With its cool breezes, peaceful waterfronts, and storybook lighthouses, the Maine coast was practically made for weekends away at an impossibly charming B&B. Now imagine that you can take those weekends away and turn them into a lifetime.
As a Maine innkeeper—hello, dream job—you absolutely can. How do you score such a coveted gig? Find yourself a cozy little inn and make it your own—and good news: now is a good time to buy. We found three of the cutest coastal Maine inns—from a chic boutique retreat to a classic New England getaway—currently for sale (innkeeper quarters included!). And each one can be all yours for less than $1 million. Can you picture yourself swaying on a seaside porch swing yet?
If serenity with a side of picturesque harbor views sounds like your cup of tea, this historic five-room B&B is for you. Built in 1883, the romantic hideaway is located on “the quiet side” of Mount Desert Island, just a quick hop from Acadia National Park and the town of Bar Harbor. Inside, each of the five rooms is decorated traditionally with pops of coastal flair. The first floor, which houses the owner's quarters as well as an updated communal kitchen, porch, and three-season sunroom, is also an idyllic hangout.
A former sea captain’s home, this Rockland retreat combines loads of maritime influence with the modern style of a trendy boutique hotel. The nine-room inn is perched in the heart of downtown, steps from museums, restaurants, breweries, and historic lighthouses. (Downtown Rockland is also home to iconic Maine events, such as the annual Lobster Festival and Blues Festival.) When you’re not out exploring the town, The Lindsey’s cozy common rooms—including a library, “ship’s” dining room, urban garden, and sitting room with a fireplace, are ideal for kicking back with a glass of wine and a classic beach read.
Located at the tip of Maine—just across the Bay of Fundy from Canada—the Water Street Inn calls itself the easternmost tavern in the continental U.S. A quaint 48-seat restaurant showcasing dramatic water and wildlife views occupies the inn’s first floor, while five guest rooms designed to reflect the shingle style building’s 1800s roots take up the second. The old Victorian town of Lubec attracts hordes of summer vacationers with its festivals, whale watching, and lighthouses, but is a charmer of a destination year-round thanks to its solitude and breathtaking vistas.