Cliff House Maine
What We Love
- The resort is open year round (unusual in this part of Maine)
- The plethora of outdoor activities for every season: fishing, lobstering, beachfront snowshoeing, sea kayaking, and cross-country skiing are just a few
- Checking out panoramic ocean views from the walls of windows in the lounge, restaurant and lobby
What To Know
- There’s an 18-hole golf course adjacent to the property
- In addition to the gym, there are group yoga classes and outdoor group runs two mornings a week
- Some rooms are pet-friendly
- Valet parking is available for a fee per night while self-parking is free
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Visitors to southern Maine might be surprised at the lack of fishing nets and lobster pots at the Cliff House, which is part of a growing trend of freshly styled Maine hotels. The look owes something to the Scandinavian design revolution, with its white paint, wooden floors, and clean lines, but it still nods at its nautical history with stainless steel portholes in the rooms (they’re purely aesthetic, so don’t try to open them). The hotel’s most gorgeous asset is its view—set atop Bald Head Cliff, the ocean offers something spectacular to look at even in the winter, when guests won’t be sunbathing on the sandy Ogunquit beach, just a few minutes from the hotel. The outdoor seating areas, including a fire pit, have been carefully arranged to take maximum advantage of the scenery. The decision to keep the hotel open year-round means that there are plenty of non-beach activities as well, including a sumptuous spa, a heated indoor pool, or the opportunity to simply parking yourself in front of a fireplace, or the floor-to-ceiling windows, with a locally brewed Wiggly Bridge bourbon in hand.
In the Area
While it’s just an hour’s drive to Boston and even less to Portland, most visitors will want to stick in the nearby environs and enjoy the outdoor activities and offerings of the two small towns that are easily reached from Cliff House: Ogunquit is a couple of miles to the north; York about six to the south. Both have good beaches, plenty of restaurants and collections of local shops. The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Preserve is just a few minutes away, and the resort offers bird-watching kits and guides for interested guests. In York, the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School offers popular cooking classes that make a good winter activity—especially when it’s too chilly for visits to the charming and historic Nubble Lighthouse.
How to Get There
This is a magnificent place to get away and just relax. The views of the water are spectacular as well as therapeutic, and the hotel just welcomes you when you arrive so much so that is makes checking out very difficult. We loved it and we will be back!!
We took our family of five for two nights. Even with 30% off nightly rate and $60 daily meal credit, we still spent well over $2200 in March! While we all enjoyed the amenities of a large family suite, and spent almost our entire time at the resort, we will be looking elsewhere in the future for a better cost for value establishment in the area. Were it just my husband and myself, we might consider going again. Unfortunately, the food options are rather limited, and not as tasty or as reasonably priced as other local establishments. It’s too bad, because it’s a beautiful location with great amenities!
Absolutely stunning views. Top notch service and accommodations. One of my favorite places to visit. There are many things to do on site even in the off season. The Tiller restaurant was excellent for dinner. And the close proximity to Ogunquit is great to plan activities and going out to eat. We will definitely be visiting again!
The Cliff House is the most beautiful Maine Sea Coast experience I can imagine. The property is spectacular, virtually built into the cliffs with incredible views of the ocean. It just feels like Maine!
We visited on a stormy March Sunday and only had time to stay for one night (we were so sad to leave!) and it was the perfect quick getaway for us. We had such a lovely stay and can not wait to come back in warmer weather so we can enjoy the grounds, the pools, the fire pit, and the gorgeous property. We enjoyed a fabulous cocktail hour in the Tiller lounge, seated by a floor-to-ceiling rainy window, and we enjoyed watching the waves crash into the cove. Later we had a great dinner at Tiller, warmed by a crackling fire nearby. Staff is very friendly. The room was exceptional (when we opened the door, we gasped and we both said "I could live here!")... can not wait to go back.