When it comes to location, it’s hard to beat the Portsmouth Harbor Inn & Spa, with its sublime spot within walking distance of both downtown Kittery, Maine, and downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire; it’s also just a scone’s throw from the Piscataqua River, which divides the two coastal cities.
Just 100 yards from the tip of York’s Long Sands Beach—and close to Nubble Light, Short Sands Beach, and York Beach Center—The Lighthouse Inn & Carriage House provides its guests with a superb, close-to-it-all spot.
For a quiet, classy stay near Hampton Beach without the cacophony of the strip, The Victoria Inn Bed and Breakfast and Pavilion is a great option. Located just a half-mile from North Beach in Hampton, this circa 1875 carriage-house-turned-B&B was completely renovated in 2013, greatly enhancing its six guest rooms and suites.
A private, fully furnished home with ocean views and optional luxuries, like a personal chef or massage therapist, set Mermaid Crossing apart from many other vacation spots in York. If a guest wants something, from wine delivery to a stack of their favorite magazines, Mermaid Crossing’s management aims to make it happen.
Formerly the Sise Inn, The Hotel Portsmouth is under new ownership and is adding a full-service boutique hotel option to downtown Portsmouth. Daniel Innis and Doug Palardy, the folks who brought elegant-cool accommodations to Portsmouth with the Ale House Inn, are helming this venture with the newly remodeled Hotel Portsmouth, just reopened this April.
With its lakeside-lodge decor, crackling fireplaces, private beach, and walking-distance location to downtown Wolfeboro’s quaint shops, Wolfeboro Inn might just be the perfect Winnipesaukee escape. “You’re surrounded by Belknap Mountain, the tall trees, and Wolfeboro Bay in the distance,” says Lucy Van Cleve, director of sales and marketing at the inn. “It captures the essence of a New England escape.”
Kim Swan is an accidental hotelier. She is a real estate agent first, but she loves renovating and turning over inn properties – and sometimes holding on to them. Swan purchased The Danforth in 2009. The previous owners had converted the 1823 mansion into a B&B about 20 years before, and Swan updated the décor. “I do not call myself a designer, I’m not educated in design” Swan says. “But it’s an absolute passion of mine.” She reconfigured some of the rooms to add more common space, and updated the color scheme. Last year, all the bathrooms were renovated.