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White Barn Inn

37 Beach Ave.
Kennebunkport , ME www.whitebarninn.com
(207) 967-2321

The centerpiece of Maine’s top-rated inn—its famed white barn with wide-plank floors and soaring exposed beams—is where Brit expat executive chef Jonathan Cartwright weaves a culinary tapestry of Maine-inspired American and European dishes. His seasonal prix fixe–only menu reads like sensorial poetry: asparagus crème, smoked potato foam, steamed lobster with Cognac coral butter sauce. The rustic, romance-inducing dining room, dressed in fine white linen and silver, glows after dark in candlelight (the staff has witnessed countless marriage proposals), and thanks to Cartwright’s exquisite creations, the restaurant has given new definition to destination dining.

Insider Tip: The Guest Chef Series features culinary talent from other Relais & Châteaux and Relais Gourmand properties around the world; check the inn’s Web site to see what top toques are joining forces with Cartwright.

Note: Jackets (but not ties) are required for men in the evening.

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