Cheap sleeps: Southern Coast

Katahdin Inn, York Beach
Katahdin Inn, budget-friendly hotel in York Beach MaineOnly a sliver of road separates the Katahdin from Short Sands Beach. Owners Rae and Bob LeBlanc call their homey operation a bed and beach. No breakfast, but it’s only a five-minute stroll to restaurants. Almost every room has an ocean view, and each has a refrigerator. The sunshine yellow inn is decorated with comfy Victorianesque furnishings, lacy curtains, and nubby white bedspreads. Perks include Wifi, coffee, and parking. To keep it under $100, you’ll have to share a bath, but with this location, even the pricier rooms are a deal.

Franciscan Guest House, Lower Village, Kennebunk
img_7648One of the least pricey lodging options in the Kennebunks actually has one of the most primo locations. The nonprofit Franciscan Guest House is situated on the 200-acre, riverside grounds of the St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery, within walking distance of both Kennebunk Beach and Dock Square. The rooms, spread between a main lodge in a renovated high school and a few smaller cottages, are classic 1970’s décor. Rates include a hot buffet-style breakfast; an inexpensive buffet dinner is usually available, too. Frills include a seasonal saltwater pool and Wifi. What’s the catch? Fresh linens are available, but there is no daily maid service.

One response to “Cheap sleeps: Southern Coast”

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  2. Brian Kurlychek

    The Franciscan Guest House is without a doubt the best kept secret for value in the Kennebunks.

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