Top 10 places to stay in Maine, New England

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September 21, 2013 - 7:00am

Maine's beautiful coasts and laid-back islands have earned it the name 'vacationland'. We have top insider tips on where to stay, from historic homes to waterfront inns – and even luxury yurtsAsticou Inn, Northeast HarborIt's impossible to mention vacations in Maine without talking about the breathtaking beauty of Mount Desert Island and Acadia national park. A historic vacation destination for the rich and famous, the island has been wonderfully preserved and remains a must-visit spot. Just outside the park on the north side of Northeast Harbor is the Asticou Inn, one of the oldest and most prestigious inns on the island, retaining much of its classic character and charm over the years. The Asticou azalea gardens offer a gorgeous walk at any time of year.• 15 Peabody Drive, Northeast Harbor, +1 207 276 3344, asticou.com. Doubles from $155Inn at English Meadows, KennebunkKennebunkport is southern Maine coastal living at its finest, and the Inn at English Meadows is the perfect way to explore the area. A renovated mid-19th century Victorian Greek Revival home with a stylishly modern interior, the inn is just a short walk from the downtown shops, top-rated restaurants and historic homes of Kennebunkport Village. Eat at 50 Local and make sure to drop by Snug Harbor Farm. If you visit around Christmas you can catch the lobster trap tree-lighting ceremony at Cape Porpoise or, in early summer, the Kennebunkport Food, Wine and Art Festival.• 141 Port Road, Kennebunk, +1 207 967 5766, englishmeadowsinn.com. Doubles from $179Pomegranate Inn, PortlandPortland is Maine's largest city, with an amazing downtown area full of shops, galleries and one of the best food scenes in the country. The eclectic Pomegranate Inn, in Portland's upscale West End, is secluded enough that the noise of the always-active Old Port won't ruin your sleep, but still within walking distance of restaurants and sights. Each room is uniquely decorated with whimsical colours, patterns and furnishings that are a visual feast for the eyes, while comfort and style remain the primary objective.• 49 Neal Street, Portland, +1 207 772 1006, pomegranateinn.com. Doubles from $129Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague IslandJust north of Portland, take the short ferry trip to Chebeague Island and enjoy a beautiful getaway at the historic Chebeague Island Inn. Overlooking the ferry landing, the inn is a classic reminder of Maine's history as a vacation destination. The inn rooms have a minimal cottage aesthetic and feature works from local artists. The fantastic restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients. When you're not using one of the hotel bicycles to explore the island, we recommend a cocktail or two on the wraparound porch, watching the boats sail past. It faces west so it's also a good place for some of the best Maine sunsets you'll ever experience.• 61 South Road, Chebeague Island, +1 207 846 5155, chebeagueislandinn.com. Doubles from $200The Marston House, WiscassetBlink and you might miss the darling village of Wiscasset, but stay at the Marston House and you'll enjoy a wonderfully relaxing getaway just an hour from Portland, in one of Maine's antiques centres. Owners Paul and Sharon Mrozinski split their year between Maine, where they operate the antiques store out front, and Provence, France, where they're continually searching for the next year's stock. Their aesthetic is an understated elegance that's both classically French and perfect coastal Maine. Enjoy the quiet pace of life, or use the town as a jumping-off point for the rivers, islands and towns of the Midcoast region.• 101 Main Street, Wiscasset, +1 207 882 6010, marstonhouse.com. Doubles from $125Monhegan Island Inn, MonheganTwelve miles off the coast of Maine is the artist and birdwatcher enclave of Monhegan. Without cars or paved roads, and with fewer than 100 permanent residents, the island is about as remote as they come. The century-old Monhegan Island Inn is one of two places to stay here, and although you won't find televisions, hairdryers, or even ceiling fans in your room, the inn more than makes up for its lack of modern amenities with comfortable rooms, the amazing natural beauty of the island and the promise of a truly unpluggedescape.• 1 Ocean Avenue, Monhegan, +1 207 596 0371, islandinnmonhegan.com. Doubles from $175Inn at Ocean's Edge, LincolnvilleRight in the thick of Midcoast Maine, a region that typifies quintessential Maine coastal living and is a burgeoning food desti


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