B&B Conversion Experience A review of LimeRock Inn
I just had a really extraordinary experience on a short Easter trip with my family in Rockland, Maine at the LimeRock Inn. I'd heard about the LimeRock, word of mouth, from a friend and would like to spread the good news, word of Web. Full disclosure: I'm new to the B&B world and carried a certain trepidation with intimacy issues. I was a bit afraid that B&B meant forced friendliness with perfect strangers and a decided clash with my curmudgeonly disposition. I was completely knocked out by the happy mixture of warmth and privacy. Sharing a charming and special environment with people, on a more human basis than a hotel offers, gave me a real boost. And nobody ever came close to asking me to sing "Kumbaya". The ambience of the place: well-maintained elegance and richness, really had the effect of making me feel that I was transported to a special world. There was plenty of comfortable space in the public rooms for me to curl up privately with my books. I even engaged in conversation with some of the other guests, made some friends and, at least as far as the LimeRock is concerned, have shed some B&B guest-intimacy-phobia.
The setting and location are great. A beautiful house, a wide, spacious piece of property on a quiet street just a few minutes' walk from the neat little town center. And Rockland is cool. It's not "quiched-out" yet, it's local charm, not globalized charm. Plenty of first-class eats, within walking distance of the LimeRock or a short drive.
Speaking of eats, that brings me to the proprietors, PJ and Frank. At the risk of too much gush, they bring a level of sophistication and "just-so-ness" to the décor, service, management, guest accommodation and food preparation that brings a luxury feel to your Maine stay. Just step into the kitchen and you'll know you're in the presence of food people. I felt thoroughly refreshed and satisfied; my sullen teenagers were civil and happy. Maybe the place is enchanted.