January 7th, 2015 —

Travelers who like their summers filled with lobster, lighthouses, and nautical adventure have a new reason to visit Maine come May 2015. Lark Hotels has announced the reopening of the Whitehall with a new restaurant, Pig + Poet, to be helmed by celebrity cuisinier Sam Talbot, a former founding chef at the Surf Lodge in Montauk and Imperial No. Nine in NYC.

Originally built by a sea captain and opened in 1901, the boutique inn will draw inspiration from the natural environment and local culture, both in the revamped interior design and dishes. Talbot, who plans to stay true to his farm-to-fork sensibilities, says he has “always been drawn to the water and waterfront towns and I’m excited to join the amazing food movement going on in the MidCoast, Portland and throughout Maine.”

Chef Sam TalbotAs you might guess from the name, guests can expect lots of sustainably raised pork at the Pig + Poet, where a charcuterie bar and raw bar will be offered alongside staple items like lobster rolls, chowder, and blueberry-sweet corn cobbler.

Situated in the picturesque town of Camden, “where the mountains meet the sea,” the Whitehall will feature a fire pit-equipped outdoor lounge, shuffleboard court, and revolving collection of art by local Maine artists. Rooms, which start at $129 per night, are currently available for booking.

How to get there: Greyhound bus from New York to Camden. Then a short taxi ride from the station to the inn. The trip is 9.5 hours and tickets are $49/one way.

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