Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Inn By The Sea
What it is
A 61-room gem perched on pristine Crescent Beach, with a seafront outdoor pool, loaner cruiser bikes and a sumptuous spa.
What it isn't
Overrun with screaming kids, at all hours. Yes, it’s a family spot (with all the perks and amenities that you’d want), but the hotel also has a firm “adults only” swim time in the pool on summer mornings so you can sip coffee while treading water in peace.
What we think
You know a hotel values guest privacy when each and every guest room has its own exterior door—no need to schlep through the lobby to get to your home away from home. Inn by the Sea has that thoughtful touch plus interiors merged with nautical nods, including porthole windows, neutral and blue color palettes and pampering perks, like iPod docking stations and fluffy robes to toss in for taking in the sunset with a coup of bubbly. Annual guests rave over the Beach Suites, fitted with full kitchens, gas fireplaces and decks overlooking the lobster boats bobbing in the water. Want your fridge pre-stocked with delish ingredients from Sea Glass, the on-site restaurant? Just ask, whether you’re craving local farm-fresh eggs, housemade alfredo sauce or blueberry maple butter.
You're here because
You like a drama-free vacay (i.e. a hotel that has pre-planned plenty of activities for you). On the docket here? S’mores by the fire pit, family yoga on the lawn, and garden tours with their expert pros.
Sweeping ocean views are usually something you only get when you’re scrolling through Instagram. So the prime, salty-aired overlook on the dining patio at Sea Glass more than takes your breath away. As dusk settles over the landscape, bathing the scene in blush pink light, your locally caught mussels arrive, steeped in chorizo broth with crusty bread for dipping. Is this heaven, then?
Restaurants & Bars
- Sea Glass - unsurpassed Maine dining experience with spectacular ocean views from its intimate oceanfront dining room or al fresco deck
A 10 mile drive from Portland International Jetport and downtown Portland, Maine, Inn by the Sea is roosted on a particularly lovely inlet overlooking aptly named Seal Cove, on the Atlantic. A short, brisk walk up the coastline and you’ll be staring at the foot of Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse, erected in 1924 and still active today.