The Real Deal New York

Is Maine the new Montauk?

New hotels, buses and flights are steering New Yorkers to Maine

July 10, 2016 05:00PM

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The Portland waterfront

Fed up with the DJs and the party people, dedicated weekenders are heading to Maine.

Demand for weekened accommodation in Maine’s coastal towns has led to the debuts of at least a dozen hotels in the past two years alone, according to Bloomberg.

Those mourning the loss of Montauk’s sleepy inns and old fashioned attitude are now getting their fix in New England.

“People joke that there’s an underground railway from Brooklyn to Portland,” Dawn Hagin, the chief inspiration officer of Lark Hotels, a boutique hotelier that owns and operates the year-old Whitehall in Camden, told Bloomberg.

New flights on nearly every major carrier have made Maine as convenient as the Hamptons. And a new “first class” bus line run by Concord Coach Lines with service from New York acts as an alternative to the Hampton Jitney.

“The Hamptons are packed, the Jersey Shore is packed, the Cape is packed,” Chebeague’s Prentice, a onetime New Yorker, told Bloomberg. “So people are migrating up.” [Bloomberg] Christopher Cameron

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