Updated April 11th, 2021: Maine plans to allow all visitors from all states effective May 1, 2021 – read details below.

Maine’s Governor Mills Unveils Plan to Protect Public Health, Support Maine’s Economy During Upcoming Tourism Season 

Today the Mills Administration announced “Moving Maine Forward,” a plan to protect public health and support Maine’s economy as the state approaches its busy spring and summer tourism season.

The Moving Maine Forward plan maintains critical health and safety protocols that have protected Maine people over the past year, establishes a clear timeframe to increase capacity limits to support economic activity, and standardizes these limits across sectors by transitioning to a simple model based on percentage of capacity. The plan also revises Maine’s travel policies established last summer under the Keep Maine Healthy Program and sets a target reopening date of March 26 for indoor service at bars.

The new, multi-month plan, which reflects the stabilization of Maine’s COVID-19 metrics and progress in vaccinations, aims to provide clarity and predictability for Maine people and businesses to plan for the summer months and establish Maine as a safe place to visit.

The plan maintains the critical public health and safety protocols – like wearing face coverings, keeping physical distance, and conducting enhanced cleaning.

 

MOVING MAINE FORWARD PLAN HIGHLIGHTS

 

Update to Maine Travel Policies

Effective immediately, residents of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island may travel to Maine without providing a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantining. Compliance options for visitors from all other states have also been updated to include those who have completed a full COVID-19 vaccination.

Beginning May 1, 2021

Maine’s COVID-19 travel policy will automatically exempt all states, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC. If one or more states experiences a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, the Maine CDC will apply its test or quarantine requirements to travelers to and from that state.

A note from your hosts:

2021 is finally here and we are very hopeful for a wonderful spring and summer season. We want to thank all of our guests, returning and first-time visitors alike, who were able to join us this past season and, despite all of the challenges to traveling, we believe everyone had an enjoyable stay.  This coming season we are looking forward to welcoming back everyone who had to postpone their stay; we missed you.

If you are considering a stay with us this summer, we can say with confidence that we are able to offer our guests a relaxing, enjoyable, and most importantly, a safe stay at Topside Inn. We made many changes to our services, including breakfast, housekeeping and more, offering guests the top-notch service they have come to expect from us, but in a way that made everyone feel comfortable and pampered. While we are very hopeful that the 2021 season will be an easier season to travel, we are prepared to do it the same way again if necessary. We will return to our regular service when it is safe to do so, until then, please review the service changes outlined below and please feel free to call us with any questions – our goal is to enable everyone to book with confidence for this season and for many seasons to come.

We will continue to update this page with pertinent travel information; related to travel beginning in May 2021 when we will be reopening the inn.  Our Season will be from May 5th to October 24th, 2021.

 

Enhanced safety Measures:

Topside has earned the Select Safe, Stay Select status from Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America.  This industry-leading set of health and safety guidelines is based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Travel Association, American Hotel & Lodging Association and other industry leaders.Inn, Rooms & Dining:

Topside Inn has always practiced the highest standards of cleanliness and food safety. We remain committed to upholding these high standards and will be taking extra precautions so you can feel at ease during your stay. During these times of ‘social distancing’, we have implemented creative ways to provide guests with our top-notch service, with less face-to-face interaction.

The Inn and rooms:

  • Private entrances and limited capacity – 16 of our 22 guest rooms have private entrances and private covered balconies. The remaining five rooms are in our main house on two separate floors.
  • All guests will be provided instructions for self-check-in if they prefer.
  • Modifying housekeeping services to meet or exceed all Maine CDC recommendations
  • Increasing the frequency and depth of cleaning all public areas
  • Our housekeeping staff will not be entering rooms once guests have checked in, unless requested by you at check-in. We will be providing housekeeping needs by request, including additional towels and amenities, which will be delivered to the room.

Temporary changes to our dining service:

  • Breakfast service: Presently we are preparing and delivering gourmet, cooked to order, breakfast picnics to each guest’s room. Guests are welcome to enjoy the breakfast in their room, on their private porch, on the front lawn or at our new picnic tables. Each day a menu is created for the following morning and guests can select what they would like to have served and the time it will be delivered, between 8am and 9;45am.
  • We are hoping we will be able to reopen the dining room for the 2021 season. We will modify service as needed, possibly limiting service to guests staying in the main house (rooms 2-7) as these rooms do not have private porches. Guests staying in the main house are also welcome to enjoy breakfast in their rooms.
  • We, the owners, are on site managing breakfast service every day. Our staff is very small (with a maximum of 2 in the kitchen and 1 server) and can easily be monitored by us.

Please feel free to call us 207.633.5404 or email us at info@topsideinn.com if you have any questions as we continue to monitor the advice and direction of the CDC and the Maine Health Department. We sincerely appreciate the trust you place in us when you travel and we look forward to seeing you this coming season.

Keep safe and stay optimistic,

Your hosts, Mark & Buzz