60 River Road, Newcastle, Maine
What we liked most: The elegant cheese plate at the inn restaurant .
What we liked least: Some misleading advertising about the place .
What surprised us: The terrific cuisine and the many interesting trails in the area .
You know you're at the Newcastle Inn . . . when the wallpaper talks back at you.
Rates: Rooms for two $155-$295 through October, $125-$255 Nov. 1 -May 24, 2007. Special packages and midweek rates.
Directions: Newcastle is about 150 miles or about 3 hours from Boston. Take Interstate 95 north into Maine to exit 44, I-295. Take I-295 to exit 31, the intercoastal connector. Turn right on Route 196 , heading south. After 2 1/2 miles, take Route 1 north toward Bath. About 7 miles after the Wiscasset Bridge, turn right on River Road. The inn is 1 1/2 miles on the right.