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We Welcome you.
Welcome to the oldest established Bed & Breakfast in Portland, Maine!
We graciously welcome you to our restored 1869 Victorian home located in Portland Maine's prestigious, historic Western Promenade neighborhood.
The Inn on Carleton Bed and Breakfast was featured as a recommended place to stay in the October 2002 issue of Yankee Magazine (page 99).
The arched double doors open into a grand entryway of original trompe l'oeil artwork by the famous artist Charles Schumacher. An elegant, winding stairway leads to six wonderful guest rooms, located on the second and third floors. In keeping the historical flavor of the Inn, the six spacious guest rooms boast high ceilings, large windows and exquisite period antiques. For your comfort and convenience, all the guest rooms have a private bath and are air conditioned for your comfort. All guest rooms also have port jacks that will allow you an on-line connection to retrieve your email.
We want your visit to our Inn to be relaxing and comfortable. It's our hope that you will feel at home. The parlor is for the enjoyment of our guest, and there you will find magazines, newspaper and interesting books about Portland. A basket of menus from local restaurants is available for your convenience. You may relax with a good book, or just sit by the fire in the parlor and enjoy the period antiques, and wonderful collection of clocks. You may want to visit the English Garden, located in the back, and relax with a good book. The garden is quite spectacular in the spring and summer.
The Inn is an historic landmark known as the Grandville Chase Block. It is listed on the local and National Historic Registry. The Inn was the first house on Carleton Street and one of the first houses built in the Western Promenade neighborhood of Portland, Maine in 1869. The Inn is also listed with the Society for the Preservation of New England antiquities as being one of the homes that Charles Schumacher created his famous trompe l'oeil paintings and murals in. The Inn has begun the process of uncovering and restoring some of Charles Schumacher's famous paintings. The first restoration project in the entryway has just been completed. This is just the beginning of many more to come.
"Wonderful hospitality and great area of city to stay in." - Randy Frost
"Exquisite decor! Thank you for the amazing hospitality." - Terry Osterhaus
"Most beautiful Christmas tree I have ever seen and terrific hospitality." - Gemila Hassan
"Best B&B we have ever stayed in, a delightful home." - Jeffrey Newton
"I travel a great deal in my work, and I have stayed in many fine places, all of which have one thing in common; the people who operate them. If you ever find yourself in Portland, I can't think of anyone else you'd rather stay with than Phil & Sue Cox at the Inn on Carleton!" - Alec Baldwin
The Inn on Carleton is close to the center of downtown Portland. It's a short walk to the Portland Museum of Art, Maine Medical Center, the Performing Arts Center and the city's business district.
Close at hand are Casco Bay's ferry terminal to the Maine Islands, the international ferry terminal, and the Old Port area with its cobbled streets, colorful shops and many fine restaurants. Portland Maine, Voted America's Foodiest Small towns 2009.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Portland, "the beautiful town that is seated by the sea," is as enchanting today as it was in the 19th century. You can enjoy an evening of professional theater, join concert-goers at the Portland Symphony Orchestra, or tour historic homes, such as Longfellow's childhood home and the stately Victoria Mansion. During the summer, visitors enjoy harbor cruises, whale watches, and boat trips to the nearby Calendar Island. In the winter months you can ice skate at Deering Oaks Park or cross-country ski at nearby state parks. Regardless of the season, sandy beaches and rocky coasts are within a 15-minute drive and the town of Freeport, home of L.L Bean and numerous outlet shops, is only 20 minutes away.
Link to local activities and shops:
- The Portland Symphony Orchestra - www.portlandsymphony.com/
- Casco Bay Online - www.cascobay.com
- Portland Press Herald - www.portland.com
- The Greater Portland Area Chamber of Commerce - www.portlandregion.com
- Portland Museum of Art - www.portlandmuseum.org
- City of Portland Website - www.ci.portland.me.us