Mercury, a deity from ancient Roman mythology, was a protector and guide to travelers. He ensured that those in his care were given the best treatment and guidance he had to offer. At Mercury Inn, we seek to continue that tradition by providing the best we have to offer in modern accommodations, local fare, and warm hospitality all balanced with an eye for sustainable living.
Mercury Inn is a bed and breakfast unlike any other in Portland, or even the rest of Maine. Located in Portland's historic Parkside neighborhood, this Victorian house has been many things in its more than one hundred year life, reinventing itself with every new owner. For the past twenty years it has been a home for travelers and we hope to keep it that way for many years to come.
At Mercury Inn we have committed ourselves to the goal of creating a business that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. Please read our Sustainability page to learn more about how Mercury Inn is working to reduce its carbon footprint.
We are dedicated to showing our guests the best of Portland, our beloved city by the sea with world-renowned restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and many wonderful sites to see and experience. If you are interested in exploring the sights and destinations of Portland, our innkeepers are more than happy to offer a list of recommended destinations, restaurants, and shops to experience during your stay. The innkeepers at Mercury Inn are more than a simple concierge and will be happy to assist you in meeting any need that you have during your stay, from making reservations and calling cabs, right down to providing conversation to pass the time.
Because I was born in Washington, DC, no true Mainer would allow me to say that I'm 'from Maine.' Still, Maine has been my home for as long as I can remember. My uncle was a chef at one of the most well-known restaurants in New England, which meant that, from a very young age, I learned to appreciate fine food, especially the best local food. But the real inspiration for my culinary passion was my mother, who is known for her exceptional cooking and warm hospitality.
I left for college in New York City and graduate school in Boston, but I've always known I would come home to live in Maine. Since graduating, I've had no shortage of jobs, from working in the editing room on a major motion picture to teaching at the college level. However, my passion has always been food. The precarious economy made it difficult to find steady, full-time employment, given my esoteric skill set, and after years of managing the chaos of multiple freelance jobs, I asked myself what I could do to stabilize my career path. The one thing I knew was that, ideally, I would find a way to work with my husband. My passion for food and for the city of Portland, mixed with Jake's passion for working with people and his knowledge of the hospitality industry inspired us to seek out opportunities as innkeepers.
Jake and I have a shared enthusiasm for Greek and Roman mythology, which led us to the name of our bed and breakfast. Mercury—who was, among other things, the god of travelers, luck, commerce, and poetry - felt and sounded exactly right to both of us.
When I'm not in the kitchen, you might find me reading science fiction and fantasy novels, building custom computers, or checking off boxes on the never-ending list of improvement tasks around the inn. I've recently discovered woodworking after crafting a modest desk for the inn's office and am excited to try more woodcrafting projects in the future.
Growing up just outside of New York City, in Roseland, New Jersey, I could often be found with my nose in books on Greco-Roman mythology. The stories that most compelled me were about the customs of hospitality offered to strangers in the world of antiquity. My reading took me from myths and led me to a profound interest in religious customs around the world. This fueled my drive toward an undergraduate degree in religious studies from The New School in New York City and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University in Boston.
In graduate school, I had the opportunity to work as an intern in homeless shelter communities, learning what people require fundamentally to feel safe and comfortable as guests in a space that is not their own. My husband, Tim, and I moved back to Portland, where I worked at the Preble Street Resource Center in their soup kitchens. I also took a job at Local Sprouts Cooperative. It was there I discovered a passion for serving healthy, beautifully prepared, locally sourced food. When Tim and I first discussed finding a way to work together, running a bed and breakfast just made sense.
Since opening Mercury Inn, my passion for food and hospitality has grown and expanded, merging the skills and interests I have cultivated over the years into a professional pursuit. I feel truly grateful that I will have the opportunity to serve our guests for many years to come.