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The Old Saco Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Fryeburg B&B and Inns
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We showed up here with no reservation and were lucky enough to stay in the Lexington room for one night in the carriage house. Pete and Sandi were friendly, pleasant and accommodating. Breakfast in the morning was amazing and the surrounding grounds at Old Saco Inn are inviting and tranquil. Our only regret was we could not stay longer to explore the paths and the river.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The decor is very charming(love the artwork). Too bad the weather kept us from taking advantage of the grounds(walking trails and canoeing on the river) Next time...we will be back! We were well taken care of, the accomodations were very comfortable and the food was great. They have a pub with a limited menu. The food served was excellent...but a few more menu choices would be good. We enjoy staying in a motorcycle-friendly place!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

This was a great place to stay! Pete and Sandi made us feel welcomed and comfortable from the moment we arrived. We had a comfortable and clean room in the carriage house that was private and quiet. The food (all prepared by Sandi) was fabulous--healthy, fresh, and delicious!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

We stayed here in July to hike & explore the White Mountain National Park. I booked the room the day before arriving and we weren't sure what to expect, but were surprised and loved the place. The B&B is located on 65 acres of nice quiet land along the bank of the Old Saco River, even had some walking trails through the woods. We stayed in the Naples room which was very nice, spacious, clean and a direct entrance to the outside. The entire property looked very well maintained. The owners, Pete & Sandi, were every friendly and helpful with knowledge of the area. DO NOT miss breakfast, Sandi is an excellent cook making delicious crepes and egg bakes. There was a small pub on the premises which was a nice touch and they served a limited menu for dinner at fair prices. I cannot more highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Ate at this charming Maine woods Inn. Although we were not staying there, we were able to eat dinner which is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays. The setting is both charming and comfortable and the food, although limited menu, is delicious.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in June and had a wonderful time. From the time that we rolled down the driveway into the clearing in the woods, we felt like we were in a different world. The location on the bank of the Old Saco River is beautiful. Every detail of the inn is artful and tasteful. Peter and Sandi were fantastic hosts from the time we called them from Conway to the time we left.

We were in the middle of a bike trip from Vermont to Maine and back, and we had ridden over the Kancamagus Pass that day in a rainstorm. When we called, we were just looking for a spot to dry out, so the lovely common room, the comfortable bedroom, the bar, the very tasty English breakfast, and the canoe trip up the river were all unexpected moments of bliss. Our hosts went out of their way to make our stay easier and more enjoyable without ever intruding. Definitely take the time to have a chat with them -- they are great folks. I can unreservedly recommend the Old Saco Inn to cyclists and non-cyclists alike.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

My two friends and I have been coming to Fryeburg/Lovell, Maine for the past three years to play a round of golf and then spend the night at Ebenezer's Pub before retiring at The Old Saco Inn. When I called for reservations this year, I was surprised to learn of the new ownership. When I perused the Inn's site, I was pleased with what the new owners, Pete and Sandi, had done with the place.

I negotiated a one night's stay in the Carriage House in the Emma and Gabrielle second floor rooms.

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Having stayed in the main house for two years, I was dubious about the Carriage House. My fears were unwarranted however, because the rooms were spacious, modern and decorated in a very classy way. Each has a king bed and a pull out couch. My friend stayed on the pull out couch and reported it was very comfortable. I slept in the king bed and it was great. Sandi has thoughtfully put up little reminder signs, such as (paraphrased) "Please do not place your luggage on the bedspread. Dirt from traveling and setting them down in the parking lot will transfer onto the bed. Please use the luggage instead." Since the bedspread was a crisp white, it was a good reminder. There was a little coffee maker in the room, which allowed us to brew a quick cup and enjoy them on the shared deck the next morning before taking in the breakfast.

The Breakfast:
Wow! I don't know how Sandi does it all alone in the kitchen. One trick though is that when you check in, she asks you to establish a breakfast time. Then I'm sure she begins preparing multiple meals at the crack of dawn to make the wait very minimal. She started us off with a crepe covered in fresh fruit (fig, strawberries, blueberries, etc.) and vanilla yogurt. Delicious and refreshing. Next was an egg bake, which I had never had. It's essentially like a quiche, but lighter. Inside the egg bake were onions, peppers and ham. I really appreciated the twist on what I expected (scrambled eggs or an omelet). The egg back was served with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, crispy bacon and toast. Coffee and juice too.

The Bar:
This is new under Sandi and Pete's ownership. When we arrived after 18 holes of golf, and before we got ready to go to Ebenezer's, we ventured into the bar (around 5:00). It was pleasantly crowded with about 8-10 friendly people. We're in our early 40s, but the bar patrons were at least a decade older. Pete mans the bar and for guests, he keeps a tally sheet with all the categories of drink that he puts a mark by when you order. A domestic beer was $3 and a high end Scoth was $8.50. Reasonable prices for these Bostonians. When we got home from Ebenezer's (around 10:00), we checked out the bar again and Sandi was enjoying a glass of wine with Pete. We interrupted this quaint scene had a very enjoyable conversation for about an hour. Really wonderful and interesting people. They are ex-IT execs who moved from Australia about 15 years ago.

General Observations:
- With Sandi and Pete being IT alumni, they really pay attention to technology detail. Pete does the check in on his iPad and there are three separate WiFi routers. One of the carriage house, one for the Inn and one for the covered porch off the Inn.
- The Inn sits on the Old Saco River, which is slow moving and harbors quite a few mosquitoes. However, Pete and Sandi have installed no less than 10 mosquitoe magnets which keep them at bay.
- The grounds of the Inn are really, really pretty. Expansive and green all bordering on the river.
- Despite having just been the Inn owners for a year, Pete and Sandi have made some good relationships with helpful people. For example, before we left for Ebenezer's, Pete told us if we had imbided too much, to ask for Carrie at Ebenezer's to call us a cab to get back to the Inn and then he'd drive us back in the morning to collect our car. We ended up not needing it, but just having that offerred was very nice.
- Though we use it as a guy's weekend, I can easily see this working for a romantic couples weekend, or a family destination. I know Pete and Sandi ride motorcycles, and they are open for business to like-minded travelers. Suffice to say, The Old Saco Inn can fit anyone's ideas of a fun or relaxing time.

Room Tip: Carriage House second floor rooms (Emma and Gabrielle) are good for a group that needs more than one...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: 125 Old Saco Ln, Fryeburg, ME 04037-4657
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Location: United States > Maine > Fryeburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Fryeburg
Price Range: $147 - $207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Old Saco Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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