Established in 1889 on a scenic hill just outside Rockland (technically it’s in Rockport), the Samoset was meant as a grown-up summer camp for the wealthy. Even the cathedral-ceilinged lobby, constructed of massive timbers salvaged from an old grain silo in Portland, is worth photographing. This is not the original building—the original was shuttered, auctioned off, and destroyed by fire decades ago. But the place has bounced back big-time as a noted golf resort and luxury property, thanks to a number of exciting recent upgrades. A few years back, a new heated pool and hot tub were added on the hill’s highest point, with sweeping views of the bay, plus a poolside bar serving frozen drinks and light meals. Rooms vary in position and view, but many have balconies or porches with grand Penobscot Bay views; all have rich wood-and-leather headboards, flatscreen TVs, and marble vanities. Bathrooms are extra-big, some with whirlpool tubs. The golf course remains one of the most scenic in New England, while the quiet local roads are perfect for strolling—you can walk to a lighthouse across the town’s iconic breakwater next door. Check out the good health club, then head to dinner; options include La Bella Vita, which has a menu of classic Italian dishes and a nice dining terrace, and the Splash Bar, serving pubby sandwiches, wraps, and burgers. All in all, a great luxury comeback.

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