The Retreat House Suite 2: The May Harris Suite

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As we do almost every winter, the season was spent completing a number of major maintenance and repair projects to keep our beautiful buildings and grounds in top working order. We also completed a major renovation to the bedroom suites on the second and third floors of the Retreat House. I will share with you the details of the newly refurbished Top Level Apartment in the Retreat House and Suite 1, located on the second floor, in future posts.  

The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. All of the rooms on the top, second level and main floor of the Retreat House have been dedicated to family members and dear friends that played a key role in our stewardship of this property. Suite 2- The Maybel Harris Brooks Suite (my personal favorite on the second level) has a king bedroom with a gorgeous en suite bathroom with new fixtures, a claw-foot soaking tub, and new tiled shower glass enclosure. And private partially covered balcony with cafe tables and chairs, swinging beds and hammock chairs.  The views from this suite are breathtaking. The blue and gray touches in the bedroom bring the water view inside and make this room very soothing.

One of the reasons that I love this room so much is because I have some wonderful memories sitting with my dear grandmother Maybel Harris Brooks the day after my wedding. I remember her soft white hair gleaming in the sunshine that day and her stunning smile. She was a very special lady to me. She was my Matron of Honor and this lovely lady (from whom I get my spunk and determination) is a big part of why we became the stewards of French’s Point.

We will share the details of the other Retreat House Suites  & enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.

 

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Local Lodging: Fireside Inn & Suites

Local Lodging: Fireside Inn & Suites - Stay Near French's Point Maine Overnight Accommodations

Much like our views at French’s Point, every room at this award winning inn and restaurant has a view of the beautiful Penobscot Bay.  Their double rooms boast 2 queen beds, air conditioning, a coffee maker, iron and ironing board, data ports, hair dryer, color cable television and voicemail.  Their suites include all the amenities of their queen rooms, but have a separate living room, two televisions, a sink, microwave oven, refrigerator, toaster and sofa.  These suites have either one queen size bed or one king size bed.  They also offer fireplace rooms that include all of the amenities of the queen rooms, but have a fireplace, a balcony and a massage chair.  Their Presidential Suite is a luxurious two-room suite with a 4-person hot tub, VCR, CD player, kitchen area with refrigerator, stove, microwave oven and toaster.  Barry, their wonderful Innkeeper is friendly, knowledgeable and ready to assist our guests in reserving their stay.  All rooms include: FREE hot breakfast served in their spacious lobby complete with fireplace and sun deck overlooking the Bay, and FREE Wi-Fi! 

 

Address: 159 Searsport Ave., Belfast, ME  04915 

Distance from French’s Point: 11 miles/18 minutes 

Number of rooms:  83 

Property Style:  Inn/hotel 

Restaurant on Premise:  yes 

Minimum Rental Duration:  n/a 

Contact Info: 207-338-2090; [email protected]            

Website:  http://www.belfastmainehotel.com/ 

 

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Recommended Local Lodging: Belfast Harbor Inn

Belfast Harbor Inn Beach View

French’s Point wants to make choosing your overnight local lodging accommodations easy and accessible to you and your guests looking for a place to stay in Midcoast Maine. One of our favorite Inn/Hotels near French’s Point, that we recommend to our guests, is the Belfast Harbor Inn.

“One of our favorite Inn/Hotels near French’s Point, that we recommend to our guests, is the Belfast Harbor Inn.” – French’s Point

Belfast Harbor Inn

Situated on US Route 1, the Belfast Harbor Inn overlooks Belfast Harbor and Penobscot Bay.  The hotel property and rooms are recently updated and in excellent condition.  The Inn recently added an elevator to make your check in and overnight accommodations easy and accessible!  The lodging rooms are relatively large – their largest at 377 square feet! This means you don’t have to pack light when your guests are coming to stay for your destination wedding.  The very welcoming staff at the Belfast Harbor Inn offers complimentary continental breakfast.  The rooms include a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, air conditioning and cable television.  They have a pool and access to the rocky beach.  Pet-friendly rooms are available. With 10 types of hotel rooms, your guests will certainly find it a great place to stay.  

Address:  91 Searsport Ave., Belfast, ME  04915 

Distance from French’s Point: 11.9 miles/19 minutes 

Number of Rooms: 

Property Style:  Inn/Hotel 

Restaurant on Premise:  No

Minimum Lodging Rental Duration:  n/a 

Contact Info: 207-338-2740; [email protected]  

Website: http://www.belfastharborinn.com/ 

Lodging in Maine: Belfast Harbor Inn View of Penobscot Bay
View of the Penobscot Bay
Midcoast Maine Lodging Near Frenchs Point: Belfast Harbor Inn
Belfast Harbor Inn Room

Local Lodging: Belfast Bay Inn & Suites

Once named one of America’s coolest small towns by USA Today, Belfast is an economic and cultural hub of midcoast Maine. Brimming with art galleries, old sea captains’ mansions and charming shops, the city overlooks Penobscot Bay from a hill along Route 1, minutes south of French’s Point.

On Main Street, just steps from the water, is the Belfast Bay Inn. It’s the only boutique hotel in Maine to win AAA’s four-diamond rating, thanks to the expert management of owners Ed and Judy Hemmingsen.

Please tell us about your background in the hospitality industry.
BBI: Eddie and I bought the Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine, in 1980, when it was a 19-room motel. We transformed it into a 97-room, AAA-Four Diamond hotel with a beautiful indoor pool and outside pool and added a restaurant that became one of 41 AAA-Five Diamond restaurants in North America. We operated the Bluenose for 21 years and sold it in 2000 to retire.
We retired to Belfast and decided after four years to purchase a pair of row houses on Main Street in Belfast for a European Boutique Hotel.

You and your husband spent years renovating the property. Can you tell us about its history?
BBI: The building dates back to 1840. We spent nearly three years renovating the building and opened with eight luxury suites. Although we are not a bed and breakfast, we do serve a hot breakfast every morning and deliver it to the suite, room service style or, weather permitting, serve in our Garden Courtyard.

Please share a bit about the inn’s European boutique hotel atmosphere.
BBI: Our intimate and private boutique hotel has a reputation that is founded on gracious hospitality, personal service, comfort and attention to detail, which is evident from the moment you arrive. The hotel has a home away from home atmosphere and we have a genuine concern for each individual guest’s comfort and needs, while providing them with immaculate and stylish, residential quality, furnished guest accommodations.
We offer the discriminating traveler a variety of personal touches and extra amenities, such as plush fluffy robes, fluffy towels, Molton Brown amenities, Bose clock radios with CD player, WiFi, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, umbrellas, coffee and tea available in their suite. Some of the suites have a gas fireplace and some have distance water views, all have hardwood floors and original artwork and individual decor.
Our Garden Courtyard offers the perfect setting to toast a beautiful day as the day draws to an end.

What activities do you most recommend to people visiting the midcoast area?
BBI: Our guests love the midcoast area because it allows them to day trip to Acadia National Park and also to visit our neighbors to the south — Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville and Rockland — and then return to the eclectic little waterfront city of Belfast. Belfast has some fabulous shops and galleries and local restaurants that are all within walking distance.
Many of our guests enjoy a morning, afternoon or dinner cruise sail, which leaves right from our town pier, about a two minute walk away. Belfast will have a beautiful walkway along the shore from the boathouse to the footbridge, which will be great for walkers and runners. (It will be available next summer).
We have a beautiful little state park right on the shore, a sandy and rocky beach next to the boathouse within walking distance.

Local Lodging: Yankee Clipper

About

The Yankee Clipper is owned and operated by Michael, who also owns the Belfast Harbor Inn. Guests tell us often that the proximity of the two hotels is a convenient way to simplify pick up locations for transportation and enjoy the quaint town of Belfast.

The Yankee Clipper offers the traditional amenities found in a hotel. Each of the rooms have either a king-size bed or two extra-long double beds. Rooms also have amenities that include individually controlled heat, a writing desk, microwave, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, free WiFi, air conditioning, flat screen televisions and on-site laundry. Parking just outside your door means you have convenient and easy access to your room. Dogs are welcome at the Yankee Clipper Motel with an additional fee and advance notice as not all rooms are dog friendly.

Details

Address: 50 Searsport Ave., Belfast, ME 04915
Distance from French’s Point: 18 minutes/12.3 miles
Number of Bedrooms:
How many guests it sleeps:
Property Style: motel
REstaurant on premise: no
Minimum Rental Duration: summer and early fall have 2 night minimum
Contact Info: 207-338-2353 + [email protected]
Website: http://www.yankeeclippermotelbelfast.com/