Even those who aren’t vegetarian will enjoy staying at these bed-and-breakfast inns in Maine.
Candleshop Inn, York Beach
It’s just a short walk from Short Sands Beach from this low-key, family friendly B&B. Begin the day with a vegetarian buffet breakfast (other dietary needs can be met with advance notice, including vegan and gluten-free) and perhaps practice yoga on the deck or mediate in the Japanese garden. Rooms have varied bath arrangements from private to shared and some have ocean views. There’s even a bottomless fruit bowl.
Kismet Inn, Bath
For a completely restful and rejuvenating experience, book a room (and spa services and dinner) at the Kismet Inn, an especially peaceful intown B&B overlooking Library Park. Innkeeper Shadi Towfighis caters to her guests needs, creating divine organic breakfasts (and by reservation, dinners) and offering rooms with either steam showers or deep soaking tubs. Emphasis here is on organic and local, from soaps and linens to foods. There’s a yoga studio, too.
Atlantean Cottage, Bar Harbor
This lovely intown property, built in 1903 by architect Frederick Savage as his summer home. Expect eco-sensitive products and fixtures, local and organic products, recycling, low-impact practices, and bountiful vegetarian breakfasts, as well as contemporary amenities including TV, AC, and Wifi.
Three Pines, Hancock
This 40-acre organic oceanfront farm, located on the east side of Hancock Point, fronts on Sullivan Harbor, just below the Reversing Falls. It’s completely off the power grid, and owners Ed and Karen Curtis have completed a conservation easement through the Frenchman Bay Conservancy to protect this special, private, spectacular land from development. The design is passive solar; photovoltaics provide electricity; appliances are primarily propane-powered; satellite technology operates the TV and Internet systems; a masonry heater provides warmth in winter. Guests stay in one of two rooms in a separate building that’s attached to the main house, where a full, vegetarian breakfast is served. See my post.
Oceanside Meadows, Prospect Harbor
Situated on more than 200 acres of Schoodic Peninsula land that encompass seven varied habitats, from sand beach and salt marsh to forests and meadows, and comprising two early historical homes, this classic Maine inn is just the kind of place folks from away think of when they dream about Maine. Innkeepers Sonja Sundararm and Ben Walters have cut trails through the woods and meadows and created guides to flora and fauna in each of the habitats on the property. They’ve also turned the barn into a performance room, staging an arts series each summer with lectures and concerts. Sonja’s three-course vegetarian breakfasts usually include a fruit soup, pastry or bread, and main course, perhaps a quiche or blueberry pancakes. See my post.