This spring, check into one of Maine’s finer accommodations, perhaps the Inn by the Sea, in Cape Elizabeth; Sebasco Harbor Resort, in Phippsburg; Freeport’s Harraseekett Inn; the Colony or Capt. Jefferds or Nonantum in Kennebunkport. Or, island hop from the Chebeague Orchard Inn, on Chebeague Island, to the Pilgrim’s Inn or Deer Isle or the Harbour Cottage Inn on Mt. Desert Island. You can choose from more than two dozen Maine accommodations, and stay at half the regular rate. Yup, you read that right, a 50% discount off what are usually off-season rates to begin with.
Wait! It gets even better.
Here’s the deal: Check into a Maine lodging property May 1-22 and get 50 percent off the regular rate, courtesy of the Maine Innkeepers Association’s annual Hospitality for Habitat program. The catch? You need to write a $35 (minimum) check to Habitat for Humanity, the organization that gives a hand up, not a hand out, to deserving working families. All monies contributed support nine Habitat chapters in Maine.
Participating properties range from B&Bs to fancy inns, chain motels to full-scale resorts. The majority dot the coastline, including such popular destinations as Kennebunkport, Camden, Deer Isle, and Bar Harbor. Some restrict the offer to certain rooms or dates or have a minimum stay, but in any case, what a deal! And one you can feel good about enjoying. For a list of participating property with links, go here.
Fine print: Advance reservations are required, and the contribution to Habitat for Humanity must be in the form of a check. Best advice: Book early, so not to be disappointed.