At the end of a narrow, tree-lined road just a few short miles outside the wonderful hustle and bustle of downtown Camden, there is an inn perched on the edge of the Atlantic that feels a world away from the daily summer hubbub. The aptly named Inn at Ocean’s Edge is cut into a plunging hillside that tumbles down to Penobscot Bay. Looking across the water to both Islesboro and Seven Hundred Acre Island as they rise up from the chilly sea, the Inn is the picture of an idyllic Maine getaway.
With just 32 rooms spread across three buildings on 23 secluded acres, the Inn is large enough to offer more privacy than your average bed and breakfast, and yet it isn’t so big that it sacrifi ces coziness or character. With its ideal location and attention to detail, the Inn combines the charm of the bygone era of grand hotels with a modern sophistication and elegance. In the four years since they purchased it, the owners—husband and wife Tim and Joan Porta and partner Jesse Henry—have overseen a dramatic transformation of the Inn at Ocean’s Edge. But anyone who knows the Porta name won’t be surprised: the family has been associated with one of Maine’s most popular and luxurious accommodations for decades.