Recently I had an opportunity to take a road trip up the coast of Maine to Atlantic Canada. I saw some incredible views and sites that I hope to share with you in the coming weeks. Staying in B and B’s is always so much nicer than hotels. Nothing compares to the hospitality you receive from innkeepers. It’s interesting that such a large number historical homes in the Northeast part of the U.S. have been converted to heritage inns. This one in Kennebunkport caught my eye.
Maybe it was the wraparound porch, with the second story bay window in a house that looked so anchored to the ground. The Maine Stay Inn was built as a private home in 1860.
Kennebunkport has maintained its “old Maine” charm with scores of historical buildings on lovely elm-lined streets.
Look at the symmetry in this yellow clapboard 19th century home.
Here is a double gabled pink home. I love the colours, maybe they only appeared subdued in this weather.
This was the fog that evening. I’m told it’s typical Maine, I think it’s quite beautiful.
And this is my favourite photo and one that captures the blissful atmosphere that surrounds this place. “A candle in the window….”
Notice the balance of shadow and light, solid and space, old and new. The modern wood balusters vs. the carved skirting bracket of the steps. The door handle vs. the porch light – interesting placement. The guarding begonia (? not sure) planters. And finally the simple table lamp reminiscent of a candle in a candle holder placed on a simple but elegant table. It’s so inviting.
And this was our Victorian romance of a 19th century room. The window valance was different as you’ll see in the gallery. However since I didn’t have a photo of the bed I used their site’s.
I really liked the proportions of this wall. The drawings of delicately flowered china plates and a cup and saucer. And the regal light sconces framing the two with the wallpaper adding the final touches of symmetry and colour. Normally I don’t care for pastels but this was in keeping with the historically preserved home.
The chair was simply upholstered but comfortable.
I really liked the armoire.
This staircase was salvaged from a ship. You can tell because it’s free standing. Sorry about the quality of the photo.
Here is part of the sitting room. I like the deep red coloured walls and forest green chairs. And especially the oval framed photo juxtaposed to the oval window on the other side of the bay.
I think that by staying in a heritage home that was converted to an inn you can truly appreciate the fine craftsmanship and history while still enjoying modern conveniences.
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Heritage homes become Inns