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Best Nests

Remote Possibilities
Eagle Lake Sporting Camps

There are some lodges and sporting camps that are so far off the beaten track that they are excellent for longer stays and outdoor adventures.
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Best Nests:
Birder-friendly Accommodations



Best Nests are hotels, motels, inns, B&Bs, resorts, and sporting camps of all styles and price ranges that merit recommendation because they:
  • Are located close to sites on the Maine Birding Trail.

  • Offer excellent service and accommodations.

  • Support nature-based tourism and the Maine Birding Trail.

  • Understand the unique needs of birders and provide direction and assistance.


Tips for being birder-friendly:

Become a Maine Environmental Leader through the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Post the Green Lodging Certification prominently on the door and in the lobby.

Birders in springtime are out early. Early breakfast options (or at least coffee) score big points. Box lunch options are also very popular.

Many of the birds that summer in Maine, winter in the tropics. Shade grown coffee is something birders notice and appreciate.

Most birders will have their own binoculars and guidebooks, but it doesn't hurt to have additional guides in the library or binoculars in the lobby. Be aware of good local places to go birding, especially parks, land trusts, wildlife sanctuaries, or even back roads and trails.

Be aware of which birds are of particular interest to visiting birders.

Get involved with local land trusts or other conservation groups.

Hang bird feeders in prominent locations. Landscape with native plants, especially those that attract birds.

Keep the cat indoors.

The Maine Beaches
Captain Lord Mansion
Atlantic Birches Inn

Portland & Casco Bay
Courtyard Marriott
The Pride Motel and Cottages
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Inn By The Sea
White Cedar Inn B&B
Fairfield Inn and Suites

Midcoast
Bath Hampton Inn
Kennebec Inn
Sebasco Harbor Resort
Rock Gardens Inn
Harbour Towne Inn
Flagship Inn
Hampton Inn & Suites
Birchwood Sustainable Lodging
Mount Battie Motel
Bay Leaf Cottages

Downeast & Acadia
Inn On The Harbor
Twilite Motel
Ann's Point Inn
Bass Harbor Cottages
9 Perio Point
Machias Motor Inn
Eastland Motel
Lubec Bay Cottage


Maine Lakes & Mountains
The Waterford Inne

Kennebec Valley
Maple Hill Farm
Hampton Inn
Fairfield Inn and Suites

Attean Lake Lodge

The Maine Highlands
Courtyard Marriott
Brewster Inn
Evergreen Lodge
Moosehead Hills Cabins
Spencer Pond Camps
The Big Moose Inn
Historic Pittston Farm


Aroostook County
First Settler's Lodge
Northern Door Inn
Historic Eagle Lake Sporting Camps