Historic Rockland Maine Inn
You can be forgiven for assuming that the name Berry Manor Inn refers to the succulent berries that find their way into the pies that are offered at this inn. As a matter of fact, the inn is named for the family who originally built the inn and lived in it as a family home for the majority of its existence. Cheryl Michaelsen and Mike Leposta have been here nearly 15 years and they did the conversion from a single family home into an inn.
All of the rooms have a private bath and unlike many other inn conversions, the downstairs space was not altered to include a bed chamber but rather left as two front parlors. Cheryl was proud to tell us that the inn is certified by the State of Maine as an Environmental Leader in the Hospitality Industry for their green practices and they are committed to using all means that they can find to minimize the impact on the environment.
The house itself has amazing bones. The staircase is grand and this really is a Victoria beauty. While your eyes may see the Victoria charm, you will greatly appreciate all the 21st century amenities. All the rooms have cable TV as well as the option to watch DVDs. The Internet is strong and easy to access. Rooms have an iPod docking station as well. If you didn’t bring your laptop or tablet, not to worry, a guest computer is available in one of the downstairs parlors for your convenience. Plenty of free parking is offered behind the inn as well as in the front.
Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the breakfast room. Tables are individual but if you are traveling as a group, they can easily be put together to accommodate your group’s size. The breakfast room is home to Mike’s very interesting toy collection and you will no doubt hear one or more of them singing while you eat. Mike will also have on his hat of the day, on Monday it was a crab and it does make sense since most people are crabby on Monday.
Eight rooms are located in the main house and four rooms in the carriage house. We stayed in room number 2 which is at the front of the main house. It has a large, luxurious and very comfortable king sized bed. We were there on our anniversary and when we returned from dinner not only did we have the usual Hershey Kisses with our turndown service, we had rose petals strewn across our bed, how romantic is that?
The room is very spacious with a fireplace, desk, plenty of seating and two ottomans at the foot of the bed. The bathroom is also spacious and includes a soaking tub. The amenities included bath oil for the tub if you choose to indulge in a soak.
In the morning from 7 a.m., coffee and juice are available in the second landing room. It is right outside the door to room number 2 so it is easy to slip out, donning one of the bathrobes that are provided.
The breakfast menu is posted the day before on the breakfront in the hallway on the first floor. The first morning we had fresh melon, coffee cake and blueberry blintzes with sausage and the second morning it was peaches, strawberry coffee cake and egg casserole with herbs and Boursin cheese, potatoes and bacon. Both of them are excellent. A variety of juices is offered as well including grapefruit, orange and V8. Needless to say, you will never walk away hungry. Specific dietary needs can be met so just let them know in advance.
Cheryl is a font of knowledge about the area and she can answer just about any question you may have. Lori who is the assistant innkeeper is also delightful and more than willing to make reservations or answer any questions as well.
The Berry Manor Inn has a fantastic location. While it is in a historic residential neighborhood, it is within easy walking distance of all the excitement that is happening down on Main Street. If you want to stay here, be sure to make your reservations early, this is a very popular inn and once you have visited, you will understand why.
A guest pantry is available on the first floor so that you can have coffee or tea any time you desire. Usually there are also three pies to choose from. While we were there, the choices were blueberry, cherry and raspberry. The selection changes depending on the season. They are homebaked mostly by Cheryl and they are delicious. It is not unusual to walk in and see people with a plate of pie enjoying the front porch or one of the parlors.
For those of you who are Bobby Flay fans, you may remember he took on Cheryl’s mother and mother-in-law in a pie thrown down. Let’s just say, the ladies got the better of him.