14 Top-Rated Resorts in Maine
Maine has long been one of the most popular vacation destinations on the northeastern corner of Atlantic USA. The country's most northerly state - it's nestled between the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick - is also home to some of its most dramatic coastal scenery. This popularity has ensured that numerous first-rate accommodation options have sprung up to satisfy demand. As a result, a visit to the "Pine Tree State" will find you choosing between lovely luxury boutique inns, like the delightful Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport and Inn by the Sea in Port Elizabeth to the much larger yet equally attractive Samoset Resort on the Ocean in Rockport.
Whatever your traveling style and budget, get the very best out of your next vacation with our list of the top-rated resorts in Maine.
1 Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport
The name alone makes you want to spend time at Captain Lord Mansion. Named after this exquisite boutique inn's original shipbuilder owner, Captain Lord Mansion is about as authentic a Maine vacation as you could wish for. Located in the heart of the village of Kennebunkport, the inn is a popular choice for couples seeking a relaxing and romantic getaway. In the exquisitely decorated rooms (no two are alike), you'll enjoy features such as classic four-poster king beds with upgraded mattresses and bedding, gas fireplaces, and large bathrooms with deep soaker tubs. A two-room suite is also worth looking into and comes with a separate bedroom and living area, as well as a bathroom with a heated floor.
The inn offers equally classy amenities, too. For those who enjoy a little pampering, there's a full-service day spa. And gourmands will enjoy hearty meals, including sumptuous breakfasts and delicious multi-course dinners in the restaurant. The grounds are also a delight to spend time in. Here, you'll find extensive gardens with pleasant pathways and water features such as waterfalls and fountains, sculptures, as well as a putting green. There's also a gift shop on-site.
Accommodation: Captain Lord Mansion
2 Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth
Another spot that's perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway, the Inn by the Sea is located in one of the oldest and most attractive settlements in Maine. Cape Elizabeth was named after English royalty in the early 1600s and has maintained much of the charm - and many of the historic buildings - that have sprung up since then. The area is also popular for its dramatic shoreline interspersed with beautiful stretches of sandy beaches, many of which are easily accessible from Inn by the Sea. A restaurant and amenities like a swimming pool and gym equipment are available.
The rooms on offer are each quite distinctive in décor and design. In the Main Inn, guests can choose from a variety of attractive traditional guestrooms, perfect for couples, that offer high-end bedding and spacious bathrooms (bathrobes included). A number of garden suites are also available and include king beds, large living rooms with work desks, and pullout couches. They also have bigger bathrooms, mini-fridges, microwaves, coffee makers, furnished porches, and ocean views. For those needing more space, the one-bedroom beach suites are a great choice and come with a full-kitchen, dining rooms, fireplaces, and larger porches or balconies (these units can be combined to make two- or even three-bedroom accommodations). In-room dining can be arranged through the on-site restaurant. Some pet-friendly units are available.
Accommodation: Inn by the Sea
3 Samoset Resort on the Ocean, Rockport
Another beautiful top-rated beach destination in Maine is Samoset Resort on the Ocean. Located in the picturesque coastal town of Rockport, the Samoset Resort can trace its history all the way back to 1889. Today, this magnificent 230-acre property adjacent to Penobscot Bay continues to attract guests for its luxury accommodations. Each well-appointed room comes with a Keurig coffee maker, large screen TV, spacious bathroom with bathrobes, mini-fridges, and a furnished private balcony or patio. Some pet-friendly accommodations are available, so be sure to place your request when making a reservation.
There's no end of fun around the property. Highlights include spending time beachside or poolside (you'll enjoy lounging beside the huge 200,000-gallon gradual-entry swimming pool with its expansive deck area), enjoying an alfresco meal on the patio (or indoors during cooler weather, but with the same great ocean views), or getting in a round of golf on the championship 18-hole course. The resort also offers a full-service spa and hair salon, tennis and basketball courts, and a wide array of fun activities for kids of all ages.
Accommodation: Samoset Resort on the Ocean
4 Grand Harbor Inn, Camden
The pretty coastal community of Camden is home to the Grand Harbor Inn, widely regarded as one of the top-rated boutique hotels in Maine. Built in a traditional New England style, this year-round location offers an intimate setting with just 10 luxury rooms and suites. Features of these well-appointed and brightly decorated units include high-quality beds and bedding, living areas with gas fireplaces, spacious bathrooms with marble showers, and furnished balconies. If available, be sure to book into one of the waterfront rooms, which come with a pull-out sofa and work desk. A nice touch is the food and beverage closet with a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, along with snacks and water. Pet-friendly units are available.
The Grand Harbor Inn also provides plenty of great perks for its guests. Highlights include room-delivered breakfast, 24-hour concierge service, free daily newspapers, a DVD movie library, evening turndown service (the chocolates are a nice touch!), and quality toiletries and bathrobes. When you do want to venture out, take a tour on the schooner Appledore; docked outside the inn, this 86-foot vessel provides two-hour harbor tours.
Accommodation: Grand Harbor Inn
5 Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport
The elegant Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport has been providing travelers with first-rate accommodations for more than 130 years. Its romantic coastal village location makes it especially popular with couples and wedding groups, although families are certainly well-looked after, too. In addition to an excellent restaurant known for its fresh seafood, guests can enjoy a variety of great leisure activities during their stay, from relaxing by the heated outdoor swimming pool or grabbing a bike or kayak rental and exploring the historic village and its beautiful surrounds. Boat tours and campfires are also part of the fun, and day spa facilities are also available, including massages. There are also plenty of programs and activities designed to keep the kids busy, from nature hikes to arts and crafts.
A great choice of room are those located in the original Carriage House Inn. Dating back to 1883, these attractive rooms are each unique in terms of décor and layout, and include such amenities as deluxe bedding, Keurig coffee makers, and HDTVs. The newer Portside Lodge offers a variety of room options, the largest of which come with a choice of a king or two queen beds, a separate living area with a pullout couch, 1.5 bathrooms, plus a fridge and microwave.
Accommodation: Nonantum Resort
6 Cliff House Maine, Cape Neddick
Although one of the larger vacation properties in the region, the Cliff House Maine in Cape Neddick can trace its roots back to 1872 and continues to offer an equally elegant option for those seeking a great place to serve as a base as you explore the Pine Tree State's wonderfully rugged coastline. Consisting of 226 classy guest rooms and suites, there's plenty of choice when it comes time to bed down for the night. Standard features in these chic and well-appointed units include spacious furnished terraces with great ocean views, plush bedding and mattresses with a choice of king or two queen beds, HDTVs, good-sized bathrooms (with bathrobes), along with sleeper sofas in some rooms. For those needing more space, the resort also has a stand-alone cottage available for rent.
On-site amenities include a large spa overlooking the coast, a 24-hour fitness center, oceanfront dining (in-room options available), hot tubs, and three swimming pools (one indoor, two outdoor). Also handy is the on-site shopping - everything from local arts and gift items to clothing - as well as a concierge service to handle the booking of tours, excursions, and adventures. It's also fun wandering around the resort's well maintained 70-acre property, where you'll find many great places to just sit and enjoy the views over the ocean.
Accommodation: Cliff House Maine
7 Stage Neck Inn, York
Another lovely part of Maine worth exploring, the historic town of York is also home to the Stage Neck Inn, offering B&B-style getaways in an attractive coastal setting. Accommodations on offer here are great for families and couples alike, and include a number of spacious luxury guestrooms with either a king or two double beds, seating areas with pull-out couches, along with furnished private balconies or patios with great ocean or harbor views.
The on-site amenities at Stage Neck include a new heated indoor swimming pool with hot tub (there's also a heated outdoor pool), a full-service spa and beauty salon, and a well-equipped fitness center. There are also tennis courts, as well as a gift shop. Also worth experiencing is the restaurant, which, in addition to its fine food, serves up great views over the coast. The inn also has modern function, meeting, and conference rooms. A real joy is stepping out of your room to the wonderful beach adjacent to the property, or joining the nearby trail networks and pathways to explore this beautiful part of Maine.
Accommodation: Stage Neck Inn
8 Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa, Boothbay Harbor
Another great resort option for those seeking a quality Maine vacation is the top-ranking Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa in Boothbay Harbor. Set amid a stunning 57 acres abutting the coastline, this 100-plus-year-old resort offers no end of fun for families and couples alike. Highlights include world-class amenities, such as dining in one of the three on-site restaurants (in-room, alfresco, and private dining options available), a full-service spa, well-equipped fitness center, and large saltwater swimming pool overlooking the ocean with a lounge area and plenty of seating. There's also a kids' play area adjacent to a second swimming pool plus a wading pool. Water activities include kayaks and paddleboards, a sailing sloop, plus a private launch offering trips around the harbor.
The resort is especially popular for its accommodations, which include everything from standard-sized hotel rooms to elegant guest rooms in the spacious stand-alone coastal cottages located steps away from the waterfront. Decorated in bright maritime themes reflecting the area, the best of these chic units offer superb views over the ocean from their private furnished porches (rocking chairs provided). Other notable features are the original local artwork, upgraded beds and bedding, HDTVs, Keurig coffee makers and bottled water, high-end toiletries and bathrobes, and mini-fridges.
Accommodation: Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa
9 The Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort, Ogunquit
Located on a beautiful stretch of coastline near Ogunquit, The Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort offers a mix of accommodation types suited to all budgets. Those seeking an affordable vacation should consider one of the 51 oceanfront motel units. Offering a choice of king or two double/queen beds, these comfortable units sleep up to five guests, depending on bed configurations. Those seeking a little luxury should consider one of the larger suites in the resort's Jacobs House building, with upgraded décor and furnishings. You'll enjoy a choice of unique accommodation options, some with large living areas with a gas fireplace, along with either one or two separate bedrooms, a full-kitchen, and spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers. There's also a stand-alone oceanfront cottage for those wanting a home-away-from-home experience.
Part of the fun here is its proximity to an expansive stretch of sandy beach, just steps away from the resort. On-site amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court plus outdoor games, and a small library. Guests are also provided privileges at area golf clubs.
Accommodation: The Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort
10 Inn at Ocean's Edge, Lincolnville
One of Maine's top-ranked boutique hotels, the Inn at Ocean's Edge is a great choice for those seeking a quality yet affordable coastal getaway. Located overlooking lovely Penobscot Bay just a short drive from the larger community of Camden, guests have easy access to great beaches and swimming, as well as to the nearby historic village of Lincolnville. On-site amenities include a spa offering massages, a hot tub and sauna, and a heated infinity edge swimming pool. Great dining and shopping can be enjoyed within walking distance of the resort.
A real plus is the resort's intimate feel, something that's largely due to it only having 18 guest rooms. These elegant luxury units are great for couples and come with comfortable king beds and superb views over the ocean. Another great option are the two elegantly appointed suites above the pool house. Most units come with seating areas, gas fireplaces, and large bathrooms with separate showers (bathrobes provided).
Accommodation: Inn at Ocean's Edge
11 Relais & Chateaux Camden Harbour Inn, Camden
Part of the leading Relais & Chateaux luxury group of hotels and resorts, the Camden Harbour Inn offers exquisite B&B-style vacations in a gorgeous setting. Considered one of Maine's top-ranked boutique hotels, this historic property boasts no end of reasons to want to visit. At the top of the list is the inn's superb dining, courtesy of Natalie's Restaurant. Consistently ranked one of the best fine dining establishments in the US, the focus is on fresh locally sourced produce and ingredients with spectacular ocean views. Perks include a nightly turndown service (with chocolates and slippers), a private lounge with free snacks, and complimentary breakfast. There's also a spa on-site.
Then, of course, there are the magnificent suites themselves. Comprising three separate rooms each - a living room, master bedroom with king bed, and bathroom - these magnificent and opulent units also come with fireplaces, HDTVs, original artworks, and custom furnishings. Other features include espresso coffee makers; wet bars with stocked mini-fridges; spacious bathrooms with separate soaker tubs, rain showers, and bathrobes; plus stunning views.
Accommodation: Relais & Chateaux Camden Harbour Inn
12 Hartstone Inn & Hideaway, Camden
Another great Camden location worth considering is the Hartstone Inn & Hideaway. Located in the heart of this historic coastal village, this B&B-style inn was built in 1835 and provides some of the top-rated luxury accommodations in the area. A highlight of a stay is enjoying the inn's remarkable collection of live orchids (some 400 or so) spread around its public spaces, including in its must-try restaurant. There's plenty of pampering also at the on-site spa, including a terrific couple's massage. For a real treat, be sure to order one of the inn's picnic hampers when venturing out for a day of exploring.
The inn's accommodations are exquisitely decorated and furnished. If it's available, try to book into the sumptuous Arbor Suite, a spacious and bright ground floor unit that boasts its own private entrance, a living area with a fireplace and tall cathedral ceiling with skylights, a large bathroom with a walk-in shower, and classy furnishings including the mahogany sleigh bed. Another great choice is the sprawling Sunflower Suite, which consists of a large master bedroom and separate sitting room.
Accommodation: Hartstone Inn & Hideaway
13 Grace White Barn Inn & Spa, Kennebunk
Another top-rated luxury hotel from Relais & Châteaux to consider when booking your coastal Maine getaway is the Grace White Barn Inn & Spa in Kennebunk. With a history that dates back some 150 years, this rustic property's 26 rooms have been completely renovated and are well-appointed and beautifully decorated throughout. Families would do well to consider booking the charming Loon Cottage, which boasts two bedrooms (each with a private entrance), two spacious bathrooms, two authentic wood-burning fireplaces, soaring cathedral ceilings, and superb water views. A number of cozy hotel rooms are also available, perfect for couples and featuring queen beds, plus good-sized bathrooms with separate rain showers.
A highlight of a stay is dining in the hotel's award-winning restaurant. Set in the original "white barns," built in the 1820s, this fine-dining establishment focuses on delicious local dishes in a truly romantic setting (a casual bistro-style restaurant is also available). A variety of fun cooking class packages are also provided for those wanting to hone their culinary skills. The hotel also has a spa offering diverse treatments (a popular choice are the couples massages), a fitness center, as well as a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Accommodation: Grace White Barn Inn & Spa
14 Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport
"Laying on the luxury" is very much the order of the day (every day) at the charming Cape Arundel Inn & Resort in historic Kennebunkport. Boasting incredible views over the ocean and one of the most picture-perfect settings in a state that's bursting with great scenery, this classy luxury property is in fact made up of two distinct historic country estates. The oceanfront Victorian mansion that comprises the main inn building boasts an elegant porch looking directly onto the coast, while a second historic building is set among 15 acres of trees nearby. As a guest, you'll be able to enjoy the best of both, including a lounge area with a huge fireplace, billiards, plus a heated swimming pool. A fitness facility is also available (try a yoga class), as well as free use of bikes. There's also on-site dining available.
A great choice of accommodation for those seeking a romantic getaway is the delightfully appointed Ocean Suite. In addition to its beautiful ocean views (even from your king bed), this spacious suite comes with a large bathroom with a separate soaker tub and shower (yes, staff will have it ready for your return after a day out if you let them know), a separate living area, and a furnished private balcony. A number of bungalow units are also available, each with its own ocean-view balcony, wet bar, and gas fireplaces.
Accommodation: Cape Arundel Inn & Resort