I cannot say enough about Sarah and her Blue Hill Inn. I have 40 years of B&B's under my belt and she is simply the pinnacle of inn keepers. From arrival to departure, you know you have entered the world of a VERY smart woman who also has a very big heart, and truly wants her guests to have the best time possible with her. The Inn itself is so handsomely furnished and decorated; you feel like you are in the home of someone who loves local history and comfort. No kitsch here (stuffed animals and hearts and homespun); just tasteful and comfortable. The original interior and exterior have been lovingly maintained for hundreds of years and we just felt so fortunate to have been able to experience it. To give you an idea of how very thoughtful Sarah is- how many inns have you stayed where they provide you with a printed reminder of your local restaurant reservation, with walking and driving directions, AND a reminder to ask for one of their flashlights if you are walking?!!
Breakfasts (multi-course no less!- with fresh local berries, produce, dairy, and eggs lovingly cooked to order) is delightful and filling; no 'cup 'o jo and bready egg casserole' like so many places. Dinners are also special, and if you're really lucky, the addictive chocolate nut toffee will be offered in the cookie dish while you are there.
Additional good dinner choices are available both in Blue Hill (we liked both the handsome Arborvine and the casual Steak ) and only 1/2 hour away in Ellsworth is our very fav dinner spot (and lunch), Cleonice. Who would ever think to find the best paella or bouillabaise in Maine- in tiny Ellsworth? Owned by the same hard working couple for the last 20 odd years, Cleonice is a real treasure.
And after thoroughly exploring Blue Hill, make sure to spend a lot of time in nearby Castine where the town is a uniquely well preserved/intact treasure box of wonderful architecture and water views.
Staying at the Blue Hill Inn was part of our 30th Anniversary trip up the Maine coast in October
( we live near Boston) and it was def. the B&B highlight for us.Lucky for us, once we arrived and found out how wonderful it was, we were able to extend (twice!) our stay. There was easily enough to see and explore, with excellent dinners as well , for our 5 days in Blue Hill. If you are lucky enough to get reservations at the Blue Hill Inn, I know you will feel very fortunate indeed
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