We’ve got a little inside scoop for you. There’s a new association of inns starting up along the Maine Coast and Historic Inns of Rockland are leading the way. After spending ten years putting Rockland, Maine inns on the map, the three Historic Inns of Rockland are joining forces with Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor inns to create the perfect Maine Coastal inn itinerary called Inns Along the Coast. Now, those in search of a Coastal Maine B&B Getaway will have the opportunity to go to one website for itineraries and profiles of beautiful inns and B&Bs with stops along Maine’s Coast in three different key locations: Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor.
It all started when the Historic Inns of Rockland decided to reach out and partner with other inns and B&Bs in key Maine coastal vacation destinations. Knowing that their guests often planned more than one stop along the Maine Coast, the three Historic Inns of Rockland decided it was time to formalize some partnerships and create a one-stop shopping spot for those seeking B&B stays on Maine’s Coast. They chose Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor as additional coastal destinations to Rockland because of the number of guests who tend to seek accommodations in these destinations when they come to Maine. “Our guests are always asking us for referrals in Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor,” says Cheryl Michaelsen of Berry Manor Inn, “now we have a great list of partner inns to refer to,” she finished.
Hoping for an April launch, the new Inns Along the Coast association will originate with eight member inns including the three Historic Inns of Rockland, Granite Inn, LimeRock Inn and Berry Manor Inn, joined by Captain Jefferds Inn, 1802 House and Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport and The Saltair Inn and Canterbury Cottage B&B in Bar Harbor. All member inns are year-round properties, independently owned and best of all offer friendly innkeepers willing to share local knowledge and serving up a fabulous breakfast to start the day. Knowing that today’s traveler seeks the personal touch, what sets these eight inns apart are not only refined and chic accommodations but also personalized service, itinerary planning and genuine hospitality that one simply doesn’t find in larger hotels and resorts. At long last, Inns Along the Coast will offer a perfect itinerary for visiting inns along Maine’s Coast.
Inns Along the Coast is in the process of creating packages and suggested itineraries for those seeking to explore the Maine Coast and stay in independently owned and service oriented accommodations. Look forward to a shared availability calendar, so travelers can plan their trips easily on their own schedules too. Whether you’re a foodie, adventure seeker or in search of arts and culture, Inns Along the Coast will offer an itinerary combining stops in Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor.
Of course, if you can only choose one location, Rockland offers a central point to explore the Maine Coast and islands via day trips. Catch a ferry to explore the many beautiful islands in Penobscot Bay. The ferry is within an easy stroll from any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland. Enjoy Rockland’s museums and vibrant Main Street stores and eateries one day, then take a day trip up to Bar Harbor (just two hours up the coast) to spend a day in Acadia National Park or down to Kennebunkport for a day on the beaches. Of course, you’ll find lots of lobster, lighthouses and lore in all three locations too.
Stay tuned to the Historic Inns of Rockland’s Facebook page and this blog for announcements of the Inns Along the Coast launch. Right now, you’ve got the inside scoop on what’s happening, but soon we’ll be announcing this new association from the rooftops and we hope you’ll agree that Inns Along the Coast is a great concept for those seeking a Maine coastal “itINNerary”.