My eyes scan the space and everywhere there is a reminder of the sea. From the boat skeleton framework hugging the wall to the visible structural elements of the building, the ocean plays an important role. The 250 Main Hotel in Rockland, Maine is a quaint, idyllic and tranquil escape from the “hustle and bustle” of life in the fast lane.
Just over 2 hours from Boston, a visit to the charming coastal town will transport you quickly. It’s no wonder this charming boutique property has been creating buzz since opening in 2016. Airy and inviting, this art filled, independent lifestyle hotel has sweeping views of Penobscot Bay and offers luxury accommodations in a perfect location for exploring the maritime coastal town of Rockland.
History of 250 Main Hotel in Rockland
To understand the concept behind the design of the 250 Main Hotel in Rockland, one should know the history and customs of the seafaring area. A long tradition of shipbuilding dates back to the 19th century. Boats were produced for the commercial market and were the mainstay of the town’s economy along with lime production and fishing.
The hotel is designed with the maritime heritage of the town in mind, architecturally taking the shape of a large ship. Owners Cabot and Heidi Lyman of Lyman Morse Boatbuilding used their talented artisans to construct the hotel. Intentionally designed in this way to capture the essence and history of seafaring Rockland, 250 Main provides guests with a unique hotel experience and a genuine sense of place.
Chic design was a priority in the interior, and evidence of yacht design is seen throughout the 17,000 sq. foot hotel’s five floors. The color palate is one of creams and rosewood accented with vibrant punches of canary yellow, perhaps a nod to the brightly colored foul weather gear fisherman are known for.
Guests are greeted in the lobby not by a traditional front reception area, but a simple desk and staff member checking in guests with an electronic tablet. The welcoming lobby has an inviting couch and fireplace, banquet seating and comfortable corners for reading, checking email or relaxing with a cup of tea. Everywhere you look is a creative vision reminiscent of Rockland, lovingly made by a local creative.
Rockland is on the coast of Maine about two hours north of Boston. It’s an easy ride along the highway. There is also a longer, more scenic coastal route which will take you close to the meandering rocky shoreline. Along the way are plenty of charming towns to stop and stretch your legs, have a lobster roll or visit any of the numerous lighthouses on massive promontories extending into the sea.
The location of the property is excellent. Overlooking a harbor that positively glows at sunset, be sure to have a glass of wine or watch sunrise from the roof deck. Only a few blocks to town, you can walk to restaurants, galleries and shopping close by.
The hotel has 26 rooms, stretched spaciously over five floors. Decorating each floor is a different collection of original artwork giving the hotel the feel of an art gallery.
A suite on the 4th floor-The Garden Room- has an outdoor balcony and sitting area enhanced by greenery. In all of the rooms you’ll find an outstanding bed, plenty of pillows and feather duvet topped with a camel throw. Sheets are crisp and high thread count, making it hard to leave for coffee and sunrise in the early morning. Cozy robes, complimentary high-speed wi-fi and flat screen TVs round out the amenities.
Sustainable elements in the build include a high efficiency exterior skin and LED lighting. Water saving technology is employed in the laundry units as well as the plumbing fixtures in the bathrooms. Heated floors and towel racks are a nice touch and Malin + Goetz bath products are thoughtfully refilled in permanent containers affixed the shower. Kudos to the designer of the black washcloth for make-up removal. How many white towels were discarded before someone came up with the idea?
Technology in a hotel room can make me a bit anxious, and with good reason. I coined the phrase Man to The Room while traveling with my good friend, designer Jane Shapiro during a green stay in Hyderabad, India. Twice a day without fail, we would have to call a man to the room to get the space illuminated. Truth be told, I never did figure out how to turn the darn energy saving, high tech, everything but the kitchen sink lights on before I checked out.
At 250 Main, technology was a bit easier (or maybe i’ve advanced). It was fun to order room service, heat the bathroom floor , regulate the room temperature and explore Rockland on the gadgets and tablet in the room.
Extra Points for a stack of local magazines, and two chilled bottles of local Allagash beer waiting for me when I arrived.
A daily social from 5-7 pm features wines, beer, soft drinks and light snacks. Guests can make themselves comfortable on the assortment of tables crafted from reclaimed wood salvaged from boats. If the temperature warrants, catch the sunset on the only roof deck in town.
A light buffet breakfast is served. Locally roasted coffee (in handcrafted mugs) comes from Rock City Roasters and baked goods from local bakeries. Cereal and fruit was also available.
Views of Penobscot Bay have to be the best int he city. Sun rise or sun set, the top floor is a spot to spend some time relaxing and taking in the sights.
Rockland through the years has become synonymous with ships, art, and good food. It has developed a reputation as a laid-back town that visitors can come to enjoy award winning meals, taste the gifts of local ingredients and experience the art and cultural attractions of the town. The vibrant art scene, a newly opened Center for Maine Contemporary Art, world class shopping and the excellent seafood combine to make a coastal stay at 250 Main in Rockland a perfect getaway in the Pinetree State. There’s a lobster roll in town just calling your name.
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Disclaimer: My stay at 250 Main was hosted, but as always, I want you to find the best local has to offer and would only share what I think my readers would enjoy.