There are times on my travels that a place surprises you, and I had that pleasurable experience at Burnap’s Bed & Breakfast and Beyond. This family-owned B&B is the definition of a hidden gem, located in Sodus, New York, within a few miles of Lake Ontario. This grand Victorian mansion was built in 1876 and has been restored to much of its original glory by the Burnap family, who now run it as a versatile accommodation and events center.
Kennebunkport is a fashionable, quaint and charming town, nestled along the rocky coast just south of Portland. The coastal town is home of the Rachel Carson national Wildlife Preserve, and is known for its long sandy beaches, rocky coastline, and for its history (dating back to 1653). After experiencing the beaches, and the local wildlife, it’s customary for visitors to stroll the small town shops and boutiques, and then to stop at one of Kennebunkport’s many fine restaurants.
The Maine wilderness is among the most beautiful places I have experienced, from the captivating mountains to the raging rivers and the wildlife, and yet there’s so much more that Maine has to offer, like Acadia National Park and its stunning coastline, as well as some of the best hiking trails in the country. In the winter, much of Maine is covered in thick snow which makes it a skiing hot spot, but in the summer the state offers visitors a thriving world of adventure sports. And no one does it better than Northern Outdoors, an adventure resort located in The Forks, Maine.
Open all year round, Maynard’s in Maine has become a staple of inland Maine by providing wonderful cabin rentals along with a fantastic family style restaurant. Nestled in Rockwood, sitting along the Moose River, Maynard’s is in the perfect placement for anyone who wants to experience Moosehead Lake, the mountains, and the wilderness, or simply look for moose. While Maine is ravaged by tough winters every year, Maynard’s remains open, with hunting, boating, hiking, and other outdoor opportunities right there or conveniently close by. They even have their own personal docks and boats that can be rented, too; AND they will fry up your catch of the day, upon request. How cool is that?!
In Maine, perhaps the hottest spot is Mount Desert Island, home of the famous and naturally gorgeous Acadia National Park. There are a lot of highlights that are can’t misses like waking up to the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, hiking the rocky coast and looking for puffins, but there are other fun things one can get up to on the island, like seeing how much seafood you can eat or simply road tripping around the entire island to see what else this magical place has to offer.
There is an art to running a bed and breakfast, and Michael and Kevin, the owners of Ira Allen House, have certainly figured it out and have wielded their creative powers to create a one of a kind experience in Vermont. Nestled beside Green Mountain National Forest, the Ira Allen House is full of surprises, from an expanse of beautiful and natural grounds worth exploring to a whole lot of history and stories that are sure to interest just about anybody. The house itself is old, from 1779, and it shows, but it’s also been dearly cared for.
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