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.
Colonial-era inn with a touch of whimsy still beckons travelers
You step back in time when you step onto the centuries-old pine floors of the Waldo Emerson Inn. Built in 1753 by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Great-Uncle Waldo, the stately inn has been given a touch of whimsy by new innkeepers who have scattered original artwork among the antiques and installed a series of bars (for candy, bread, cocktails and more) throughout the bed-and-breakfast. To immerse yourself in history, ask to stay in Ralph’s Library, rumored to be the room where the great writer slept when he visited. The room, with fireplace (and books!) looks out over a lovely garden. Gourmet breakfasts, beautiful coastal town rich in its own history and six elegant, comfy rooms: the perfect respite.
5 Pearl StreetKennebunkport, ME, 04046Phone: 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.
611 York StreetYork Harbor, ME, 03911Phone: 207-351-1075
Picturesque inn harkens back to a relaxed era
Originally the home of a Chicago lumber baron in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (when seaside mansions were called “cottages”), and later the property of a cousin of the Big Band Dorsey brothers, who stayed there when playing at Old Orchard and Hampton beaches, the Inn at Tanglewood Hall celebrates its past while offering the amenities expected by today’s guests. That means antiques, high-end linens, luxurious bath amenities, and memory foam beds coexist nicely in the York Harbor seacost inn’s six exquisitely restored rooms. And the inn’s stunning gardens feature flowers from the past as well as modern fairy lights at night. Guests might well feel they are going back to a more relaxed time as they lounge in a hammock on the veranda.
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.