Maine's The Asticou Inn Joins US Hotels Group

Maine-based luxury boutique hotel group US Hotels (which includes the noted Relais & Chateaux properties The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport and The Windham Hill Inn in Vermont) has added the Asticou Inn, located in the northeast region of the state on the doorstep of Acadia National Park, to its signature collection. Tthe company is working to apply its infrastructure, hospitality ethos and touches of style to the inn while preserving  the charm of the original property.

The Asticou Inn, designed by prominent 19th Century architect Fred L. Savage, is located on Mount Desert Island and occupies a seafront location facing one of the best-protected harbors on the Maine coastline. Most rooms feature views of either the harbor or the lush gardens. The Inn also houses a fine dining restaurant and lounge, clay tennis court and heated outdoor pool. The full service  features Executive Chef Jonathan Cartwright transformation's of the Inn's menu while keeping its culinary traditions intact. "Our plans include implementing an extended season for casual lunch service as well as the creation of new menus in the scenic cocktail lounge which affords the perfect setting for enjoying harbor sunsets," Cartwright said.

Guests can stroll through the Asticou Inn grounds and enjoy the scent of the herbs that are used in the kitchen and the flowers that adorn the hotel. A short walk leads to the

Azalea Gardens

, the

Japanese Garden

, and

Asticou Terraces

. Acadia National Park, adjacent to the Asticou property, is a destination for nature walks, hiking, and horse drawn carriage rides.

Northeast Harbor

has quaint boutiques and galleries, and

Bar Harbor

is just a short drive away as are countless other island attractions.

Located 45 minutes from Bangor, The Asticou Inn has been an area landmark since 1883 when the island became a seasonal retreat for wealthy vacationers, sailing enthusiasts, and summer residents from major urban centers. Now managed by US Hotels, The Asticou will offer the same sanctuary that guests have always enjoyed, along with the facilities and service refinements of a historic hotel.

Nicholas Squire

who was trained at the White Barn Inn and other hotels, will be the general manager.

Visit www.ushotelsgroup.com.

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