White Cedar Inn

178 Main Street, Freeport, Maine 04032
Innkeeper(s): Monica Kissane and Rock Nadeau
  • Introduction

    White Cedar Inn Freeport, Maine breakfastCome home to The White Cedar Inn! Centrally located in Mid Coast Maine, this charming B&B is close to LL Bean, the Freeport Village Station, Freeport's best restaurants and 3 state parks. A full, scrumptious breakfast is served each morning in the sunroom overlooking the gardens. After breakfast, walk into town for a day of shopping or relax on the one acre grounds. A/C, fireplaces, private baths, non-smoking inn. Free parking and WiFi.

    Our town, Freeport, is a wonderful community with many activities in every season. We hope you will spend time with us this year and come to enjoy our town as much as we do. Gift certificates are available for all occasions. Call today and arrange for a gift certificate to be sent in your name to the desired party.

    Room Amenities:

    • Individual climate controls for heating and air-conditioning
    • Available ironing board and iron
    • Bedside alarm clock
    • Hair dryer
    • WiFi available

    Inn Amenities:

    • WiFi
    • Large sitting area with TV, books, magazines, games and gas fireplace
    • Coffee, tea and hot chocolate anytime
    • Front porch with rocking chairs
    • Adirondack chairs under trees near gardens
    • Lighted, paved parking area
    White Cedar Inn Freeport, Maine sunroom

    Breakfast is served in the sunroom overlooking the gardens and consists of a fruit dish, and a hot entree such as Tuscan Scrambled Eggs or Maine Blueberry Pancakes. In the afternoon we have cookies or brownies for refreshment. Coffee and tea are always available.

    This historic New England house was once the boyhood home of Arctic explorer Donald B. MacMillan. Now home to the White Cedar Inn, many of the Inn's seven rooms were named with reference to MacMillan, his relatives and his famed boat, the Bowdoin.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Monica Kissane and Rock Nadeau for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    The majority of our guests stay with us because of our location along the coast of Maine. The inn is centrally located for day trips from Kittery to Camden and Auburn to Augusta. This is the perfect stopping point for anyone driving from Logan Airport and other points south to Bar Harbor. Plus, the best outlet shopping is here in Freeport.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    White Cedar Inn has been in operation for over 25 years. The building itself was the former home of Donald MacMillan, an Arctic explorer. What we love most about the inn is the location and the history. The inn is located just outside the commercial downtown area in a quiet, residential neighborhood. There is almost an acre of lawn here with great shade trees and the setting is such that we have great natural light.

    Our guests rave about the Maine blueberry pancakes. If we had to choose one thing to be known for it would be that!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Quite a lot of our guests come to visit 'The Mothership' - L.L. Bean's home base and location of 5 of their stores and the corporate headquarters. Other than shopping and location, the best reason to come to Freeport is the friendly, relaxed atmosphere here in town..

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The absolute best compliment our guests have paid us is that they feel completely at home here. Many guests come back year after year and give us a big hug saying, 'Good to be back!' as they walk in the door.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret in Freeport is the proximity to the water, the 3 state and local parks and the hiking trails that run all over town. We like to direct guests to the parks for a day out in nature watching osprey and seals or just getting out in the piney woods to relax.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    We have a list of things to do on our website. (www.whitecedarinn.com/freeportmainetodo)

    What guests have consistently said they really like to do while here, besides shopping, is to go out on the mail boat to deliver mail, goods and people to the islands in the Casco Bay. It's a 3 hour tour with a little information thrown in so you get a sense of the maritime history of Maine.

    Another option is to go out on a working lobster boat. This is a great day trip for kids! The boat takes you around Casco Bay hauling traps to see what's been caught. You measure the lobsters and toss them back if they're too small.

    A puffin cruise is another great way to get out on the water to see marine birds and wildlife like seals and dolphins. Plus, the boat leaves right from the same dock where there is an excellent lobster pound!

    Something more sedate is the lighthouse tour map we give guests to drive to 10 lighthouses in one day. During the summer some of them are open for touring inside.

    Options for rainy days are the Owl's Head Transportation Museum, Portland Museum of Art, the Lighthouse Museum, Maine Maritime Museum, visiting the State House and the Farnsworth Art Museum.

    Of course, there's always eating lobster! And finding the most out of the way lobster shacks along the rugged coast!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Easy walking distance to the inn is the downtown shopping area of Freeport. There are over 100 different brand name and local artisan shops within one half mile. Along the way, there are coffee shops, sidewalk food vendors and 15 different restaurants. There are also hiking trails right in the middle of town and free concerts on Saturday nights in the summer.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    It is hard to pick a favorite restaurant because this area is known for excellent chefs. Favorite food has to be lobster and blueberry pie! We do have over 20 restaurants in town where you can get just about anything from All-American fare to Thai food to sushi to, well, yes, lobster! There are only a couple of chains, the rest of the restaurants are all local people who source their foods locally and support local farmers and fishermen.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The state of Maine has a good website: www.visitmaine.com/
    Freeport has a more local website: www.freeportusa.com/
    Our website and blog have hundreds of things to do and see:

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    There are 7 rooms here at the inn. We also can combine 2 of those rooms to make a suite.

    Do you accept pets?

    We are no longer accepting new pet families. There is a pet hotel less than 2 miles away where we refer guest pets.

  • Kid Friendly

    Children are welcome here at White Cedar Inn. However, there are no childcare facilities or baby gear such as cribs or high chairs on the premises. Children under the age of 16 may NOT be left alone anywhere on the premises. There is a $25 charge a 3rd or 4th person in any guest room. Maximum occupancy limits do apply for children and babies as well as adults.