A relaxing New England retreat on the Atlantic, with breakfast includedBeing right on an Atlantic beach, where you can stroll and scout for sand dollars
Driving to Portland, 10 minutes away, or touring Scarborough’s Winslow Homer studio
Slurping down oysters at the locally inspired restaurant
What To Know
Nearby Portland presents plenty of options for dining and shopping
Perfect base for day trips to Ogunquit and Freeport—both less than 30 miles away
Free WiFi works well
Complimentary onsite parking is available
A recently revamped historic hideaway on the Northeastern seafront, just 10 minutes from Portland
Get nautical in New England at Higgins Beach Inn. This Maine getaway sits right along the Atlantic and offers you all your favorite staples of a Northeastern seafront stay: opportunities to search for sand dollars and shells on its beach, raw oysters and fresh local fish to dine on, craft brews to drink, a porch from which to gaze at the water. Owned by Migis Hotel Group, it’s a perfect Pine Tree State retreat, where you can fall asleep between soft linens and admire Colonial Revival architecture that you won’t find anywhere outside the region.
When you make it off the century-old property’s recently renovated and reopened grounds, discover a town that’s equally charming. Scarborough inspired one of American realism’s most iconic painters – Winslow Homer – and offers a museum in his former studio, plus proximity to various state parks. If you’re looking to keep up the nautical theme, though, there’s no better option than a whale-watching cruise or lighthouse tour – and you’re just 10 minutes from Portland, Maine's cultural capital, offering veritable boatloads of such excursions.
All rooms are individually decorated and named, but they have select high-end comforts in common. These include Gilchrist & Soames
The inn’s restaurant is a perfect place to wash down raw oysters with a craft brew. It serves a range of fresh local fish and shellfish in its indoor dining area and on its covered beach-facing porch. Head off the premises for plenty of other top-notch clam shacks and oyster bars in the region.
Your inn sits directly upon the beach, if sunbathing and taking barefoot walks is your thing. (Some of the area shores are great for surfing, as well.) For another taste of the local culture, try horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, canoeing with the Maine Audubon Society or touring Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Two Lights State Park. Portland is only a 10-minute drive.