On a rocky point facing west across the harbor, this inn was built as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1890s and evolved into a summer resort soon thereafter; some find it a mixed-bag experience, but it has benefited greatly from a spiffing-up that’s been ongoing since the late [‘]80s, including the addition of 55 deluxe suites with modern amenities such as Jacuzzis, marble bathrooms, private decks, woodstoves, carpeting, and new furniture. Guests typically idle in Adirondack chairs admiring the 15 acres of grounds, or partake of croquet, shuffleboard, and tennis on clay courts. Although it’s more of a couples’ place, children’s programs accommodate a growing number of kids here. The spa is a welcome addition, and the formal dining room enjoys good sunset views across the mouth of the harbor. From Boothbay Harbor, turn seaward on Union Street and continue on 2 miles to the inn.

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