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Sterling Inn

Historic Charm Meets Modern Comfort

The Sterling Inn

The Sterling Inn in Caratunk, Maine, established in 1816 and renovated in 2017, offers a unique blend of historical charm and modern amenities. Celebrating over 200 years of hospitality, this cozy bed-and-breakfast style inn is ideal for those seeking a comfortable stay in a tobacco-free environment. It features 15 recently-renovated bedrooms, a large lounge with a wood stove, a newly-remodeled dining room, and a large wrap-around porch. Guests can enjoy air-conditioned rooms, complimentary breakfast, free wifi, and an electric vehicle charging station. The inn’s location in the Upper Kennebec Valley makes it a prime spot for various outdoor activities, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and snowmobiling. It’s also a popular choice for Appalachian Trail hikers looking for a restful stopover.

A Historic Getaway in Caratunk, Maine

Nestled in the picturesque town of Caratunk, The Sterling Inn stands as a charming testament to New England’s rich history and warm hospitality. Built in 1816, originally as a stagecoach stop, it was the first establishment in the area to serve as a bar, dance hall, and post office. Today, it has transformed into an idyllic lodging choice for travelers seeking a blend of history, comfort, and modern amenities.

Eco-Friendly & Health-Conscious

The Sterling Inn is committed to both the environment and the well-being of its guests. The Inn proudly offers a 30-amp, 220-volt electric vehicle charging station, accommodating the growing trend of eco-friendly travel. Guests are reminded to bring their own adapter for convenience. Adhering to a healthy living environment, the Inn is a tobacco-free establishment, with designated smoking areas to ensure the comfort of all guests.

Rooms & Amenities

Comfort Meets Convenience

The Inn boasts 15 recently-renovated bedrooms, each exuding a home-like feel, ensuring a comfortable stay for every guest. The large lounge with its wood stove and the newly-remodeled dining room offer perfect spots for relaxation and socializing. The expansive wrap-around porch and yard provide delightful spaces to enjoy the serene outdoors, regardless of the season.

Modern Comforts in a Historic Setting

Despite its historic charm, The Sterling Inn doesn’t shy away from modern amenities. Guests can enjoy air-conditioned rooms, complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free long-distance telephone services. The Inn also caters to practical needs with laundry services and offers a multi-night discount for extended stays.

Pet-Friendly Hospitality

Understanding that pets are part of the family, The Sterling Inn warmly welcomes furry friends, making it an ideal choice for pet owners.

Adventure and Convenience at Your Doorstep

Situated in a region known for its outdoor adventures, the Inn is a haven for enthusiasts of rafting, snowmobiling, fishing, and hiking. Conveniently located near the Appalachian Trail, the Inn offers pick-up and drop-off services for hikers, as well as shipping for bounce boxes and hiker resupply.

A Proud Member of the Maine Tourism Association

As a proud member of the Maine Tourism Association, The Sterling Inn is open year-round, offering a cozy bed-and-breakfast-style getaway or a unique meeting space for those seeking a tranquil retreat.

Experience the best of Maine lodging at The Sterling Inn, where history, comfort, and modern amenities blend seamlessly to create a memorable stay in the heart of New England.

Rooms at The Sterling Inn

Comfort & Charm in Every Stay

The Sterling Inn, nestled in the heart of Caratunk, Maine, welcomes its guests with a variety of room options, each designed to provide comfort and relaxation in a charming, historic setting. With all guest rooms located on the second floor, accessible via a cross-corridor that includes two grade changes with steps, the Inn offers a quaint and cozy atmosphere reminiscent of classic New England inns.

Diverse Room Selections for Every Preference

  1. Spaulding & Penobscot Rooms – These rooms feature luxurious queen-size beds, perfect for couples or solo travelers seeking a blend of comfort and elegance.
  2. Piscataquis, Somerset & Aroostook Rooms – Offering king-size beds, these rooms are ideal for those desiring more spacious accommodations. Their regal and comfortable beds ensure a restful night’s sleep.
  3. Kennebec, Dead River & Flagstaff Rooms – Fitted with double beds, these rooms are great for friends or smaller families. They offer a cozy and inviting atmosphere, making them a popular choice for those traveling in groups.
  4. Pierce Pond & Moxie Falls Rooms – Tailored for the solo adventurer or the business traveler, these single rooms with full-size beds provide a comfortable and intimate setting.

2022 Nightly Room Rates

  • Single Rooms: Starting at $73.39 + tax for one guest, with an additional cost for a second guest.
  • Double Rooms: Rates for 1-5 guests vary, with options to add a cot for a fifth guest.
  • Queen Rooms: A serene stay for two guests at $91.74 + tax.
  • King Rooms: Spacious and luxurious accommodations for two guests at $100.92 + tax.

Guests are encouraged to call directly at [207-672-3333] to obtain these rates, which offer a substantial discount over online travel agent prices.

Extended Stay Discount

  • Enjoy 20% off your entire stay when you book three or more consecutive nights.

Cancellation Policy

  • Flexible options with no penalty if canceled more than a month prior to arrival.
  • A nominal cancellation fee applies within the two weeks leading up to your scheduled arrival.

Accessibility & Comfort

The Sterling Inn, while exuding historical charm, does require guests to navigate steps to the second-floor rooms. This feature adds to the authentic experience of staying in a building with a rich past but may be a consideration for those with mobility concerns.

Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solitary retreat, The Sterling Inn’s diverse range of rooms caters to all types of travelers. Each room, with its unique character and cozy ambiance, promises a memorable stay in the picturesque surroundings of Caratunk, Maine.

Smoking & Pet Policy at The Sterling Inn

Ensuring Comfort for All Guests

The Sterling Inn, while providing a cozy and welcoming environment, adheres to specific policies regarding smoking and pets to ensure the comfort and well-being of all guests.

Smoking Policy: Respectful & Law-Compliant

  1. Strictly Non-Smoking Premises: The Inn is a tobacco-free establishment, aligning with Maine state law Title 22; §1542. This law prohibits smoking inside and within 25 feet of all public buildings.
  2. Designated Smoking Areas: For guests who wish to smoke, designated areas are available. In summer, the gazebo in the yard serves this purpose, and in winter, guests may use the area by the garage in the driveway.
  3. Proper Disposal: Guests are requested to deposit cigarette butts in the provided containers, not on the ground, to maintain the cleanliness and environmental integrity of the Inn.
  4. Compliance Requirement: Non-compliance with the smoking policy may result in the denial of lodging to ensure a comfortable and healthy environment for all guests.

Pet Policy: Welcoming Your Furry Friends

  1. Pet-Friendly Accommodations: The Sterling Inn welcomes well-behaved dogs and cats, subject to a nominal pet fee of $5 to cover additional housekeeping.
  2. Responsibility for Damages: Guests are financially responsible for any damage caused by their pets, including but not limited to extra cleaning, repairs, or destruction of property.
  3. Vaccination Requirement: For the safety of all guests and pets, your furry companions should be up-to-date on all vaccinations, including Bordetella (kennel cough).
  4. Supervision and Consideration: Pets should be supervised at all times. They should not be left unattended in guest rooms and should not disturb other guests. This policy ensures a harmonious coexistence of pets and people at the Inn.

The Sterling Inn’s smoking and pet policies are designed to maintain a comfortable, healthy, and enjoyable experience for all guests. By adhering to these guidelines, guests contribute to the serene and welcoming atmosphere that the Inn is known for. Whether you are a non-smoker, a smoker, or a pet owner, The Sterling Inn looks forward to providing you with a memorable and pleasant stay in Caratunk, Maine.

AT Hikers

An Ideal Haven at The Sterling Inn

The Sterling Inn stands out as a hiker-friendly haven, offering a range of services specifically tailored for Appalachian Trail (AT) hikers. Understanding the unique needs of hikers, the Inn provides:

  1. Complimentary Shuttle Service: Free transportation to and from the trailhead, ensuring ease of access for hikers. Just call from the trailhead for pickup.
  2. Refresh and Recharge: Offering free showers and laundry facilities for both guests and non-guests, allowing hikers to freshen up and prepare for the next leg of their journey.
  3. Stay Connected and Energized: Enjoy free coffee all day long and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. There’s also a long-distance phone available for keeping in touch with loved ones.
  4. Local Connections for More Comfort: Free shuttle service to and from the Kennebec River Pub (Northern Outdoors resort) and Caratunk Country Store for additional convenience and leisure.

Accommodation Options Tailored for Hikers

The Sterling Inn provides various accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets, including:

  1. Bunks and Private Rooms: Offering affordable bunks starting at $40 per person, with private and shared room options starting from $50, all rates include Maine lodging tax.
  2. Full Hiker Rates Package: All accommodation choices come with complimentary breakfast buffet, shower, and laundry services, ensuring a complete, comfortable stay.

Convenient In-House Store for Resupply

The Sterling Inn’s store is a treasure trove for hikers, described as the “Best-stocked hiker store in Maine.” It features a variety of items, including:

  • Essential groceries like tuna foil packs, peanut butter, trail mix, and instant meals.
  • Hiking necessities like fuel canisters, Sawyer squeeze filters, headlamps, and first-aid supplies.
  • Personal care items including toothbrushes, Chapstick, and anti-bacterial wipes.

Special Rates for Thru-Hikers & AT Passport Holders

Recognizing the unique needs of thru-hikers, the Inn offers special rates for AT Passport holders, inclusive of laundry, shower, and breakfast buffet:

  • Bunk Room (Katahdin) at $36.70 + tax
  • Various room types including economy singles, deluxe singles, doubles, queens, and kings at different price points.

Store and Shuttle Services: Meeting Every Need

  • Store: Email for the current price list. It offers meals, snacks, drinks, and much more, catering to the diverse needs of hikers.
  • Shuttle Service: Primarily a courtesy for overnight guests, with rates based on distance and availability for a range of locations including post offices, trailheads, and towns.

At The Sterling Inn, every detail is thoughtfully considered to provide AT hikers with a restful, convenient, and enjoyable stay. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting your Appalachian Trail adventure, the Inn is dedicated to making your experience memorable and comfortable.

Unwind in Timeless Charm at The Sterling Inn

Step into the historic elegance of The Sterling Inn, a cozy bed and breakfast established in 1816. Located in Caratunk, Maine, this inn, renovated in 2017, offers 15 inviting rooms, ensuring a comfortable stay for all guests.

Why Stay at The Sterling Inn?

  • Historic Ambiance: Experience the charm of a building that was Caratunk’s first bar, dance hall, and post office.
  • Modern Amenities: Enjoy air-conditioned rooms, complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and pet-friendly accommodations.
  • Outdoor Activities: The inn is ideally situated for rafting, snowmobiling, fishing, and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Planning Your Stay

  • Contact Info: For reservations, call (207) 672-3333 or email via their website.

Immerse yourself in the warmth and coziness of The Sterling Inn for a truly memorable Maine experience.

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