About Bath, Maine
Bath is a great “home base” while visiting the Midcoast region of Maine. Centrally located on the Midcoast, you will be close to everything the region has to offer!
Bath, Maine’s “Cool Little City”, has been rated as having one of the top ten “Main Streets” in the US. Just two blocks from the inn, visit charming shops, galleries, and restaurants. Stroll the town and see stately homes and their gardens and enjoy time in Library Park, which is only a block away from the inn. The inn is also a few minutes walking distance from the Chocolate Church Arts Center. During your stay, plan on visiting the Maine Maritime Museum, after all Bath is known as the “City of Ships”. You will be close to Popham Beach and Reid State Parks, each just a 15 minute drive away. Both have been voted as having some of the best beaches in Maine. Many of the Midcoast’s lighthouses are within a short drive. Bath is close to it all! For a list of places and things to do, click here.
About The Inn
Middle Street Inn was built in 1843 in the Greek Revival Style by John Bosworth Swanton, descendent of William Stanton who was credited with having built Bath’s first year-round shipyard in 1760. This U-shaped home was built in three-sections: the “formal” main home for the parents and nursery, the family quarters which housed the dining room, kitchen and children’s bedrooms, and the back section for storage, servant’s quarters and the ‘six holer’ indoor restroom facility.
In 2016, after years of searching throughout New England for the right bed & breakfast to purchase and operate, innkeepers Jude & Chuck decided to ‘go their own way’ and create Bath’s newest accommodation.
Today, while most of the structure remains intact, Jude & Chuck had a vision for a number of things when they started their venture. Each room had to have comfortable beds that are firm yet soft to ensure a good night’s sleep. Private, up-to-date bathrooms were a must. And each room had to have its own climate controlled heating and air conditioning. Attractive rooms that are fresh, not stuffy to make you feel out of place. To enjoy the fantastic Maine summer mornings, the dining area must have seating for breakfast either indoors or out so an extended deck was added off the dining room.
Jude was born in north central Pennsylvania and served in the US Navy for six years. After his service, Jude went to college at Old Dominion University and went on to a career in accounting and finance at major beverage companies. While finance has been his career, more recently Jude was always the one to bring breakfast ‘goodies’ to his team and received great reviews.
Chuck was a lifelong resident in the Baltimore, Maryland area and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. He has spent his career in the hospitality industry welcoming guests and helping make their stay memorable.
As newly arrived to Bath and the Midcoast Region of Maine, we feel lucky to enjoy the warmth and encouragement of our community in our new endeavor and hope to share our home with you and all that this area has to offer.
We promise a great stay,
Jude Smith and Chuck Spliedt