The INNside Scoop

Dedicated to the Discovery of Bed & Breakfast Getaways

Vol. 9, No. 1

January 2004


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Crown ‘n’ Anchor Inn
Where New England Hospitality Reigns

  Stretching across 3 acres of manicured grounds, the imposing 19th century gabled home exudes a welcoming aura. The moment one steps onto the colonnaded porch, the welcoming atmosphere becomes tangible and embracing.
   The Thacher-Goodale House was constructed by George Thacher, Jr., an attorney and son of the District of Maine’s first congressman, circa 1827. It provides a superb example of two architectural styles (Greek Revival and Federal) coming together to create one house. Purchased by Stephen Goodale in 1841, the home remained in the Goodale family until 1925.


“At Crown ’n’ Anchor Inn, gracious hospitality crowns memorable experiences anchored with exceptional service.”


   Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the State of Maine, this architectural gem has operated as Crown ‘n’ Anchor Inn since 1987. A pioneer in America’s Bed and Breakfast industry, resident innkeeper John Barclay exemplifies innkeeping at its best. A consummate professional, John also knows how to make each guest feel special. This is an innkeeper who truly enjoys innkeeping, and it shows. The inn offers a variety of accommodations to meet specific needs. However, my personal preference is the Eliza Hitchcock room located on the first floor; one may enter the quarters


through a private entrance. The tastefully decorated bed chamber, situated in the lower level of the original carriage house, is furnished with country Victorian antiques; the sitting area opens onto a private deck overlooking the back lawn and gardens. The spacious bathroom features a whirlpool tub and a shower. Guests have it much better than the horses did when they slept here!
   Breakfast at Crown ‘n’ Anchor is an event steeped in elegance and an offering of culinary delights. Served by candlelight in the formal dining room, the table is embellished with fresh flowers, crystal, and Royal Doulton china. When the weather is nice, breakfast may be served on the rear deck. Wherever breakfast is served, the focal point of the inn's morning repast is always the beautifully presented and delicious food prepared by John. A typical menu begins with a fresh fruit parfait, topped with generous scoops of ice-cream, and banana mini-muffins sprinkled with powdered sugar. Just when I think I can not possibly eat another bite, an irresistible entrée arrives.
   After breakfast, I inevitably find myself wandering up to the library and staying as long as my time permits. Located on the upper level of the old carriage house, the capacious library is a reader’s paradise. The exposed beams and handsome décor enhance this delightful retreat, one which is always a favorite escape for guests.
  Situated just outside Portland, the environs offer magnificent natural beauty as well as varied sites of interest—including famed lighthouses and the George Bush estate near Kennebunkport. John Barclay knows the area well and enjoys showing his guests around.


   At Crown ‘n’ Anchor Inn, gracious hospitality crowns memorable experiences anchored with exceptional service—a winning combination that brings guests back again and again. Not many American B&Bs have been in operation for over fifteen years under the same ownership. This one fact speaks volumes.

Strong Points

   Hospitality plus, historical significance, location and setting, period antique furnishings, superb breakfast, loft library (featuring several thousand volumes plus an expansive collection of British coronation memorabilia), distinctive architectural features, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs in some guest rooms, Portland airport pick-up, special discounts, parking, in-room telephones, discounts, excellent wedding and special events facilities with catering available.


INN: Crown ‘n Anchor Inn (B&B)
LOCATION: 121 North Street
Saco, ME 04072 (near Portland)
TEL: 1-800-561-8865
ACCOMMODATIONS: 6 rooms w/pb
(2 rooms include whirlpool tubs)
BREAKFAST: Full country gourmet
RATES: $80—$140 (major credit cards accepted)
INNside Scoop’s Rating of Inn: ***
Recommended Area Restaurants:
   ***Joseph's by the Sea
   ***Windows on the Water
   **Wormswood Restaurant
Recommended Area Tours:

Mainley Tours