Check in at the front desk for your beach parking pass, beach towels, and chairs, then head out enjoy some of the best beaches in Kennebunkport.
If you're looking for that special vacation memento or the perfect gift, head downtown where you can spend an afternoon browsing our favorite shops in Portland.
You'll find Maine oysters on raw bar menus across the country, so when visiting Portland, take some time to experience these delicacies on the half shell.
Gilded's homemade granola recipe is used as a crunchy topper to Greek yogurt mixed with seasonal ingredients on the breakfast bar.
Biking in Salem is one of the best ways to explore the city and we've made a list of stops that'll help make the most of your bike tour.
Take a peek into history! History buffs or fans of architecture and gardens will love these three historic house tours in Salem.
Mendocino beaches are each unique in their attractions, from sea glass collecting to soft sand so pack up your beach towels and chairs and hit up the beach!
Whether you're looking for a rainy day activity or just need a break from the beach, head downtown and check out the various art in Newburyport!
If you want to look like a regular on ACK, you'll want to capture some of that preppy vibe during your stay. Check out these shops to find some great pieces to add to your wardrobe.
Find your next summer read at one of these great bookstores and then sit back, relax and lose yourself in the novel.
Whether you're a true yogi or you're new to finding your flow, check out these Portsmouth yoga studios for an hour of zen.
Keep our list of the best bakeries in Portsmouth (and one just over the river in Kittery) handy for when the sugar craving strikes.
Whether you're looking to bag the big peak or to take a nice stroll through the woods, here are some tips on the best hikes in Stowe!
Newport's farmers' market brings in farmers from the surrounding area weekly and with that, locally-made gifts, mementos and an abundance of fresh produce.
Whether you're an early riser or a night owl, be sure to get your hands on some Back Door Donuts while you're visiting the island. They're the best in town!
With so many compliments from our guests on our homemade small plates breakfast, we decided it was time to share the recipe for a guest favorite – our Nutella Banana Muffins!
When you're looking for lunch on the go, check out some of our favorite new food trucks in Portland. From Thai to falafel, you're sure to leave feeling satisfied.
Our boutique Camden inn serves up a great cup of joe but when you're out exploring, we've got some great recommendations when it comes to the best coffee shops in Camden!
Newport has always had a love affair with spirits. A Newport rum distillery, Thomas Tew Rums, produces small batch rum, perfect for crafting cocktails.
The Broadway District, a short walk from either of our Newport boutique hotels, is a neighborhood full of restaurants, bars, and shops, and has a funkier, locals-only vibe.
Perfect for a rainy day or to escape the midday heat, these Nantucket museums will entertain anyone with an imagination and a love of the ocean.
Whether on the half shell at happy hour, as an app before dinner, or even as part of a beach picnic, check out these spots for oysters on Nantucket.
If you're driving to our hotel in Mendocino, take the scenic route through the redwoods and vineyards of Sonoma County and check out these things to do in Healdsburg.
From local produce to locally made goods, there are plenty of options for a memento for your trip to the Vineyard at the Martha's Vineyard Farmers' Markets.
The many lighthouses of Martha's Vineyard's coast protected sailors for years, and today, their stately presence on the island's shores gives visitors a glimpse into island life of yesteryear.
When you're looking to get your toes in the sand and get those iconic beach waves, head to one of our favorite beaches in Edgartown. Don't forget your sunscreen!
One of the best ways to explore Salem is by foot. Combine the history and culture of the area with some fresh air by checking out these outdoor activities.
After a long day in the sun, there's almost nothing better than some fresh Mexican food and a cold drink. Check out our favorite Mexican spots in Newburyport.
With thousands of feet of elevation to explore, the mountain biking in Stowe is a great reason to visit and we've got a list of trails for you to check out.
Join us for a culinary experience on July 1, as we celebrate the flavors of the season at the Summer Bounty Chef’s Dinner held at Down Island in Oak Bluffs. Seven talented East Coast chefs will showcase the freshest summer ingredients in a decadent dining event!
What's better than ice cream on a warm summer day? We've picked our favorite Kennebunkport ice cream shops that are sure to satisfy your taste buds!
One of the highlights of staying at the Ale House Inn is the variety of local breweries in Portsmouth to check out.
Portland's prime location on the ocean overlooking the islands of Casco Bay means there are several great options for Portland sailing charters.
Our managers give their tips on everything from where to get the best cup of joe or afternoon lunch, to what to do on a rainy day.
Enjoy a Maine-centric book while on a lark or at home with our new "Book + Bed" program! Dive deep into pages about Maine's history both on land and at sea.
Nantucket is lucky to have its own brewery, and there's several places where you'll find many taps pouring local and craft beer.
We think any good beach vacation should include a leisurely morning at the coffee shop so we picked our top three choices for coffee shops in Newburyport.
Check out these historic sites to learn all about the naval history of Portsmouth, NH, from the historic seaport to the modern Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
This summer, get a different view of the city during your visit to Seacoast New Hampshire with a sailing charter in Portsmouth.
With plenty of outdoor space to explore from beaches and piers to nearby state parks, you'll find lots of things to do with kids in Camden.
Summer in Maine means it's a race against time to enjoy as much fresh Maine lobster as you can. Check out our top three recommendations for where to feast on the best lobster rolls in Kennebunkport!
People are becoming more and more excited about the summer concert series at Thompson's Point, as it's quickly becoming known as one of the best places to see live music in Southern Maine.
Join us on May 17th and help us honor our history and the future of poetry in Maine at our inaugural Poetry Night!
No matter the season, the fun never stops in Stowe. Whether it's skiing or swimming, there's plenty of things to do with kids in Stowe.
The North Shore of Boston's proximity to the country's best fishing grounds means an abundance of great seafood restaurants offering everything from lobsters, to fried clams to steamed mussels.
Our Camden Maine restaurant kicks off our 2017 season with a both a classic and a new tradition: Mother’s Day brunch and an evening of poetry and music.
The island of Nantucket begs to be explored in warm weather by families, when school's out and beach vacations are calling. Here is our list of our favorite things to do with kids on Nantucket so you can have a relaxing visit on the island.
Newport, a historic seaport and home to the America's Cup race, is a great destination for sailors and maritime history buffs. Visit these three Newport sailings museums to learn about the history of the seaport, yacht racing in Newport, and naval history.
There's no shortage of things to do with kids in Newburyport, whether it's exploring museums, spending the day at the beach on Plum Island, or picking out a new toy in the shops.
Lark Hotels is partnering with Healthworks, Boston’s premier fitness centers for women, to see how you stay active when you're off on a lark.
Mendocino is perfectly positioned between redwood forests and the ocean, creating beautiful vistas. And with 17 state parks, it's a prime for exploring.
Whether you like your lobster roll drizzled with warm butter or tossed with cool mayonnaise, these three restaurants, from brewery to seafood shack, serve up the best lobster roll on Martha's Vineyard.
osh, the manager of The Hotel Portsmouth, gives tips on where to get everything from the best cup of coffee, to the best bowl of chowda' and a must-do before leaving town.
For seafood lovers, no trip to the Seacoast is complete without some local oysters served on the half shell and we've picked some of our favorite spots.
Whether you’re a vinyasa flowing yogi or you’ve yet to salute the sun, align your chakras and join us for some outdoor yoga.
Maine has a strong tradition of makers and craftsmen, and Camden's boutiques are a great place to find a Maine-made souvenir or gift.
Cape Porpoise, a charming village about three miles from downtown KPT. Once you're there, check out a few of our favorite spots for maximum relaxation.
A day on Martha’s Vineyard is a day well spent no matter what you do! While our boutique hotels provides ample ways to get in some serious rest and relaxation, we’re happy to share some of our favorite things to do on Martha’s Vineyard to make the trip even more memorable.
While we’ll never say no to a relaxing day indoors, reading by the fire or watching movies in bed, we’ve got an adventurous side, too. If you’re more of the latter than the former, we’ve created a walking itinerary of Portland, Maine must do’s.
Here are three breweries in Stowe (including the famed Alchemist) worth a stop for some Vermont beer fresh from the source:
Springtime in Mendocino can see temperatures highs in the mid-60s to low 70s and we think there's no better time to take advantage of spring in Northern California by visiting the nearby botanical gardens.
Newburyport has several breweries and beer bars in town where you can enjoy a cold one after a day at the beach or exploring Plum Island.
Whether you're on the hunt for a witchy memento or a thank-you gift for the pet sitter, these three shops will provide that perfect keepsake.
Chances are, if you're a fan of the modern design in our Newport boutique hotels, Attwater and Gilded, you'll also enjoy the arts and culture provided by the Newport Art Museum.
Gilded's managers share their thoughts on how to get the most out of your stay in Newport.
Our managers share their thoughts on hotel stays made all the more memorable by lots of snow and no electricity. There's some mischief to be made in a snowstorm!
While there is plenty of skiing left to be had in March and April, when warmer weather arrives in Stowe, it brings with it an abundance of spring activities that extend beyond the mountain.
With over 50 participating restaurants, Newport Restaurant Week provides the perfect opportunity to try a new restaurant at a lower price point.
With over 50 restaurants participating, Newport Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try a new restaurant at a lower price point.
The streets of picturesque downtown Kennebunkport are lined with locally-owned boutiques and restaurants. The main street of KPT is about half a mile long from end to end and crosses over the Kennebunk River, making it perfect for an afternoon of strolling and poking through shops.
While some might be mourning the end of ski season, the rest of us are cheering the impending arrival of beach season! Greater Portland is home to numerous sandy stretches that won't be teeming with crowds until the height of summer.
Portsmouth Restaurant Week is March 30–April 8, 2017, and we couldn't be more excited that some of our favorite Portsmouth restaurants are participating.
A town that's bustling any time of the year, we have some great recommendations for cozy winter dining options for your next trip to Portsmouth.
There's no real off season in Portsmouth, bustling even during the winter months. We have some great recommendations for the city's hottest places to dine.
With a nickname like the Ocean State, visitors to Rhode Island can expect plenty of fresh, local seafood and in Newport especially, lots of oysters.
Whether you're a lifelong wine connoisseur or a newbie still trying to discern Malbec from Merlot, Kennebunkport has several spots to sample wines from around the world.
With the Salem Film Festival returning in early March, we've got a list of some of Salem’s best hang out spots to check out in between screenings.
Newburyport's food scene has grown exponentially in the past few years and we've got a list of some unusual and tasty ways to experience both local cuisine and culture.
Whether you're looking to dance to a local band at the bar or relax to soft jazz, Stowe's live music options have you covered for a night on the town.
Maine Restaurant Week, March 1st through the 12th, is a great chance to enjoy many of the fine dishes and cuisine that Portland has to offer. Steps by the Pomegranate Inn.
Looking to sip local wine without going very far? Look no further than the restaurants of Mendocino.
With its scenic brick sidewalks and historic buildings, there are plenty of independently-owned Portsmouth shops to peruse for a Seacoast souvenir.
In search of a little retail therapy on your lark to Mendocino? We've got local shopping recommendations.
Here are three Kennebunkport restaurants where you'll find our favorite winter fare and a cozy corner in which to enjoy it.
With nearly 90 breweries in the state, it's no surprise that there are plenty of places in Portland to enjoy good beer, from craft beer bars to brewery's tasting rooms.
Newport museums - like the Tennis Hall of Fame and Audrain Auto Museum - are both plentiful and interactive.
Yet another local favorite that is literally a madhouse during busy hours, Newburyport's The Poynt always seems to have a lot going - and for good reason.
Typically, when you hear about "spirits" in Salem, liquors like rum and gin aren't what first come to mind.
Stowe is a true four season destination, but the area really shines during the winter.
An island 30 miles out into the Atlantic may not be the first thing that springs to mind as a winter getaway, but Nantucket is a lovely place to visit mid-winter.
While Salem has a thriving restaurant scene, breweries are a relatively new addition.
Chock-full of breweries, Portsmouth is well-established as a beer town. But sometimes you just need a good cocktail and fortunately, this seacoast spot has a good number of places to get those too.
There's plenty of winter birding to be done during your next stay at Blue - Inn on the Beach, so be sure to pack your binoculars.
Winter is a beautiful time to visit Kennebunkport, as the towns's coastal location tempers the state's famously harsh winter weather.
Here are our favorite 2016 additions to the Portland restaurant scene, plus a few we're looking forward to in the new year.
The holidays are a perfect time to visit the Mendocino coast—the crowds are gone and the weather is still mild compared to most other areas of the country.
With its historic homes, cobblestone streets, and December snowfall, Salem is a great place to enjoy the holidays.
The holiday season is the perfect time for a festive getaway. Transformed into winter wonderlands, there's a lot to celebrate in various Lark locales. Book your stay today - rooms are going fast!
The holidays are a great time to plan a Nantucket getaway as the island is transformed into a winter wonderland.
Add a touch of mischief to your holiday season at our weeklong pop-up shop at 144 Newbury Street in Boston, December 13-18, 2016.
Calling all history buffs! The winter season is rife with events and opportunities to delve into Newport's deep roots.
As the weather turns chilly in Maine and we stash away our bathing suits and towels for another year (sob), it's time to embrace outdoor activities that celebrate winter.
In need of a pitstop while meandering around Newport? We've got you covered with our top picks.
Billing itself as “New England’s first oyster, crudo, and chop bar,” the menu at Brine certainly lives up to the diverse nature of that claim.
The state's booming craft beer scene, with more than 80 breweries, is a big reason to visit Vacationland.
Dog sledding in Stowe is an exhilarating way to experience the snow-covered terrain.
Whale watching from a boat — from Portsmouth, NH to Mendocino, CA — is a transformative experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime.
Fall is the perfect time to visit Edgartown—the crowds have thinned, the foliage is peaking, and there are several bars open year-round to quench your thirst.
No trip to Maine is complete without a taste of our state crustacean, so no doubt you're on the lookout for lobster in Kennebunkport.
Vermont is known for its craft beers, many of which are only available within the borders of the Green Mountain state. Here are three of our favorite Stowe craft beer bars.
The Salem Harvest Fest, taking place on October 22 in downtown Salem, is a celebration of all things local and boozy.
Portland's historic West End neighborhood is a foodie favorite, thanks to the many unique eateries located within walking distance of The Pom.
It happens to all of us – you’re excited about spending a long weekend relaxing beachside, and you’ve arrived several hours early for check-in. Next stop? Lunch in Newburyport.
Located just a few miles up the road on Route 1, Point Cabrillo lighthouse is a perfect side trip during a stay at Blue Door Group.
Before heading back to Whitehall from your Belfast day trip, you'll want to make time for a few more memorable stops in this quaint harbor town.
After a crisp morning of perusing shops along the main drag, chances are you’re going to want to take in a bit of culture at the Portsmouth Historical Society.
Scales and Shells is hands-down the local’s favorite Newport seafood spot — for both their own dining experiences as well as where they send out of towners.
The hands down favorite of chefs throughout the island, Proprietors serves up a decadent brunch, but get there early because it fills up FAST.
The first — and some would say most important — meal of the day takes several incarnations as the sun rises over Oak Bluffs.
This coastal village is home to a vast community of artists and makers, and here are a few of our favorite made-in-Mendocino souvenirs.
While Martha's Vineyard may have been named for the prolific grapevines that once covered the island, the beer gets top billing at Bad Martha Brewing in Edgartown.
You're going to need a lot of energy to take in all Salem has to offer, from world-renown museums to tour, shops to explore, and restaurants to enjoy. Here are three of our favorite downtown Salem coffee shops.
Fall is here, and it's reflected in the changing foliage of Plum Island and in the kitchens of our favorite Newburyport restaurants.
There is something decidedly comforting about having the privilege to discover a new style of wine at a bar – and then have the option to purchase a bottle of it right then and there.
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a trip to Maine, and one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the glorious weather is to take a day trip out to the Casco Bay Islands.
Calling all history buffs! Between the historic shipbuilding and fishing industries, there's plenty to take in if you know where to look.
When lunchtime in Belfast rolls around, you have more than a few tasty options in this quaint seaside town.
Hands down, we think you'll find Newport's best burger at Mission.
Take advantage of some prime off-road driving action during your next stay for a truly unforgettable experience.
After having a bit more of a good time than you had initially expected at one of the island's many bars, you may be on the hunt for late night eats in Oak Bluffs.
While Edgartown has its fair share of fine dining, here are our top picks for the family-friendly set.
A day spent touring the rich art, maritime, and witch trial history of Salem can certainly work up a thirst. Check out these three places that specialize in craft cocktails, from a classic waterfront seafood spot to Salem's newest arcade-themed bar.
Sitting high on the headlands, the coastal town of Mendocino sports some unusual landmarks that may have visitors scratching their heads over their original purpose.
All that island beaching and shopping is going to leave you famished and in need of lunch in Oak Bluffs. What is it they say about 6 meals a day helps you lose weight? Just go with it.
A visit to Newport calls for a special evening out and some fine dining. Delight in the best seafood and produce Newport farmers, fishermen, and chefs have to offer.
Stowe is a beloved year-round destination for people and pets alike, and we're thrilled to announce we've added several pet-friendly accommodations!
If you’re up in the wee hours, there are some excellent Nantucket coffee shops for enjoying the sunrise.
Only a 30-minute drive from Whitehall, Belfast easily rivals Bar Harbor, Kennebunkport, or Portland in its beauty.
Portsmouth's Strawberry Banke, an outdoor history museum of 42 historic buildings on 12 acres of land, represents four centuries of American life.
Several new restaurants have opened up in the Kennebunks recently, and we think these three are worth a visit.
The Stowe Wine & Food Classic is a three day affair in late August that caters to foodies and oenophiles alike while raising funds for local organizations.
Portland's East Bayside neighborhood is known for its craft beverage scene, including beer and distilled spirits.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Christmas Prelude, and Kennebunkport's signature holiday festival will be brimming with cheer.
Touring the Newport mansions is a must, with their meticulously maintained period furniture, lush landscaping, and grandiose architecture.
Readers rejoice! We're thrilled to partner with Scribd, a digital library and e-book service, to offer our guests 7 days of free access to 1 million+ titles.
Brimming with art galleries, Mendocino is a haven for artists and art lovers alike.
Long Grain, a Thai restaurant in Camden, takes your favorite dishes to new places, using seasonal and local ingredients.
Ever wondered what goes on behind the front desk at our Edgartown hotels? General Managers Marla and Julie talk about what drew them to hotel life.
There's so much to do this time of year in the Stowe area, so you'd better fuel up.
Lark is partnering with Beachmate, a new beach tote and toy system, at 76 Main, Summercamp, and Blue this summer.
Summer on Plum Island is all about the beach, but even the heartiest beachgoers may need a little "perk-me-up" after a long day spent seaside.
Though there are a plethora of sleek, high-end dinner options on the island, what you really need above all else is delicious food and attentive service.
What could be better than stumbling onto an outdoor, waterfront theatre or musical event while you’re on a lark? Not much in our opinion.
What better time to dive into a good read than summer in Maine, when the weather begs you to soak up some sun and stick your nose in a book.
Martha's Vineyard has so many nooks and crannies that beg to be explored, both by land and by sea.
A stop at Sweet Life Cafe should be on the menu during your next trip to Oak Bluffs.
New Englanders love their frozen treats, and no summertime visit to Martha's Vineyard would be complete without a sweet scoop (or two!).
Located on Narragansett Bay, Newport is home to numerous boat tours that will help you explore Newport Harbor and beyond.
After one bite of the Branzino at Firenze Trattoria, it's easy to understand why it has become one of the most sought after reservations in Salem.
Hike to Mount Battie's summit to understand why Camden's motto is "where the mountains meet the sea."
Pack a picnic and get ready for a Salem-style celebration of Independence Day at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
Sometimes after a taxing day at the wineries of Anderson Valley, you might find yourself craving a different sort of adult beverage.
Hop aboard one of Kennebunkport's many boat tours for a gently rocking and sometimes rolling view of our little corner of vacationland.
Everyone who visits Portland wants to know, where can I find the best lobster roll? Well, we're here to help.
Our hotel's signature hue may be obvious, but there's nothing blue about the smiling face that awaits guests behind the front desk.
Plum Island is a place to relax, recharge, and reconnect. Soak in the serenity with a few of our top Plum picks
Bambolina offers "Neo-Neapolitan" style pizza unlike anything else you'll find in Salem.
It’s totally ok to care about how your coffee tastes, and it doesn’t get much better than the offerings at Profile.
Billed as “the working man’s oyster bar (albeit a bit dressed up),” Portsmouth's Row 34 specializes in just that.
Take a two wheeled tour of Nantucket's wide range of riding roads and trails.
When you're dealing with a limited amount of vacation time on the island, it is imperative to pinpoint which of your target eateries are open for lunch.
Artists have sought out the peaceful pace and natural beauty of Martha's Vineyard as inspiration for years. Today, the island's community of artists has created a vibrant cultural scene that is worth appreciating during your stay.
The coast of Maine is best known for its lobsters and scenic beauty. What better way to enjoy both than on a statuesque windjammer?
Kris Williams, a long time lover of genealogy, history, and art, takes a step back in time during her recent visit to Captain Fairfield Inn.
When the weather warms up in Portland, you'll be hard pressed to find any Mainers indoors. The arrival of beautiful spring and summer weather, combined with Portland's incredible restaurant scene, can mean only one thing: it's patio season.
Though it is traditionally billed as “rustic,” there is a decidedly contemporary vibe in the dining room at Louie’s in Portsmouth.
Nestled into Portsmouth’s historic Custom House and Post Office you will find Book & Bar, a welcome oasis of both knowledge and sustenance. Loosely translated, this means that it’s a bookshop that sells food, coffee, and booze.
Whether your inclination is classic or modern when it comes to pastry, there is no denying the beauty and pure opulence in each of Salem's Caramel French Patisserie's creations.
No trip to the Green Mountain state is complete without sampling some of Vermont's famous and fabulous cheeses.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame, located in the heart of Newport, honors players and the storied sport of tennis.
Immerse yourself in the history of colonial Rhode Island with a visit to the White Horse Tavern, located just a short walk from The Attwater.
Our guests tell us that their number one priority when visiting Martha's Vineyard is relaxation. We think relaxing and reading go hand in hand, so you might want to stock up on some beach reads for your time on the island.
Downtown Camden comes alive in the springtime, as seasonal shops and restaurants reopen their doors and the flowers along the harbor begin to bloom. Stroll into town (or stay put!) and visit one of our favorite spots for a cocktail.
Kennebunkport is a destination for all seasons, but the locals know that spring is the unsung hero with a charm all its own. Here are some of our top picks for the “tweener” season.
Let's see if those April showers really do bring May flowers! What better way to celebrate spring than by attending Nantucket's Daffodil Festival?
Portland is becoming known for its coffee scene; several small roasters have opened up shop in the last few years and are dedicated to sourcing, roasting, and brewing the best cup of joe possible.
Craving a good juicy burger? Here are four of our favorite burger joints in Newport, plus a bonus option for vegetarians.
From deep tissue massages to seaweed wraps, the seacoast spa scene has you covered.
Did you know that the seacoast region is home to a number of quaint spots just a stone's throw from our hotel? Check out our top 3 must-do day trips.
The winding drive north to Mendocino practically begs for detours. Explore some of the off-beat attractions with a true NorCal vibe, like the Solar Living Center.
Salem is well known for its history with witches, but at the end of the day, there is one cultural destination in the city that you truly can’t miss — the Peabody Essex Museum. Guest Blogger Joe Ricchio of Maine's Down East and Dispatch magazines shares his insights on a day well spent.
Eric Hopkins, a talented native Maine artist represented on our walls, is staging his first solo show in Portland in more than 25 years.
Portsmouth's Restaurant Week is a great excuse to sneak off for an early spring getaway to the New Hampshire seacoast.
What better way to celebrate Sunday Funday than with a tasty brunch? We polled our co-workers here at Ale House Inn and our sister Portsmouth Lark, The Hotel Portsmouth, and here are your three best brunch bets.
Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to get outside and experience the seacoast's artsy side.
As a former private residence, tavern, office building, and book shop, The Merchant has taken on many personas since the first brick was laid centuries ago. And now as a boutique hotel, The Merchant is lucky to have an equally unique personality behind the front desk.
Whether you believe the groundhog shadow business or not, the thermometer and warm sun don't lie. Springtime in Newport is ripe for outdoor exploration, and one of our favorite things to do is pack a picnic before venturing out.
Calling all maple mavens! Just one week after the spring solstice, Maine's maple syrup producers invite you inside their sugar shacks as part of Maine Maple Day.
While last year's winter was never-ending, this one felt like a glancing blow. Rather than being buried under snow, we suddenly find ourselves on the cusp of spring, with the warm temperatures and budding flowers to prove it.
The coast of Mendocino is a prime spot for spring whale watching, and our region celebrates the migration with a series of festivals in March.
What's better than ice skating on an outdoor seasonal rink on a beautiful New England winter day? Nothing!
If you're looking for something romantic to do this weekend, an intimate concert should do just the trick. Singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy will perform at Portsmouth’s Music Hall Loft in late February.
It's no secret that Salem has a spooky side, but did you know it's also got a funny bone? In late March, three top Boston comedians will bring their best jokes to Salem.
Try something new or dine at a tried-and-true during Maine Restaurant Week.
It's always a promising sign when there's a thirty minute wait for a table at Doc Ponds on a Sunday night, even once the majority of weekend warriors have left town.
Calling all movie buffs! Muse, the acclaimed restaurant at the Vanderbilt Grace, is hosting a night of glitz and glam to mark the 88th Oscars.
Unless you're particularly thick-skinned, braving the great outdoors in mid-winter in Maine may not be your cup of tea. Fortunately, Portland is home to several noteworthy cultural institutions that are ripe for exploration in the colder months.
California has been in a persistent state of drought for more than four years, so you can imagine the joy experienced near and far when rain - and lots of it - recently started to fall from the sky.
Winter is the perfect time to take in a live show, and The Seacoast Repertory Theatre will be rolling out their newest play, Satchmo at the Waldorf, in late January.
Looking for a great winter weekend getaway? Get hooked on the 5th annual Polar Grill Festival at The Redhook Brewery on Saturday, January 23rd.
Salem may have a reputation for being spooky, but it's also pretty sweet. Especially in early February when the So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Festival comes to town.
Ports of Italy brings an authentic Italian dining experience to Kennebunkport.
Ever wondered what goes on behind Field Guide's front desk of reclaimed wood? General Managers Nik and Marie-Pier share some insight into what drew them to the hotel life.
Sharpen those skates! It's time to take a twirl around the festive rink at the Newport Skating Center. Stunning waterfront views and free skating on Monday and Wednesday evenings through February.
Held every January, the Stowe Winter Carnival celebrates the best our winter wonderland has to offer.
Looking for something fun to do on First Night? Ring it in right with us in Port City!
Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of Nantucket's heyday in the whaling industry.
Now is the perfect time to think about how you'll ring in 2016, and luckily, our little island has big plans in store for you.
Like many New England destinations, Newport has its own unique traditions when it comes to celebrating the holiday season.
Take a sweet stroll through Kennebunkport on the Cookie Crawl from December 7-10 and sample award winning treats from Captain Fairfield Inn.
Light up the season at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens! The beloved Festival of Lights returns on Friday after Thanksgiving and continues every weekend until Christmas.
While we may be known for our chocolate chip cookies, we're no one hit wonders when it comes to baking.
Out here on the left coast, we do our signature small plates breakfast a little differently than some of our East Coast counterparts.
We're big time cookie aficionados here in Kennebunkport, but sometimes we like to shake things up with a walk on the crunchy side.
How much do we love toast for breakfast? Let us count the ways.
What better way to fuel up for a fall day spent exploring our diminutive island than with a sweet breakfast treat in 76 Main's café?
The only thing better than the sweet smell of something baking in the oven wafting through the halls of The Hotel Portsmouth? When that smell is our Pumpkin Spice Bread.
When we're sitting in our kitchen thinking of new and interesting ideas to incorporate into our breakfast menus or afternoon treats, we wonder what people did before the internet.
What is it that makes pudding so popular? We'll let you know as soon as we get to the bottom of our creamy caramel pudding.
Part of the allure of staying at a Lark Hotel is knowing that sweet treats will be placed in the lounge every afternoon for all to enjoy. Here at Field Guide, we're really digging these cinnamon rolls with a twist.
Any time is a good time for a stroll over to the Portland Museum of Art, but we're especially excited about the new biennial exhibit celebrating Maine's contemporary art scene.
Join Chef Sam Talbot and the crew at Whitehall and Pig + Poet for a killer bash to celebrate the end of the season and Halloween.
The Stowe dining experience is as varied as the outdoor pursuits that call people to this charming mountain town. Try something new or a tried-and-true during October's Restaurant Week.
Portsmouth's downtown district is the perfect place to host a multi-venue film festival, especially during the peak of our gorgeous fall foliage season.
Join us November 6-15 to honor the magnificent mushroom, Mendocino County’s favorite fungi.
Experience art after dark by exploring Newport's art galleries, studios, and museums as part of Newport Gallery Night.
Guests looking to inject a dose of culture and entertainment into their Nantucket getaway need look no further than Dreamland, a big theater on a small island.
It's a prix fixe paradise during Newport + Bristol County's fall Restaurant Week.
Nantucket's ties to the majestic whale go back much further than any insignia on a polo shirt. The Whaling Museum of Nantucket celebrates the storied industry that put this diminutive New England island on the global map.
There's no reason to mourn the end of summer when it's followed by a glorious Southern Maine fall, complete with foliage, festivals, and fun.
Maine loves a good fall festival. So much so, that’s it’s really hard to pick and choose which ones to check out. Here are a few of our suggestions - from the prominent to the obscure and unique.
F is for fall festivals in Portsmouth! September and October are loaded with events that showcase the best of New Hampshire.
With the changing of the seasons comes the changing of the wines we serve at our rotating afternoon wine hour at Blue Door Group - Inns of Mendocino.
Calling all leaf peepers! Rhode Island might be small, but the leaves and scenic vistas are plentiful.
Observe and participate in the ritual changing of the seasons just outside of Newport proper.
While we hate to say goodbye to summer as much as anyone, we have to admit that we look forward to the start of fall. There's so much to love about the season in Port City, including one of our favorite holidays, Halloween.
If you love a good story as much as we do, join us at the Camden International Film Festival from September 17-20.
We love summer in southern Maine, but there are myriad reasons to visit Kennebunkport in the fall - smaller crowds, crisp temperatures, and piles of colorful leaves. Not coincidentally, one of our favorite holidays falls smack in the middle of the season, Halloween. Read on for our top picks for a spooky stay.
Planning a visit during the week of September 28-October 4? Don't forget to pack your eating pants - it's Nantucket Restaurant Week.
Running a hotel can be a challenge, but what about managing three at once?
Hotel management is a unique job, fast paced and filled with challenges they don't teach you about in school. But there are also myriad rewards, especially on the beautiful island of Nantucket.
Sometimes, the best plans in life are the ones that were never made. Such is the case for the general manager of the Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport.
Ever wondered what goes on behind the red lacquered check-in desk and the golden G?
A hotel is a bustling epicenter of activity with travelers coming and going, but managers at the Ale House Inn are a steady presence at the front desk and behind it.
Many of us are well-versed in being a hotel guest, but have you ever wondered what it's like to run the show behind the scenes?
Lark is a small, family-owned business, and we really enjoy working with our nearest and dearest. Fortunately, we've managed to attract a number of employees who feel the same.
Ever wondered what goes on behind the crisp navy and white decor at 76 Main? One of our general managers talks about what drew him to hotel life.
A lot goes into making every stay a special one at our hotel in Camden, Maine, and behind every guest interaction is one of our talented general managers.
At Lark Hotels, we pride ourselves on finding the right general managers to match each unique property, and the Pomegranate Inn is no exception.
The glorious Portland, Maine summers may be all too short-lived, but there are an incredible number of outdoor dining options in our food-friendly seaside town.
What better to way to celebrate summer than with dinner and drinks en plein air?
Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a great place for dining outside in the summer, and it’s particularly all about “The Decks.”
Summertime in Newport is too beautiful (and often too fleeting) to spend inside, so when the mercury rises, we like to spend every minute possible outside.
Summer on Nantucket is all about outdoor living, and there's no better way to follow up a day on the beach than with dinner and drinks under the stars.
Our bustling (and sometimes bursting) village is full of opportunities to drink and dine al fresco, explore some of our favorite picks after relaxing in our courtyard with a glass of wine.
In just 10 minutes from our front steps at the Ale House Inn, you can walk to Maine. Better yet, you can walk to an ISLAND in Maine by way of a bridge over the Piscataqua River
Mendocino has a rich culture of arts, food, and wine, and we're not afraid to celebrate it!
Lark locales are full throttle in the summer, and we think there's no better way to celebrate the balmy weather than by wining and dining al fresco.
After the harsh winter and chilly spring, we immediately took to the great outdoors once the mercury confirmed that summer was indeed upon us.
The solstice has come and gone, we've celebrated America's birthday, and it's official - summer is in full swing!
We took a Lark-wide poll, and it turns out that our general managers' ideas of the best breezy cocktail are as varied as our locations.
Here at the Blue Door Group, we wholeheartedly endorse the philosophy that "more is more."
Ever dreamed of holding court behind a bar? Here's your chance.
Summertime in coastal Kennebunkport calls for a breezy beverage while lounging in our outdoor courtyard.
For a small island, Nantucket is home to an acclaimed brewery, vineyard, and distillery – all in one place!
Nothing says summertime in Maine like a crisp cocktail, best enjoyed at sunset under the twinkling lights in our courtyard lounge.
A summer gathering calls for a custom cocktail like the Golden Gimlet created by Gilded, a boutique hotel in Newport, RI.
In a state like New Hampshire with so many notable breweries, which one do you choose?
Summer nights call for a refreshing cocktail or brew, and Portland is home to many choice watering holes just beyond the steps of the Pomegranate Inn.
Nothing says summertime on Nantucket like a breezy cocktail, best enjoyed in our courtyard oasis of flora and flagstone.
When we hit the road for vacation, it’s such a treat to tuck into breakfast made by someone else.
Whether your compass is pointed in the direction of Portsmouth, Portland, or Nantucket, you can always travel in style.
If you're ready to shake off the winter and embrace spring with a Newport getaway, we have a few recommendations for you.
We think one of the best ways to explore this area on your next stay at the Captain Fairfield Inn is by boat, and we've got all the seaworthy details for you.
No summer time trip to Portland, Maine would be complete without a visit to Hadlock Field for a Sea Dogs game.
With a local slogan of "where the mountains meet the sea," it's no surprise that Camden is a biking, hiking, and kayaking/canoeing paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
With fresh, salty air from shore to shore, this diminutive island can easily be explored by foot, bike, or 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The Nantucket over-sand driving permit is almost as ubiquitous as the famous Nantucket red pants sold at Murray's Toggery.
Residents of Portsmouth balance out the long New Hampshire winters by living an active life outdoors when summer finally comes around.
Enjoy sailing, polo, and tennis when you visit Newport this summer.
While Lark destinations are as diverse as the hotels themselves, there is one constant - the sound of music.
While the area offers plenty of opportunities for adrenaline junkies, Mendocino also has a quieter side that's best explored at a slower speed.
Nantucket is an iconic New England destination that beckons visitors year round to get their fill of sun, sea, and small town charm.
For a small town, Kennebunkport is home to several restaurants that highlight local Maine talent on a weekly basis.
With miles of bike paths, cliffside trails, and secluded beaches at your disposal, Mendocino is the ideal destination for an active traveler.
Long known as the place where the mountains meet the sea, Camden is also the place to experience a vibrant cultural scene in midcoast Maine.
Summertime in Newport is both a sight and sound to behold.
Great music is best enjoyed on a full stomach, and Newport has more than its fair share of venues where music and munchies go hand in hand.
While the island of Nantucket may be small, it plays host to a vibrant music scene filled with eclectic venues.
While Portland's reputation as a culinary capital has been well documented, the city is also a haven for music aficionados.
One of the many perks of heading out on a lark is handing over the breakfast duties to someone else.
Although the Captain Fairfield Inn is proud to call Maine home, its breakfast menu pulls some of its inspiration from below the Mason-Dixon line.
No one leaves the state of Maine hungry on our watch.
Our mothers always told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and now as adults, we must admit we agree (we're mentally preparing for the "I told you so" coming our way).
At the Pomegranate, breakfast isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience.
You know how people are always talking about how easy it is to find a good bagel? Oh right, no one's actually ever said that outside of New York.
When we hit the road for vacation, it's such a treat to tuck into breakfast made by someone else.
Our stomachs have confirmed what doctors have long suggested - that eating breakfast is good for your health and vacation state-of-mind.
Our innkeepers have a long running debate when it comes to planning the breakfast menu at our Newport RI hotel - do guests lean more towards the sweet or the savory side?
The idea of planning a spring getaway to Newport has us tickled gold!
That Nantucket is on nearly every “best of” summer list comes as no surprise, but did you know that this diminutive island is an equally compelling destination in the spring?
Surviving a tough winter is equal parts mental and physical.
Sometimes the only way to get through the winter is to start dreaming of the warmer temperatures and greener ground that come with spring.
It’s never too soon to start planning a spring getaway to Maine!
One of the best parts about opening a new boutique hotel is getting to know the diverse collection of neighboring businesses.
Lark is thrilled to introduce Newport’s newest boutique hotel, Gilded, opening in May.
Ask a New Englander what he or she likes best about living in the area, and they will undoubtedly extoll the virtues of having four distinct seasons, a rarity in most corners of the country.
Venturing up the rocky coast of Maine from our properties in Kennebunkport and Portland, we discovered a gem of a hotel in picturesque Camden that has served as a seasonal retreat since the early 1900s.
What is it about the mouthwatering combination of sweet and salty?
While Nantucket swells to max capacity in the heat of the summer, locals know that the spring on the island bristles with the energy of renewal and offers the benefit of extra elbow room.
We like to be true to our Portsmouth boutique hotel's unique name!
One of the natural gems of Nantucket is the Coskata-Coatue wildlife refuge.
With many parts of the country firmly in the grip of winter, the aroma of freshly baked cookies is just the thing to warm up your house and spirits.
In any season, Wine Wise Events is a must when you visit our Portland Maine inn!
Our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast has come to the rescue — just in time for fabulous holiday parties and family get-togethers — with this unique holiday cookie recipe: Fried Sage Chocolate Shortbread.
Did you know that beer the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage?
The leaves have changed, the air is crisp, and it’s actually starting to feel good to wear sweatshirts and cozy socks at night.
In terms of famous coastlines in Southern Maine, the Kennebunks boast some of the best (and still public) sandy beaches for miles.
Despite our Nantucket hotel's idyllic setting as a popular New England getaway destination, the island's fame also includes a treacherous side: in recorded history, its shifting shoals have caused more than 700 shipwrecks!
To appreciate just how seamlessly the maritime history of Nantucket is woven throughout island living today, spend a little time dialing into the history of two of Nantucket's most iconic items: Nantucket Reds and Lightship Baskets.
It’s August. You’ve been at the beach all day. Your hair is doing that great (or not-so-great) wild beachy thing, your arms are tan, you’ve got sand between your toes, and you sometimes have to ask other adults what day of the week it is.
21 Broad -- our fabulously gorgeous new Nantucket property -- is now open!
Whether you need to burn off your summer indulgences or simply fully relax, The Attwater has got you covered.
Though it may be hard to believe, one of the country’s finest sports museums is just a few blocks away from our boutique Newport Hotel.
Daydreaming about a visit to our Nantucket hotel is sure to evoke images of glittering sun-kissed seascapes, dappled cobblestone streets and perhaps even the lingering scent of sunscreen on the air.
There’s a great Nantucket “must do” that should be top of mind when planning your trip to our stylish new Nantucket hotel.
We're big on quotes here at our Nantucket hotel. Supposedly, Benjamin Franklin once said, “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
It's summer and we know you're tempted to extend your weekend stay (or play hooky and sneak away midweek) for a few days. Of course, we encourage those kinds of "larks" here at our Newport hotel!
Ahoy there world travelers, arts & culture aficionados, movie mavens, stargazers and anyone who loves designer boutique hotels and summertime in New England:
Now that Captain Fairfield Inn’s unbelievably luxurious Lark Suite is complete, we find ourselves pondering the nature of a truly exceptional getaway.
On the rise all over New England, craft distilling is taking us back to our Yankee roots and combining a farm-to-table ethos with the longstanding art and science of producing fine spirits.
Not far from our Portland, Maine inn there’s a growing hyper-local trend you might not yet know about: the micro-distillery movement.
Here’s a great excuse to sneak off for an early spring getaway at our Newport hotel: April 2 - 14 is restaurant week in our seaside Rhode Island town.
Offering decadent baths, king beds and stunning new designs (from Rachel Reider Interiors), our new Lark Suites at The Attwater and Captain Fairfield Inn offer pampering at its best.
Our Portland Maine inn is known for vibrantly painted guest room walls, a fabulous New England art collection, and. . . seriously awesome gourmet breakfasts.
We are extremely honored to once again be nominated for the Travel + Leisure World's Best Award for 2014.
A big congratulations to Norma Klein of Tampa Florida, the winner of our New England hotel group's Sweepstakes promotion with Lark Fine Foods cookies.
We know that the post-holiday, resolution-filled month of January may not be the best month to be sharing this, but we've had so many rave reviews of the homemade oreos we (sometimes) offer at our boutique Newport Hotel that we thought we'd spread the love.
Lark Hotels are located in iconic New England villages and cities, and there is a great reason for that.
Have we mentioned that our Portland Maine Inn is lucky to be located in such a foodie city?
Looking for unique gifts this holiday season? The Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour this weekend (Nov 22-24) won't disappoint.
Captain Fairfield Inn guests come from all over the globe, so it surprised resident managers Jed and Alana to encounter guests who live very close to our Kennebunkport boutique inn.
We're excited to add Ale House Inn in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to our collection of boutique properties located in iconic, New England destinations.
One thing we’re sure about is that there are always things to do in Kennebunkport.
Fall is the perfect time for a slow, meandering drive -- whether it is to peep at the leaves, or simply enjoy the golden Autumn light over the ocean.
After breakfast here at our Portland Maine inn, stroll over to see the paintings, drawings, and sculptures of the ‘William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism’ exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art.
Is it the second half of August already?
We're in for a phenomenal stretch of summer weather here in Southern Maine. Time to hit the beach!
Strolling around Dock Square after lunch? Looking for a place with a view where you can sit and relax? Feeling peckish in the afternoon or hankering for a cocktail?
It's almost August and the island and our Nantucket hotel are hopping.
When the temps creep up, nothing beats a creamy mound of deliciousness -- tasting great and melting down your arm.
If there’s one item that’s high on the list of things people hope to do with their limited leisure time, it’s catch up on their reading.
A stay in early June can easily be enriched by the Kennebunkport Festival, which offers something for every taste.
As temps creep up and up, decks and outdoor lounges at all our New England hotels are getting spruced up for the season.
Whether you have been visiting the Kennebunks for years or you are planning your first ever trip to our Maine boutique inn, the resident managers of Captain Fairfield Inn are happy to help create the perfect stay for you.
Lark Hotels is lucky to have a Certified Sommelier as one of the resident managers.
The accolades keep rolling in!
Starting with the fabulous Nantucket Daffodil Festival this weekend and continuing with the Nantucket Wine Festival in May, the season of festivals is kicking into high gear on the island.
We are thrilled that The Attwater, our boutique Newport RI hotel, made the 2013 Conde Nast Traveler Hot List.
It’s been a beautiful spring so far in Kennebunkport, and our guests here at Captain Fairfield Inn are making the most of it.
One of the reasons Captain Fairfield Inn is open year-round is there is something to love about the southern coast of Maine during any season.
Newport Restaurant Week returns in a few days!
River Tree Arts, one of our favorite local fixtures, is less than five minutes from our Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast.
Have we mentioned that our newly added hotel, Pomegranate Inn in Portland, Maine is a great destination for art lovers?
There may not be lots of snow where you are but we’ve had our fair share this winter.
We’re thrilled to announce an exciting extension of our partnership with the lifestyle clothier (and official Lark Hotels outfitter), vineyard vines.
Main Street, Nantucket. The toniest address on the island. And, with owners, Bruce A. Percely and Elisabeth Schadae, we’re renovating and opening the only hotel in this iconic, heart-of-town location.
There are many reasons to enjoy our Nantucket boutique hotel and it's unbeatable island charm in June and early July.
While summer's endless golden skies and white-sail-blue waters seem a world away, locals savor a cozier, intimate Newport at this time of year.
Summer gave way to Fall and the rows of sweet corn at our beloved local farms magically transformed into piles of pumpkins.
As the temps drop, the cocktails in New England take on a distinct whiff of whiskey and dark rum.
It’s September, and Newport’s a completely different kind of beach town.
Savor September at the annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival.
Have you visited the Designer Show House at the Kenneth Roberts Estate in Kennebunkport yet?
Top ATP World Tour tennis pros are here in Newport this week (direct from Wimbledon, no less!) to compete for the Van Allen Cup in the only pro tennis tournament played on grass courts in North America.
Our Newport, Rhode Island hotel is about to get another new feature - a new lighted sign.
A vacation mentality. Coastal locations. Style. Fun. Focus on the good life...
Our Newport hotel, The Attwater opened this past weekend to a full house and lots of great guests.
Ever seen a tall ship? It's towering masts dwarfing the historic buildings lining a harbor?
As the clock ticks down to our grand re-opening on June 1, our guestrooms and common spaces are taking shape!
We are very excited about the gorgeous new paint job on our Newport Hotel's exterior.
We were honored that Lark Hotels Founder & CEO, Rob Blood, was interviewed about our properties.
We have been pleasantly surprised. Two of our favorite spots to come out of our Newport hotel renovation are the window conversation areas on the second and third floors of The Attwater.
You may have noticed new photos on our website! We've reached a milestone in our Newport Hotel's renovation by completing a model room that shows our new design.
We just finished our model room at our Newport hotel, The Attwater, and we couldn't be more pleased.
Our Newport hotel, The Attwater, is undergoing a complete facelift and it is exciting to see the changes every day. New paint and refurbished floors are just the tip of the iceberg.
Our Newport hotel is undergoing a complete facelift and it is exciting to see the changes every day. New paint and refurbished floors are just the tip of the iceberg.
We're excited here at The Attwater that our fully renovated Newport accommodations will be up and running well in time for the final stop in the inaugural America’s Cup World Series.
We're pleased to announce the grand opening of the newest Lark Hotel -- The Attwater in Newport, Rhode Island.
Perhaps the sneakiest of holidays, Valentine's Day has crept up on us once again and is now less than 2 weeks away!
We are very excited to be opening the doors of our third Mendocino bed and breakfast - officially - after months of renovations.
The Kennebunkport Festival, which takes place during the first week in June, is a wine festival, a food festival and an art festival, all in the destination where you can sink your toes into the meaning of the term “summer vacation.”
Often I find myself living in a world where things exist purely for their function - or they're just there as I whiz by on my way to get another thing on my to-do list done.
When I am looking around online at various Kennebunkport attractions, they are often described as being in or near Dock Square. But if I wasn't familiar with Kennebunkport, I would have no idea what this means.
There's more to Kennebunkport, Maine than just lobster and lighthouses!
In the last post, we brought you the dish on new Kennebunkport Restaurants opening for the 2011 season. But we are equally excited about returning to our favorite spots to ooh and ahh over their new menu items.
If you are a regular visitor, you know that Kennebunkport is a standout among small towns for its number of dining establishments and the quality of the experiences they offer.
We were fortunate enough to host a writer from Maine Magazine recently as she researched all of the great places to shop, stay and dine in the Kennebunks.
Leigh and I recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at my college alma mater, Bates, where we enjoyed a classic Division III football game on a perfect fall day.
It seems strange to say this coming off a weekend that boasted 80 degree temps, but Fall is officially here.