Not so much an inn as a luxury retreat, Cape Elizabeth’s best hotel has made the successful transition from relaxed seaside getaway to destination resort. Yet they’ve done it while retaining a wonderful sense of place: suites and dining areas emphasize Maine-themed art and foods, while summery gardens and ocean views tantalize through the windows. An expansive, lovely spa, a heated outdoor pool, and gatherings like bonfires and ice-cream socials are among the lovely touches. Many rooms have fireplaces, and some are bi-level spa suites with double Jacuzzis. A further set of cottages (townhouselike suites) in an outbuilding add full kitchens and extra bedroom or bathroom space. Especially welcome is this inn’s move toward green practices: It’s the first hotel in Maine to burn biofuels, operate carbon neutrally, and employ printed-paper key cards. Recycled materials and low-flow toiletry also predominate. Need still more green? A walkway leads to one of Maine’s best beaches.
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Inn By The Sea
40 Bowery Beach Road
Our Rating Neighborhood Cape Elizabeth Phone 800/888-4287 , 207/799-3134 Prices July–Aug $719–$889 suite (3-night minimum); May–June and Sept–Oct $459–$669 suite; Nov–Apr $314–$599 suite Units 57 Amenities Restaurant; lounge; fitness room; Jacuzzi; heated outdoor pool; room service; sauna; spa; free Wi-Fi. Pet Policy Pets welcome in some units; ask. Web site Inn By The Sea
Map40 Bowery Beach Road Portland ME
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