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Maine Meanderings by Christina Tree - October 25, 2011    
     
   
     

18th Century Inns

“This house hums in winter when all the fireplaces are lit” Jan Davidson told me, about her vintage 1775 Blue Skye Farm (www.blueskefarm.com) in Waldoboro, Me.

I groaned. My story in the Nov./Dec. issue of Yankee Magazine – about 18th century inns that remain open this time of year—had just gone to press. I had wracked my brains trying to think of an appropriate Maine inn that wasn’t too far to drive in winter. I knew all about Blue Skye Farm, just assumed (no excuse!) that it was seasonal. I was booking a night’s stay in September when I realized my mistake.

This is a gem of a house with a two-story central stairwell, patterned in a green and red pineapple design, said to be stenciled in the early 1800s by Moses Eaton. The entire remaining interior is painted white, unexpectedly highlighting the 18th century paneling.

“We had the luxury of living in empty rooms for four months, waiting for our furniture to come from England,” Jan Davidson explains. “I loved the glow of the light on walls and realized that I didn’t want these rooms to be busy. I wanted to create a restful, peaceful place in which people would look out the window and see the marsh.” Small-paned windows are thinly veiled in European-style lace café curtains.

Peter and Jan Davidson spent a year restoring the house, which is set in 100 acres of marsh, meadows and woods. Original detailing includes Indian shutters, paneling and mantels. Rooms are tastefully, comfortably furnished in antiques and tempting, well-thumbed books line walls between the five guestrooms.

Jan and her husband Peter live in a house behind the B&B, allowing guests access to the kitchen save in morning, when Jan arrives early to create a very full breakfast. She can also prepare a candle-lit lobster dinner, especially popular when the house is reserved by a group of friends. This happens frequently in winter when guests tend to come from nearby Portland or Boston for a weekend of hiking or cross-country skiing.

Yankee’s Editor Mel Allen agreed to let me write an add-on to the print story at YankeeMagazine.com.