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White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport 

37 Beach Avenue
Kennebunkport , Maine
Tel: 207 967 2321
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Like the varsity athlete who has a good personality and gets straight As, the White Barn Inn is blessed with plenty. The setting near downtown Kennebunkport. The Relais & Châteaux restaurant. Moulton Brown toiletries, a brimming infinity swimming pool, and a spa with outsize treatment chambers. There's even a 44-foot Hinckley for Champagne picnics along the Maine coast (Gooch's Beach is a ten-minute walk). The White Barn has been around since the Civil War but began life as an inn in 1973. In 2006, it added the spa and a new marina with a dock for boaters on the Kennebunk River. Of the 28 rooms, we recommend one of the seven junior suites with king beds, fireplaces, and Jacuzzi-equipped marble-and-granite bathrooms. If you'd prefer to be near the river, opt for an Arts and Crafts–style wharf cottage near the new marina—they have kitchenettes and private patios. Though everything is clustered together, it's peaceful (a Franciscan monastery is across the street). There are also goodies galore: fruit and water in the rooms; afternoon tea, port, and brandy in the sitting room; touring bicycles and canoes for excursions. The highpoint is dinner at the restaurant set in a restored barn, where whimsical wooden animals straight out of Charlotte's Web overlook candlelit four-course prix-fixe, unforgettable meals.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Located between the town and the oceanfront, this refurbished 1887 farmhouse is "typical New England." A "sophisticated country inn," it has rooms in blue, green, and gray, enlivened with fresh fruit and flowers; three cottages on the Kennebunk River have patios. At the restaurant, lobster is a signature dish, while the Wine Room, whose interiors are inspired by Tuscany, stocks 7,000 bottles. Red Flower Japan Ritual is a treatment at the spa.

(26 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 88.3
  • Design: 84.2
  • Food: 93.0
  • Location: 84.1
  • Rooms: 88.8
  • Service: 91.4

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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