Enchanted Nights Bed & Breakfast
Scenic Coastal Route 103
29 Wentworth Street
Telephone: (207) 439-1489
- PET POLICY: “Furry Friends welcome,” announces the website. No deposit required or restriction on dog size.
The Enchanted Nights Bed & Breakfast is “not for those of simple tastes” warn innkeepers Nancy Bogenberger and Peter Lamandia, a former Los Angeles couple who “left dream jobs to become maid/CEO, handyman/CFO.” Yet when visiting a restored Victorian-era inn, does one truly expect anything less than a visual cacophony of floral linens and wallpaper, china knickknacks, and dainty, often inexplicable, items of antique furniture? Certainly not – it’s all part of the charm and romance of such a B&B. (I think I actually disappeared into the background of Country French-patterned bed comforters and floral curtains at several points during our stay. Such camouflage made it all the easier to keep an eye on the resident cats, however.)
Despite the seeming daintiness of the place, Enchanted Nights is definitely a doggy establishment and the innkeepers are genuine dog lovers. They provide canine guests and their people with a list of dog-friendly beaches and parks in the area upon arrival – and donate a minimum of 15% of their gross income to local animal causes (spay/neuter programs, food and medical expense for homeless pets). Their own dog Stella (no longer joined by her pal Sammy, alas) trots around the property, keeping an eye on the cat situation and generally making newcomers feel welcome.
The Enchanted Nights innkeepers are also talented cooks. My People thoroughly enjoyed the home-cooked breakfast served on antique dishes in the Morning Room pictured here. Located just a mile from the heart of historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire – a favorite walking town of mine – the Enchanted Nights B&B is also ideally situated for meandering up the Maine coast by car, on the lookout for lighthouses, fresh seafood spots, and the occasional charming little shop. See my Road Trips travel journal for more details on my winter weekend getaway to Maine.
- NEAREST DOGGY DAYCARE/DOG CAMP: Creature Comforts at Kittery Animal Hospital, KitteryAnimalHospital.com, (207) 439-4158
- NEAREST 24-HOUR EMERGENCY VET: Portsmouth Animal Hospital, (603) 431-3600, across the border in New Hampshire, or Pascataqua Animal Hospital, (207) 439-2661;
for non-emergency veterinary care, the owners of Enchanted Nights recommend the
Kittery Animal Hospital, (207) 439-4158