Cheap sleeps: Mid Coast
Mid-Town Motel, Boothbay Harbor
Smack dab in the center of Boothbay Harbor, the appropriately named Mid-Town Motel has been owned and operated by the Lewis family for 54 years. “My Father always said keep the property well maintained, have good clean rooms, make people feel at home, and keep the room rates reasonable, and I still think those words ring clear today,” says owner Tim Lewis. The walk-to-everything location eliminates the hassle of parking in this seaside village. The cozy rooms are classic 1950s in style. No frills, but at these prices, who cares!
Hotel Pemaquid, New Harbor
Although guests can’t see Pemaquid Point Light from the Hotel Pemaquid, they sure can hear the foghorn when it blows. The current owners have gently renovated and upgraded the 1888 accommodations without loosing the charm of seaside Victorian hotel, right down to the rockers on the front porch. Antiques are plentiful, but the emphasis is on comfort. Coffee is served in the morning, but most guests stroll over to the oceanfront Sea Gull restaurant for blueberry pancakes served with a view of the lighthouse.
Moody’s Motel, Waldoboro
Moody’s Diner (photo) has been a landmark for generations of travelers heading up Route 1 through Maine’s mid coast, its neon sign a beacon for weary drivers seeking a cup of joe and a slab of pie. Hidden from sight up a quarter-mile drive behind the diner is Moody’s Motel and Cabins, a coastal tourist cabin classic that’s been operating since 1927. The location is convenient for exploring from Wiscasset through Searsport. Every unit has a screen porch and TV; some have kitchenettes. And the rates? Right out of a different era.
Bait’s Motel, Searsport
Down comforters and fluffy towels; nice shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and soap; inroom coffee makers and fridges; hard wood floors in deluxe rooms and carpeting in standards and suites; cable TV, free local calls, free Wifi; individually controlled heat and air-conditioning; and quality furnishings. No, not one of the mid-range chains, but rather the Bait’s Motel, adjacent to Angler’s Restaurant, in Searsport.
Renovated a few years back, this place has to be one of the nicest cheap motels in the state. Standard rooms from July through mid October go for $79; deluxe (bigger, some with king beds, go for $99); and suites (photo), with a separate living room with pull-out couch, go for $119. Go off-season, and cheap becomes dirt cheap. Oh, and standard rooms are pet friendly.