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As it has long done, the exclusive White Barn goes the extra mile to pamper its guests to no end, and it remains the state's best inn (with arguably its best dining room). Upon checking in, guests are shown to a parlor and served a drink while valets gather luggage and park cars. The atmosphere here is distinctly European, with an emphasis on service and a polished international staff. Rooms are individually decorated in an upscale country style recently recast to emphasize simple, sea-inspired pastel colors. The biggest main-house unit, no. 8, feels most New England-y with its mix of the modern (double Jacuzzi, thick robes) and the classic: a two-sided fireplace, folding screens in the enormous bathroom, prints on the walls. Suites in the adjacent May's Cottage outbuilding are spectacular -- each has a unique color theme, most have flatscreen TVs and/or whirlpools, and a few have great front porches. Across the road, several cottages on the Kennebunk River at a private marina offer cozy escapes, yet they're equipped with modern kitchens and bathrooms to go with their full river and harbor views. There are plenty of extra touches here, from fresh flowers to daily tea and scones, a new spa, a secluded outdoor pool behind a gate, and a pedicab whisking guests into the nearby town. And chef Jonathan Cartwright's resort cuisine? Sublime.