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Just fifteen minutes from the vibrant city of Portland, Maine, the Inn By the Sea sits upon a mile of pristine sandy beach and offers the perfect option for both families and couples. The main building, with its slate grey clapboard, white picket fencing and manicured lawn is an atypical New England coastal retreat.
Spacious guestrooms are situated within the main building, and feature gas fireplaces, iPod docking stations, flat screen TV's and ensuite bathrooms with walk in showers. Traditional guestrooms are decorated in warming shades of berry and ochre, with sumptuous bedding, and many offering ocean views. Suites in the Main Inn also offer additional living space, and small kitchenettes. Cottages are a great self-contained family option, with a similar interior style to the Main Inn. The Beachfront Suites are the newest addition and more modern in style, with single and two bedroom options, kitchenettes and private porches overlooking Crescent beach.
Visitors to Maine simply cannot leave without sampling some of the freshest lobster, and guests at Inn by the Sea can enjoy lobster tasting menus, alongside other sustainable seafood dishes at the delightful Sea Grass Restaurant. Meat and poultry dishes, sourced from local farms, are also on the menu for the less ocean inclined diners.
For relaxation, guests can retreat to the Spa to enjoy treatments with ocean inspired creams and oils, steam rooms, and one couples treatment room, complete with tub roomy enough for two. Early morning yoga is offered, or guests can take a dip in the heated resort pool - particularly appealing for days when the ocean is a little too chilly. Morning coffee is served in the lounge, or guests can relax with a cool drink on the lawn and watch the fishing boats returning to shore. Botany enthusiasts should also join gardener Derrick Daly on a tour of the resort gardens, and butterfly station.
There are plenty of outdoor pursuits to enjoy, from fishing, to biking, to sailing, to coastal walks. A must visit is the oldest lighthouse in America, at Portland Head, which is within walking distance of the Inn. For the culture vultures, head to Portland just seven miles away, for galleries, museums, theatres and boutiques.
Why we love it
This is a hotel that works for both families and couples, with plenty of space to relax and play. The Inn also host classic New England events in our summer months, including weekly lobster bakes held on the lawn in from of the Main Inn, and a monthly 'Jazz on the Lawn' event.
Alexandra, Original Traveller