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Inns Along The Coast: Rockland

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Lighthouses, Jazz, Lobster Fests & More!

Inns Along The Coast 

Maine’s coastline  is home to 65 lighthouses. No wonder Maine is referred to as the Lighthouse State. From nearby York and Kennebunkport to a ride up to Bar Harbor, we’ve explored the entire coastline when we partnered with Inns Along the Coast. From Breakwater Lighthouse in Rockland to Marshall Point Lighthouse in nearby Port Clyde. Lighthouse enthusiasts and tourists as well as locals can find enjoyment in visiting the area’s lighthouses.  Rockland is also home to the Maine Lighthouse Museum

North Atlantic Blues Festival

Rockland has much to offer and many national known events throughout the year. The North Atlantic Blues Festival  is held the second weekend in July. It brings world-class musicians to Rockland for two days of soulful music making. It’s considered one of the most prestigious Jazz festival’s on the East Coast and held at the Public Landing overlooking the picturesque harbor.  

Maine Lobster Festival

Maine Lobster Festival  is a 5 day event known around the country and the world! The annual event is usually held the first week in August. This year’s five day event is Wednesday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 7th. This marine festival was created to revive Midcoast Maine communities and has turned into an internationally-recognized celebration of local seafood. You may have even seen it on Food Network and The Travel Channel! People come from nearby as well as from countries throughout Europe and Asia to experience local seafood. 

Maine Lobster Festival. Photo Courtesy Inns Along The Coast

Maine Lobster Festival. Photo Courtesy Inns Along The Coast

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Besides all the delicious seafood, there are carnival rides, parades, beauty contests, live music and vendors of all kinds, the festival has the atmosphere of an old fashioned county fair.

Rockland hosts the Maine Boats, Home & Harbor Show  the weekend after the Lobster Festival a Festival of Lights  and Pies on Parade 

Drying sails in Rockland. #tbt July.

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With All these large scale events,there’s also outdoor life. Boating, windjammer sails, lobster boat tours at Captain Jack’s Lobster Adventure and so much more. Rockland’s history of shipbuilding and lime production goes back to the 1850’s. It was home to twelve lime quarries and 125 lime kilns supplying much of the lime for cement to build cities from Boston to New York. There were close to 300 vessels coming in and out of Rockland to transport the mineral to various parts of the country. 

So with all these things to do, you’ll want to stay nearby.

Inns Along The Coast has three inns close to everything in Rockland.

Granite Inn

The Granite Inn began as a private residence when this Federal Colonial house was built in 1840. It overlooks Rockland Harbor and is close to the arts and dining scene and the islands throughout the Penobscot Bay. Owners and Innkeepers are Edwin and Joan Hantz. This inn is known for it’s hospitality, contemporary comfort and artistically decorated rooms. It’s a stay for romantic couples, families, business travelers and has pet friendly rooms. 

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The Inn is within easy walking distance to many of Mid-coast Maine’s finest museums, restaurants, stores, galleries, and historic schooner berths. There are eight distinctive rooms including two, two-room suites. All have private baths and air conditioning

Photo Courtesy Granite Inn Rockland

Photo Courtesy Granite Inn Rockland

Breakfast is served in a bright, airy dining room. Fresh coffees, teas, fruit and  hot entree’s range from seafood and vegetable quiche to fruit pancakes and crepes with real Maine syrup. The Blueberry Muffins here are perhaps the BEST I’ve ever had!

For More Info Or To Book Your Stay at The Granite Inn Click Here

Lobster Quiche, Blueberry Muffin and fresh fruit

Lobster Quiche, Blueberry Muffin and fresh fruit

Limerock Inn 

The Limerock Inn is a Victorian mansion and an exquisite example of Queen Anne architecture reminiscent of the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era. It has eight guest rooms, two front parlors,  an inviting wrap-around porch, backyard grounds and is in the historic district close to the waterfront. It offers guests a chance to experience elegance in a historic setting with modern amenities.

Located close to shopping, restaurants and the renowned Farnsworth Museum   which has one of the finest regional art collections and major exhibits of  N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth.  

Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

LimeRock Inn serves a hearty country breakfast, has whirlpool and European soaking tubs, private fireplaces, and king beds that offer luxurious amenities for the perfect romantic getaway.

Grand Manan Room Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

Grand Manan Room Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

The Limerock Inn offers many packages for romantic getaways, boating and Foodie experiences. It is one of Rockland’s most elegant bed & breakfasts and is tucked away on a quiet side street encircled by a wraparound porch and landscaped gardens.

Monhegan Room Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

Monhegan Room Photo Courtesy Lime Rock Inn

Frank and PJ, the Innkeepers are well traveled domestically, so the breakfast entrees emphasis is on traditional American Cuisine with infusions of other influences which include family recipes of Frittatas and Italian pastries. You’ll find seasonal fruit, homemade breads, regional fruit jams and, of course, plenty of freshly brewed coffee using a special blend from the locally owned Rock City Roasters. Tea drinkers are offered tea from a generous selection of black and herbal teas.

For More information or To Book The Lime Rock Inn Click Here 

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Breakfast Room at Lime Rock Inn

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Farnsworth Museum. The Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum is one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths:

Berry Manor Inn

The Berry Manor Inn   is considered one of the area’s premiere luxury Maine coast inns. Guests enjoy the elegance and grandeur of the Victorian era and indulge in the luxury and modern conveniences today’s travelers expect. The Inn is renowned for its homemade pies, grand hospitality with a Victorian flair and luxurious comfort. Watch the clip below from the Bobby Flay show on Food Network

Owners and Innkeepers Cheryl Michaelsen and Mike LaPosta have been running this busy historic Inn and making history while they do it. Guests enjoy the elegance and grandeur of the Victorian era; indulge in the luxury and modern conveniences today’s travelers expect; and relax with exceptional warm and gracious hospitality without any pretense. Located in a historic residential area (not on busy Rt. 1) and just a few miles south of Camden; Rockland is the ideal for your travels along the coast of Maine.

Photo Courtesy Berry Manor

Photo Courtesy Berry Manor Inn

Photo Courtesy Berry Manor

Photo Courtesy Berry Manor

Examples of some breakfast dishes you may see are Poached Pears with Yogurt Sauce, Raspberry Stuffed French Toast, Lemon Poppy-seed Cake, Baked Eggs with Tomatoes & Basil, Red New Potatoes with Dill and Maine Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake. 

The Berry Manor Inn has many packages for romance, celebrations, food & wine and the arts as well as enhancements like flowers, chocolates, champagne and massages.

For More Information or To Book Berry Manor Inn Click Here 

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Photo Courtesy Berry Manor

Dining in Rockland

When in the Rockland area be sure to visit Eclipse for dinner and tell them we sent you! Their right on the harbor and also offer live music in the Speakeasy. Be sure to order the Shrimp toast appetizers for starters! It is a MUST! The Mushroom Ravioli was a treat too!

Another place to go for a few glasses of wine and dinner is In Good Company. We stopped in and were impressed with their wine list. They have quite a good reputation in the area for small plates and dinner entree’s as well.

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Plus, no visit to the area would be complete without a visit to McLoons Lobster.  They are open for the season for what is known as some of the best lobster rolls. This family owned Maine lobster shack is located on Spruce Head Island, across from the area’s oldest working lobster wharf. Enjoy picturesque views of the harbor and surrounding islands and watch local lobster-men unload their day’s catch. You can experience stunning shack sunsets. The view can only be rivaled by straight-from-the-water steamed lobster dinners, award winning lobster rolls, local oysters, delicious homemade soups and chowders.

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Inns Along The Coast: Kennebunkport

Victorian, Romantic Getaways

Inns Along The Coast 

I got the inside look at two busy Inns while in Kennebunkport. Captain Jefferds Inn and the 1802 House. 

Captain Jefferds Inn

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Captain Jefferds Inn is a former sea captains home. Sarah and Erik Lindbolm are the owners and innkeepers of the Inn which has 13 rooms, 2 suites and a carriage house.  Each individually decorated room has a private bath and many have a gas fireplace or wood stove to add to the romantic ambiance.  

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Arundel Suite – Photo Courtesy Captain Jefferds Inn

The story of the Lindbolm’s, current innkeeper’s goes back twenty five years prior to buying the Kennebunkport B&B. Erik and Sarah took their first “innkeepers” course and proceeded to look on and off for the “perfect inn” on the coast of Maine. The moment they stepped through the front door, they knew they had found it.  They sold their home in Redding, Connecticut and purchased the quintessential Kennebunkport lodging and began a wonderful journey in this special place along the Maine coast. 

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The Inn features a garden with a lot of nooks to sit, relax and soak up coastal life. Bottles of wine are available on the premises to enjoy after a day at the beach or shopping. 

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Bikes are available for guests and a great way to ride around town, visit nearby beaches or a ride out to Walker’s Point.

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Parsons Way overlooking Tompkin’s Island and the Bush compond.

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A three-course breakfast is served in the dining room each morning where you will have the opportunity to meet other guests and exchange your stories and experiences. If you would prefer a more intimate setting, tables for two or four are available.  

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A large sun-room looks out to an outdoor patio and garden with plenty of room to stroll the grounds. There’s nooks to enjoy time with family, friends and that special someone and a bottle of wine.

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A few blocks away are shopping, galleries and restaurants. The evening we were a guest at Captain Jefferds Inn, we dined at Bandaloop Restaurant and had the most unique sauteed NY Strip steak we’ve ever had. Our hostess recommended an Allagash White Beer with a slice of orange in it and it has become our new favorite! Allagash is brewed in nearby Portland. Bandaloop Restaurant is a locally sourced, globally influenced organic eatery. Many vegetarian and vegan options are available and an array of appetizers and entrees and sauces to choose from. Everything is created in-house from organic bread and sauces to desserts. 

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Bandeloop in Kennebunkport. Grilled NY Strip (12oz) Port wine roasted shallot reduction, oven roasted cauliflower, crispy Yukon gold potatoes

The New Hampshire is a large two room suite on the second floor of the carriage house with an outside entrance through a screened porch. It’s decorated in earth tones, reflecting New Hampshire’s heritage. 

New Hampshire Suite Photo Courtesy Captain Jafferds Inn is a pet friendly room.

New Hampshire Suite Photo Courtesy Captain Jafferd’s Inn is a pet friendly room.

Some rooms are pet friendly at Captain Jeffreds Inn. These rooms have their own private entrance and the Inn supplies extra towels, a bowl and treats for your four-legged companion. Pet sitters are available with advance notice should you wish to have an afternoon or evening to yourself. 

CAmden Room

Camden Room Photo Courtesy Captain Jeffferds Inn

Garden Room

Garden Room Photo Courtesy Captain Jefferd’s Inn

For  Information & To Book Captain Jefferds Inn Click Here

Feature Story Photos By Melissa Tyler

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1802 House 

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The 1802 House Bed and Breakfast is a historic Colonial a few blocks away from Dock Square.  Peaceful landscaped gardens and towering pines offer a quiet setting.  Innkeeper Teri Walker brings a wealth of knowledge about the area and provides a truly personalized experience for guests. 

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The Bed and Breakfast offers elegant accommodations at affordable prices with six beautiful unique and comfortable guest rooms and suites.

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Photo Courtesy 1802 House Bed & Breakfast

This Inn Along the Coast offers true comfort and modern amenities such as flat-screen TV’s, audio docking stations, complimentary Wi-Fi, premium bedding, plush robes, deluxe toiletries and more.

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A freshly prepared three course gourmet breakfast is made with local and organic ingredients. 

Asparagus Chevre Scrambled Eggs

Asparagus Chevre Scrambled Eggs. Photo Courtesy 1902 House Bed & Breakfast.

This Inn offers unique touches for a romantic getaway.  Perfect for celebrating an anniversary, birthday, wedding, retirement or just a get away! Golf & spa packages are available. You can also add a fresh seasonal bouquet of flowers, roses and chocolates by calling in advance. 

Weddings & Romance 1802 B&B

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The Inn is close to shops and restaurants in town. There are over 35 restaurants in the area. If sailing, kayaking or lobster tours are your thing, there’s an assortment of something for everyone. 

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 For More Information and  to Book the 1802 House Click Here

Feature Story Photos by Melissa Tyler

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The Inn at English Meadows: Kennebunk

Photo Courtesy The English Meadow Inn - Kennebunk

Photo Courtesy The English Meadow Inn – Kennebunk

Inns Along The Coast 

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We kicked off our  Inns Along the Coast tour in Kennebunkport, known as an ultimate waterfront destination in Maine.  We were excited to visit this coastal water front town having never been there before. From Dock Square to the Kennebunk River to it’s five beaches, shops, galleries and restaurants this town offers many things to see and do. 

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Historically, known as a  shipbuilding and fishing village for well over a century the town  is also a popular summer colony and seaside tourist destination. In Maine, the Kennebunks are bordered by some of the most beautiful and accessible beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard. 

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The Inn at English Meadow in Kennebunk is a newly renovated mid 1800’s Greek Revival Home and is a perfect Maine Getaway. Innkeeper’s David and Kate Parisi offer luxurious lodging which is just an 8-minute walk to Dock Square shopping and restaurants, and two miles away from Kennebunkport Beach. 

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From the second you pull in the driveway and walk the Inns entrance, you know you are in for a welcoming warm stay. David and Kate call it a “SOHO meets the Kennebunks” vision.  The B&B offers a unique combination of modern furniture and fixtures paired with impeccable maintained original moldings and wide plank floors. 

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 Two dramatically decorated common rooms filled with art from the owner’s personal collection will delight your senses. The Inn features five rooms, five suites and a bungalow. Each room is decorated with a palette that is relaxing and comfortable and cozy. This is a historic farm house that was renovated into a wonderful modern style Inn.

The former Greek Revival home was first built by local farmer Asa English circa 1860. The Englishes began a dairy business after the Civil War, keeping the cattle in the attached barn and renting rooms in the main house. Later, the barn became a carriage house, which was divided into seven rooms. The hayloft inside the old barn was converted into a large suite which is now called the Carriage House Suite. In addition, a small private cottage was added in the rear meadow, which is now referred to as the Bungalow.

Sunrise Room - Photo Courtesy The Inn at English Meadow, Kennebunk

Sunrise Room – Photo Courtesy The Inn at English Meadow, Kennebunk

We loved touring the Inn as well as our stay in the Sunrise Room. Elegant amenities at this MUST VISIT Inn include Frette fine linens, bath robes, slippers and towels, toiletries by Malin + Getz and beds by Vera Wang. We had such a delightful nights rest staying at this Inn. Other special touches are WiFi Internet, docking stations, flat-screen TV’s, Nespresso machines and  fireplaces. 

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Another highlight of your stay is innkeeper Kate’s three-course gourmet breakfast and homemade baked goods that are served each morning and afternoon. Everything from the breakfast yogurt parfait to the fresh baked breads had delicious bites of honey and cinnamon that just exploded in your mouth. The quiche was equally as  hearty and delicious.  The apple cranberry juice served from a local Kennebunkport company was very refreshing. 

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A delightful patio and landscaped English garden are a great place to have breakfast or enjoy a bottle of wine and your favorite cocktails. This can be an almost inclusive stay if you like with a trip to the beach and Dock Square for dinner. 

Lobster Ravioli with scallops and shrimp at David's KPT in Kennebunkport

Lobster Ravioli with scallops and shrimp at David’s KPT in Kennebunkport

Speaking of dinner, I enjoyed the MOST delicious Lobster Ravioli with scallops and shrimp at David’s KPT.  Acclaimed Portland chef, David Turin opened David’s KPT Spring 2013. The restaurant offers creative contemporary cuisine and has outdoor dining and a deck with one of the BEST waterfront views in town. There are two vibrant bars and Kennebunkports only Raw Bar.

I will be craving this meal again…and envision another trip to Kennebunkport just to enjoy this dish and stay at The Inn at English Meadow again!

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All of this is just a short walk or drive to the beach. You can also enjoy a short drive up to Cape Porpoise or the ocean views of the Bush compound at Walker’s Island.  Shops in town like Dock Square Emporium offer unique items that we haven’t seen elsewhere.

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Thank you to Inns Along The Coast 

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For Arranging a spectacular visit.

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