Getaway Choice for Empty Nesters 2008
---- NBC's TODAY SHOW
BEST OF NEW ENGLAND ISSUE: Best Bed & Breakfast in New England
"If we had booked far enough ahead, we would have stayed here. When we peeked into the living room of this Federal-style rowhouse, which dates from 1830, it looked as though Charles Dickens had just stepped out for a moment, leaving his books, fireplace and exceptionally large cat behind. Lots of character and comfort, provided by an owner who is a travel writer and knows whereof he hosts. But it's probably not the best choice for people with young children (generally permitted only in accommodations in outlying buildings) and those who can't or don't wish to climb a steep staircase. Rates range from $129 to $275 during the summer and early fall months."
----- Chicago Tribune
"The moderately priced, gracious Percy Inn is a resounding success and Northrup now offers four larger “out suites” scattered around the neighborhood, a couple of them geared to families…A few years ago Northrup, who has subsequently traveled the world for his work, rehabbed an 1830 brick rowhouse just off Longfellow Square. His idea was to create a B & B, but he wired each of the five suites separately, just in case they needed to be sold as condos. He needn’t have worried…”Choose from 14 restaurants within a five-minute walk,” Northrup tells his guests, and he’s not exaggerating…"
----- The Boston Globe
"Portland’s Number One innkeeper – you’re five stars in our book – and Parker makes six."
----- Eleanor Clift
"Owner Dale Northrup, Portland native and travel scribe (he has written guidebook hotel reviews for two decades), did a gut renovation of this Federal-style house in the West End. Stashed in the rooms are the little touches he misses when on the road: fruit for midnight snacks, a trundle bed for an extra guest, Scrabble for rainy nights. Try the Longfellow Suite, with its Mexican-tiled study."
----- Travel & Leisure
"The Percy Inn is in a narrow 1830 brick row house in the city’s West End and has two guest rooms and three suites furnished in early Federal style. All are up a steep winding staircase. Those facing the street are a bit noisy, but brighter and more spacious than those facing the rear. Doubles from $89 to $169 with breakfast…"
----- The New York Times
"Nice touches abound: all rooms have weather radios, CD players, VCRs, complimentary soft drinks, and coolers with beach blankets for day trips…"
----- Frommer’s Portable Maine Coast
"Travel Writer Dale Northrup, peripatic and unencumbered, transformed a vacant 1830 Federal-style brick townhouse in his hometown into the kind of B&B he finds travelers want…Period décor and designer fabrics vary, but common amenities include wet bars, stocked refrigerators, TVs, CD players, weather radios and candles…"
----- Getaways for Gourmets
"The handsome Percy Inn run by innkeeper Dale Northrup at the edge of Portland’s West End…is close to good restaurants and the Center for Cultural Exchange…The third floor Dorothy Parker Room has a Dickensian view of the brick skyline, along with a decent-size bathroom and dressing area. The second-floor Henry W. Longfellow Room has wonderful random-width floorboards, a small snack room with mini-fridge, and a corner sitting area with a marble café table."
----- Frommer’s New England, Frommer’s Vt., N.H., & Me.
"This is a find: a restored 1830 brick row house a few steps from the restaurants and galleries in Longfellow Square but facing a quiet side street. Owner Dale Northrup is a Portland native who has critiqued thousands of hotels for his work as a travel writer and definitely knows what he is doing…"----- Maine – An Explorer’s Guide
"Dale Northrup, a professional travel writer, saw enough hotels and inns in his 20-year career that he knew what he wanted to offer in his hometown of Portland. He said he waited for years to find the right spot, and this 1830 Federal-style brick row house close to Longfellow Square caught his eye. The location is terrific, and Dale offers eight rooms and suites, all named for poets - including native son Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The Percy Room is named for Percy Bysshe Shelley, but the Percy Inn itself is named for Dale's father Percy Northrup, who helped him with the rehabbing. All rooms have television, VCR, and refrigerator complimentarily stocked with soft drinks; phone, CD player, and weather radio, air conditioning, queen-sized bed; and private bath. It's a bit of a steep climb up the staircase of the main inn to the second and third floors, but the rooms are great. A second-floor breakfast room (open for snacks all day) is where Dale serves a continental breakfast including fruits, muffins, boiled eggs, breads, cereal, and yogurt. Double $89-$250."
----- Weekending in New England
Editor’s Choice, State of Maine
----- Yankee Magazine Travel Guide to New England
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