Alewives & Ales Bed & Breakfast

22 High Street P.O. Box 809, Damariscotta, ME 04543 USA (Show map)


Located in the charming village of Damariscotta, Alewives & Ales B&B is within walking distance of a variety of quaint shops, refreshing restaurants and the working water front. Our four acres provide a private, quiet atmosphere in which to read, reflect or nap. After a peaceful night's sleep in one of our three guestrooms, a hearty breakfast will energize you to experience your preferred type of exercise or enjoyment. We provide a convenient base for exploring the midcoast region of Maine and a welcoming home to which to return after a full day of pleasant activities.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.8


5 on August 16, 2011

Our weekend stay at Alewives and Ales Bed & Breakfast was so enjoyable and relaxing. Going back to a slower pace of living, with beautiful flower beds, a vegetable garden, and quiet surroundings. Our room was immpecable and pleasantly decorated. All the rooms have original wide plank floors beautifully refinished and furnished with excellent taste. The house was built in the 1840's and fully restored in keeping with most of the originallity of that period. It is within walking distance of the quaint village of Damariscotta where there are several restaurants and gift shops. There is plenty to do in the area that include boat tours, museums , art galleries, botanical gardens, and seasonal festivals. Breakfast was elegantly served and most delicious. Our innkeepers truly were special, in making us comfortable throughout our stay. We look forward to staying at Alewives and Ales again during our next visit to Maine.

Love it!

4.4 on July 18, 2011

Beautifully remodeled old home in the very cute old riverfront town of Damariscotta. Spent two nights during tour of coastail Maine. Ask if they have any sausage bread with breakfast (I guess they don't always have it). Owner Ray "the maintenance man" also let us try some of his tasty homebrew out in the garage with his pals. Very interesting place.

Wonderful Place to Stay!

5 on July 14, 2011

We travel to Maine often and love staying at Alewives & Ales Bed & Breakfast. The innkeepers are wonderful and breakfast is always delicious. Damariscotta has a very charming village center within walking distance from the B&B and there are tons of area attractions and annual events like the Alewife Festival and the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta. Visit Damariscotta and stay at Alewives & Ales - it is fantanstic!

A very nice place

4.4 on May 16, 2009

The innkeepers are very caring for the guests. The place is very quiet. Breakfasts are great! Very well situated to discover the Maine's coast.

What good luck!

4.4 on September 18, 2008

Some days, the sun shines on you. I had to find lodging for 3 adults over Labor Day weekend to attend a family wedding. The first B&B's I called were unavailable due to the weekend, or a minimum 2 night's stay. When I called Alewives & Ales, they were able to suit my needs. When we opened the front door to enter, we were greeted with a marvelously restored entry. The Innkeeper greeted us and showed us our room. All through the house, the floors have been refinished, still wide plank with square head nails. The funishings of our room were luxurius, the bed (king) was like a cloud. Breakfast wowed us still, with fresh scones, fruit, omelets and sausage bread. The Innkeeper was able to spend time with us giving us the story of the home over the period when they have owned it. I am so so pleased that a ramdon selection of an Inn turned out to be such a gem. I highly recommend this B&B. I wish the owners good luck in their business.

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Location Type



Portland, ME (PWM-Intl. Jet Port) 57 miles

Directions to property:

From the south Take I-95 north When you see the signs for Gloucester, MA, move to the right lane and take the exit toward Portsmouth, NH (95N). Continue for about 124 miles and take exit 44 to merge onto I-295 through Portland. After about 28 miles, take exit 28 for US-1 Bath/Brunswick. In Brunswick, be aware that there is a left turn to stay on US-1 north. After about 27 miles, exit onto US-1Business Route (ME Rtes 129/130). Bear to the right after the brick Congregational Church in Newcastle and cross the bridge into Damariscotta. Just before the set of lights, take a right onto the Bristol Road (Rtes 129/130). Continue for 1/3 of a mile and take a left onto High Street. We are #22.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Religious Services, River

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, DVD Player, Fireplace, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Desk, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: 2:00 to 7:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of total fee
  • Cancellations: If cancellation is more than 2 weeks before expected arrival date, deposit will be refunded. If cancellation is less than 14 days before arrival date, no refund will be given unless the room is re-booked.
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Ray and Mimi McConnell

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  • Time Served: 8:00 to 9:00
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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