Avoid the frilly décor of the area’s bed and breakfasts at the historic Captain Lindsey House Inn (from $188), which houses nine well-appointed rooms (five with fireplaces) accented with oak paneling, Persian rugs, and nautical antiques collected by the retired sea captains who run the inn. Spend a couple of hours perusing four decades of National Geographic Magazine with a glass of port and freshly baked scones in the parlor or in the private garden.
Sleep in a Victorian mansion in the town’s historic district at the LimeRock Inn (from $159), where eight uniquely decorated rooms are filled with period furnishings. Request the Island Cottage room for its classic white country furniture, whirlpool tub, and private deck overlooking the garden. After the leisurely three-course breakfast, feel free to take advantage of unlimited water bottles and the snack pantry throughout the day.
Get a great deal just a few minutes outside of town at Ledges by the Bay (from $89), a cheery, 41-unit motel where you can look out at seals and small islands in Penobscot Bay from nine waterfront acres. It’s one of the area’s few properties with access to the shore, plus it’s full of bright, summer-home touches like shell-encrusted lamps and nautical-themed artwork.