Cheap Sleeps: Down East, budget-friendly lodging on the way Down East Maine Coast


Once you pass the Acadia region, prices drop significantly, but if you’re seeking true budget lodging on the Maine Coast, accommodations that provide character, are clean, and pass my sniff test, then check into these inexpensive lodgings.

Pleasant Bay Bed & Breakfast, Addison

How cool is this? Pleasant Bay B&B doubles as a 110-acre llama farm, raising pet, breeding stock, and guard llamas. The modern, elongated cape has just four guest rooms, all with peaceful water views and Wifi. Downstairs is plenty of living space, including decks overlooking the Pleasant River and Pleasant Bay.

Blueberry Patch Motel, Jonesboro

For inexpensive digs, you can’t beat this clean and cheery motel and tourist cabins, with three efficiency units. All have been nicely updated. Frills include air-conditioning, satellite TV, Wifi, inroom phones, and even an outdoor pool. A continental breakfast is included. One hint: If you’re taller than 6 feet, opt for the motel instead of the cabins—bathrooms in the latter are tiny.

Eastland Motel, Lubec

Recent updates and upgrades by new owners have made this vintage motel quite appealing. Every room has a fridge and microwave and guests can enjoy a homemade continental breakfast before heading out to explore. If you’re planning on visiting Campobello Island, New Brunswick, you can call there — and anywhere in the the U.S. or Canada — at no charge from you room; nice perk. If you’re brave enough to visit in winter, snowshoes are available at no charge.

Inn on the Wharf, Lubec

Inn on the Wharf, Lubec, Maine. Hilaty Nangle photo.IMG_0409For $100, you get an authentic Maine seafaring experience at this wharfside inn in a renovated former sardine cannery. Passamaquoddy Bay practically laps under the windows, lobstermen unload their catches on the wharf, and fish processing takes place in the lower level (keep that in mind re: sniff test). Not a steal, but for those location, and with a continental breakfast included, it really doesn’t get much better. The inn is within walking distance of downtown Lubec and it’s a short drive or pedal over the border bridge to Campobello Island. That said, you might just want to while away the hours gazing out the windows at the lobsterboat- and island-dotted views.

Milliken House B&B, Eastport

Eastport is actually an island, tethered to the mainland by a causeway from Pleasant Point. In recent years, artist studios and galleries have brought new life to the downtown, which edges tidal wonder Passamquoddy Bay. Just two blocks up from the waterfront is The Milliken House, built as a grand private home in 1846 and still more home-stay than inn. The interior drips with Victorian architectural embellishments and furnishings. Nods to the present include private bathrooms, TV in the double living room, and Wifi throughout. Rates include a huge breakfast in the formal dining room. Kids are welcome.

The Lakeside Country Inn and Cabins, Princeton

Set back from Route 1 and edging Lewy Lake, in the Grand Lakes region, The Lakeside caters to anglers, but it makes a fine stop for unfussy travelers who value a comfy bed and a lakefront location at a very reasonable price. Only two rooms in the main inn have private bathrooms, but almost all have at least a sink in the room. Also on the premises are cabins, many fronting right on the lake—also a good deal, but require a 3-day minimum. Amenities include a hot tub, games room with pool table, rental motor boats, free use of canoes and paddleboats, and, of course, lake access. American Plan-—breakfast, box lunch, and dinner—for all guests, and B&B for inn guests, are available.