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Best Lodging in Maine | 2013 Editors' Choice Awards

Best Lodging in Maine | 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards
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by in May 2013

Looking to rest your head in the Pine Tree State? We’ve got you covered! Check out our picks for the best lodging in Maine for 2013.

BEST SOMETHING-FOR-EVERYONE LODGING
BEACHMERE INN, Ogunquit
Can’t decide among a Victorian inn, a cottage, and contemporary motel? The Beachmere has them all–in a primo oceanside location fronting on the Marginal Way and within steps of in-town restaurants and shops. Rates: from $170, including continental breakfast. 62 Beachmere Place. 800-336-3983, 207-646-2021; beachmereinn.com

BEST FAMILY INN
THE NONANTUM, Kennebunkport
With a waterfront location within walking distance of beach and town, kids’ activities, a magical fairy garden, an outdoor pool, and several “green” guestrooms decorated by local eighth-graders, the Nonantum is a family find. Rates: from $127, including full breakfast June-August, continental breakfast spring and fall. 95 Ocean Ave. 888-205-1555, 207-967-4050; nonantumresort.com

BEST SHOPPING RESPITE
HARRASEEKET INN, Freeport
Stash purchases, savor lunch, and recharge over afternoon tea between shopping expeditions to L.L. Bean and Freeport’s outlet bonanza. Although within walking distance, the inn provides free transportation from the Amtrak Downeaster station. Rates: from $145, including full breakfast and afternoon tea. 162 Main St. 800-342-6423; harraseeketinn.com

BEST RESTORED SEA CAPTAIN’S MANSION
CAPTAIN A. V. NICKELS INN, Searsport
Built by Nickels as a gift to his bride, this ornate oceanfront home, on the National Register of Historic Places, has been beautifully restored as an elegant inn. Breakfasts match the setting. Rates: from $165, including full breakfast and evening wine and cheese. 127 East Main St. 207-548-1104; captain-a-v-nickels-inn.com

BEST ACADIA VIEWS
WAVE WALKER B&B, Surry
What a location! Gaze out to Mount Desert Island from the contemporary Wave Walker, with four spacious guestrooms and one guesthouse, situated on 20 private oceanfront acres near the tip of Newbury Neck. Guests have use of the living room, sunroom, and oceanfront deck. Kayaks also available. Rates: from $155, including full breakfast. 28 Wave Walker Lane. 207-667-5767; wavewalkerbedandbreakfast.com

BEST WAY DOWN EAST B&B
KILBY HOUSE INN, Eastport
Innkeeper Greg Noyes welcomes guests to his 1887 Victorian B&B, meticulously restored and filled with fine antiques and family treasures. It’s located just one block off the water and two blocks from downtown. Rates: from $85, including full breakfast. 122 Water St. 800-853-4557, 207-853-0989; kilbyhouseinn.com

BEST LAKESIDE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
QUISISANA, Center Lovell
At this inn with cottages on beautiful Lake Kezar, aspiring professional musicians and vocalists prep food, wait tables, run waterfront programs, and clean rooms by day; by night, they present evening concerts ranging from Bach to Broadway. Rates: from $180 (per night, one-week minimum usually required), including breakfast, lunch, and dinner (for full American plan). 42 Quisisana Drive. 207-925-3500; quisisanaresort.com

BEST SUNSET VIEWS
LOON LODGE, Rangeley
The Ludeke family knew a good site when they saw it. Back in 1909, they built a log home on a hillside, providing sigh-inducing sunset views down the length of Rangeley Lake with the distant White Mountains as a backdrop. Now visitors to this updated rustic-yet-comfy lodge can enjoy the view from the great room, back deck, private beach, or dock. Rates: from $110, including full breakfast. 16 Pickford Road. 207-864-5666; loonlodgeme.com

BEST MOUNTAINSIDE INN
NESTLEWOOD INN, Carrabassett Valley
After a day of hiking, paddling, or mountain biking in northwestern Maine, pamper yourself at this bright and airy log cabin in the woods at the base of Sugarloaf. Rates: from $120, including full breakfast and afternoon tea. 3004 Town Line Road. 207-237-2077; nestlewoodinn.com

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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