Get out of town—but not out of Maine—to these sweet destinations
Maine is a perfect place for day trips, but sometimes an overnight expedition is the best way to balance out time spent in the car and time spent relaxing and exploring (i.e., actually enjoying your time away). Whatever kind of experience you’re looking for, there are plenty of options.
Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Lincolnville
When you feel like indulging, the Inn at Ocean’s Edge has got you covered. With lavish accommodations including an outdoor jacuzzi, infinity pool, tennis courts, sauna and more, you’re sure to feel doted on throughout your stay. Nestled on the coast of Penobscot Bay near numerous attractions, the inn is the perfect place to call home as you take in lighthouses, beaches, state parks, amazing dining, even a winery. Optional packages include sailing, vouchers for local restaurants and VIP tours at Cellardoor Winery. The inn offers the perfect balance of luxurious accommodations and nearby rugged Maine landscapes—it’s a win-win!
Good to know: Some packages require at least 10 days advance booking, be sure to check the website for full details to avoid disappointment.
FMI: 207–236–0945 or innatoceansedge.com
Maine Huts & Trails, Carrabassett Valley
Off-the-grid doesn’t have to mean uncomfortable, and the huts located in the Carrabassett Valley are the perfect places to enjoy amenities while you get back to nature. Whether you’re looking to hike, paddle or bike, spend your evenings taking advantage of these bunkhouses. Included in your stay is a hearty dinner and breakfast to keep your strength up for your outdoor adventures, and a comfortable foam mattress and pillow. Cell phone service is limited to emergency calls only, ensuring that you’ll be able to unplug from the modern world during your stay.
Good to know: Private bunk rooms are available for an extra fee. Don’t forget to tip the crew, they work extremely hard to make your stay comfortable.
FMI: 207–265–2400 or mainehuts.org
Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor
Just a few minutes from Acadia National Park, Asticou Inn is an ideal place to stay if you’re looking for old-fashioned comforts. Plush rooms have a range of amenities to choose from, including balconies and claw-foot tubs, and feature one intriguing twist for the modern traveler: rooms in the main inn do not have televisions, so you can avoid the temptation to channel surf while you’re on vacation. Clay tennis courts, stunning water views, beautifully kept gardens and excellent food have kept Asticou Inn a destination for more than a century. Whether you’re using the inn as a home base while you explore Mount Desert Island or you never leave the grounds, you’ll be delighted with your stay.
Good to know: The main inn has 31 rooms, but there are an additional 17 rooms in other buildings on the property; be sure to check all of the options to see which is the best fit for you. Despite the lack of televisions, all buildings do have complimentary wi-fi service.
The Lodge at Moosehead Lake, Greenville
Stunning views and numerous add-ons make this bed and breakfast an ideal spot for either outdoor adventures or a little R&R. All stays include a gourmet breakfast and optional packages range from moonlight canoe trips and stargazing to multi-day hikes to seaplane rides. No matter your taste, there’s something for you at the Lodge, plus there are plenty of opportunities for short hikes, boating, biking, photography and more in the surrounding area.
Good to know: Two of the Lodge’s nine rooms are dog-friendly.
FMI: 207–695–4400 or lodgeatmooseheadlake.com
Acadia Yurts, Southwest Harbor
Glamping done right! Get out into nature without the hassle of tents, sleeping bags and stiff backs. Each eco-friendly yurt is filled with the comforts of home and is set against the stunning beauty of Mount Desert Island. Relax alone or with friends (the largest option sleeps up to six people) and visit all the island has to offer. If a yurt isn’t quite your thing, there’s also a tiny house available. For an additional fee, owner Karen offers massage or private yoga classes.
Good to know: Two of the yurts are pet-friendly.
Lucinda Hannington is a transplant to Maine from Vermont. She is an avid reader, cook, eater, and lover of all things historical who lives in Portland with her husband and dog.