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What Makes Maine Bed and Breakfasts “Charming”?

October 8th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

In honor of National Country Inn and Bed and Breakfast Day, Hotels.com compiled a list of their favorite B&Bs across the nation, and we were so excited to find the Maine Stay Inn on that list!  Their article “10 Charming American Bed & Breakfasts Around the US” got me thinking about what exactly makes Maine bed and breakfasts so charming and romantic.  Now, let’s be clear – charming is not the same thing as cute.  Or old.  To me, the word “charming” evokes these warm feelings of relaxation and comfort, without pretense or fan fare.  So here are just a few things about Maine bed and breakfasts that make your travel experience charming:

  • Smaller scale – now there is something about walking into a cavernous hotel lobby where high heels clickety- clack on tile floors that is decidedly not charming.  It’s not cozy, and doesn’t really make me think
    Cozy up at a Maine bed and breakfast!

    Cozy up at a Maine bed and breakfast!

    “Yeah, I want to put on a robe and snuggle.”  And even though all Maine bed and breakfasts are different, their smaller size automatically puts them closer to achieving charm at first glance.

  • They’re unique!  And not just from one another.  When you check in at a hotel, you can pretty much be sure that room 201 is going to look just like room 304 and 406.  At the Maine Stay Inn, and many other Maine B&Bs, each room is individually designed, so as you select your room, you can actually envision your getaway, and when walking down the hall, you’ll notice that, much like in a home, each room is different!  And I personally feel that is an important part of making a place feel homey… and one step closer to charming!
  • Many are historic.  And while that does translate into being chronologically old, it really means that they tend to boast fine craftsmanship and details that you can’t find in modern buildings or typical hotels.  Our floating staircase is a prime example!  Things like detailed moldings and stained glass definitely bring charm to the physical structure.
  • Personality!  Yes, it’s possible!  And while some of that has to do with the staff, the care, design, and attention to detail also gives the physical structure its own personality.  But the people are huge in making you feel at ease and welcomed at a Maine bed and breakfast.  Chances are pretty good that those responsible for cleaning your room are also going to serve you at breakfast or make your dinner reservations, and they want to get to know you so that they can help make your stay exactly what you’re looking for!

The truth is, defining “charming” is really hard.  And frankly, I’d rather use the words “warm,” “welcoming,” or “inviting” to describe Maine Bed and Breakfasts, but all of us are so honored to be named one of the nation’s most charming inns!

Summer Vacation at Maine Bed and Breakfasts

July 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Maine bed and breakfasts will help you find gorgeous spots like this to visit!

Maine bed and breakfasts will help you find gorgeous spots like this to visit!

Now that July Fourth has come and gone, it is definitely summer vacation time, and there’s no better place than at Maine bed and breakfasts, which offer a combination of the amenities of high end hotels and the comforts of home. Now that doesn’t mean that you’re actually going to be in someone’s home – staying at a bed and breakfast doesn’t mean sleeping in Granny’s spare bedroom.  It is, however, distinctly different from a hotel.  Generally Maine bed and breakfasts are smaller in scale, so that means that the person checking you in is also likely to be serving your breakfast or making your theater reservations.  The staff is going to greet you by name and remember the restaurant where you had dinner last night.  When was the last time that happened at a Hilton?

While some people might envision the innkeepers at a B&B hovering or tucking you in at night (can you say creepy?), in reality, the staff is happy to be available as much or as little as you need us.  If you want help planning every second of your summer vacation, we’ve got lots of ideas!  But if you’d rather fly by the seat of your pants, we’re good with that too.  The truth is that everyone who works at Maine bed and breakfasts wants to make sure that you have the best possible vacation, so you might get an “Are you sure I can’t help you with…?” kind of question more often than you would at a hotel.  But on the quest to ensure that you have a great vay-cay, Maine bed and breakfasts try to think of everything – beach parking passes (for free!), beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, you name it.  But the best part, at least in my opinion, is waking up to a great breakfast!  No soda fountain OJ or miniature boxes of cereal here – you’re in for a multi-course gourmet delight.  And since we alternate daily between sweet and savory entrees, there’s something for  every palate.  I can’t remember the last time I was served a plated meal for free by a hotel – can you?  So this year, when planning your summer vacation, skip the vanilla and Maine bed and breakfasts!