Maine provides an array of accommodations, though truly inexpensive options are rare. Reservations are recommended, especially in high season.

  • B&Bs Atmospheric familial guesthouses that are often set in historic buildings, and vary from midrange to luxurious.
  • Hotels Found in bigger towns, hotels include run-of-the-mill chains, historic properties and stylish boutique hotels.
  • Motels Cheap, roadside options, often perfectly adequate for an overnight stay.
  • Campgrounds The most basic state and national park campgrounds have toilets and sinks, but no showers. Some private campgrounds offer hot showers and wi-fi.
  • Hostels There are only a few in Maine, but they're great value for budget travelers.

Seasons

Maine travel is highly seasonal. Most coastal towns slumber from fall to spring, then explode with action in summer. As a result, rates for low-season hotel rooms can be as little as a third of summertime prices. The same principle holds for the mountain towns, only in reverse – fall and winter are high season. Portland, being the state's major city, doesn't have nearly as much price flux.