Last year when the iconic White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine became part of the Auberge Resorts Collection portfolio, we knew an upgrade was coming. The historic property, known for it's world-class restaurant, has been a guest house of some kind since the 1880s, but the Auberge acquisition is set to usher in a new era of international prominence and prestige.
Auberge, which operates some of our favorite boutique luxury hotels and resorts in the world, enlisted New York-based design firm Jenny Wolf Interiors for a property-wide reinvention. The result still feels like Maine, but brings more Instagram appeal to the luxurious and intimate 27-room inn, which is located near the Bush compound in Kennebunkport.
Wolf's redesign is best described as "modern country on the Maine coast," which is every bit as appealing as it sounds. She utilized "new and vintage, high and low, and rough and polished" pieces and finishes to create "inviting and cozy interiors with a unique Maine sensibility" with just the right amount of rustic warmth.
In addition to unveiling a new look, White Barn Inn has opened a second restaurant, Little Barn, as a casual complement to its long-acclaimed AAA five star, prix fixe White Barn Inn Restaurant, where gentlemen used to be required to wear jackets. Items on the menu include lobster rolls and shoestring fries, wagyu burgers with bacon onion jam, and blueberry crumble with tarragon ice cream.
The inn's picture-perfect negative edge pool has also been refreshed, with new lounge furniture and cabanas nestled in a landscape of birch and pine. There's also a fire pit for those who want to enjoy the crisp Maine air into the evening hours with one of the bar's signature handcrafted cocktails.
And if you time your visit right, you'll get to partake in one of Executive Chef Matthew Padilla's bi-weekly poolside lobster bakes. You can even go out on the boat if you're so inclined and help catch your own.