Asticou Inn, Maine

15 Peabody Drive, Northeast Harbor, Maine 04662

The elegant Asticou Inn is a throwback in time… a time when families came to “summer” for the season, with trunks packed and maids in tow. We were lucky enough to book just a few days at this charming turn-of-the-century resort, overlooking the Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island, for our trip to Maine last month. Dating back to 1883, the hotel is filled inside with flowered wallpaper, ruffled curtains, and chintz-covered chairs; outside the grounds slope to flower gardens, a heated pool, a clay tennis court, and a spectacular view of the harbor. We enjoyed sitting on the deck in the evenings, drinks in hand, watching the fog roll in over the water. The location provided us with a quiet retreat from the bustling streets of Bar Harbor on the east side and was only a short drive to Acadia National Park. If you’re looking for a classic place to stay in Maine, this is it.

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