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Blair Hill Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Greenville B&B and Inns
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best B&B in Maine by far!”
Reviewed November 16, 2011

Dramatic Moosehead lake views, gracious hosts, tasteful uncluttered furnishings, unparalleled dining, wonderful understated service, sublime classical music-- the ultimate retreat from a hectic world!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

We stumbled on Blair Hill quite by accident three years ago and have been back every year since. Each year we add an extra day or two, and still we hate to leave. There cannot be a more idyllic location anywhere, the views in every direction are spectacular. The Inn itself is perfection, decorated with an elegance that highlights the beauty of the location and is comfortable and inviting without being pretentious or overdone. Dan and Ruth are wonderful hosts and there is something magical about their personalities that bring people together in a most wonderful way. We a have made friends that we look forward to meeting every year and we count Dan and Ruth among them. This is truly a special spot. Almost forgot, dinners are always a special treat, an evening to remember. Breakfast never disappoints, always creative, always something fresh from their garden, and always beautifully presented.

Room Tip: Hard to beat the views from room#1, but we have stayed in different rooms and they are all wonderful...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2011

...has glorious views over Moosehead lake. We stayed here a couple of nights on our 25th wedding anniversary. The house and rooms are beautifully presented,comfortable and warm,the owners are welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. Breakfasts were probably the best we had during our entire trip.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

This was our second stay at the Blair Hill Inn. Everything about the inn is perfect. Ruth and Dan, the innkeepers/owners, have the magic formula for creating an exquisite getaway. Rooms are decorated with such taste, not overdone at all, but so soothing and peaceful. Sitting on the front porch might just be our favorite thing to do. I could go on and on about how wonderful the Blair Hill Inn is - I'd just encourage a visit if you're planning to visit this area of Maine.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

My wife and I enjoyed our stay here tremendously. The view is unbeatable in a tranquil setting. First trip to Maine, and this stay was perfect. The breakfast was superb, creative and very tasty. All of the staff were willing to help out with recommendations locally and we got to experience the great outdoors along with the luxury hospitality to make us feel comfortable.

Room Tip: The fish n' chips in town, (at the restaurant with the famous chicken), is the best I've had...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brunswick, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2011

I have to begin with a disclaimer--my wife Carrie and I have never actually stayed at the Blair Hill Inn. We own a vacation home 45 miles away and, three or four times a summer, drive 45 miles each way for the sole purpose of feasting at the Blair Hill Inn. I can't think of many places that would draw us to do that. And we've been doing it since Ruth and Dan McLaughlin bought the place 14 years ago and opened it as a premier restaurant and B&B. It has done nothing but improve since then as the McLaughlins have poured themselves into the refurbishment of this grand 19th century mansion, producing a restoration that is truly exquisite in every detail.

We always arrive half an hour early in order to have a drink on the porch and enjoy the best view in Northern Maine, which on a clear evening stretches a good 50-75 miles in a 180-degree arc that includes countless mountains, the endless North Woods, the incomparable Moosehead Lake, and sunsets that most people can only dream of. Ruth and Dan go out of their way to greet their guests, and not just those like us whom they've known for years. Within minutes, you feel more like you're at a house party than a restaurant.

The prix fixe menu is always both ingenious and simple: a choice of two or three appetizers, soup, salad, three entrees, and two desserts. Either during cocktails or just before the meal, there's usually an amusee to stimulate the palate--perhaps an escargot in a puff pastry, or a tiny quiche. (Although Carrie and I lived for two years in Paris, we'd never heard of "amusees" until BHI.)

While we have traveled all over the globe and eaten in some of the world's top-rated restaurants, Carrie and I have never been more thoroughly rewarded by a meal than at the Blair Hill Inn--and it's happened every time we've eaten there. It is that perfect cuisine experience in which flavors have been combined in an inventive yet subtle way that produces a flavor you've never quite tasted before, a perfect amalgam of nevertheless independently distinguishable tastes. (Carrie always hangs onto the menu so that she can go back and see what she's eating, because the combinations are always so fascinating and unique.) So often when restaurants strive for uniqueness, they stray so far off the beaten path that you have trouble finding something you like; that's never happened to us at the Blair Hill Inn. In fact, what usually makes it hard to choose is that we want it all. See for yourself--there's a sample menu on the website. We have been consistently astonished at the quality, and I wish I knew how they do it, especially since the chef has changed several times since Dan did the cooking himself that first summer. Yet the quality has done nothing but improve, and the current chef, Jonathan Cox, a Culinary Institute alumnus who arrived last spring, is the best yet. His roast corn soup with a dollop of Maine crab is quite simply the best soup I've ever eaten.

The prix fixe is $59, but with a cocktail, wine, and tip, it's more like $100. Even at that, though, it's a bargain. As I write this review, salivating from our year-round home 135 miles from Greenville, part of me is ready to hop in the car and drive a mere 2-1/2 hours each way. Of course, we could stay there....

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Biella, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2011

Everything is simply fantastic: the rooms, the food, the atmosphere...a place hard to leave!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Blair Hill Inn
Address: 351 Lily Bay Rd, Greenville, ME 04441-4210
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Location: United States > Maine > Greenville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Greenville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Arguably the finest inn of inland Maine (and possibly the entire state)" Travel & Leisure Magazine. Blair Hill Inn is Moosehead Lake's most desirable country hotel, restaurant and spa. Guests from around the world return time and time again to this 10-guest room private retreat in the wilds of Northern Maine to decompress from the hectic demands of life. The stunning lake views, exquisite farm-to-fork cuisine, soothing spa treatments and peaceful atmosphere are provided amid an aura of understated elegance. Participate in as many, or as few, lake and mountain adventures customized for you as you'd like. AAA 4-diamond, Forbes Recommended and a Select Registry Distinguished Inn of America. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Blair Hill Hotel Greenville
Blair Hill Inn Maine/Greenville

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