Classic New England Inns

As summer fades into fall, check in to one of our favorite Northeastern hotels.

Courtesy of White Barn Inn
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White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport, Maine

Set in the charming village of Kennebunkport, this inn has hosted guests since the Civil War era. The Relais & Châteaux property encompasses a stately 12-room, late-19th-century main house, 11 garden units in former carriage houses and four waterfront cottages, including the just-renovated 1,000-square-foot Friendship Cottage (enjoy its panoramic views over the Kennebunk River). Visit the museums, marinas and lobster shacks in the village, spot humpbacks on whale-watching tours or take advantage of the inn’s Guest Chef program: a cooking-seminar series that brings visiting virtuosos like Dale Talde and Manuel Trevino to the restaurant, which occupies a pair of historic namesake barns. Rooms start at $540; 37 Beach Ave.; 207-967-2321; whitebarninn.com.