Deal Alert: Maine inns offer seasonal packages at special rates

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If you think November isn’t a good time to visit Maine, think again: Sure, the weather can be a bit iffy, but special events such as Maine Beer Week, holiday festivities, and the lure of shopping without crowds make it a good time to visit. Most Maine accommodations are at off -season rates, and a few inns go even farther by offering packages. As if you need an excuse to cozy up to a fireplace, sip a fine wine, and just relax before the craziness of the holiday season.

Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport:

The Capt. Lord Mansion is a grand bed and breakfast, with captain-sized rooms in Kennebunkport, Maine. Courtesy photoGet your holiday shopping done early with the Shoppers Survival package, which includes a classic fireplace room, discount coupons to Kennebunkport shops and nearby factory outlets, and a split of sparkling wine, for $169 per night: Valid Monday through Thursday through Dec. 22 except Thanksgiving week. (see my review).

Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth:

Walk the beach, relax in the spa, sip drinks by the fireplace, dine in the oceanview restaurant, and don't forget to bring your pet to the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, maine. Courtesy photoThe Giving-Get-A-Way package includes two nights lodging, handmade truffles and assorted chocolates on arrival, daily breakfast, two signature cocktails in the fireplace lounge, and a $100 Tis Best Philanthropy gift card for donation to the charity of your choice. Rates start around $330 per night, with a two night minimum, and the package is available Nov. 27-March 31. Two night minimum.

The Holiday Shop package includes lodging, breakfast, two S’Mortinis in the fireplace lounge, a $100 L.L. Bean gift card, and gift wrapping by the inn’s elves. Rates start around $325 per night, with a two night minimum, and the package is available Nov. 27–Dec. 29, 2011.

FYI: The Inn by the Sea is ultra pet friendly (see my review).

The Cliff  House, Ogunquit

The views are spectacular, and you can enjoy them from the fitness room and spa, too. Courtesy photoThe Microwbrew Tasting Package Nov. 13-16 falls, appropriate enough, during Maine Beer Week. The package includes two night ocean-view lodging, daily breakfast, Peak Organic Microbrew reception and four-course/five-beer dinner, with brewer Jon Cadoux. Rates begin at $316 pp, based on double occupancy.

Portland Harbor Hotel, Portland

The Portland Harbor Hotel, in Portland, Maine, puts you smack dab in the middle of the action for the Old Port and WAterfront. Courtesy photo.Here’s a turkey-day deal: How about one night’s lodging along with reservations for two for Eve’s at the Garden Thanksgiving buffet (normally $38 pp). You simply roll away from the table and waddle to your room. Rates begin at $219 for two (see my review of the suites)

Historic Inns of Rockland

It's an easy walk to Rockland, Maine's, shops and sights from each of the four Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine. Courtesy photo.The Frugal, Fun & Frolic package offered by the four members of the Historic Inns of Rockland (Berry Manor, Capt. Lindsey, Granite, Limerock–links to my reviews) includes two nights lodging with breakfasts, $50 in Midcoast Money valid at downtown restaurants; two tickets to the Farnsworth Museum of Art and Wyeth Center, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Maine Lighthouse Museum, and a reusable shopping bag (which should come in very handy when browsing downtown boutiques). The package, available through May, begins at $320.