| From the June, 2002 issue
Searching for that perfect hideaway? We combed the nation for the
best undiscovered inns and B&B's, and found something for every
taste. From mountaintop lodges to beachside cottages, desert oases
and wine-country manors, here are 30 of our new favoritesóplus five
all-time classics worth the splurge
(Article has been edited to only focus on Maple Hill
Maple Hill Farm B&B
Hallowell, ME | "Call it the retirement home for farm animals,"
says Scott Cowger of his inn in rural Maine, five miles from Augusta.
He shares the farmówhich dates back to the late 1800'sówith goats,
cows, sheep, and a llama named Petey. At Maple Hill, the day starts
with a hearty breakfast of scrambled, coddled, or fried eggs (laid
by the farm's 50 free-range chickens) served alongside fluffy wild
Maine blueberry pancakes. After breakfast, you can join Cowger on
his daily hunt for more fresh eggs. All eight guest rooms have been
recently renovated and are simply decorated in warm tones with rustic
furniture, king-sized quilts, floral prints, and rocking chairs;
three have balconies and whirlpool tubs. The innkeeper is glad to
help set up untaxing pastimesócanoeing in a nearby pond, visits
with barnyard residents. So swap your pinstripes for overalls, roll
up your sleeves, and breathe in the fresh country air.
Outlet Rd.; 800/622-2708 or 207/622-2708, fax 207/622-0655;
http://www.maplebb.com/; doubles from $85.
Written by Laura Begley, Leslie Brenner, Marion
Laffey Fox, Hillary Geronemus, Peter Jon Lindberg, Heidi Sherman
Mitchell, Shane Mitchell, Niloufar Motamed, Meg Noonan, Catherine
O'Neal, Laura Pearlman, Christopher Petkanas, Rima Suqi, Bonnie
Tsui, Mark Van de Walle, and Jeff Wise.
The information in this story
was accurate at the time it was published in
June 2002, but we suggest you confirm all
details and prices directly with the service
establishments before making travel