Maine has enjoyed a sizeable increase in visitors during the pandemic, as more people discover the considerable charms of its fabled rocky coastline, fishing villages and food scene. As visitors increase, so does the demand for small hotels that have a distinctive Maine flavor. I recently wrote about Salt Cottages in Forbes, which is set to open in Bar Harbor this summer. Here are three more properties that will open soon, all of them currently taking reservations.
The Lincoln Hotel
Located in a former textile mill, The Lincoln Hotel offers 33 stylish guest rooms in the heart of reborn Biddeford, a once-thriving mill city that has been transformed during the past few years and boasts proximity to some of the finest beaches in Southern Maine. The hotel is aimed at visitors who want to explore Biddeford’s dining and cultural scene, art galleries and artisan shops, many of them located in former mills. A branch of Batson Brewing and Distilling will open in the same building as The Lincoln Hotel this spring and the rooftop pool and bar will open in the summer of 2022. The hotel also has a state-of-the-art fitness center. Guestrooms have notably high ceilings and a loft-like feel. The restored brick walls and tall windows are matched with warm and understated furnishings. Developer and hotelier Tim Harrington, owner of the soon-to-open Salt Cottages in Bar Harbor and The Claremont, a reborn hotel that opened last year in Southwest Harbor, is also behind this project. If you’ve never heard of Biddeford, you’ll be hearing a lot more about it soon. The city was just named one of the “11 best up-and-coming culinary destinations to visit now” by Food & Wine magazine.
A 30-room hotel in a former sea captain’s house dating from 1810, The Federal has opened in Brunswick. This small city is roughly halfway between Portland and Boothbay Harbor, and is the unofficial gateway to Mid Coast Maine. The home was originally built for Captain Daniel Stone, a sea captain turned businessman in Brunswick, as well as his daughter, prominent businesswoman Narcissa Stone. It later became a hotel called The Daniel and then The Captain Daniel Stone Inn. The Federal is located in the heart of downtown Brunswick, close to Bowdoin College, and was developed by New England-based Principal Hospitality Group. Portland-based Annie K. Designs are behind the design of the hotel and restaurant. The hotel features a two-level mezzanine lobby, and the 30 guest rooms are split among the East Wing building and the Federal House, which was Captain Stone’s original residence. Some rooms have views of the Androscoggin River. Amenities in this pet-friendly hotel include complimentary morning coffee, high-speed Wifi, a yoga room, and seasonal bikes. The Market will offer grab-and-go drinks and snacks.
Queen Anne’s Revenge Inn & Suites
Visiting Acadia National Park this summer? Bar Harbor’s newest in-town lodging is Queen Anne’s Revenge Inn & Suites. The developers say that the hotel is a tribute to the great “Tall Ships” that sailed in the 17th and 18th centuries, naming the hotel Queen Anne’s Revenge after the legendary ship of Captain Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard the pirate. Throughout the property, there are nautical touches in the design. Located in downtown Bar Harbor, the property was created out of what were five separate summer cottages. Every room is different in size, furnishings and layout. Amenities include a free light continental breakfast. The hotel is part of Henry Hotels, which also operates Acadia Hotel and Ivy Manor Inn. Queen Anne’s Revenge opens for the season in June 2022.