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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Booked a weekend getaway for me and my wife and we had a great time. The resort is beautiful and the view is unparalleled. The surrounding areas of York and Ogunquit are quintessential Maine. Definitely a splurge but worth it. Highly recommended.
We had an amazing experience. Very nice couples get away. The property pictures don't even come close to the beauty. We said "WOW' at least 25 times in the first half an hour of being there. We were lucky enough to get a room upgrade too :)
Everything was perfect, from the nautical--themed rooms to the sea views and the meticulously prepared and served meals, made with locally-sourced ingredients. Ours was a winter stay, but we still appreciated the views, the balcony, and so the cozy fireplace and sitting area. Coffee station at the end of the corridor, along with water and ice, were convenient.