The Inn by the Sea
Don't be surprised if guests greet the staff here by name. The Inn by the Sea's picture-perfect mile-long stretch of sand and quintessential New England coziness draw repeat visitors year after year. And a 2008 eco-conscious renovation means the 57-room property, located on Cape Elizabeth, will preserve its natural surroundings for years to come.
The inn's enormous, luxurious rooms are as warm and welcoming as the caring management. The 57 guestrooms, suites and cottages — all decorated in warm red and cognac tones — are accented with maple furniture and works by local artists.
Spa Suites have a loft-like living space, plus a terrace with sea views.
A collection of Audubon prints hangs on the walls. The bathrooms are oversize, and the larger units have full kitchens, too.
More just-like-home touches include flat-screen TVs, Internet access and iPod docks. There are also fireplaces in the rooms and a cardio room for counteracting the foodie forays at the inn’s locavore restaurant. Guests love to congregate on the porches and around the fireplaces, or on the Adirondack chairs on the rolling lawn and gardens that lead down to the water.
Don’t forget to set aside time for the luxurious (and LEED-certified) spa, where the treatments and the products continue the green theme, with organic essential oils and neutraceuticals selected for each client. There's even a massage table with surround-sound ocean waves.
What to do
How to get there
Flights are available to Portland International Jetport (PWM) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from PWM and BOS are not offered by the property. Taxis from PWM, about seven miles away, are approximately $25 per person, each way. Inn by the Sea is also within driving distance of Boston; BOS is 110 miles from the property. If renting a car, valet parking and self-parking are available for no additional cost.
Our editors have been here and it has met our standards.
Loyal guests return year after year to Inn by the Sea, a charming spot on a spectacular milelong beach just outside Portland, Maine. A multimillion-dollar renovation has brought upgrades in decor and facilities, but the caring service — which includes warm homemade cookies before bed — hasn't changed a bit.