Two cute little girls sitting on a wooden platform by the river or lake dipping their feet in the water on warm summer day. Family activities in summer.
By Erinne Magee

Closer-to-home travel is still on the agenda for many Mainers this summer. While some travelers are going beyond state borders, advance data is showing bookings for staycations still remain high.

Exploring Maine is easy, but with so many overnight accommodation options, it can be hard to nail down the right place to rest your head at night. So, we’ve rounded up the best hotels and properties, depending on the type of experience you are seeking.

Closer to home

If you can’t venture too far, the historic Blue Hill Inn is a charming escape with 11 guest rooms and two suites in a central location to shopping and restaurants in Ellsworth. Getting out on the different lakes and ponds in the area is easy, too, as The Activity Shop on Mines Road in Blue Hill rents kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and even bicycles with drop-off to the Blue Hill Inn available. 

Pick a beach, any beach

There isn’t a better coastal view than that from Cliff House Maine in Cape Neddick. The resort is situated atop Bald Hill Cliff, with sweeping views of the Atlantic against the stunning rock formations. Floor to ceiling windows in The Tiller restaurant offer a majestic brunch backdrop. The hotel is in close proximity to beaches in York, Wells and Ogunquit. After returning from a day in the sun, cool down at the spa with a gemstone facial. 

Convenient but quiet

Mount Desert Island and is one of those places that Mainers look forward to visiting no matter how many times they’ve zipped around the Park Loop Road. In Southwest Harbor, The Claremont offers easy access to all the island’s attractions, but with the acreage that makes you feel like you’re enjoying a private getaway on the ocean. Meander through the gardens, check out classes from the Artist in Residence or book a day at the spa.

Dine and Stay

Located in Deer Isle, Aragosta is a coastal venue that delights all the senses. Executive Chef Devin Finigan utilizes local produce and works with area fisherman and farms to create an exquisite fine dining experience. With an array of cottages and suites on property, guests don’t have to go far to retire for the evening lulled further into relaxation by the sound of waves in the distance. 

Endless outdoor activities  

If hiking is on the agenda this summer, Maine Huts and Trails has your accommodations covered for an 80 mile stretch in the Kingfield area. Four eco-lodges are situated along the trails and offer private or shared bunk rooms for hikers, bikers and skiers passing through. Reservations are required and meals are offered during peak season. In July, look out for a yoga retreat at nearby Mt. Bigelow hosted by Yoga Hike Maine.

Away from it all

Chances are, staying in a treehouse or perhaps a hobbit home has crossed your mind when dreaming of summer travel. Purposely Lost in Springvale offers a variety of these unique accommodations on Littlefield Pond. The property may offer natural seclusion, but the amenities mimic a full-service resort. The treehouses are equipped with full kitchens, indoor fireplaces, patios or balconies (some even have a private hot tub). Prefer a winter-wonderland escape? Purposely Lost is a year-round destination.

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