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Maine Explorers Guide

A very Victorian summer hotel with a turret, gables, a wraparound porch, even awnings. Jack Burke and Julie Van de Graaf have been restoring the 1894 building room by room. Guest rooms are unusually shaped and nicely furnished; one room at Ten Perkins Street (a neighboring 200-year-old home that’s an annex) has a working fireplace. In all there are 16 guest rooms, each with private bath. Common space includes sitting rooms, the wicker-furnished and floweiy veranda and back deck, the fine restaurant  and the Passports Pub. $95—205 includes a full breakfast.

Open for dinner in-season. Choose to sit in the airy, candlelit dining room with its well-spaced tables, on the porch, or in Passports Pub. You might begin with a big bowl of Blue Hill mussels with basil and lavender in white wine broth ($7.50), and dine on slow-roasted lamb shank with sage risotto, garlicky Swiss chard, and bitter orange compote. Entrées $20—23. Don’t pass up dessert, the pride of innkeeper Julie Van de Graaf, former owner of a well-known Philadelphia pastry shop. Full bar.

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