A must stop for any visitor to Maine for almost a century and a half, the Cliff House was showing its age the last time we visited it a decade ago.
Today it is has been reborn in a striking metamorphosis and is now a luxury resort. Returning visitors will not recognize the place as it has been rebuilt after a multi-million dollar renovation by the new owners with every one if its rooms facing the Atlantic and the majestic cliffs in the unique setting shown above.
How to get there
Since the Cliff House is only 160 miles from our home on Cape Cod, we took advantage of our impending early arrival by jumping off the turnpike at Kttery Maine just over the state line.
We drove along Route 103 which goes through several oceanfront villages of great charm with almost continuous ocean views and still arrived at the resort before noon.
Returning guest will not recognize this place today. The minute you walk in you are surrounded by a panoramic view of the cliffs for which it is named and the Atlantic below.
A year round resort
Cliff House is now open year-round with plenty of activities available regardless of the season. The new owners spent over $40 million on the property to create what is now perhaps the most elegant resort in all New England..
Cliff House has always offered a superb golf course directly in front of the property, but today the inn has added a 9,000 sq. ft. luxury state of the art spa and outdoor activities.
The hotel’s 134 accommodations range from luxurious suites adjacent to the 9,000-square-foot spa to a quaint New England–style cottage. Some of the coastal-chic rooms even offer fireplaces. Each room has a private terrace with grand ocean views. Two of Cliff House’s culinary options have also been transformed.
There’s the property’s signature restaurant that serves regional dishes created from locally sourced ingredients plus a lobster shack.
You can read what recent guest have said about Cliff House here.
After visiting over 130 countries and countless four-star hotels. this is probably the first one where we didn't feel like leaving our room - it was that beautiful and the view from our deck was spectacular.
What else to do in the area
The seaside town of Ogunquit is two miles north with countless shops and restaurants.
Or you can continue up Route 1 to Kennebunk and Kennebuckport where you can drive by the home of President W.H. Bush.
A half hour further north is the shopping mecca of Freeport and the headquarters of L.L.Bean plus a hundred famous factory outlets.
For more information about Cliff House, visit www.cliffhousemaine.com
or call 207-361-1000.