By Devon Brown
The Kismet Inn in Bath, Maine
The Kismet Inn in Maine is a retreat from everything that grates on New York’s busy professional. Located seven hours from the city by car, in the coastal town of Bath, this bed and breakfast is a place to recover from the wounds of urban warfare.
Release the images of the stereotypical B&B – yellowing doilies, floral upholstered furniture and funky wall paper from your mind. Owned and operated by a cosmopolitan woman from Queens, this place oozes a sophistication that would make any savvy New Yorker feel at home.
The Saffron Room
In a renovated house built in the 1860s innkeeper Shadi Towfighi welcomes guests to colorful rooms painted yellow, green, red and blue. Walls are covered in hand-selected art including intricate woven pieces from her mother’s dowry brought from Iran. A combination of antiques, refurbished finds and pieces purchased from familiar retailers like ABC Home generates a unique design vibe.
With only five guest rooms, all with names beginning in S, Shadi endeavors to provide each guest with a customized experience. All beds were designed and commissioned by Shadi, herself, resulting in the beautiful African inspired headboard in Safari room and the regal height of Saffron’s bed. A combination of the Turkish style hammam and Japanese onsen, bathrooms in Sabalan and Saffron are tiled high to the ceiling with deep soaking tubs big enough for two. The other three rooms are equipped with seated steam showers with spray jets that make tense muscles melt. Each room varies in size and can accommodate families and singles alike.
The yoga studio
While many guests spend their stays soaking in tubs, walking through the quaint town of Bath and reading in the inn’s library, there are additional activities inside the inn and out for those looking for more. Kismet Inn is home to a sunlight-filled yoga studio with large wood plank floors where private lessons are held. Body exfoliation is also a specialty of the inn. The process can take up to three hours and combines a deep soak, sesame oil massage, and full body scrub using a mitt imported from Iran. Executed by Shadi for $215, similar treatments can cost up to $400 in the city. Those looking to venture out can visit nearby Reid State Park or Popham Beach for hiking, kayaking, biking, and cross country skiing.
If all the activity leaves you hungry, you won’t beat meals at Kismet. From breakfasts like seven wild mushroom omelets to homemade yogurt with exotic dried fruits, all food at the Kismet Inn is organic and whenever possible, local. For an additional charge, guests can enjoy one of Shadi’s homemade, slow-cooked dinners like Pomegranate Chicken.
With rates ranging from $175-$255 per night, and whether you fly into nearby Portland or take the seven hour drive, arrival at the Kismet Inn will signal the beginning of a vacation that’s sure to leave you serene and well rested.