Maine Places

Cornish, Maine

Cornish House Tour

Maine Places

For years, when I heard someone refer to Cornish, I thought of game hens, the people of Cornwall, England, and some vague, imaginary ailment (i.e., “I’m feeling a little cornish today.”). Then, soon after I moved back to Maine from New York, I hosted a group of editors from Rachael Ray Every Day at my dad’s place in Baldwin, where the magazine staged a cross-country-skiing party for a story I wrote. I panicked a bit about where to bring these urban foodies for dinner in rural western Maine, but the cozy Cornish Inn (pictured above), situated among antiques shops on the town’s historic Main Street, did not disappoint. Since that evening, I’ve wanted to return to Cornish to explore the beautiful old neighborhood behind the inn, treasure hunt, and dine at Krista’s, which I’ve heard wonderful things about. Last month, with an hour of free babysitting to burn, courtesy of grandparents, I got to check off the first item on my list. I fell in love with the variety of houses arrayed in the foothills of the White Mountains and the diverse flourishes seen on porches, corner boards, and pilasters. And I’m happy to report that this lovely impression of the town now overshadows my former associations with poultry, a British county, and made-up afflictions!

Cornish Greek Revival House
Cornish Victorian Home
Cornish Cottage
Cornish Colonial
Cornish Farmhouse
Cornish Colonial
Cornish Cape
Cornish Cape

Note that the Greek Revival, pictured at top left, was in the process of being painted, but can’t you picture it in its full snowy glory? Sigh — I could definitely live in this town. What about you?


  1. Debbie

    We loved eating at both the Cornish Inn and Krista’s! I believe the Inn was for sale and was recently bought and will again be serving dinner! I hope I’m right on this rumor!

    • Sarah Stebbins

      I think you are right, Debbie. And I must make it to Krista’s! Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts and hope you make it back to Cornish soon, too.

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