Five Best Maine Coast Luxury Family Resorts

The state of Maine pos­sesses raw American-style beauty, a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of clas­sic New Eng­land in all its glory. “Vaca­tion Land,” as the state has dubbed itself, attracts folks from all over the world—especially New Englanders—to enjoy its rocky coasts, incred­i­ble seafood,  unique shop­ping, muse­ums, and the  seren­ity that is Maine. As some­one who’s spent a great deal of time in Maine, I can tell you the peo­ple are friendly, the mood is relaxed, and  your nat­ural sur­round­ings encour­age you to pause for a daily dose of beauty.

The south­ern part of the coast con­tains many vaca­tion gems, such as Ken­neb­unkport,  Ogun­quit, the shop­ping out­lets at Kit­tery, York, and even Saco and Old Orchard, which offer many family-style activ­i­ties. This area also pos­sesses 90 per­cent of the sandy beaches in Maine. You’ll find many more beaches up the coast, but more of the rocky variety.

Next up is Port­land, and though not a large city, it’s burst­ing with trendy shops in Old Port, excel­lent restau­rants (espe­cially seafood), cul­ture, and fun things like the Port­land Children’s Museum for fam­i­lies. The beau­ti­ful Port­land Head­light is a must-do when vis­it­ing the area. This is the very first light­house built in Amer­ica, com­mis­sioned by Pres­i­dent George Wash­ing­ton, and is a favorite land­mark of Maine tourists.

Up north you have incred­i­ble places like the moun­tain­ous Aca­dia National Park, which cer­tainly is worth the drive. This beau­ti­ful, rocky coast, with its nooks and cran­nies, is longer than California’s coastline—mile for mile. So take your time and explore Maine at a leisurely pace—that’s what a Mainer would do!

Check out just a  a few of the won­der­ful lux­ury fam­ily accom­mo­da­tions along the Maine Coast:

Cap­tain Lord Mansion—Kennebunkport

This stately, old New Eng­land man­sion was built back in 1814 and con­verted to an inn in 1978. Located in an area filled with beau­ti­fully pre­served 17th- and 18th–cen­tury homes, Cap­tain Lord Man­sion sits atop the town green with maple trees lin­ing the way. It’s lav­ishly dec­o­rated and excep­tion­ally detailed. The halls are graced with many Euro­pean works of art, and though elab­o­rate in its approach, it’s not stuffy. You’ll find entic­ing fea­tures in the beau­ti­fully appointed rooms, each named after a ship the Lord fam­ily built. Ameni­ties include four poster beds, gas fire­places, down com­forters, heated mar­ble and tile bath­room floors, dou­ble whirlpools, Jacuzzis, and body-jet showers.

Captain Lord Mansion

You’ll find ele­gant decor at the Cap­tain Lord Man­sion in Kennebunk,ME (photo cour­tesy of Cap­tain Lord Mansion)

It’s a quiet walk from the shops and restau­rants in Ken­neb­unkport, and after you return you’ll find a treat pre­pared by the kitchen wait­ing for you in the after­noon. Spa mas­sages are avail­able on the premises, and com­pli­men­tary snow­shoes, bicy­cles, and other con­ve­niences are avail­able at the front desk. The inn also hosts wine tast­ings along with sum­mer gar­den par­ties. Note: Par­ents with teens are most wel­come here, but they dis­cour­age bring­ing chil­dren under 12.

Black Point Inn—Scarborough

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The Black Point Inn in Maine is also an excel­lent choice for autumn vis­its. (photo cour­tesy of Black Point Inn)

If you’re dream­ing of tak­ing in beau­ti­ful Maine ocean views, visit the Black Point Inn in Scar­bor­ough. This prime water­front loca­tion has water views from three sides of it’s facil­ity. The 25 spa­cious rooms and pub­lic areas were recently ren­o­vated and dec­o­rated in a clas­sic New Eng­land style, often with a nau­ti­cal theme. Take a dip in the geot­her­mally heated swim­ming pool (this is a Green Cer­ti­fied inn), enjoy the golf course, play with the kids along the two 1.5-mile sandy beaches, use their kayaks, bicy­cles, or hike the path by 19th–cen­tury Amer­i­can painter Winslow Homer’s studio.

Stroll the along the water’s edge or take a swim at The Black Point Inn’s beach. (photo cour­tesy of Black Point Inn)

There are two restaurants—one for fine din­ing and one for more caual fare. (Din­ner and break­fast are included with the room rate.) The staff is famously friendly, cour­te­ous, and pro­fes­sional. Con­sider stay­ing here on a Tues­day night in the sum­mer so you can enjoy the jazz trio, which plays out­side on the deck while you sit in a wicker chair with an appe­tizer or cock­tail enjoy­ing the views. Or for wine enthu­si­asts, stop in for a Wednes­day visit and enjoy their wine tast­ing sessions.

Inn By the Sea—Cape Elizabeth

Ocean views at Inn by the Sea

Spec­tac­u­lar views are found at the Inn By the Sea (photo cour­tesy of Inn By the Sea)

The lovely Inn By the Sea is a ter­rific place for fam­i­lies who enjoy  excel­lent ser­vice, its close prox­im­ity to Port­land, loca­tion along one mile of beau­ti­ful sandy beach, and its 61 one– and two-bedrooms suites. The two-bedroom suites offer two bath­rooms, spa­cious liv­ing areas, pull-out couches, fully equipped kitchens, indoor/outdoor fire­places, a deck area, and beau­ti­ful ocean views. The suites are dec­o­rated with a cool bal­ance of mod­ern style while main­tain­ing an old New Eng­land flare.

The Inn By the Sea’s spa­cious two bed­room suite liv­ing room (photo cour­tesy of Inn By the Sea)

Dogs are wel­come here—the Inn has 17 pet-friendly rooms. Great activ­i­ties abound for your fam­ily at the Inn By the Sea, includ­ing nightly s’more-making around the firepit, sto­ry­telling, yoga on the lawn for the whole fam­ily, art classes, and beach walks with a nat­u­ral­ist. There’s a heated pool and spa ser­vices as well. As a spe­cial New England-style expe­ri­ence, they will arrange for your fam­ily to board Cap­tain Tom’s lob­ster boat, where every­one will be part of the crew, haul lob­ster traps, learn about Port­land his­tory, and more.

 

Port­land Har­bor Hotel—Portland

Old Port, Portland

Port­land Har­bor Hotel sits in the pop­u­lar Old Port Dis­trict (photo cour­tesy of the Port­land Har­bor Hotel)

If you’re inter­ested in all Port­land has to offer, the loca­tion of the Port­land Har­bor Hotel can’t be beat. Nes­tled in the city’s Old Port Dis­trict over­look­ing the Port­land har­bor, it’s within walk­ing dis­tance to many fan­tas­tic restau­rants (such as the nation­ally acclaimed Fore Street Restau­rant), cool shops, and fun pubs like Ri-Ra (inte­rior of this bar is all imported from a col­lec­tion of pubs in Ire­land.) The hotel, which opened in 2002, offers 95 guest rooms, includ­ing 19 suites (six of which are new). In the spa­cious gue­strooms you’ll find gran­ite bath­rooms with over­sized soaker tubs, his and hers armoires, and down cov­er­lets, (nice to have in Maine). Some rooms have a view of the lovely inte­rior court­yard. You can rent bicy­cles at the front desk for a fun ride around the cob­ble­stone roads to take in the sights. If you’re in need of relax­ation they’ve recently part­nered with local spa Nine Stones, to offer  their ser­vices within the hotel. As a spe­cial add-on fea­ture, you can plan a lit­tle sur­prise for your child by hav­ing the staff draw a bub­ble bath in your soaker tub, accom­pa­nied by warm cook­ies and milk for a good night treat.

 

Cam­den Har­bour Inn—Camden

Camden Harbour Inn

The Cam­den Har­bour Inn’s lovely wrap around porch adds to it’s New Eng­land charm.(photo cour­tesy of Cam­den Har­bour Inn)

Cam­den Har­bour Inn is a favorite for many Maine vis­i­tors because of its ser­vice, its beau­ti­ful view of Cam­den har­bor, and the mod­ern twist the own­ers have infused into this clas­sic New Eng­land Inn. The beau­ti­ful white wrap-around porch is invit­ing and the views are truly enjoy­able, espe­cially while sip­ping a hot cup of cof­fee with fresh baked treats in hand (snacks are avail­able all day to guests). The rooms are mod­ern and crisp, with fun extras like iPads loaded with apps in the some of the suites. The bath­rooms are very mod­ern, and offer dif­fer­ent fea­tures like rain show­ers, sep­a­rate tub, Jacuzzis, Ultra­Bain Ther­a­peu­tic air baths, and steam showers.

Camden Harbour Inn

The Royal Dutch Suite at the Cam­den Har­bour Inn is well suited for fam­i­lies. (photo cour­tesy of Cam­den Har­bour Inn)

The new Royal Dutch Suite is espe­cially well-suited for fam­i­lies as a sec­ond bed­room with dou­ble twins can be added. This lux­u­ri­ous suite offers fire­place views from three locations-livingroom, bed­room or bath­room. Upon arrival, kids are greeted with “Ocean Crea­tures” which are small plush whale, lob­ster, seal or crab toys, and mock­tails cre­ated spe­cially by award win­ning mixol­o­gist Tom Laslavic. The inn pro­vides kid-sized bathrobes and slip­pers for an extra wel­com­ing touch. A nanny ser­vice is avail­able to guests. Note: you won’t find a pool or beach­front area onsite, but the beach is close by. Many vis­i­tors rave about the hearty break­fast included in the price, espe­cially the lob­ster eggs benedict.

—Lau­rie Flan­nery for Lux­ury Travel Mavens

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