Bath Heritage Days July 3-6, 2008 – Bath Bed & Breakfasts Celebrate
Once a year the streets of Bath, Maine come alive with celebration during the Bath Heritage days, this year from July 4-6, 2008. There is a variety of music, a carnival, street vendors, a strawberry shortcake social as well as both a riverboat parade and a street parade and, of course, fireworks! Originating in 1607 as a seafaring town, this quiet jewel along Maine’s magnificent coast has evolved into a beloved small city where guests appreciate the cultural, natural and recreational choices. The bed and breakfast innkeepers of Bath play a large role in the preservation of the historic buildings which they have converted into marvelous bed and breakfasts, paying homage to the past with fascinating stories, classic architecture and period antiques, while pampering today’s guest with all the modern amenities required for an enjoyable stay. Equally important is the fountain of information each bed and breakfast owner is able to provide visiting guests to enhance their visit in this mid-coast Maine location.
Travel back even further in time to The Benjamin Packard House, today a delightful bed and breakfast operated by Amy & Mark. This lovingly restored Italianate home began as a residence for one of the numerous shipbuilders in the area and is situated in the heart of the Bath Historic District. So after a sound night’s sleep, leave your car parked and walk out the door to enjoy the various festivities of the annual Bath Heritage Days, be it the fun parade on the 4th, the Chili/Chowder Fest on 5th or the Craft Show on the 6th – there is something for everyone.
The Inn at Bath is a Greek Revival home from 1835 converted into a warm and welcoming bed and breakfast by innkeeper Elizabeth. Not only are you right in the historic district, with easy access to all the events and shopping, but a few minutes’ walk from the Kennebec River. In this romantic and elegant bed and breakfast you will enjoy spacious, comfortable bedrooms and sumptuous, relaxing morning breakfasts.
The Galen C. Moses House Bed and Breakfast, located on prestigious Washington Street in Bath, is a fine example of this town’s history. This historic inn, where wealthy banker Mr. Moses hosted grand dinner parties in the early 1900s, today proudly displays for its guests the well-cared-for original ornate wood carvings, stained glass windows, high ceilings and beautiful tiled fireplaces. The upstairs rooms are large with high ceilings in that grand Victorian style; no wonder this bed and breakfast garnered a prestigious 3 diamond rating!
Pool for Today’s Captains
While Captain James Perkins built this lovely home in 1851, today the Kennebec Inn preserves its historical past with modern improvements, such as an in ground swimming pool, guest rooms with private baths, free wireless Internet access and cable TV. From this bed and breakfast you can walk to the Strongman Competition at the Kennebec Tavern, located on the banks of the Kennebec River, where seasonal fare is served – lobster anyone?
River & Woods
Dating back to 1790, the Fairhaven Inn started as a log cabin and evolved into the lovely Colonial home that today houses this bed and breakfast . Nestled in a wooded area, the naturalist will delight in its woodland country offerings and its spectacular view of the Kennebec River. So you can enjoy the excitement of Bath Heritage Days and return to sleep in this peaceful 16-acre country inn. To quote a recent guest: “Well, the bed needs special note – – it was a great place to nap and a great place to sleep!!” Awake to eagle sightings or birds chirping and the tasty breakfast prepared by Chef Omo.
If you already have plans for the first weekend in July, don’t despair, Bath is open year-round and there is so much to do and see you’ll want to plan to stay for more than just a weekend! The entire mid-coast section of Maine is bursting with outdoor adventure opportunities, unique shopping excursions and a range of marvelous dining experiences. Bed and breakfasts innkeepers have a wealth of information they will share with you – with their help you can plan an individualized escape to mid-coast Maine. Besides the bed and breakfasts mentioned above, here are a few more in the area who will extend a warm welcome: Coveside B&B, on the island of Georgetown, and The Mooring Bed & Breakfast in Georgetown, plus in Harpswell , The Common Table, and Harpswell Inn, Black Lantern Bed and Breakfast in Topswell, and last but not least the charming The Squire Tarbox Inn in Wiscasset.
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