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 has 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 + theskipper@yankeeclippermotelbelfast.com
Website: https://www.yankeeclippermotelbelfast.com/

Hersey Retreat Road Cottage Series: Davis Cottage

One of the wonderful things about French’s Point Estate is that in addition to more traditional hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, there is an extensive network of nearby houses and cottages available for rent. These local accommodations offer your guests the ability to turn their time in Maine into a vacation experience, affording more privacy and closer proximity to your events at French’s Point. The cottages and rental homes offer more amenities than traditional hotels such as kitchens, more living space, and private beaches.

There is no better way to create a magical destination wedding experience for your guests!

There is no better way to create a magical destination wedding experience for your guests than to recommend they reserve the cottages and homes that are within walking distance to French’s Point! With a variety of housing styles, capacities and costs, the Hersey Retreat Road Rentals provide a range of options that will suit all of the needs of your family and closest friends!

French’s Point does not own, operate, or confirm reservations for these properties. Many of our guests enjoy staying at them, so we’re providing this information as a way to simplify your wedding planning. With this series, we are highlighting some of the closest and most commonly rented cottages located right on Hersey Retreat Road and within walking distance to French’s Point!

Davis Cottage

Address:  Hersey Retreat Road
Distance from French’s Point: ¼ mile
Number of Bedrooms: 3
Number of Bathrooms: 1
Number of Parking Spots: 4-6
How many guests it sleeps:6-10
Property Style: Camp
Minimum Rental Duration: 3 nights

Contact Info:
Gail Gannon
gadg66@gmail.com
(321) 576-5886
https://www.vrbo.com/510254

Davis Cottage is located on the ridge overlooking the beach and road leading into French’s Point Estate. It is only seven doors down from the estate, accommodates up to 14 guests, has reasonable rental rates and flexible rental duration terms, making it an easy choice for your guests for lodging when they are attending your wedding at French’s Point. The cottage has a cozy interior with six bedrooms, a kitchen-living/dining area, beautiful views of the ocean and a private beach.

Hersey Retreat Cottage Series: Cousin’s Cottage

One of the wonderful things about French’s Point Estate is that in addition to more traditional hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, there is an extensive network of nearby houses and cottages available for rent. These local accommodations offer your guests the ability to turn their time in Maine into a vacation experience, affording more privacy and closer proximity to your events at French’s Point. The cottages and rental homes offer more amenities than traditional hotels such as kitchens, more living space, and private beaches.

There is no better way to create a magical destination wedding experience for your guests!

There is no better way to create a magical destination wedding experience for your guests than to recommend they reserve the cottages and homes that are within walking distance to French’s Point! With a variety of housing styles, capacities and costs, the Hersey Retreat Road Rentals provide a range of options that will suit all of the needs of your family and closest friends!

French’s Point does not own, operate, or confirm reservations for these properties. Many of our guests enjoy staying at them, so we’re providing this information as a way to simplify your wedding planning. With this series, we are highlighting some of the closest and most commonly rented cottages located right on Hersey Retreat Road and within walking distance to French’s Point!

Cousin’s Cottage

Address: 47 Hersey Retreat Road, Stockton Springs, ME
Distance from French’s Point: ½ mile
Number of Bedrooms: 4
Number of Bathrooms: 2 1/2
Number of Parking Spots: 4
How many guests it sleeps:8
Property Style: Cottage
Minimum Rental Duration: flexible

Contact Info:
Joe Cahill
thecousinscottage@gmail.com
808-282-9624
Website

Cousin’s Cottage is just about the cutest little cottage we have seen! It was recently built and has loads of charm and modern amenities. This cottage sleeps 8 guests very comfortably. It is a great house to accommodate families with children because of how the bedrooms are configured.  It also accommodates adults very nicely. The owner’s parents live just down the hill from the cottage and are helpful and very friendly. Located just a hop, skip and a jump from French’s Point, it allows you to be nearby the weekend wedding activities, but still have some privacy and time to relax.

Hersey Retreat Road Cottage Series: Chateau Mer

One of the wonderful things about French’s Point Estate is that in addition to more traditional hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, there is an extensive network of nearby houses and cottages available for rent. These local accommodations offer your guests the ability to turn their time in Maine into a vacation experience, affording more privacy and closer proximity to your events at French’s Point. The cottages and rental homes offer more amenities than traditional hotels such as kitchens, more living space, and private beaches.

There is no better way to create a magical destination wedding experience for your guests!

There is no better way to create a magical destination wedding experience for your guests than to recommend they reserve the cottages and homes that are within walking distance to French’s Point! With a variety of housing styles, capacities and costs, the Hersey Retreat Road Rentals provide a range of options that will suit all of the needs of your family and closest friends!

French’s Point does not own, operate, or confirm reservations for these properties. Many of our guests enjoy staying at them, so we’re providing this information as a way to simplify your wedding planning. With this series, we are highlighting some of the closest and most commonly rented cottages located right on Hersey Retreat Road and within walking distance to French’s Point!

Chateau Mer

Address: 58 Hersey Retreat Road
Distance from French’s Point: ½ mile
Number of Bedrooms: 6
Number of Bathrooms: 2 ½
Number of Parking Spots: 6
How many guests it sleeps: 14+
Property Style: Camp
\Minimum Rental Duration: flexible

Contact Info:
Barbara Bridges
bbridges@bemidjistate.edu
(612) 845-0416
https://bridgescreate.com/chateau-mer-rental/

Cheteau Mer is a charming vacation rental located just down Hersey Retreat Road from French’s Point Estate.  Owned by an artist and educator, the cottage has an eclectic vibe with beautifully creative touches.  The cottage sits up on the ridge overlooking the private beach.  It has the ability to accommodate 14 or more guests with 6 bedrooms, an open living/dining/kitchen space and deck. With flexible stay durations and reasonable rates, this cottage provides a good value for guests attending your wedding at French’s Point that want to be nearby and make a bit of a vacation of their trip to join you in Maine to celebrate with you.  

Hersey Retreat Road Cottage Series: Charming Maine Beachfront Cottage

One of the wonderful things about French’s Point Estate is that in addition to more traditional hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, there is an extensive network of nearby houses and cottages available for rent. These local accommodations offer your guests the ability to turn their time in Maine into a vacation experience, affording more privacy and closer proximity to your events at French’s Point. The cottages and rental homes offer more amenities than traditional hotels such as kitchens, more living space, and private beaches.

There is no better way to create a magical destination wedding experience for your guests!

There is no better way to create a magical destination wedding experience for your guests than to recommend they reserve the cottages and homes that are within walking distance to French’s Point! With a variety of housing styles, capacities and costs, the Hersey Retreat Road Rentals provide a range of options that will suit all of the needs of your family and closest friends!

French’s Point does not own, operate, or confirm reservations for these properties. Many of our guests enjoy staying at them, so we’re providing this information as a way to simplify your wedding planning. With this series, we are highlighting some of the closest and most commonly rented cottages located right on Hersey Retreat Road and within walking distance to French’s Point!

Charming Maine Beachfront Cottage

Address:  232 Hersey Retreat Road, Stockton Springs, ME  04981
Distance from French’s Point: neighbor
Number of Bedrooms: 4
Number of Bathrooms: 2
Number of Parking Spots: 2
How many guests it sleeps:8+
Property Style: Cottage Exterior/Camp Interior
Minimum Rental Duration: 2 nights

Contact Info:
bgrbradford2@roadrunner.com
(207) 504-7306
website

This cottage lives up to its “charming” name. Located just two doors down from The Farm at French’s Point, it is another common choice among our couples and their guests for lodging around their wedding celebration taking place at French’s Point. The owners of the cottage offer reasonable rates and flexible rental terms with only a 2-night minimum stay duration. The cottage has a spacious interior, dining room, enclosed porch, living room with a nice stone fireplace, kitchen, offers lodging for 8 or more guests and has a private beach. This cottage fills up quickly!