The Inn on Carleton

46 Carleton Street, Portland, Maine 04102
Innkeeper(s): James Smith
  • Summary

    Guests staying at The Inn on Carleton Bed and Breakfast will immediately notice its stunning Victorian architecture, comfortable elegance, and peaceful gardens. For those planning a trip to visit scenic Portland, it is the perfect getaway to experience all of the charming culture the town has to offer.

    The inn features six rooms elegantly decorated with various amenities including electric fireplaces, private baths, and convenient location in the Western Promenade neighborhood. Finding your way down our graceful, winding stairway, you’ll be greeted by a gourmet breakfast that will highlight your stay at The Inn on Carleton. Meals are prepared from ingredients taken from local farmers markets and vendors and accompanied by a selection of teas and regional brewed coffees. Special dietary needs can happily be accommodated as requested.

    From the Portland Museum of Art to the Performing Arts Center, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Maine Medical Center, and Friday art walks, visitors to Portland can enjoy numerous cultural and entertaining events from one of the friendliest and perfect places in America. As one of the oldest established bed and breakfasts in Portland, Maine, The Inn on Carleton is an ideal place to stay while you are seeing the sights.


  • A Warm Welcome to Portland and The Inn on Carleton

    Inn on Carleton Bed and Breakfast

    The Inn on Carleton welcomew you to our restored 1869 Victorian home located in Portland Maine's prestigious, historic Western Promenade neighborhood.

    The Inn on Carleton Bed and Breakfast is an award-winning upscale Bed and Breakfast with exceptional service and attention to detail.

    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 individual climate controls for your comfort. All guest rooms also have multi-port bedside charging stations for your electronics.

    We want your visit to our Inn to be special and memorable. It's our hope that you will feel at home. The parlor is for the enjoyment of our guests, and there you will find magazines and other interesting books about Portland. You may relax with a good book, or just sit by the fire in the parlor during the cooler months. You may want to visit the backyard garden, which is peaceful and spectacular in the spring and summer.

  • History

    The Inn is an historic landmark known as the Grandville M. 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.

  • Gardens

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  • Guest Comments

    "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 anywhere else you'd rather stay than at The Inn on Carleton!" - Alec Baldwin

  • Portland, Maine

    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, Old Port neighborhood, waterfront, 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 "Best Restaurant City" by Bon Apetite magazine in 2018.

    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.

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