Christina Shipps' life reads like a movie script: New York City business executive walks away from the successes and stresses of city life, and sets down new roots as an innkeeper in a quaint Maine coastal village where everything closes down by 8 p.m. You'll be happy that she made that choice after spending your very first night at the Inn on the Harbor. The luxuriously furnished guest rooms reflect Christina's unique personal style, a pleasing blend of big-city sophistication with easy-going Maine charm. Each room is named for one of Maine's reknowned windjammer schooners, and most have great views of Stonington Harbor and nearby islands. Some rooms also feature private or semi-private decks, and all inn guests have access to the main deck on the rooftop. It's particularly romantic to go up there at night and in the very early morning, as the sun rises and the working waterfront comes to life. We have been steadily working our way through different rooms over the past decade, which gives you an idea of how much we like this place! So far we have stayed in Timberwind, Victory Chimes, Mary Day, Stephen Taber, and Heritage. We have timed all of our visits around local festivals and must-see theatre performances at the Stonington Opera House, which is within short walking distance of the inn. It's hard to pick out a favorite or a less-than-favorite among all of these comfortable, clean, and beautifully decorated rooms, which makes me think that all of the other rooms are just as wonderful as the ones we have stayed in so far. A delicious breakfast buffet is offered in high season, with a more limited continental breakfast in low season. The coffee is amazingly good year-round, and it tastes even better when you take a steaming mug up to the deck to sip as you gaze out over the waterfront in the early morning light. The room rates are somewhat pricy compared to other lodgings in the area, even in the off-season, but it's still a good value for the money when you consider the luxurious furnishings, the amazing waterfront views both inside and out, the convenient location in the heart of Stonington Village, and Christina's warm and welcoming hospitality. We're already making plans to book Angelique for our next visit!
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