Naples, Maine, United States of America
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Naples is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. It is part of the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area. The population was 3,872 at the 2010 census and it is home to part of Sebago Lake State Park. Naples is a resort area.
The area was settled in 1790. Farming was limited by the soil, which consisted of gravelly loam, its surface is strewn with glacial erratic boulders. The uplands, however, provided good grazing for livestock, and hay became the principal crop.
Named for Naples, Italy, the town was incorporated on March 4, 1834, from parts of Otisfield, Harrison, Raymond and Bridgton. Between 1845 and 1856, it annexed more land from Sebago, Otisfield and Bridgton. The Songo Lock , completed two years before town incorporation, linked Long Lake and Brandy Pond with Sebago Lake, allowing passage of boats from Harrison to Portland through the Cumberland and Oxford Canal in Standish. A canning factory and cooperage were established at Naples village. The community also produced carriages, men's and boy's clothing, boots and shoes.
The scenery of the lakes, however, would make tourism the dominant industry. Visitors in the 19th century included Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne. To accommodate his passengers, Charles L. Goodridge of the Sebago Lake, Songo River & Bay of Naples Steamship Company built a hostelry on a knoll at the southern end of Long Lake. On July 26, 1899, the Bay of Naples Inn opened with 80 bedrooms. It was designed by John Calvin Stevens, who reduced by two-fifths a plan originally created for the ill-fated Metallak Hotel in Colebrook, New Hampshire. While under construction, the Metallak was destroyed in April 1893 during a violent windstorm, and its investors abandoned the project. The Bay of Naples Inn, which faced Mount Washington and the east side of the White Mountains, was a popular resort during the early 20th century. Automobile tourists began arriving after the designation of the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway in 1919 (identified as United States Route 302 since 1935). The Bay of Naples Inn remained open through the 1951 season, but in 1964 was deemed unprofitable and razed.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.25 square miles (96.48 km2), of which, 31.82 square miles (82.41 km2) of it is land and 5.43 square miles (14.06 km2) is water. Naples is drained by the Songo River.
Water bodies that are adjacent to or within of Naples include:
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,872 people, 1,579 households, and 1,094 families living in the town. The population density was 121.7 inhabitants per square mile (47.0/km2). There were 3,004 housing units at an average density of 94.4 per square mile (36.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.
There were 1,579 households, of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.83.
The median age in the town was 42.9 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 33% were from 45 to 64; and 13.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,274 people, 1,297 households, and 931 families living in the town. The population density was 102.9 people per square mile (39.8/km2). There were 2,381 housing units at an average density of 74.9 per square mile (28.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.20% White, 0.15% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.21% of the population.
There were 1,297 households, out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.6% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,141, and the median income for a family was $40,825. Males had a median income of $31,458 versus $24,596 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,176. About 6.9% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.
Just a 40-minute drive northwest of Portland, you will happen upon the picturesque lakefront town of Naples, Maine. Nestled between the shores of Long Lake and Brandy Pond, this small town is home of the well-known Maine Blue’s Festival held every Father’s Day weekend. Here you will also find our charming Inn sitting on a knoll overlooking the lakes and causeway below.
Our Inn is a classic New England B&B located just steps from the shores of Long Lake and only a few minutes' drive from Sebago Lake State Park. Similar to a small hotel, a grand main floor welcomes you with relaxing dining and sitting areas with the focal point being the huge original stone fireplace. The sixteen guestrooms, located on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th floors, all offer new furnishings and private baths. Each room is uniquely decorated with some offering king beds and lake views. Unwind on the Inn’s expansive porch while watching the activities on the water located just a hundred yards away. Stroll along the beautiful Naples causeway, enjoy a paddleboat cruise on the Songo River Queen, then dine lakeside at one of several fine restaurants before returning to our guesthouse for a good night’s sleep on a plush new mattress.
Awaken to the aroma of Wicked Joe’s coffee and a ‘wicked good’ breakfast before heading out to enjoy what Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region has to offer – fresh clean air, beautiful mountains, and crystal clear lakes. Enjoy swimming, fishing, and boating steps from our door. An extended stay allows time for hiking, biking and golfing. Ask the Innkeepers for day-trip ideas, their favorite hiking trails, and cool, less-travelled places to explore.
Our location near Bridgton Academy and many of the area children’s summer camps in Naples and the neighboring towns of Bridgton, Casco, Raymond, and Harrison, offers clean, convenient, comfortable accommodations to parents and friends. Lakeview Inn B&B is the perfect lodging choice when visiting the Shaker Village, Oxford Casino, and the Fryeburg Fair. We offer a relaxed and private alternative for the business traveler as well. We promise to provide you with a clean, comfortable, newly renovated guestroom, and a great homemade breakfast. We hope to make our Inn one of the best places to stay in Maine!
About our Inn - a bed and breakfast in Maine
Originally built in 1906 as a four-story boarding house for young ladies that worked at the lakefront resorts next door, the building was converted to a bed & breakfast in the 1980s and began operating as the Inn at Long Lake. The inn was well known in the lakes region and operated as a year-round lodging facility for almost 25 years, changing ownership/innkeepers several times before closing its doors in 2013.
The empty old Inn was purchased in the spring of 2014 and extensive renovations began on the 16 guestrooms and baths. Frozen pipes were repaired, layers of wallpaper were removed and everything received several coats of paint. To our delight, when the carpets were lifted we found the original wood floors that were sanded, polished, and returned to their natural beauty.
New furniture, plush mattresses, linens, and window treatments were purchased for the guestrooms as well as dining and social areas. A convenience center with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and beverages was added on the 3rd floor, available to guests 24 hours a day. All this was completed in 3 months' time and the B&B opened in July 2014.
Renovations have continued during the last two winters. A new exterior was installed in the spring of 2015 and a new kitchen was finished for the 2016 season. Work in the flower gardens is on-going and the results of labor are beginning to show. Lakeview Inn still has the classic sag that only large, old buildings uphold the right to have, but it’s been brought back to life with fresh paint, new furnishings, and beautiful flowers in the gardens.
Check-in to one of 16 newly renovated guestrooms, complete with private baths, air conditioning, flat-screen TV’s and WIFI. Relax in our great room with the original huge stone fireplace or on our expansive covered porch overlooking the activities on Long Lake and the beautiful new causeway. Take a short walk to a variety of restaurants and shops located in the village or grab a towel to take a dip in our clear lakes. At the end of your busy day, retire to a comfortable clean guest room for a good night’s sleep on a plush new mattress.
Awaken to the aroma of locally roasted Wicked Joe’s coffee and fresh-baked bread. Join us for a full hearty homemade breakfast before heading out to explore the Sebago Lake region for the day. Activities abound steps from our door - walking, boating, kayaking, skiing, swimming, fishing – bring your own or rent right at the causeway. Take a seaplane or riverboat ride to see the colorful fall foliage. Just want to relax? Grab a book (there’s a supply in our library) and claim the hammock in the gardens for the afternoon. Be sure to ask your Innkeepers about their favorite hiking trails and day trips that include Portland, Mount Washington, and Monhegan Island.
Breakfast at our Inn
Awaken to the aroma of locally roasted Wicked Joe’s coffee blended with the beginnings of a yummy full-course breakfast which is included with your stay. With breakfast being innkeeper Mike’s favorite meal, he’ll make sure you start your day feeling satisfied and energized.
Breakfast at our Inn is a casual, relaxed occasion. If you’re an early riser, grab a cup of joe, take a seat on the covered porch and watch the sunrise over the causeway. Enjoy your breakfast in our newly renovated dining area or at one of our outside tables.
We feature many locally produced products into our delicious breakfast offerings such as real Maine maple syrup, Grandy Oats granola, Old School Creamery goat cheese, freshly picked wild Maine blueberries, and fresh herbs from the garden.
Your breakfast begins with fresh fruit, juice, and a fresh-baked pastry and of course coffee or tea. Occasionally strawberry shortcake, blueberry cobbler, or apple crisp may come out of the kitchen disguised as your fruit of the day! Then, we will dish up a delicious home-made hot entrée. Here are a few of our guests’ favorites:
Wild Maine Blue-Berry Pancakes
Scrambled Eggs & Bacon
Orange-Cream French Toast
Baked Eggs in Ham Cups
Seasoned Home Fries
Cereal, granola, yogurt, and toast are always an option, found on the breakfast bar during busy mornings where guests are welcome to help themselves. Most afternoons, a sweet treat can be found there to indulge in as well. Coffee, tea, and cold beverages can be found in the guest convenience center at any time.
An Awesome Place for Family and Group Gatherings
Our Inn offers year-round lodging for the family, group and small corporate gatherings. The sixteen newly-renovated guestrooms, all with private baths, make it the perfect place to stay for family vacations, reunions, motorcycle or snowmobile trips, wedding guests or the wedding party themselves.
Have your wedding, reception, anniversary, or other special events at one of several local restaurants, water-front summer camps, or even the Songo River Queen paddle wheeler, and have the convenience of returning to your comfortable accommodations at the inn for a good nights sleep.
Cyclists, skiers, leaf peepers and other groups touring the area will find that Lakeview Inn provides plenty of space for guests to get together and socialize, but also gives you the privacy of your own room and bath. Regardless of your group activity, the convenient location of the inn makes it the perfect home base from which to start your Maine experience.
In the morning, gather together in the large dining area that can seat 30 people and share stories of the night before. Enjoy a bountiful breakfast with friends and make plans for the day. After an exhausting day of fun, meet on the covered porch for a glass of wine or local brew and ponder over which of many fine restaurants to try.
The entire Inn or a block of rooms can be booked for your next group trip or special occasion. The Inn is open seasonally May through October but will consider opening in the off-season for your group event with advanced notice.
Experience relaxing Maine Lakes Region lodging accommodations at our Inn.
All sixteen guestrooms and baths were renovated in the spring of 2014 and are located on the second, third & fourth floors of the inn. Each room has been individually decorated and offers new furnishings, a plush new king or queen mattress, and fresh linens. All include en-suite baths with a supply of Bath & Body Works bath products as well as a hairdryer. New flat-screen TVs, A/C, and WIFI complete the room amenities.
Choose from a variety of room options:
Our ‘Comfy’ rooms include a private bath with shower, a king, queen or set of twin beds, and all the amenities essential for a comfortable, relaxing stay. These rooms are located on the 2nd & 3rd floors, some with lake views.
The ‘Deluxe’ rooms, located on the fourth floor but worth the extra steps, offer more space, privacy, and larger baths with tub/shower combinations – perfect for your romantic getaway. These rooms have king or queen beds.
Several ‘2-Room Suites’ top off our selection, each providing a room with a king-size bed and attached sitting room with sleeper sofa or futon, perfect for those desiring more space or families with small children. These suites offer a private bath with shower and are on the 2nd & 3rd floors.
Open May to mid-November. We will gladly consider requests for groups or extended stays mid-November through April.
Western Maine’s Lakes & Mountains Attractions:
The name says it all – the pristine lakes and mountain region of which our Inn is located in the heart of. Explore the rocky shores of many lakes and ponds in your choice of watercraft. Swim in the clearest water you’ve ever seen. Experience the fantastic views that many of our hiking trails provide. Take time to relax, breathe in the fresh air, and rejuvenate yourself.
Deertrees Theatre, Harrison – Maine’s Most Enchanting Playhouse
1936 opera house, built with near-perfect acoustics, presents an eclectic offering of musical and theatrical performances.
Oxford Casino, Oxford
Over 850 slot machines, table games such as Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em.
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester – A National Historic Landmark
The Shakers migrated from England to Colonial America in 1774 in pursuit of religious freedom and built 9 communal settlements. Strict believers in celibacy, the Shakers maintained their numbers through conversion and adoption of orphans and this community once grew to 6,000 in 1840. Today it is the only remaining active Shaker community in the U.S. with 3 remaining members.
Sebago Lake State Park, Naples/Casco
This forested lakeside park situated on the north shore of Maine’s deepest & second largest lake provides sandy beaches, woodlands, ponds and a river to explore. Swimming, sport fishing, boating, bicycling and hiking are some of the ways to enjoy the 1,400 park.
Songo River Queen II – at the Naples Causeway
A replica of the famed Mississippi River Paddle Wheelers.
Take a scenic riverboat tour of Long Lake. The two-deck Queen can accommodate large groups for private charters for weddings, corporate outings, and other functions.
Songo Locks – Working lock system listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Last remaining locks from a 30-plus system built in the 1830s which linked Long Lake to the Atlantic Ocean near Portland via the Oxford-Cumberland Canal.
Within an Hour:
Grafton Notch State Park, Newry – A Part of the Appalachian Trail
Great hiking and sight-seeing. Moose sightings are common. Visit the Artist’s Covered Bridge while there.
Portland Headlight, Cape Elizabeth – One of the Most Photographed Light Houses in the US
Along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park.
Portland, Maine – a mecca for shopping and dining
Bon Appetit’s Foodiest Small Town in America in 2009.
Discover the Old Port and Casco Bay Islands.
Freeport, Maine – Home of L.L. Bean Flagship Store
Experience world-class outlet and boutique shopping. Voted the Best Shopping Town in New England by Yankee Magazine.
North Conway, New Hampshire – Ride the Conway Scenic Railroad
A tremendous railroad trip during fall foliage. Fun for all ages. North Conway is well known for its outlet/specialty shops as well as Mount Washington & the Kancamagus Highway, a little further up the road.
Things To Do
Activities in the Heart of the Lakes Region of Maine:
Within Walking Distance of the Inn:
Boating, Kayaking, Paddleboards and more – bring your own, rent from one of several vendors, or take a riverboat cruise.
Captain Dingley’s Board Shop
Paddleboard, tube, wakeboard and ski rentals and lessons.
Fishing, ski and pontoon boat rentals and toys to go along.
Long Lake Marina
Pontoon and powerboat rentals.
Moose Landing Marina
Pontoon, powerboat and tubing rentals.
Pontoon, ski-boat rentals.
Rad Jet Ski
Jet ski rentals.
Sebago Kayak Co.
Largest selection of kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards in the Lakes Region of Maine.
Charters, rentals, lessons and sunset cruises on sailboats such as a 27’ Catalina, 14’ racier sailboats or Sunfish!
Songo River Queen II
Paddleboat cruises on Long Lake.
Maine's #1 Waterski School. Tube, wakeboard, ski rentals.
Ice Cream – this is an activity for the innkeepers.
During the summer months, we have no less than 4 ice cream shops scooping out delicious cones, one a stone’s throw from the Inn.
Naples Seaplane Adventures – view the Lakes Region from the sky.
A unique seaplane experience. 25 & 50 mile as well as custom flights available.
Steamboat Landing Mini-Golf – ¼ mile off the Causeway.
A Maine theme mini-golf located in a shady woodland setting.
Swimming – we’ve got beach towels, enjoy the clear lakes.
Walking – Enjoy our new Causeway!
Take a leisurely walk along our beautiful new causeway complete with park benches and greenery. The walk wraps around under the bridge where you will find a landscaped amphitheater. Visit the many shops and restaurants along the way.
Day Trips from Naples, Maine
From the rocky Maine coast to the top of Mount Washington in near-by New Hampshire, spectacular scenery and unique activities can be found in every direction from Lakeview Inn. Having been residents of the Lakes Region for 15 years and outdoor enthusiasts, the Innkeepers have some knowledge they are willing to share to enhance your visit. If you’re in the area for several days, here are some ideas for trips and fun activities:
A Day in Portland:
Visit the museums and shops in Olde Port, take the Casco Bay Ferry to Peaks Island, have a lobster roll on the cliffs at Two Lights State Park, take a brewery tour or spend the day sailing the bay on a windjammer cruise.
Several coastal towns including Portland, Boothbay Harbor and Kennebunkport offer whale watching tours. See whales, dolphins & seals. Spend the day exploring the town after your trip. If in the Boothbay region, be sure to visit Pemaquid Point Lighthouse to view the spectacular rocky Maine coast.
A summer haven for artists and other visitors who appreciate its isolation, its beautiful wilderness areas, and its unhurried pace. Accessible only by boat; cruises available out of Port Clyde, Boothbay Harbor, and New Harbor.
Rangeley Lakes Loop:
Great fall foliage or antiquing trip. Pan for gold at Coos Canyon, take pictures of the Artist’s Covered Bridge in Newry and stop for a bite to eat in Bethel. A great motorcycle ride, but be careful of the moose on the roads, common through the Grafton Notch area.
Mt. Washington/Kancamangus Highway Loop
Climb the Mt. Washington Auto Road to the top of the highest mountain peak in the Northeastern United States. Explore the Flume Gorge. Continue on to Woodstock Brewery for a brew and a bite to eat before returning on the Kancamangus Highway, a 34-mile scenic highway that stretches through the White Mountains from Lincoln to Conway, New Hampshire. Another spectacular motorcycle or fall foliage drive.
Where to Eat in Naples, Maine
Portland, Maine has been proclaimed America’s ‘Foodiest’ Small Town (Bon Appetit 2009). That distinction extends itself in to the Lakes Region as well. For being such a small town, Naples has a great selection of restaurants, many within walking distance of the inn. We boast of the experience and creativity of some of our chefs. Live music can be heard at many establishments on weekends. Sample menus are available at the desk. Ask the innkeepers about their favorites.
Black Bear Café
An authentic Irish Pub with live Irish music. Innkeeper's yums – Seasonal Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips.
Above the Naples Marina. Great place for burgers, drinks and marina views
Freedom Café & Pub
Waterfront dining inside & out, live music. Innkeepers’ yums – Meatloaf Sandwich.
Galley Restaurant & Pub
Great seafood and wings. Innkeepers' yums – Home of Food Network’s famous Lemon Zesty Lobster Roll.
Naples Lobster Pound
The authentic Maine lobster shack. Picnic tables, bibs, great Lobstah!
On the Causeway, live music, extensive menu, inside and outside dining.
What's Happening in the Lakes Region
Maine Blues Fest - Naples – Always Father’s Day Weekend
14th annual blues festival featuring over 40 Maine blues performers!
Fourth of July Celebrations - Fireworks, Road races, Strawberry Festivals
Naples, Bridgton and other area towns offer parades, races, dinners and fireworks throughout the holiday weekend.
Yarmouth Clam Festival
54th annual festival with great food, parade, arts & crafts, music.
Naples for the Arts – on the Causeway
Area artisans display their unique products along the Naples causeway.
Naples Wooden Boat Show - Mountainview Woodies Classic Boat Club Show
26th annual wooden boat show located on the causeway in Naples, Maine.
Lakes Region Brewfest – South Casco
16th annual brewers festival takes place beachfront on Sebago Lake. 30+ brewers, food, live music.
Fryeburg Fair – Maine’s Blue Ribbon Classic
Maine’s largest agricultural fair – over 3,000 animals, great food, great fun.
Be sure to enjoy the numerous New England-style carnivals, fairs, fireworks, bean suppas & lobster bakes held by local towns and organizations throughout the season.