Hotels Near The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine

by Laura Latzko

The Farnsworth Art Museum features works created by regional artists and subjects centered on Maine. The museum is located on the same property as a 19th-century Victorian house and a historic building depicted in Andrew Wyeth’s paintings. Hotels in the Midcoast region of Maine are within a short drive of Rockland’s harbors, children’s museum, lighthouse museum, ferry terminals and antique shops.

Ripples Inn at the Harbor

Located about two blocks from the Farnsworth Art Museum, Ripples Inn at the Harbor is within walking distance of Rockland Harbor. This traditional-style inn features a cozy parlor area with a wood burning stove, and a furnished outdoor veranda. The hotel hosts a daily tea in the parlor and serves smoothies, eggs, bacon and fresh fruit at its daily breakfast, which takes place in the dining room's communal table. A second-floor hallway features works by local artists, and the homey common room has board games and a small library. Some of the guest rooms feature bird, ocean or garden designs; colorful suites have day beds, wicker chairs and antique sinks. The hotel offers in-room massage treatments.

LimeRock Inn

The LimeRock Inn is located about three blocks from the Farnsworth Art Museum and close to art galleries such as the Dowling Walsh Gallery. The Victorian-style inn is decoratead in warm colors, including red tapestries, and rugs and comforters with floral, rose or moss patterns. Wicker furniture on the wraparound porch, and a library and fireplace in the living room area add to the warm ambience. Bedroom-style guest rooms come with bath oils, wood fireplaces, bay windows, soaking tubs, French doors and Victorian-era antiques; some have furnished decks with garden views. A country-style breakfast includes homemade bread, frittatas and specialized teas. Inn packages offer tickets to historic home tours, freshly baked pies, or champagne and roses.

Hampton Inn and Suites Rockland

Hampton Inn and Suites Rockland is located in Thomaston, about two miles from the museum and downtown Rockland, a waterfront area where the Maine Lobster Festival takes place each year. The hotel features a warm atmosphere with an intimate lobby lounge and fireplace. Guest rooms and suites are set up with microwaves and refrigerators, and suites have LCD TVs. A daily breakfast includes cheese or Western-style omelets; on-the-go breakfast bags with bottled water, apples, muffins and cereal bars are available. The hotel’s small market sells soda, bottled water, TV dinners and canned soup. Staff members at the front desk provide complimentary deodorant, toothbrushes or toothpaste upon request.

Country Inn at Camden/Rockport

Located in Rockport, the Country Inn at Camden/Rockport sits about seven miles from the Farnsworth Art Museum and within 15 minutes of the Maine Lighthouse Museum and the Rockport Opera House. The hotel features a country-house setting, with a spacious lobby lounge containing a fireplace, flowered-patterned sofa and cushioned sitting area by a window. Guests enjoy daily afternoon tea and homemade cookies in the traditional-style library. A gift shop sells handmade clothing, mugs, children’s books and homemade jams. A trainer regularly hosts water aerobics classes in the indoor swimming pool, and a spa offers Swedish and hot stone massages and mud wraps as well as yoga classes. One of the hotel’s packages comes with a massage treatment and wine and cheese platter. Some of the guest rooms have two-person hot tubs or wet bars with built-in refrigerators; the classic-style suites come with vaulted ceilings and brick fireplaces.

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