Talk about a throwback to a happier time: This motel, 2 short miles north of Freeport's busy Main Street, doesn't take credit cards -- but they will take your personal check. This 1930s "motor court" is a Maine classic, a cluster of 20 cottages scattered around a grove of oak and beech trees. It could have faded into oblivion, yet it hasn't: The place is still good enough for a simple night's sleep. Most cottages come with a tiny porch, wood-burning fireplace (birch logs are provided), television, modest kitchen facilities (no ovens), and dated furniture. These cabins aren't especially large, but they're comfortable enough and kept clean; some have showers, while others have bathtubs, and a good number of the cottages have two bedrooms (one even has three bedrooms). Ask for a cottage with air-conditioning if that's important -- a few units have it. Kids like the swing set and play area, dog-walkers head for nature trails accessible from the property, while picnickers fire up grill sets. The only interruption is the occasional drone of traffic: I-295 is just through the trees to one side, and Route 1 is on the other side. Get past that traffic sandwich, though, and this place is a good value. They even have free Wi-Fi access.
- Brian Kevin