What a find!! I hardly know where to start. This inn is nestled away in the Maine countryside, and as you pull up the drive, you know you're somewhere special. You might pass a grazing cow, a frisky llama, a chicken in the barn window, and a few sheep and goats on your way to the parking area. All are "retired" from other farms, and are living out their golden years happily and comfortably. (Such a treat to see farm animals without worrying about how they are being treated!) From the parking area, you can see the huge array of solar panels and the windmill that, together, provide about half of the power used by this inn! What a great feeling to have a vacation that feels like a splurge, yet is also good for the planet.
This place combines the best parts of a B&B and a hotel, without the bad parts. Scott and Vince, the inn keeps, are friendly and helpful without being the least intrusive...nor do they make you feel that you are intruding on them. They are happy to serve you a quality wine, beer, or spirit from the bar (including many local selections!), and you can help yourself to a variety of yummy baked goods and tea or coffee throughout the day. The room we stayed in (#8), was so comfortable and clean, and none of the fussy, flowery decor you get with most b&bs! We had a giant jacuzzi tub with wonderful bath salts and aromatherapy oils. We felt so pampered! I woke up to the view of sheep grazing in the pasture. Then we popped into the dining room (which doubles as a gallery for local art) for a wonderful breakfast, with CHOICES from a menu (again, unlike most B&Bs). The eggs were fresh from the barn. Just lovely!
Scott and Vince can provide great dinner suggestions in the quaint, friendly town of Hallowell. Check out the back of the antique/junque store in the alley! Such a quirky delight! Lots of live music the night we were there, and friendly people on the streets!
The inn hosts conferences and is a great venue for groups, families, couples, or individuals. We wanted to LIVE there! Vegetarian friendly. GLBT friendly. Planet friendly. Just plain friendly. Leaves you with a good feeling.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our reviews say it all. Serving the Augusta Maine area, Maple Hill Farm is a small boutique hotel that perfectly combines true eco-consciousness, country serenity, relaxing comfort, and fine amenities. Surrounded by acres of rolling fields and woods, including an active bird feeder and a barn full of llamas and chickens, this is Maine's first certified "Environmental Leader" green lodging establishment with a huge solar electric array plus solar hot water and its own wind turbine. Huge double whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and private decks accentuate some guest rooms. A sauna and outdoor hot tub beckon the guest to truly relax, along with full bar service, a full breakfast cooked to order, and personalized attention. ... more less
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