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Welcome to The Oxford House Inn, a Maine Bed and Breakfast and Country Inn with a gourmet restaurant in the Western Lakes and Mountains Region of Fryeburg, Maine. Owned by Culinary Institute of America graduate Jonathan Spak & his wife Natalie, the Inn is a stately turn-of-the-century Mission style residence designed by the famous Maine architect John Calvin Stevens in 1913. Situated in the village of Fryeburg, Maine, our bed and breakfast has spectacular White Mountain views. We are highly recommended by many New England guides: Pamela Lanier's Bed & Breakfast Guide, Recommended Country Inns of New England, Inn Spots & Special Places and Maine an Explorers' Guide. We offer fantastic dining by candlelight, 4 elegant guest rooms and genuine hospitality.
With a grand presence on Main Street our inn is located in the Mount Washington Valley near the Saco River, the White Mountain National Forest, Kezar Lake, Sebago Lake and the Greater Bridgton Lakes & Mountains Region. We are open all year.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Jonathan and Natalie Spak for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Summer tourism in the White Mountain National Forest & Maine Lakes/Rivers. Ski season - we sit 45 minutes from 8 different unique ski mountains, 1 hour from 10. Fall foliage, just for our view alone but we are also a great midpoint drive from Acadia National Park to points west in Vermont.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
The thing I love most about my Inn is it is a wonderful home and the view is not too bad either. We are best known for our food; both Natalie and I have extensive restaurant background and are foodies. For dinner service we offer a very creative eclectic seasonally changing/inspired menu, for breakfast we offer a full menu, cooked to order with a simpler style. Pancakes, French toast, frittatas and such but all homemade from scratch with the same seasonal flair that our dinner menu offers.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
To experience 'West Coast' Maine, more mountains and moose rather than lighthouse and lobster.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
“The service was so nice and personal and we should have more Inns across New England.”
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Our pub and my fishing holes.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Summit Mount Washington either by hike, auto road or cog railway, eat with us, paddle the Saco River, eat with us, White Mountain National Forest loop drive - we can point you to multiple depending on your timeframe, SKI or summer activities at one of the ski mountains, sit and relax, eat with us, rest, read, have a fire on the back lawn, eat with us, shop tax free New Hampshire, eat with us. Did I mention to eat with us? We have five different distinct dining rooms (four in the winter) and a very varied eclectic large (36+ items) menu so you could pretend you're at a different restaurant each night except I'll be cooking for you and Natalie will be your gracious host.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The Saco River, town, Fryeburg Fair.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Other than our place, my go-to place is Moat Mountain Brewery & Smokehouse - great beers, we always offer one tap from them, and solid food. I will also go to Island Chef in Glen, NH, I'll call ahead on my way back from skiing or mountain biking and preorder a full Cuban sandwich. BBQ Bobs in Bethel, Me is alway a good stop too. Many other good restaurants to suggest to our guests,we like to get a feel of them before we suggest places.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is almost overly comprehensive; again we like to offer suggestions ourselves once we get a feel for what our guests are looking to do.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets, but there is a fantastic place to board them about 10 miles south of us. Karla's is where we board our dogs if my parents aren't available to Inn-sit, they race to get in the door and always take two days at least to rest after all the playtime they get. Guests who board pets there are welcome to bring their dog back to the Inn during the day to be with them, not in the guest rooms but out back or down by the river - we do have a cat on property so they need to be aware of that too.
The Inn is surrounded by lakes, mountains and rivers, with many nearby year-round activities. During our summer months enjoy sandy beaches, hunting, fishing, antique shops, hiking, cycling, golf, skiing, and factory outlet shopping, dining or escape behind the Inn, for spectacular mountain views from the back lawn and gardens. In the wintertime take a snowy walk, ski, snowmobile or snowshoe right behind the Inn! There are cross country and downhill ski areas close by.
DiningIn an atmosphere of country elegance, experience friendly hospitality while you enjoy a gourmet dinner by candlelight. Our menu showcases local & organic produce when available, fresh meats and seafood, and spectacular homemade desserts. Meals are served in three handsome dining rooms or on the enclosed back porch where there is a great view of the sun setting behind the White Mountains. You may also choose to eat at Jonathan's located on the lower level of The Oxford House Inn. The granite walls hung with local artists' works are the perfect setting for the innovative appetizers, light entrees and creative cocktails served there.Our restaurant is open for dinner nightly summer and fall and Thursday - Sunday, winter and spring. Reservations are Highly Recommended and Much Appreciated
We accept well-behaved children of any age. We do expect them to remain seated at their table during breakfast & dinner.
DirectionsOur nearest airports are in Portland, ME (PWM), about one hour away and Manchester, NH (MHT) about two hours from us. Logan International airport in Boston is a three hour drive.
- North Conway, NH 9 miles, 15 minutes
- Mt. Washington 40 miles, 1 hour
- Bridgton, ME 16 miles, 20 minutes
- Portland, ME 50 miles, 1 hour
- Portsmouth, NH 85 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes
- Freeport, ME 65 miles, 1hour 30 minutes
- Boston, MA 150 miles, 3 hours
"What a great atmosphere." ~Candace, Boston
"Our highest compliments to you and all of your staff. The hospitality made us feel like we were home. You have everything covered from a small vase of flowers on the breakfast table to the fire pit surrounded by chairs. The meals were gourmet and the cuisine is second to none. We will come back again. Thank you for an absolutely wonderful weekend." ~Keith, Stoneham
"Our third stay! It was as superb as always!!" ~Jen, MA
"Always a warm welcome and great food at the Oxford House Inn. A favorite!" ~Dave, FL
"What a delightful way to celebrate our 25th anniversary. I don't know what we enjoyed more - the exquisite meals, the glimpse of playful moose calves in the field below the inn, or the relaxing glass of wine by the outdoor fire." ~S and K
"Comfortable, courteous, friendly, delicious. Thanks so much!" ~Nikki