Maine is for lovers—the mountainous landscape paired with the blue ocean, and the impeccable inland scenery create the perfect romantic backdrop. The state’s lodging scene is also quite unique and personalized—you’ll find lots of cottage style inns and New England coastal bed and breakfasts, both of which are perfect for couple’s getaways. It can be hard to choose because an abundance of resorts and hotels are simply dreamy, but these are our favorite couple’s lodging options in “Vacationland”.
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The name says it all—wedged on an overlook in Cape Neddick, the Cliff House Maine is equipped with “adults only” rooms. These upgraded suites have incredible balconies, gas fireplaces and wet bars. One of the four pools is also designated solely for us grown-ups because little Billy’s cannon balls just aren’t that relaxing. You’ll find plenty of good eats on site, from a lobster shack, fine dining to a great little coffee place.
While often most loved for the Coast, Maine is a wonderful place to be during the winter. Get away for a romantic skiing adventure in Newry, an area backing up to the border of New Hampshire. Several inns and lodges are available to choose from, but the Jordan Hotel stands out with a slope-side, outdoor pool that stays open year round. There’s nothing more romantic than a night swim with views like that, or a snowboarding adventure if you’re thrill-seeking types.
Kennebunkport might be one of the most perfect towns in existence—every building has that coastal cottage appeal, there’s an abundance of water activities and just an undeniable allure. The Nonantum Resort is a fantastic value in the typically upscale destination, and it ranks high in overall presentation and amenities. Views of boats sailing down the river, delicious onsite food including a breakfast buffet, and an attentive staff are a few things you’ll fall in love with.
You might find yourself booking a stay simply because of the popular fine dining restaurant situated on site. Some of the best seafood in and around York is prepared right here, in a traditional yet outstanding way. But the inn is lovely and classic—the ocean is steps away. But again, the food is unreal, from dinner to honey from the chef’s own hive draped over your fresh baked pastries.
It doesn’t get more “waterfront”, as balconies seem to extend off dry land into the harbor. Rooms and commons areas are very traditional with floral patterns and wood accents, yet it’s all quite refined in a somewhat modern kind of way. Everything that has made Maine a charming vacationland exists in this establishment—proximity to eclectic shops, eateries, activities, and a generally warm, welcoming feel.
Camden is oozing with intimate boutique hotels perfect for a couples escape—16 Bay View is one of those places. Like many trendy lodging options, the building has deep historic roots which are evident in the overall look. Only 21 rooms are available, and as a result, the experience feels special, with each room having that little bit of extra love put into it. Fireplaces, stunning soaking tubs and spacious seating areas create a picture-perfect evening in.
Some come for the highly praised cocktails, while others come to stay in diversely designed, posh suites. Self-proclaimed as one the most romantic hotels in New England, we’d have to agree after gazing upon the spa bathrooms complete with sauna, and sipping a welcome glass of champagne. The bar has been infinitely raised for bed and breakfasts everywhere, as the Camden Harbor Inn is generally glamorous in every department. You’ll find chocolate and pastries around to snack on through the day, and a breakfast of housemade marmalades and breads with an impressive a la carte selection.
That dreamy infinity pool melding with the Penobscot Bay—-it’s the first thing that draws you in. Airy rooms with fireplaces are tucked away in the multi-level cottage style retreat—it’s all very “coastal Maine”. Local smoked salmon, pancakes with Maine maple syrup, cooked to order eggs along with fresh fruit and pastries are presented buffet style for an outstanding breakfast. Being close to downtown Camden, you have to hit up Boynton-McKay for some blueberry pancakes before leaving.
Not only is Bangor a cute town, but Stephen King lives here, and places in stories like “It” were aesthetically inspired by his home city. Visitors can even take a Stephen King tour, which is led by an informative guide—you’ll get to see King’s crimson red home, filming locations and famous streets, which is pretty cool for fans. Residence Inn is one of the more luxurious hotels in the area, featuring spacious rooms equipped with kitchens, an onsite restaurant with artisan dishes and a modern indoor pool. So if you and your sweetie are horror genre fanatics with a taste for the upscale, you’ll have an absolute ball here.
We’ll round out our list out with this gem, and its awesome zero entry pool complete with the ocean backdrop. Visually, it takes the cake, with sprawling golf courses and landscape grazing against the ocean. The grounds are quite expansive with a lot to do. From basic but pretty rooms to suites and luxury cottages, every lodging option is a winner. What can we say? The dining is superb, there’s an on-site spa and the service is unparalleled. It’s your bit of heaven, right here in Maine USA.