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New England is full of charming destinations with quaint inns and bed and breakfasts listed on the prestigious Select Registry, which holds historic establishments to the highest standards. Gourmet breakfast, plush rooms with modernized amenities, in tact age-old architecture and seamless food options are part of an unparalleled experience at these amazing escapes along the upper east coast. If you’re looking to enrich a vacation, consider staying in one of these accommodations in New England that tie deeply into the nation’s past.
Pilgrim’s Inn might be one of the most special establishments on our list, as the post and beam structure was crafted in 1793, making it nearly as old as America itself. Original wood remains exposed in various rooms, which all are completely unique, with one nook being especially noteworthy thanks to a stargazing window. Each room has its own restroom facilities, along with eco-friendly toiletries and other pleasant touches. The grounds are stunning and accented by a pond, and gardens from which ingredients for expertly prepared meals are sourced. Breakfast features homemade granola, fruits, muffins, gluten-free options, and hot entrees like poached eggs with cream, topped with a chive flower. Dinner menus often feature traditional lobster, beer steamed local clams and quirky ice cream selections. Located remotely on lesser visited Deer Island, it’s nothing short of a breath of fresh air.
Original wide-plank wood floors from the early 1800s and individually decorated rooms give Camden Maine Stay Inn undeniable charm. Its location in Camden is one of the most picturesque destinations in Maine, known for its home-like coastal flare and enriched small town feel. A lush garden circles around the property, and is easily accessible via clean-cut, Instaworthy walkways. Breakfast is provided and cultivated with local ingredients.
Located within the Crane Estate, Castle Hill Inn is right on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. With an old style veranda, afternoons can be spent soaking in the land and marshes which have been tirelessly conserved. Breakfast is truly a treat with flaky pastries, fruit, and the house-made granola is out of this world.
The Inn at Bay Ledge disconnects from the bustle of downtown and draws guests to its country style digs on a dramatic cliff right on the Maine coast. A steep staircase weaves down the rock to a secluded pebble beach—a perfect spot to experience the sunset. The wooden dining area peers toward the ocean waters, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy the complimentary breakfast each morning. While you still have your seclusion, Acadia National Park, Downtown Bar Harbor and all the other wonderful things Mount desert island has to offer, are all at your fingertips.
New Hampshire’s Inn at Ellis River is situated in Jackson Village within Mount Washington Valley, right beside a precious little stream. Rooms are appropriately accented with antique furniture, and the home-like feel continues to breakfast, which features freshly baked bread and a choice of sweet or savory hot entrees. Apple cinnamon pancakes with signature sausage links anyone? Nearby, guests can hike, ski, snowshoe, mountain climb—whatever the current climate permits. The outdoor pool is a welcomed treat in the summer, as is the indoor hot tub!
Ullikana is another Bar Harbor gem, exuding Tudor style architecture and timeless cottage appeal. Renovations have modernized the place, adding convenience without dismantling the rich historic charm. All the major attractions are within walking distance, so this is the perfect spot for a Bar Harbor experience. One of the best things to do in Bar Harbor, admiring Frenchman’s Bay is easy from the back of the Inn. Watch lobster boats chug in while munching on lemon soufflé pancakes with warm berry sauce in the morning.
The Silas W Robbins House in Old Wethersfield has been standing since 1873 and has been meticulously restored to hold true to its French and Victorian flair. Traditional yet luxurious, it’s a lavish place to rest your head when visiting this part of Connecticut. Details inside are elegantly ornate while the outside towers with old school mansion vibes. Colorful gardens sweep over the two-acre property, adding to the breathtaking beauty of this historic treasure.
The Wallingford Victorian Inn is so incredibly detailed, with craftsman woodwork, dramatic peaks and another turn-of-the-century flair. A handful of rooms are available to guests, and the depth that is in every square inch of the walls and flooring is overwhelming, in a good way. Spring brings beautiful blooms cascading from the surrounding flower beds, and winter makes for cozy nights by the fire. The innkeepers have everything thing covered, from cooked to order breakfast, evening snacks and warm bedtime cookies. The Connecticut town in which it resides, Wallingford, is a beautiful part of the state as well.
Sink into Vermont’s stunning countryside at the Inn at Round Barn Farm, which sits in the Mad River Valley. Nature is abundant via ponds, meadows and spanning clusters of flowers, and it compliments the Inn wonderfully. Rooms hold tight to antique wood accents, but there have been some major upgrades like Tempurpedic bedding, so your rest will be deeply sound. Smell pancakes cooking in the morning, and when you make your way to the table, drench the fluffy goodness in local Vermont syrup.