Hotel Restaurants You'd Actually Eat In: Maine's White Barn Inn
The reputation of hotel restaurants as sad, overpriced affairs is quickly falling away as some talented chefs make the eateries destinations of their own. This week, Katherine Spiers is taking us to some of the best hotel restaurants in the world.
Kennebunkport, a seaside village in Maine, is known mostly for its position under the Bush presidencies as the "summer White House." The Walker-Bush clan has owned an estate there for over a century, hosting guests like Yitzhak Rabin and Billy Graham for the last 20 years.
The White Barn Inn, just down the way a bit, has served dinner to a few of these dignitaries as wellthough the restaurant's more likely to be the setting for a marriage proposal. The huge barn, retrofitted and painted and decorated in country chic, certainly looks the part.
The White Barn Inn is an exclusive, luxury property, and the restaurant is the property's beacon. Price-wise, both prix-fixe and a la carte will set you back a few (sometimes quite a few), but it is generally agreed that the price is well worth it. The food isn't especially experimental or cutting-edge, but the technique and quality of ingredients is near perfection. Plus, the service is famously excellent.
Tiny chocolates and mini-cakes arrive with the check. More and more upscale places are doing that, but it never stops being a thrill.
Room rates at The White Barn Inn start at $465 a night.