Travel + Leisure
From the June, 2002 issue
30 Great Inns

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 Farm)


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;; 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 plans.