Spend the night in a lighthouse? Why not? How about in an 1870s guesthouse on an island ten miles out in the Atlantic? Or a century old cabin on a quiet pond, surrounded by nothing but woods and sky? These vacations are distinctly Maine. But this is only the beginning. This wildlife-rich, picturesque state offers an assortment of lodging options in its modern cities, upland forests and along the eye-popping coastline. You may have such a hard time deciding that you may end up staying at more than one. Would that really be so bad? Variety is, after all, the spice of life.
Hotels & Motels
Sometimes the line between hotels and motels is a fine one. Motels, or motor hotels, became popular with the development of the interstate highway system. By the 1960s motels were found along roadways from coast-to-coast. Depending on the property a motel may offer just a place to spend the night with convenient parking, or it may also offer a swimming pool, onsite restaurant and other services.
Today Maine has several well known motel chains including Motel 6, Super 8 and Clarion along its highways, near airports and in towns. But there are also independent properties with quaint names such as Covered Bridge Motel or Bear’s Den Motel that pop up when you least expect it.
Hotels are usually thought of as being more deluxe and are more associated with cities and larger towns. Hilton, Embassy Suites, Marriott and other well known brands all have locations in Maine, particularly in Portland, Bar Harbor and Bangor. Hotels usually have fitness rooms, swimming pool, 24 hour front desk and/or concierge services, one or more restaurants or lounges and in some cases onsite spas. Read More >
Resorts – Something for Everyone
Resorts offer a complete vacation experience. In Maine that experience could mean staying in pampered luxury at a high-end property that indulges your every whim. It could also mean a retreat to a scenic golf course where you may end up sharing the links with visiting deer or moose, or a woodland retreat on the shores of a remote lake. Some resorts offer vacation home rentals for long-term stays.
Maine offers beachfront resorts along its mid-coast, like in Boothbay Harbor, or in the Casco Bay area near Portland. In winter, guests flock to resorts in the Carrabassett Valley to ski on fresh powder. In summer that same destination is favored by golfers wanting to challenge one of the top rated courses in Maine and perhaps do a bit of fishing and hunting on the side.
Resorts in the Katahdin and Moosehead Lake area offer the best in creature comforts yet are tucked away in wilderness areas where the four-legged residents far outnumber people. Hunting, fishing, even white water rafting are just some of the offerings at these remote locales. In winter some of these resorts offer ice fishing, snowmobiling and other winter sports. Some of these fall into the wilderness resort, or sporting camp category. Read More >
Campgrounds, RV Parks and Hostels
Maine has 542,629 acres of state and national parklands. It is little wonder that the state has an abundance of campgrounds. Some cater to tent campers; others offer services to those who prefer the RV lifestyle. Baxter State Park, for example, offers back-country sites found along hiking trails as well as designated campgrounds suitable for small campers and tents.
Sebago Lake State Park has one of the largest lakeside campgrounds. It can handle the largest bus-sized RVs and still has spots tucked away for those wanting to rough it. Private RV campgrounds are found along the Acadia Coast, around the Portland area and in the interior. Some are resort-like in nature, having swimming pools, recreation centers, sundry stores and other services. Some private RV campgrounds also have a few spots for tent campers.
Back-packers and those looking for clean, inexpensive accommodations might also consider a hostel. Not as prevalent as other types of lodging in Maine, there are options in Bar Harbor, Bethel and East Andover. These usually have shared or dorm rooms and a communal kitchen and dining area. Read More >
Bed & Breakfasts (B&Bs)
Imagine staying in a restored red-brick townhouse dating back to the 1800s, located in the heart of downtown Portland. Your room has the creature comforts of the modern age, but the furnishings and decadent high ceilings of an earlier era. Perhaps you’d prefer a cozy farmhouse on five acres of open space tucked away along Maine’s mid-coast, or a hillside estate overlooking Moosehead Lake.
Staying in a bed & breakfast is a way to get to know the locals and a chance to stay in some of Maine’s most historic properties. Some are secluded country retreats, others stately Victorians that have witnesses the building of a new country. The state is filled with charming properties offering romance, history, lovely views and of course, breakfast. Read More >