Stately, Historical Hotel on the Shore of Phillips Lake
After the Revolutionary War, the federal government parceled out the tree-speckled land surrounding Phillips Lake to soldier John Phillips as compensation for his service. Because of its ideal location along a 30-mile stretch of road between Bangor and Ellsworth, the clapboard estate known simply as the Lake House became a halfway house—the only place for food, drink, and lodging for weary travelers headed in either direction. Today, the inn holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and still appears much as it did when the first wayfarers checked in nearly 200 years ago.
Husband-and-wife innkeepers Steve and Rhonda Jones welcome guests to The Lucerne Inn, where antique furnishings and panoramic country views recall the mansion's idyllic roots. In the Georgian-style estate's junior suite, a roaring gas fireplace warms a queen-size poster bed, and quaint seating areas look out onto a canopy of colorful trees. Natural light pours in from paneled windows in the executive suite, illuminating colonial wood furnishings and a plush king-size bed as a jetted tub fizzes in the background. The romantic ambiance and whimsical charm of the bed-and-breakfast accommodations inspire guests to raise their glasses while enjoying a bottle of wine.
Perched atop a sloping hillside that overlooks Phillips Lake and a forested mountain range, the sprawling colonial mansion at The Lucerne Inn rivals its breathtaking surroundings. Expansive windows in the upscale restaurant frame sunsets over the lake as buttery Maine lobsters are delivered to white tablecloths.
Dedham: Rustic Countryside Near Cultural Attractions
Stationed 13 miles north of the hotel, the Bangor Museum and Center for History houses more than 10,000 prints documenting the history of the city since the 1840s. An assortment of historical clothing including suits, handbags, and shoes illustrate New England life throughout the 20th century, and donations from the Grand Army of the Republic showcase war artifacts such as an apothecary chest, soldiers' handwritten letters, and battle swords.
Since 1896, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra has hosted rousing performances of traditional ballets, classical concertos, and popular ringtones. The oldest continually operating community orchestra in the country, located 15 minutes north of The Lucerne Inn, infuses its performances with educational elements, fulfilling its mission to inspire young musicians.