Lodging in Maine: 12 Places to Stay
The Gosnold Arms, New Harbor
Guests wake to the putter of fishing boats, proof that New Harbor is still a working waterfront. Originally a saltwater farm, Gosnold Arms has been an inn since 1925, rambling along the water with ample rainy-day space and 10 guest rooms upstairs, eight with water views.
Many of the 20 cottage units overlook the water; six are smack-dab on the harbor. Pilot House, our favorite, is the smallest, replacing a rehabbed trawler wheelhouse. All the essentials are there: bed, bath, fridge, microwave, wicker chairs, and sliding doors to a deck facing out beyond the harbor entrance.
There’s an informal, caring feel to this place, owned by the Phinney family for three decades. Pemaquid Beach and Pemaquid Light are an easy bike ride away. And it’s a short walk to Shaw’s Wharf, a popular lobster pound that’s also the departure point for Hardy Boat Cruises for puffin watching out by Egg Rock and daily runs to Monhegan Island. The inn’s full breakfast is served buffet-style, the better to catch a boat.
Shining Sails Bed & Breakfast, Monhegan
“Look at those shining sails!” a Monhegan woman exclaimed, peering out her window at a two-masted schooner. According to lobsterman John Murdock, that woman went on to marry the vessel’s captain — a story that’s been passed down with the house to explain its name. Shining Sails remains a prime vantage point from which to watch all comings and goings at this island harbor. John and Winnie Murdock have even improved the view for guests, adding picture windows and decks.
After a day of hiking Monhegan’s sheer cliffs, it doesn’t get better than consuming steaming lobsters, watching the sun set and the sky fill with stars, and picking out the beam from Pemaquid Lighthouse on the mainland. Admittedly, come morning on a small Maine island 10 miles out to sea, there may be no view. Then the aroma of coffee and fresh muffins, mingled with the warm smell of the woodstove, draws you to the living room, where there’s plenty to read and discuss as you watch the garden, then the sea and the rocks as they reappear.
Shore Oaks Seaside Inn, Brooksville