A Warm Maine Welcome Awaits
Whether passing through or staying a while, attending a special event, or on vacation to get away from it all, you’ll find a warm welcome waiting for you at our midcoast Maine hilltop inn. Our goal is for all guests – whether visiting for the first time or returning again – to feel that they’ve arrived at their favorite seaside getaway. We fondly remember childhood visits to a special place that were eagerly anticipated each summer, and look forward to welcoming you to our place!
In the Main House, all guests are welcome to lounge by the living room fireplace with a book or magazine, take on a puzzle or board game, browse local restaurant menus, or plan your next adventure. We can help with your questions, provide directions and advice for excursions, and make whatever arrangements you need.After breakfast, the nearby serving room is ready with ice, barware, snacks, and the hot water kettle for tea, coffee, or hot chocolate at any hour. Cookies, brownies, or other treats randomly appear on most afternoons.
Starting the day off right
Breakfast at the Topside Inn is an event. It is an opportunity for our guests to taste the wonderful foods our local farmers and fisherman produce, much of the locally sourced ingredients come from our nearby farmer’s market or our own gardens. Every morning we prepare fresh brewed coffee that has been sustainably grown and locally roasted. Help yourself to our continental offerings that always include our creatively prepared fresh fruit, homemade granola, yogurt, milk, almond milk, fresh baked breads, muffins or scones, homemade jams and preserves, fresh whipped butters and juices. Some additional items could include creative deviled eggs, mini fritatas, and more.
Each morning we offer a different composed dish cooked to order. We know our guests have active days ahead so we do try and keep the dishes lighter and healthier while still offering full flavored, satisfying entrees. This is where our local ingredients have the opportunity to shine and where we get to put twists on traditional favorites. Blueberry lemon mascarpone pancakes with almond milk panna cotta and pure Maine maple syrup or gingerbread waffles with bourbon compound butter and buttermilk syrup are possibilities on our sweet days. On savory days you might be served farm fresh eggs Benedict on a lobster cake with tarragon hollandaise sauce with a tomato salad picked that morning from our garden, a local mushroom omelet with crispy farmer’s market fingerling potatoes dressed with a mint and walnut pesto or maybe a hash that includes potatoes, parsnips, arugula and smoked duck topped with 2 sunny-side eggs.
We appreciate all food preferences and are happy to alter our dishes to make them vegetarian, vegan, gluten or dairy free whenever possible.
The Great Outdoors
Topside Inn is situated on more than two acres of land, with the Main House fronting McKown Street as it winds tightly up the hill from the center of town. The front lawn, anchored with a row of classic white Adirondack chairs, slopes gently toward views of the outer harbor. The lawn and buildings are bordered by a variety of gardens that are a colorful, continual work in progress. Rooms in the two guesthouses include direct access to covered porch space for taking in the views, and the sweeping front porch on the Main House offers rockers for all to enjoy. On summer afternoons a spirited game of croquet or bocce may erupt on the front lawn.
Hello from the new owners of the Topside Inn, Brian “Buzz” Makarewicz and Mark Osborn. We are beyond excited that our great friends, Brian and Ed, agreed to sell us the inn in August of 2014 when they decided it was time to move on to new adventures. From the time Mark and Buzz got together (and got married) we knew we wanted to acquire an inn somewhere in the world. Little did we know we would end up buying the inn that we had watched our friends lovingly transform into the perfect haven on the hill. Mark left his corporate life in 2003 and moved to BBH when he bought the Thistle Inn. He sold the inn in 2006 and most recently was the General Manager of Linekin Bay Resort in BBH. Buzz bought a house and began vacationing in BBH in 2007 and fell in love with the town. Buzz has his bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst in Hotel Management and though his career has moved him into Wellness and Technology, he is very excited to have the opportunity to get back into hospitality and meet our guests that visit us from around the world.
A special note to our returning guests: We made a promise to Brian and Ed that we would continue to run the inn with the same care and high standards they provided every day. We make that same promise to you and look forward to meeting you!