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October 17, 2004

Lawnmere Inn

Box 29

Southport, Maine

207-633-2544, 800-633-7645

www.lawnmereinn.com

What we liked most: The wealth of knowledge of the area offered by Marlene at the front desk.

What we liked least: Coming back Saturday evening to find that our room had not been made up.

What surprised us: The number of local people who consider the inn a home away from home.

You know you are at Lawnmere Inn: When the sloping lawns down to the water have 104 lobster traps lined up above the dock.

Rates: Main inn $89-$164, annex $149-$199, suites $149-$199, all depending on the season. Breakfast is included.

Directions: Southport Island is about a 3-hour drive from Boston. Take Interstate 95 north to exit 44 (Interstate 295) and follow I-295 to exit 28 (Brunswick) or exit 31 southbound (Topsham). Follow signs for Route 1 north toward Bath. Cross the Bath bridge, staying on Route 1 through Wiscasset. Cross the Wiscasset bridge and turn right onto Route 27 south toward the Boothbay Harbor region. Go through Boothbay Harbor, following signs for the hospital and Southport Island. Cross the swing bridge onto Southport Island and continue straight on Route 27. The inn is a quarter-mile on the right.

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