National Geographic Traveler
54 Great Inns
Expert Picks from Coast to Coast (April 1999)

Great Inns of the Northeast
Claremont Hotel – Southwest Harbor, Maine

The view from this 1884 Maine hotel is a Down East postcard:  lobster boats and sailing vessels backed by granite mountaintops across Somes Sound. Guests at this Mount Desert Island resort can get acquainted over a game of croquet, in rocking chairs on the veranda, or during one of the Thursday evening summer lectures. “This place just exudes Maine,” says Christina Tree. Tip:  The rooms with water views are worth the extra expense.
Open June 11-Oct. 20  29 rooms, 1 suite, 12 cottages, dock and moorings. $115-155, water-view rooms $160 200, no credit cards. Policies: 3-day min. in cottages; special discounts for children; not smoking in hotel building. P.O. Box 137, 04679; 207-244-5036, 800-244-5036, fax 244-3512;  Activities: rowboats, croquet, tennis, and, in nearby Acadia National Park, sailing, fresh-water swimming, summer theater.

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