We carefully read through many Trip Advisor comments looking for that special place to stay in Maine to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We wanted to be in a place without strip malls, tourists, and general hullabaloo. We found it in Blue Hill, which is a lovely elegant small town in the general vicinity of Acadia National Park . . . but not so small that it doesn't have one extraordinary restaurant, an artisanal bread bakery, a good wine store, and a few things to do. What's nice about this particular Inn is that it is located in the town itself, which means you can walk down the street to get your morning newspaper or to a restaurant for lunch or dinner.
As of July 2007, the Blue Hill Inn came under new management. The current innkeeper and her staff are young, energetic, caring, thoughtful, and talented. Our breakfasts in the dining room were terrific, with lots of options, all homemade. At cocktail time the hor d'oeuvres were delicious with herbs from the Inn's garden, free non-alcoholic beverages, and wine and spirits available for purchase.
We stayed at the Cape House, which is a small cottage that is part of the Inn but independent from the Inn itself. It was absolutely immaculate, a point well worth mentioning, and everything was in good working order. For us, the high ceilings, full kitchen, and privacy were well worth the extra cost, And falling asleep in the large four-poster bed in the flickering firelight was incredibly romantic. There is also a private deck with a venerable willow tree growing through it. The deck is a tad slippery in the rain, but in dry weather it's a great place to relax, with the soft willow branches providing both shade and privacy.
The Inn itself is absolutely charming. Built in the 1840's it has small low-ceilinged rooms, and is decorated to the period, with antiques, bright wallpapers, and lace galore. If you are very tall or want lots of privacy, you might opt for the more modern Cape House. If you want to experience the way people really lived in our nation's past, choose one of the rooms in the Inn itself. A few have working fireplaces. All have private baths.
We visited in the late fall so have no idea what Blue Hill is like in the summertime. But from walking the main street from one end to the other, it is clear that this community has not succumbed to brand-name stores and mass marketing. And because the town is centrally located, it is possible to get up in the morning and drive to a different place and have a different adventure each day.
We thank the Blue Hill Inn for a most memorable visit, and we recommend it to others wanting to experience the beauty of Maine. All in all, it was a very happy anniversary for us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Blue Hill Inn, individualized guest attention is the first priority. Breakfasts are designed with guests in mind; choices range from vacation decadent to watching one’s waistline. Innkeeper Sarah Pebworth and the staff personally see to the details of each guest’s stay. Located in the center of the Blue Hill village and a block from Blue Hill Bay, the inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blue Hill Inn Maine