MidCoast Maine’s premier boutique hotel “is designed to spark curiosity and evoke excitement.”
I may or may not have told a little lie recently when I wrote about the top five reasons to travel to Rockland, Maine. The five reasons stated are accurate; there’s no lie there. But the truth is, there are actually SIX top reasons to visit Rockland. Number six is deserving of a post of its very own.
250 Main Hotel
Boutique hotel 250 Main is Rockland’s newest hotel and it’s where my family and I stayed during our trip to MidCoast Maine earlier this summer. 250 Main has 26 rooms, each uniquely appointed with reclaimed and industrial decor. Most rooms boast direct views of Rockland Harbor, while all rooms are designed with evocative style and undeniable comfort.
Upon initial arrival at 250 Main, it was apparent that the hotel identifies and embraces Rockland’s status as Maine’s new arts destination. The hotel is a virtual art gallery of its own. Works of art by local creatives add to the style and uniqueness of the hotel and pieces are on display throughout the property. My first impression of the lobby is that it resembled what an artist’s studio might look like: bright, open, earthy tones complemented by modern accents and accessories.
Each room at the hotel is like its own mini-vacation and no two rooms are alike. Most have water views; some have balconies. All feature original art works and distinctive pieces of furniture, along with heated floors in the bathroom and European rain showers. My family and I spent three nights in what the hotel considers to be its family-friendly room. There are two queen beds, two sitting chairs, a desk with ample work space, a flat-screen TV, complimentary WiFi, a spectacular harbor view, and more than enough room for the four of us. One of my favorite amenities at 250 Main is the in-room concierge tablet. It may be used to instantly contact hotel staff with questions or requests. We used it a couple of times during our stay, just to request extra towels and – um, a plunger (the hazards of traveling with a 3-year-old). Reception staff responded almost immediately and materialized shortly thereafter with our requested items.
250 Main is home to the only rooftop deck in Rockland and it is open for guests to enjoy whenever they please. On our first morning at the hotel, I happened to wake up sometime in the 4:00 hour. Even though the shades were down and the curtains drawn, I could tell that it was beginning to get lighter outside. “Hey wait, we’re facing EAST! I can watch the sun rise!” That was my half-awake thought as I looked around the room and realized everyone else was fast asleep. I threw on a jacket, grabbed my camera, and quietly sneaked out of the room. The sky was still a light purple/pink color when I stepped out onto the deck, but soon those colors began to give way to dark orange hues. Within just a few minutes, the sun had risen over Penobscot Bay and I may have been one of the first people in America to greet the new day. It was freezing and it wasn’t quite 5:00am but it was so worth it. When my 7-year-old figured out that I’d been up and seen the sunrise, she made me promise that I’d wake her the next morning so we could go back up to the deck and watch another sunrise together. Stunning natural beauty and quality time with my favorite girl – how could I say no?
As a traveling mother with two young children, I appreciated the complimentary light breakfast offered at 250 Main. It was easy enough for me to head down to the lobby – with or without the kids – to grab a freshly-baked scone with local blueberries; fresh fruit; and strong coffee. After a solid day of sightseeing and being active with the kids, it was wonderful to return to the hotel for a complimentary glass of wine (cold, fruit-infused water for the littles) at 250 Main’s daily happy hour wine social.
It was my and my family’s first-ever trip to Maine. Our immensely enjoyable stay at 250 Main Hotel was a big reason that the entire trip was nothing short of perfect.
My family and I were hosted for two nights at 250 Main Hotel. The third night was at my expense ($327). As always, all words and opinions contained herein are my own.