Set at the edge of town on busy Route 1, Whitehall is a venerable Camden institution, thanks partly to its association with local poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, who was “discovered” here by a guest who went on to fund Edna’s college education. But with new ownership and a $1.7-million, bottom-to-top renovation in 2015, the place feels a lot less like a musty historic tribute to an obscure poet. You’ll still find grand columns, gables, a long roofline, and atmospherically winding staircases, but gone are the antique furnishings and Oriental carpets, which have been replaced by bright patterned upholstery, a whole lot of upcycled barnwood, iPads and Apple TVs in every room, and accents of grasscloth and highly patinaed metal. No longer a country inn, Whitehall has a splashy boutique feel through and through (though a few rooms still share a hallway bathroom), complete with a hip restaurant up front. The patio, with its firepit, is a terrific respite on cooler evenings.
- Brian Kevin