Posts Tagged ‘Maine inns’

Harraseeket Inn offers Thomas Moser guest room

March 18, 2010

When renowned furniture maker Thomas Moser approached Chip Gray, innkeeper at Freeport’s Harraseeket Inn about having his designers decorate a room using his sleek, contemporary-yet-traditional furnishings, Gray figured it was a win-win situation. He took the team through the inn and let them choose the room. “They chose one we’d just finished redecorating; it looked great, and they ripped everything out.”

While the rest of the inn is decorated in an updated and bright New England country style, the Thomas Moser room is sleek, modern, and earthy. Truth is—and Gray agrees—not everyone loves it, but for those who are in the market for Moser pieces or who prefer a contemporary vibe, this room is ideal.

Every aspect of this suite-sized, corner room has been specially designed, from the entry, to the bathroom (with soaking tub and heated towel rack), to the over-sized room itself, with a fireplace and seating area on one end, bed and desk on the other.

Every piece of furniture—the queen-sized pencil-post bed and nightstands, Aria writing desk and chair, adult and child-sized Windsor-style chairs, dresser, armoire, Vita love seat and lounge chair, coffee table—and every accent piece is for sale. Guests can inquire at the Moser gallery across the street about the furniture

In the room, a leather-bound book details all the non-Moser pieces, which are equally intriguing:

• figurative oils by Tanya Fletcher

• custom wall painting of the entry, by Field, a Portland-based company founded by Friederike Hamann and Colin Sullivan-Stevens

• fine art photography by Gifford Ewing, of Denver and Sorrento, Maine

• pottery by Tim Cichocki, who fires his work in central Maine

• lamps crafted by Hubbardton Forge and by Visual Comfort & Co.

• pillows, mattress pad, down comforter and cover, and mohair throw from Cuddledown

• a rare wool throw and a rare wool blanket, both hand made by Swans Island Blankets

• rugs by Safavieh

Now add a sandstone fireplace with floating live-edge walnut mantel that fills one end of the room, barnlike sliding doors to the bathroom and closet, shades that filter sun, and drapes that insure privacy.

The whole blends textures and earthen shades, it’s calming yet edgy, sleek yet artsy, contemporary yet traditional. It may be in  New England, but there’s definitely a New York accent. Put me in the like it camp.

Snowshoe splurge

January 7, 2010

Craving snowshoes? The Winter Escape package at The Inn by the Sea, an oceanfront boutique hotel in Cape Elizabeth, includes two pairs. Test them on snow-covered Crescent Beach.

Here’s the deal,  the package includes:

•  Two nights in a single bedroom accommodation

•  Two welcome spiked hot chocolates

•  Full gourmet breakfast for two each morning

•  Two pairs of L.L. Bean Winter Walker snowshoes (value around $100 each)

•  Two passes to an L.L. Bean snowshoeing outdoor activity in Freeport (weather dependent)

Rates range $336.45–$370.15 per night, depending upon type of room chose (traditional to spa).

Here’s the fine print: A two-night minimum is required, and packages must be booked at least three days in advance of arrival. Snowshoeing outdoor adventure takes place in Freeport, from 9:30 a.m. until noon and requires onsite registration after 8:30 AM on the activity day. Snowshoeing outdoor adventure is weather dependent and has no cash value if not consumed.

No familiar with the Inn by the Sea? Read my review in maine. magazine.

Midweek steal at the Camden Harbour Inn

November 24, 2009

The way-cool Camden Harbour Inn, home to Natalie’s, one of Maine’s best tables, has a midweek, nonholiday off-season promo that’s a steal.

The Midweek Promo, available through May 2010, includes a room, a three-course dinner at Natalie’s, and a full champagne breakfast. Price is best available, with rates beginning at $109 pp.

Also included are the inn’s (not-so-) standard amenities:

• Welcome Prosecco upon arrival

• Complimentary wireless internet

• Complimentary in-room coffee, tea, and Poland spring water

• Turndown service including handmade premium Belgium chocolates

• Complimentary Portland Press Herald newspaper every morning

• Complimentary coffee, tea, pastries and snacks in the lounge (Baked treats from the chef, yum)

• Complimentary selection of magazines, books and newspapers in the lounge (I found quite a few good reads).

• Complimentary DVD library including the latest movies (again, good titles)

The fine print: Promotion is based on availability and excludes taxes, gratuity (20% for dinner will be added), & alcoholic drinks.

Sweet dreams at the Blue Hill Inn

July 13, 2009

Two nights at the Blue Hill  Inn isn’t nearly enough time to enjoy the inn, never mind the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle.

IMG_1158I didn’t think anyone could fill the shoes of Don and Mary, who previously owned the inn, but innkeeper Sarah Pebworth has done it. Her enthusiasm for both the inn and the area are infectious.

So far, she hasn’t made too many changes, and those have been subtle. When I asked, Sarah said she’d been advised not too make any for two years, which would give her a chance to get the feel of the place and repeat guests to get to know her. She’s closing on that marker, but I wouldn’t expect anything too earth-shattering.

The Federal-style inn, built in 1830, is located across from the George Stevens Academy, and just steps from Blue Hill’s eclectic shops and restaurants. It’s a five-minute walk to the waterfront town park, where we caught the Flash! In the Pans one night (more on that, later).

IMG_1159Rooms are decorated in period style done right, antiques are balanced with plush linens and contemporary amenities including air-conditioning (not that we’ve needed it this year, sigh) and Wifi. Our room even had a wood-burning fireplace that was ready to light. And at night, turn-down treats: chocolate-dipped strawberries one night, chocolates the other.

What I really like here are the downstairs common rooms. I spent a rainy late afternoon hunkered down in the living room, with another fireplace (there are quite a few in this inn), and a rainy evening in the library, which is stocked with good reads as well as a guest computer.

And the food! If you’re not staying here, it’s worth the effort and the money ($12.95 for nonguests) to come for breakfast, by candlelight, no less. The menu changes daily, but always includes a bread course, a fruit course, and a choice of entree. I still smile and sigh when I think of the Stonington crabmeat with eggs and leeks. Sweets appear every afternoon—the best chocolate chip cookies one day—and in the early evening, Sarah serves hor d’oeurvres, and guests can order wine. When the weather cooperates, you can enjoy these in the gardens, but rain prevented us from that experience. Guess we’ll have to return.

A glorious morning at Morning Glory

July 9, 2009

Four centuries of architecture are represented in the Morning Glory Inn, in York, but you wouldn’t know it. Enter the spacious cape with additions, and the sense is simply one of calmness, quietude, and spaciousness. At its core is a 17th-century cape barged over from the Isle of Shoals. Each century since has seen additions and alterations, but owners Bonnie and Bill Alstrom (previously of Tanglewood B&B, also in York), have sewn it together seamlessly (although that took a full year of renovations and the foresight to see the possibilities). The result is one of the most comfortable B&Bs I’ve experienced.

IMG_1101The decor is inviting, carefully chosen but with an emphasis on comfort over fuss. Within only three spacious guest rooms and expansive common rooms—a loft library, large living room with fireplace, a post-and-beam great room with woodstove—there’s more than enough space for guests to spread out. That is, if they want to leave their rooms.

Each of the three (yes, only there), air-conditioned guest rooms  has a sitting area with TV/DVD, mini fridge, Wifi, as well as a private exit to private patio area. And the gardens? Worthy of any garden tour.

Few rules here and no excessive hovering, although Bonnie and Bill are available at the touch of a buzzer. Guests recevie keys to both the front door and their room, so they can come and go as they please. And the hot breakfast—fruit, baked goods, hot entree—is served buffet style, so you can come and go as you please, dine inside or out or even on your private patio.

Although hidden on a back road, Morning Glory is convienent to all of both York’s and Kittery’s attractions. Its location provides convenience as well as seclusion and quiet. You can hear the birds sing, the rain pitter patter, the wind whoosh, and that’s about it. Truly, it’s a magical and healing place. Wish I were there right now.