Inn by the Sea
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
You may not often think of Maine when you imagine sandy beaches, but Crescent Beach, on Cape Elizabeth outside Portland, is a wide curving seaside where you can not only sift the sand between your toes but also enjoy pampered luxury at the Inn by the Sea.
At a Glance
Fantastic variety of rooms and suites for families and couples alike
Superb small spa offering a wide range of treatments
Located on Crescent beach, a mile of sandy beach and just fifteen minutes from the vibrant city of Portland
Meet Peter Rabbit: The hotel is working to restore habitat for the endangered New England Cottontail Rabbit
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It’s all here, sublime scenery, elegant accommodation, delicious food, and congenial staff and guests. Any time of year, this is a place to kick back and relax in brisk, invigorating sea air. If the ocean is too chilly, take a dip in the heated pool set off in a garden area near an outdoor fireplace.
The Inn has 57 newly renovated guest rooms and suites in the main building, a cluster of white frame luxury cottages just off the main building, and the new beachfront suites which are perfect for families. The garden suites on the first floor of the main building have their own separate entrance from the garden or from inside the Inn. In a two-story spa suite with living room, kitchenette and sleeping loft, floor to ceiling windows overlook the sea. If you want to wake up to the sunrise over the Atlantic, ask your housekeeper not to close the blinds at turndown service. Bathrooms in the spa suites are the size of most city apartments. There’s a walk in shower, Jacuzzi tub, double sink with wide counters.
One of the nicest spots is the inviting lounge, where with your morning coffee you can read the New York Times or plan your day ahead. On a summer morning, take the paper outside and sit in a lounge chair, or take your breakfast on the deck outside the Sea Glass dining room and watch the small fishing and pleasure boats at sea.
Executive Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich has his pick of local produce from nearby farms and fish right out of the sea from the famous Portland Seafood Market. The seafood and lobster paella is a signature dish in the Sea Glass restaurant. Pan seared jumbo scallops on a bed of pureed parsnips, with shaved fennel and beurre monte is a favorite appetizer. There is also a superb wine cellar here.
The good life at the Inn is further enhanced by an excellent spa, and from May to October, it’s well worth taking a morning tour with gardener Derrick Daly through the cultivated and wild gardens on and near the five acre property, as well as the Monarch butterfly way station he maintains. A wooden walkway meanders through a wild garden and sanctuary to the beach.
If you want to tear yourself away from this sublime spot, you are only seven miles from downtown Portland, where you can visit the Portland Museum of Art, and the galleries and boutiques in the Old Port section. Nor too far from the Inn is Portland Head, the oldest lighthouse in America. And there are fantastic opportunities for a spot of fishing or kayaking.
At the end of the day, relax by the fireplace and enjoy some low key jazz and a generous pre-dinner martini. If you are lucky, you may meet Nigel, a white bulldog (with polka dot ears) who comes for cocktails with his owner twice a week.
Every guest room, suite and cottage at the Inn has been completely designed to surround you with warmth and comfort in a palette of deep red, cognac and charcoal, with maple furnishings and locally commissioned artwork. Large ocean view suites feature deluxe bathrooms with oversized showers or tubs, plush bathrobes, and luxurious bedding. All rooms, suites and cottages have:
- flat screen televisions
- coffee makers
- irons and ironing boards
- hair dryers
- executive desks
- high speed Internet access
- cordless telephones
- i-Home alarm clocks and cable television
Inn Accommodation: These one-bedroom traditional and suite-style guest rooms are located in the Main Inn Building.
Beach Suites: The newest accommodations available beginning early summer 2012, these oversized one- and two-bedroom guest rooms offer direct water views and the ultimate luxury experience with a flexible floor plan.
Cottages: Condo-style two-bedroom accommodations are perfect for families looking to take a vacation with many of these conveniences of home.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Inn By The Sea. The beachfront suites are an ideal choice of accommodation if you are traveling with younger ones. The hotel provides a babysitting service upon request and meal options can be tailored to suit younger tastes.
Sea Glass Restaurant has wonderful ocean views from its dining room and deck, providing the perfect setting for any meal. The gourmet menu features delicious fresh and tasty dishes created by Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich.
The Spa provides a haven for those who like to indulge in a bit of pampering. Unique products have been created using local resources, mostly sea based, to leave you feeling fresh and relaxed. There is a wonderful selection of treatments on offer, private steam rooms, an experience shower, and an oversized soaking tub.
Inn by the Sea and the surrounding area is rich in scenic and recreational opportunities. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy a hundred outdoor activities like fishing, boating, sports of many kinds, and exploring nature. Culture vultures will find music, theatre, museums and more just a few minutes away in Portland. And for those whose vacation is not complete without some power shopping, Portland abounds with owner-operated shops, galleries and boutiques filled with fashions, supplies and objects d’art you simply won’t find elsewhere. There is so much here, you may run out of time before you run out of things to do. But make sure you save time for plenty of serene relaxation right here on Crescent Beach.
Location & Directions
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Inn by the Sea is located on Crescent Beach, just 15-minutes from the vibrant city of Portland, Maine.
When to go
Summer is undoubtedly the best period to visit Portland and Maine's south and mid coast. Precipitation is moderate all over the year, but the weather becomes harsh and snowy during winter and late autumn. Portland and the south coast of Maine is often struck by cold spells and severe snowfalls from November to mid-Spring.