Portsmouth Harbor Inn & Spa

6 Water Street , Kittery, ME 03904 USA (Show map)


Delicious breakfasts and tea in the afternoon; comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms, all with private baths, phones, Wi-fi, reading lamps, in-room TV/VCR or DVDs and cable, a full-service, luxury day spa in the attached barn, front porch overlooking the sunny garden and quiet sitting area within the shade garden. Within a short walk to Portsmouth, NH, or to Kittery downtowns, and a short drive to Kittery Outlet shopping, beaches, museums, parks, live performances and movies. About an hour from Boston. Perfect for romantic get-aways, bridal parties, honeymoons, anniversary celebrations, and reunions of good friends.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Birthday Relaxation

4.6 on November 16, 2017

Lynn was the consummate host, making sure the stay was perfect! And a great and pretty location to walking just iver the bridge to Portsmouth or to stay in Kittery and enjoy some fun and great eateries ( we are looking at you Black Birch

We love Portsmouth!

4.6 on March 15, 2015

The Portsmouth Harbor Inn and Spa is always our first choice if we are spending a few days in Portsmouth. Convenient, comfortable and accommodating - that is what this inn is! Ron and Laura

Great time, great host

4.4 on September 16, 2013

We were only able to stay one night, but would have stayed longer if we could. Our host called prior to our stay to assure that our accommodations were just right, down or synthetic pillows, other allergies, etc. What a nice thing to do! Our room was lovely, food was great and the location was perfect for us. Thanks and we hope to visit again.

An exceptional find not to be overlooked!

5 on May 28, 2013

Amazing facility! The Dido room was immaculate and the attached bath was clean and modern. The views of the private gardens (in springtime bloom) and the partial view of the harbor were wonderful. Quiet, clean and beautiful. Other rooms afford breathtaking views of the river and of Portsmouth, NH. Fantastic service! Due to a delayed flight, we arrived horribly late. The inn keepers were gracious and accommodating, we got settled in with no fuss or drama! During our 1 week stay, we never skipped fresh coffee in the morning or the elegant breakfasts prepared by the inn keepers. The food was nutritious and ever changing, we were always pleasantly surprised and never disappointed. The inn is easily accessible from the interstate and until the bridges are repaired in summer of 2013, a free shuttle (just a few minute’s walk from the Inn) will bring you into the heart of downtown Portsmouth. The Inn is only a few driving minutes from the Kittery Outlets, Old Town Kittery and the Interstate. Well worth the stay, if even for a night, and an exceptional value for the long term guest. H from Tustin

Nice -- VERY Nice.

4.6 on August 05, 2012

Terrific find! We just had a 2 night stay, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The innkeeper was fabulous, taking care of all needs. This is what you hope for when you stay at a B&B. Comfortable room with all the amenities, nice public areas, with complimentary Sherry and Port to sit in the parlour, or the porch outside. Fabulous breakfast. Only downside was that the bridge to Portsmouth (Rt. 1) is now not open (until 7/2013) to even foot traffic. However, there is a shuttle that is right across the street that leaves every hour on the hour, and is about 7-8 minutes. We highly recommend, and would stay again.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh ...

5 on June 26, 2012

... an absolutely delightful Bed & Breakfast! Lynn and Rick were cordial and accomodating. We spent several nights at the inn on a long-weekend getaway, and we couldn't have been more pleased. The home is charming and cozy, with a delightful porch and garden. Coffee in the rocking chairs and salt air is a lovely combination. And a comfy sit in the parlor in the evenings before bed was very refreshing. Our room was wonderfully appointed and very comfortable. Only the fresh, delicious coffee could drag me out of that bed! Breakfast was always very delightful and unique. Lynn has wonderful recipes and is quite the cook! The inn is a great launching point for places of interest up and down the coast.

Unusual mix of classy and homey

4.6 on June 01, 2012

My husband and I immediately felt at home here -- clean, crisp bedclothes, spotless bathroom, gourmet breakfasts and fragrant garden. It was as though we were transported back to the late 1800s, right down to the antiques and the view of the harbor. Other plusses were the walkable neighborhood, proximity to a good lobster restaurant and the complementary cookies in the afternoon and sherry and dark chocolate at night. Add a stimulating but relaxing massage by Katina and the long weekend here was a delightful way to participate in our daughter's graduation from UNH.

You can't go wrong

4.8 on December 30, 2011

This place is just wonderful! It exceeded all my expectations in every single way. I believe this is the perfect place for every occasion. I stayed here during a weekend getaway with my husband and it satisfied all of our needs: we got delicious gourmet meals, our room was quiet, the service was stellar, they recommendations were excellent and the spa services were perfect! The atmosphere and location are very convenient. We even had the opportunity to meet the owner, Lynn, who is lovely and made our stay very pleasant. I will definitely go back!

Darling, Darling, Darling Inn at a bordertown

4.0 on August 15, 2011

My daughter and I stayed at the Portsmouth Harbor Inn and Spa for 2 nights the last week in July 2011. Leslie is a delightful InnKeeper. She has perfected the breakfast meal. We preferred something simply and she was very happy to go out of her way to make a delightful, yet simply fresh and healthy breakfast. The rooms are very darling, the beds are very comfortable. It is very easy to walk around the small town where the Inn is located or walk across the bridge to the next state-Portsmouth, NH. Kittery,ME is beautiful during the summer.

by happy chance

5 on May 26, 2011

I intended to book a hotel room in Portsmouth for a quick getaway to celebrate my wife's birthday, but we couldn't have been more delighted that none were available. We literally "found" the Portsmouth Harbor Inn & Spa on very short notice. Lynn's attention to hospitality and detail is evident in every aspect of your stay, from complementary chocolates, sherry and port, to the comfortable and whimsical antiques in the rooms, to her well informed recommendations on teas and dinner out. My wife tells me her massage at the spa was soothing, and we can both attest to the delicious "family style" two course breakfast we shared with the Inn's other guests. The garden shows loving care and the neighborhood is quiet with a park, shops and satisfying restaurants all within easy walking distance.

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Rooms & Rates


Dido is possibly the most charming and quietest room in the house. Decorated with delicate vining and floral wallpaper in soft pastel tones, with four-poster beds, white hemstitched curtains, a hooked Claire Murray rug, and a writing desk and comfortable chair, Dido, on the second floor, looks Northwards, inland, and out over our shade garden. It may be set up either as two twin beds, or one king-size bed. There is an antique pedestal sink in the bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $115 - $145


Minx, peaceful and serene, decorated in ocean and seaglass colors, and having the largest bathroom in the house, features lovely views out over the river.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $110 - $185

Royal George

On the third floor, Royal George is furnished with antique dresser and armoire and an antique king-size bed and private sitting area, and features views out over the harbor and across the river to Portsmouth. The sitting area can accommodate a cot for a third adult.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $125 - $200


Romantic Red! This room is nestled in a cozy second-floor corner of the Inn and provides water views from both windows. The room is furnished with a queen size bed and antique decor in both the bed and bath rooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $185


Alice is located under the eaves and is hand-painted in green and white stripes, with a queen-size bed, wicker dresser, antique armoire, and a deep soaking tub/European hand held shower combination in the bath. Alice looks out over the river, then to Badger Island and Portsmouth.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $110 - $185

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Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.)

Directions to property:

Take I-95 North past Portsmouth, NH, and take Exit 2 toward ME-236N/South Berwick. The Kittery traffic circle is at the end of the exit ramp. Take the second exit off the traffic circle to US-1 South, leaving the gas station/convenience store to your right. Continue south approximately 1.5 miles. Just after the second (last) set of lights, Kittery's Memorial Park is on the left, while the Portsmouth Harbor Inn and Spa is on your right, before the Memorial Bridge. Look for the Inn’s sign and make a sharp right onto Water Street and into our parking area.

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Piano, Videos , Full service Day Spa, Poland Spring water, Free onsite parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 4 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Summer weekends only
  • Deposit Amount Required: The greater of one night's stay, or 50%
  • Cancellations: 14 days or fewer before check-in, guest forfeits deposit unless room is rented for cancelled stay, in which case deposit is refunded less $25.00. 15 days or more before check-in, deposit refunded less $25.00.
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Lynn Spann Bowditch

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  • Time Served: 8:30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian gluten-free, Vegan

Signature Dish

Real Maine Wild Blueberry Pancakes
The best pancakes ever! Fresh butter and eggs and real, tart-sweet, tiny wild Maine blueberries. Always served with real maple syrup.


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