age beach resort of York Harbor. Surrounded by sea breezes, enchanting gardens, fountains and woodlands, this York Historical Society Design Showcase home shows its pedigree in luxurious antique furnishings and adds to them every modern amenity. Spacious and elegantly appointed rooms and suites offer air-conditioning, gas or electric fireplaces, private porches or sitting rooms, refrigerators, ceiling fans, and free Wi-Fi internet access. Stroll along tree lined streets to the Cliff Walk, York’s Fisherman’s Walk, and the Wiggly Bridge. Head out to Harbor Beach or enjoy the sun and surf at Long Sands or Short Sands Beach with Nubble Lighthouse nearby. The historic villages of Portsmouth, Kittery, Ogunquit, and Kennebunkport are within easy reach.

22 High Street Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: 207-236-9636

Vacationing in an historic building, reminded of a more gracious time

At the Maine Stay Inn in Camden you can close your eyes and imagine yourself back in 1802, when the place was constructed and the region was still part of Massachusetts. Back then there was a dirt road out front when Alden Bass, a direct descendant of John Alden and related to both presidents named Adams, built the place at 22 High Street. Now there is Wi-Fi and some of the quaintly decorated rooms have a TV, but the ambiance harkens back to a more gracious time. The building is the second oldest of 66 listed in the district on the National Register of Historical Places. The impressive main house, gleaming white with dark green shutters, has an attached carriage house, as was the custom at the time, and a four-story barn.