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Candlebay Inn

Candlebay Inn is located in Freeport, Maine. Rocky beaches and lighthouses are common sights to see around the town. Many of the homes in the area date back to the late 1800s. The area is known for its historical significance.


Candlebay Inn is located on half an acre of old New England farmland. There are four rooms spread across the two stories of the building, two of which can be converted into a suite. The ground floor has three rooms. The décor throughout the inn is inspired with New England themes, including antique furniture and original décor from when the home was first built.

The inn is dog and kid-friendly with an outdoor dog run and a few parks within walking distance. Each room is deep cleaned after each visit by the owner herself. They received the AAA inspector's best of housekeeping in 2020, as well as the TripAdvisor 2019 certificate of excellence and the "Trips with Pets" preferred pet-friendly lodging award.

Each room has free WIFI, a television with satellite, an alarm clock, a private bathroom with a walk-in shower, a hairdryer, cots, iron, and ironing board. DVD players are available upon request, along with a small refrigerator. Wine glasses and a wine cooler are also in each room. The Azalea Room has tall windows that spread light into the charming room. The room features a double and twin size bed. The Bayberry Room is a spacious bedroom which features a queen-size bed and a bay window. The Clover Room is the smallest of the rooms at Candlebay Inn. This room features a queen-sized bed and a small private bath. The Daisy Room overlooks the garden. This room has both queen and full-size beds. The Evergreen Room has west-facing windows to enjoy the local sunsets. The room has a king-size bed and a large bathroom. The Forget-Me-Not Room is cozy and secluded with east-facing windows and a queen-size bed. The Forget-Me-Not Room can be expanded into a suite. The suite can accommodate five people with two queen beds and a twin bed. Additionally, the inn has a reasonably-sized dining area and outdoor patio in the property's gardens.

Homemade breakfasts are served every morning from eight to nine-thirty. Special dietary needs can be met and accommodated with advance notice. Breakfast each morning includes fresh fruit, homemade muffins, breakfast bread, pastries, cereals, and a hot entrée. The entrees include Belgian waffles, pancakes, eggs benedict with hashbrowns, quiches and casseroles, or omelets.

Candlebay Inn is open year-round. June through October are the most popular months for visitors. Freeport, Maine, is a quaint village with a rocky shoreline covered in lighthouses, many parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and shopping outlets.


Connie Lay and her daughter Stephanie take great pride in running Candlebay Inn. They want each of their visitors to have an authentic Old New England experience. They want to "take visitors back in time" while maintaining certain luxuries of the twenty-first century. A list of local attractions and restaurant recommendations are given to each guest.

Owing to the fact that the owner, Connie Lay, used to run a successful veterinary specialists' office she considers it of high importance that animals should be allowed at the inn, and even has three dogs of her own. Specialty cleaning services and dog treats are available at special request. The Candlebay Inn welcomes a broad demographic of guests; in particular, children and dogs are welcome. Most often, however, the typical demographic of guests at the property is young couples from overseas with their dogs.

Guests have left generally positive reviews regarding the homeliness and comfortability of the inn. Certain guests have expressed appreciation toward the "clean rooms" and the quality of service they received during their stay. The location is also another draw to the inn. It is only four miles from the ocean and within walking distance of many restaurants and shopping centers. The Maine desert is nearby, along with multiple gardens and paths. Freeport, Maine has a lot of historical value. The village has a population just over seven thousand people. There are many historical landmarks in the area, from old military bunkers to museums with original artifacts from the Mayflower. Guests will often spend time exploring local lighthouses and enjoying food from one of the many local restaurants in the area.


Candlebay Inn did not originally start off as a lodging establishment. It was initially built in 1848 by a man named John Alphonzo Briggs, who was a seventh-generation descendant of Richard Warran and Thomas Rogers. These two men came to the Americas in the Mayflower in 1620. Captain Briggs remained in the home after constructing it, living there until he passed away. The home was then purchased and converted into an inn in 1994.

Since that time, the inn has been owned by three different people. The most recent owner of the property is Connie Lay, who purchased the inn in 2014. Since then, she has repainted and replaced some of the furniture and groomed the property's gardens. Connie and her oldest daughter Stephanie run the inn entirely. Stephanie is the kitchen manager, and Connie cleans the rooms and takes care of most of the customers' needs. Connie spent years running successful veterinary specialists' offices. She loved the area upon visiting and wanted to create a place where people could bring their dogs and enjoy themselves as well.

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8 Maple Avenue
Freeport, Maine
United States


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Connie Lay

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