The Lucerne Inn - Holden, ME

Two-Night Stay at The Lucerne Inn in Greater Bangor, ME

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Historical Inn 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 property’s clapboard estate became the only place in the area for food, drink, and lodging for weary travelers. Over the years, it evolved into The Lucerne Inn, a Georgian-style mansion on the National Register of Historic Places that offers the same hospitality—plus a few extra modern luxuries—as when the first guests checked in nearly 200 years ago. Today, Fodor’s calls The Lucerne Inn “one of the most famous and respected inns in New England.”

Husband-and-wife innkeepers Steve and Rhonda Jones welcome guests to their homey estate, furnished with antique period pieces. The junior suite is equipped with a roaring gas fireplace and a queen-size poster bed. The executive suite’s colonial wood furnishings contrast with a jetted tub. An included bottle of wine or prosecco completes the romantic ambiance, and a complimentary breakfast the next morning includes pastries, bagels, and fresh fruit.

Thanks to its location atop a sloping hillside that overlooks Phillips Lake and a forested mountain range, the inn boasts scenic views from many of its patios and gazebos. You’ll find some of the best vistas at the inn’s restaurant, where lace-trimmed windows frame sunsets over the lake. Complementing its wine and beer menu, the restaurant cooks New England fare, from buttery Maine lobsters to duck breast in mulled cider.

Greater Bangor, Maine: Historical Attractions amid Rustic Countryside

The quiet burg of Dedham sits just 13 miles south of Bangor, one of Maine’s most populous cities. Here, the Bangor Museum and Center for History houses more than 10,000 prints documenting the history of the city since the 1840s. Historical clothing, including suits, handbags, and shoes, illustrates 20th-century New England life. The museum also displays war artifacts such as an apothecary chest, soldiers' handwritten letters, and battle swords. To continue exploring the area’s history, head 20 miles south to the Fort Knox Historic Site, home of a 19th-century military fort designed to guard against British naval invasion.

Founded in 1896 and now the oldest continually operating community orchestra in the country, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra has hosted rousing performances of traditional ballets, classical concertos, and popular ringtones. The orchestra, located 15 minutes north of The Lucerne Inn, infuses its performances with educational elements to fulfill its mission to inspire young musicians.

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What You Get

Two-night stay for two with wine or prosecco. Up to two kids 11 or younger stay free.

  • Option 1: $159 for a junior suite (up to a $318 value)
  • Option 2: $189 for an executive or honeymoon suite (up to a $378 value)

Book by: 1/18/13
Travel by: 5/1/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Onsite restaurant
  • Nine-hole golf course
  • Antique furnishings
  • Complimentary continental breakfast

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 1/18/13 or promo value expires
  • Must complete travel by 5/1/13
  • Not valid 12/31/12 or 2/14/13-2/17/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • 48hr cancellation notice or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in and drink alcohol
  • Not valid toward existing or group bookings
  • 7% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • Gas fireplace
  • Standard-size tub with whirlpool jets
  • Antique and period furnishings
  • Two- or four-poster bed
  • Most have views of lake or forested hills

Junior Suites and Honeymoon Suites

  • One queen bed in the junior suite; one king bed in the honeymoon suite
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for one guest 12 or older; no charge for one kid 11 or younger on existing bedding

Executive Suites

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each guest 12 or older; no charge for kids 11 or younger on existing bedding

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $20 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: a limited number of pet-friendly rooms are available and may be requested at booking; incidental pet damages will be charged to the credit card used for reservation.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request at booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 17 miles from Bangor International Airport (BGR); about 145 miles from Portland International Jetport (PWM)
  • By car: about 140 miles northeast of Portland, Maine

Customer Reviews

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Carol K. ·
Reviewed May 19, 2013
They did everything they could to please us.


Carol K. ·
Reviewed May 19, 2013
They were wonderful and we will be back. Everyone and everything was excellent. The best.


Amanda S. ·
Reviewed March 30, 2013
The room was beautiful and spacious.
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