June, 2005


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Only Historic B&B on Maine’s Midcoast to receive AAA Four-Diamond rating and

Only inn in Maine to receive Best of Award


Rockland, ME – Cheryl Michaelsen and Michael LaPosta, owners of the Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, ME, have two reasons to smile.  Within the last month, the Berry Manor Inn has received two distinctive awards.  The inn is the only historic bed and breakfast inn on Maine’s Midcoast to receive the esteemed American Automobile Association (AAA) Four-Diamond Award.  Additionally, Berry Manor Inn was selected among the “Top Outstanding Inns in the Northeast” in the second annual Best of Awards. 


More than 18,000 votes were received during the twelve-month voting process for the Best of awards, and Berry Manor Inn was recognized as one of the best overall among inns and B&Bs in the Northeast, from Maine to Maryland. “Berry Manor Inn is  a favorite among B&B travelers, and those that voted agree,” stated Sandy Soule, Editor of and one of the most highly recognized authors in the B&B industry.  “Clearly the Berry Manor Inn earned a  top spot in the Northeast in the Best of awards for their fine accommodations and wonderful hospitality,” commented Soule.


This is the fifth year in a row that Berry Manor Inn has received their AAA Four-Diamond rating.  Only a handful of inns in Maine pass the rigorous inspections necessary to earn this award.  According to the American Automobile Association, to receive the Four-Diamond award,  establishments must be upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.


“We are still reeling with delight upon hearing of our AAA Four-Diamond Rating and our Best of Award,” said Cheryl Michaelsen, co-owner of the Berry Manor Inn.  “It is gratifying to be recognized among the top inns in the Northeast by both AAA and We believe our steadfast preservation and historic significance, along with all our amenities, and our attention to every last detail of customer satisfaction contributed to receiving both  awards,” finished Michaelsen.


Once the stately home for one of Rockland’s most prominent merchants, today, Berry Manor Inn is among Maine’s most romantic B&B inns.  Down East Magazine calls it “The Wow House”. Renowned for its room amenities, grand hospitality with a Victorian flair, and a very unusual collection of toy hamsters, the Berry Manor Inn offers the ideal mid-coast location for exploring Maine’s arts, heritage and sights.  The Berry Manor Inn offers a host of amenities for everyone from those seeking a romantic getaway to travelers in search of business amenities including complimentary high-speed internet access, in-room phones and flexible breakfast schedules. 


For more information on Berry Manor Inn, visit or call 800.774.5692 to book a getaway today.