Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2018

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Although it was useless against the torrential downpour that had persisted nonstop since I arrived in Portland, Maine, the tiki umbrella that crowned my colorful cocktail was enough to keep my spirits from getting soggy. Surveying the exotic environs while taking a moment to inhale the aroma of charred spices that still lingered in the air from the crafting of my libation, I found it hard to believe that this lounge, open to guests of e Danforth Inn (, was located inside a circa 1823 Victorian mansion. Dutch innkeepers Raymond Brunyanzski and Oscar Verest, who also manage sister property Camden Harbour Inn ( in Camden, Maine, have gone to great lengths to imbue both inns with contemporary European elegance, odes to their home country and lively design flourishes that allow them to operate in a league of their own in both cities. e duo's yin and yang business relationship—Verest has two decades of business management experience in sales, finance, and management positions in the Netherlands, while the convivial Brunyanzski hails from one of the most well-known entertainment families in the Netherlands and has experience in leading high-end tours and consulting for some of the best hotels in the world—ensures that their properties' palpable joie de vivre is balanced with a keen attention to detail. 46 R EIGNING IN MAINE Sister properties e Danforth and e Camden Inn are tops for a town and country experience in the northeast. Written by Caylee Matthews

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