Maine Journals

Stephen King's Maine: The True Story

An August 2005 trip to Maine by BijanBayne

Quote: In addition to being the home to ski havens such as Sugarloaf and Sunday River, Western Maine is the lake-filled setting of several best sellers by Stephen King. I toured this region in search of the tree line that separates fact from fiction.

Inn at Long Lake

Hotel | "The Inn at Long Lake"

This is the perfectly placed inn on a lake. You'll not be quick to leave the front porch, with its peaceful lakefront view. The suites are pastry-pretty and sumptuous in light, sunny hues. They're also roomy, with generous sitting areas apart from the bedrooms.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2005

Inn at Long Lake
15 Lake House Road
Naples, Maine 04055
(800) 437-0328

Location, location, location – this inn has a front porch to retire on and faces a lake. The four rooms are tastefully appointed so as not to be museum-unlivable, with softly toned wallpaper and veneered furnishings. Room no. 1 has a sleigh bed and offers plenty of light. The handsome living room is inviting, with its big-screen TV suitable for movies, sports, or CNN. The dining room's generous windows make for a sunny breakfast. Cushy sofas grace the lace-curtained parlor should you ever need to leave the porch-front view. The North Country Inn is a pleasantly plush getaway for skiers, romantic weekends, or weary Bostonians.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2005

North Country Inn
2541 Main Street
Rangeley, Maine 04970
(207) 864-2440

Fact Meets Fiction in Western Maine

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"West (Maine) Side Story: Tall Tales Fit for a King" When most of us think of Maine, we picture coastal fishing villages, preppy island resorts, and vintage lighthouses. A tour of Western Maine is a lakeland and forest adventure in a region full of real and imaginary ties to novelist Stephen King. Bridgton, where King raised his children, became the town of "Castle Rock" in his stories. The writer summers on Lake Kezar (Dark Score Lake in the book "Bag of Bones"). Less than an hour from Portland, thousands visit this region to canoe, take in the fall foliage, or ski. One may also track down King's sources of inspiration. Stephen King is from Durham, Maine, and is perhaps the state's ...Read More