Inn by the Sea
40 Bowery Beach Rd, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
With its coastal views, picturesque lighthouses, and sought after quintessential New England charm, even in the cold winter months, Inn by the Sea strikes a perfect balance between modern luxury and rustic seaside charm. Most recently, we took advantage of a Rue La La travel deal and booked two nights at Cape Elizabeth near Portland, Maine which happens to be a popular destination year round. After a busy and hectic week at the office, we made the Friday night two hour drive up to Maine from Boston.
Upon arrival, the staff greeted us with warm and inviting smiles. They anticipated our late arrival so all of the check-in materials were ready and the process was seamless. I was particularly exhausted and tired after a long week–I hovered over borderline cranky. Soon enough, we were escorted to our room and enthusiastically informed about the different amenities at the Inn and the surrounding area. I loved that the Lobby Lounge served fresh brewed coffee and tea from 6AM-11AM so no need to use the room coffee machine. In the winter months, the Lobby Lounge hosts a Hot Chocolate Bar from 2PM-4PM.
Delicious treats and a romantic ambiance welcomed us inside our guestroom– warm, soft-baked cookies, champagne, and a cozy fireplace. As we settled in, I noticed a personalized note informing us that the staff had left vegetarian sandwiches in the refrigerator in anticipation of a late arrival and the kitchen would be closed.
The room itself was well-appointed and cozy yet spacious with plenty of storage for those who enjoy a clutter-free environment. Crisp white linens and a comfortable bed made for perfect night of sleep. We were drawn to the gorgeous view of ocean and natural landscapes outside the large windows. I immediately turned on the fireplace and it gradually warmed up the room on a winter night. Honestly, there is nothing better than champagne and a fireplace with panoramic views of the ocean–we don’t get to see that in the city.
The Inn by the Sea has 61 guestrooms, suites, and cottages. In 2008, the inn went through a eco-conscious renovation and updated the entire property to commit to sustainability and be less “inn” and more “modern luxury.” The inn is the first resort in Maine to use solar panels and biofuel as well as carbon neutral and obtain Silver LEED certification for the property. These updates include, king-sized beds, flat-screen TVs, Internet throughout the property, iPod docks, gas fireplaces in the rooms, modern fixtures and interior design such as oversized bathrooms with glass walk-in showers and full kitchens.
The Inn by the Sea displayed Adirondack chairs throughout its pristine grounds. We took advantage of the most agreeable February weather and walked hand in hand the soft powdery mile long sand beach. The air was so clean, energizing, and refreshing that we joked about bottling it up and taking the air home to breathe in all the time!
Also, I must mention the property is fully green and the takes pride in preserving the natural habitat for its native plants and animals. There are many nature-themed activities and tours to experience for kids and adults.
During the evenings, guests enjoy stargazing and live music by the fire pit accompanied by blankets and s’mores, of course! Yum!
Spa and Fitness Center:
We were impressed by the level of luxury at the Inn by the Sea Spa. On Sunday, prior to departure, we enjoyed ninety minute massages. It was the perfect way to end a perfect New England weekend getaway. The Spa locker rooms were equipped with individual lockers, plush robes, slippers, stocked vanity and a waiting room or sanctuary offering water, tea, and light snacks. Before or after treatments, guests can enjoy a hot steam or sauna as well as take advantage of the 8 head shower experience. I’ll have to try that next time!
The gym was on the smaller side, but updated and appeared to have a little bit of everything for a full workout–cardio and strength training.
In truth, we were disappointed by the Sea Glass restaurant. The service was exceptional as well as located conveniently within the Inn, but the price and menu were below expectations. In my opinion, Portland has become such a foodie city it is worth going out to eat at some of the restaurants and experience a much livelier energy. Sea Glass is relatively expensive. In addition, we don’t eat meat (only fish) and for a restaurant with the name Sea Glass in Maine, one would expect more options from the sea.I really loved the lobby lounge bar area adjacent to the restaurant. The beautiful fireplace, charming bar, and small tables was the perfect little spot for a cup of tea/coffee or a drink in the evening. Pets are welcome in this space as well!
On our second day, we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast down the street. It was half the price, twice the food including many options and creative dishes!
This property is super pet-friendly (no extra charge for pets) so if animals are not your favorite, then you may not appreciate the attention to “pamper your pet” attitude at the inn. With that being said, there are designated floors and areas of the hotel that are “pet free.” For the pet-lovers, you will be thrilled to find special menus for dogs including gourmet meals and dog massages!
Also, in the Lobby Lounge, guests can eat and drink with their furry companions.
We enjoyed an incredible stay at the Inn by the Sea on Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This full-service hotel is great for couples and families alike. It is conveniently located near downtown Portland. Even though I am a world traveler, I am a New Englander at heart and destinations like this one hold a special place inside allowing a great experience and a warm sense of nostalgia.
- I highly recommend visiting the Spa.
- Inn by the Sea is a perfect getaway ANY time of the year.
- If you like to vacation with your puppy, this is the perfect place for paws.
- I suggest skipping the Sea Glass restaurant and experience more of Downtown Portland’s restaurant scene. It is a huge foodie town! I can’t wait to go back.