Last weekend I drove up to Bath, Maine for the wedding of one of my best friend's from college. When I first got the invitation, I waited a few days to book my hotel room. Clearly a bad move because by the time I called the bride and groom's recommended hotel, it was completely booked.
After a few moments of solid panic, I returned to the wedding website to see if they had any other hotels listed and sure enough, there were two. The first was also booked, so I made one final call to the third location and thank goodness, they had an available room!
After a three hour drive from Boston on wedding day, I turned off of Route 1 and into the coastal town of Bath. For those who haven't been, Bath is a quaint, charming town that sits right on the water. While in town I learned that Bath is known as "The City of Ships." City is an exaggeration, but the ships part is spot on.
Once off the exit I found my way to my accommodations, the Inn at Bath. The inn is a large white house with black shutters that sits on a corner lot at the intersection of Washington Street and North Street.
Then I met the innkeeper, Elizabeth, who handed me my registration folder. The folder had my last name across the top and explained all the ins and outs of the inn. Inside there were maps and brochures to help you make the most of your stay in the area. How helpful!
I was then handed the key to my room which had the room name on it and a bell that jangled loudly anytime I was carrying it. I assume Elizabeth and her staff do this so they can hear their guests coming and going.
When I got home from the wedding around 10:30pm I crawled into that king size bed and let me tell you, it was bliss. A king size bed for one person is a marvelous feeling of grandeur.
In the morning I took a long, hot shower in my purple bathroom and fell in love with scent of the soap. When I went downstairs for breakfast, I complimented Elizabeth on the soap and she said, "Wait just one second!" She scurried downstairs into the basement and came back up with a gallon size container of soap and said, "Here, take a picture of the label. They sell this at Whole Foods, you can buy it when you get home." Again, so thoughtful!
I had read on the inn's website that Elizabeth used to be the chef and co-owner of a restaurant, so I was very much looking forward to my breakfast. It started with yogurt topped with granola and fresh fruit.
Soon after breakfast I packed up my things and said goodbye to the Lavender Room. On my way out to the car I stopped to thank Elizabeth for her incredible hospitality and she said, "It's our pleasure! Next time come back with friends and stay the whole weekend. We'll be sure you have a marvelous time."
My stay at the Inn at Bath was relaxing and luxurious. The inn is located a short walk from downtown Bath and Elizabeth is ready and waiting to help you make the most of your stay. The rooms are quintessentially New England and each room has a distinct personality. My room was perfect for me in every way and honestly, at least two more people could have stayed in there with me.
Throughout college my friend who grew up in Bath kept trying to get me to come up and visit and I kept resisting, blaming it on the three hour drive. Now that I've been to Bath and found the ideal place to stay, I have to admit, I can't wait to go back.
For more information on Elizabeth and the Inn at Bath, visit their website.