Has Arianna Huffington ever been to Maine? The editor of news aggregator The Huffington Post likely has only stepped into York County, like a majority of traveling America. If she ever windjammed up the coast to Penobscot Bay, this month’s coziest New England Inns listicle would not have lopped off the rest of the state. Three Maine Inns made the list, all are in Kennebunkport or Kennebunk in teeny-tiny, tony York County.
The list powered by online review site Oyster gives digital ink to the Kennebunkport Inn, The White Barn Inn in Kennebunk and Captain Jefferds Inn in (you guessed it) Kennebunkport.
A refresher to bloggers in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles; there are 16 counties in Maine. Maine shares this list with Vermont, Cambridge, Newport, Cape Cod, New Hampshire and CT. And that’s what makes Maine’s three mentions in the same community all the more frustrating. So here is my mini version of cozy inns to fall for in Maine.
The Berry Manor Inn, Rockland. Why: You get pie when you check in, pie whenever the mood strikes and a gourmet breakfast served with a hearty dose of humor. Rooms are luxurious, spacious and not too fussy. Pie, blueberry, apple, raspberry comes with a freezer stacked with Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream.
The Mill Hill Inn, Bethel. Why: At the bottom of a hill in this quiet western corner of Maine, lies this relaxed, modern ski lodge run by a husband and wife team that make you feel right at home no matter what your luggage looks like. All meals in the Studio Bistro are made by scratch. Popovers in the a.m. and strong coffee served in colorful handmade mugs made on site, are the perfect morning perk to a day of leaf peeping.
Inn on the Harbor, Stonington. Why: Rooms with fireplaces and large picture windows facing Stonington Harbor means you can get extra cozy as you watch lobstermen return with their day’s catch. Grab a pair of binoculors and see Isle Au Haut on a clear day. Tranquility and granite over easy.