Welcome to our historic Inn (circa 1882), designed by well-known architect John Calvin Stevens. The exterior is clad with a variety of cut shingles, as was his trademark. There is terracotta shag adorning the entrance, eaves and exterior. The multi-gabled roof adds scale and prominence to this Queen Ann Victorian Inn. Looking skyward, you will see the 4 -story high chimney with leaded stained glass. The eye shaped windows peeking out are for exterior adornment only. On the inside, they are tucked in the eaves or closets. Carved wood detail is everywhere, all overlooking the water of the Presumpscot River.
Walk up the front steps and enter into THE ELMS INN through the gold leaf wallpapered vestibule, then into our lobby. You’re immediately struck by the pickled oak walls, paneled ceiling with ship styled beams, tiled fireplace adorned with irises, and grand stairway. Some have said that this stairway is as attractive as the brides walking down it on their wedding day. This is a great room to relax in during your Southern Maine vacation.
Go through the pocket doors and into the billiards room, with another stunning fireplace. The tin ceiling creates a historic classic feel. However, the centerpiece is the regulation sized Brunswick pool table for our guest’s enjoyment. A great room for hooking up to the WIFI, playing chess, cards, cribbage, putting together a puzzle, listening to music, and mixing with the other guests.
Fresh air, sunset, water views and sounds, along with refreshments are enjoyed on the wrap around screened-in veranda. Those that know Maine travel will appreciate the escape from the black flies and mosquitoes while soaking in the hot tub.
We promote casual elegance as the feel for our Inn. However, when in our dining room, you will think you’re in a luxury Inn with the cherry paneled wainscoting walls, huge chandelier, a table that sets 18 comfortably, inlaid hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, and fireplace.
Whether you’re looking for Greater Portland Maine lodging, or a Southern Maine vacation (given our location just 1.5 miles from Interstate 95), a romantic Maine getaway, or business trip with flair, not only will you get a nice room at The Elms Inn, but plenty of common space to enjoy with your stay. We would love to book your family reunion, your family wedding, or a weekend of cooking in our commercial kitchen for you foodies. History and architectural buffs, you’d be remiss if you book elsewhere.