From the pastry chef’s freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies for the turn down service, to the signature blue and white weather card I received indicating that the next morning was going to be “38 degrees, with a slight chance of showers,” I knew that this was going to be a very special place.
The Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is one of those gems that begs for repeat visits. From the newly-created oceanfront suites perfectly suited to large and extended families (including the house pet) with crackling gas-lit fireplaces to buttery leather sofas and bright lobster “do not disturb” signs, every detail is polished and buttoned down. Recycled glass trays shine softly in the room, and the pool is heated through solar panels. Being green is a core Inn philosophy.
Vegetarians need not worry: Chef Mitch Kaldrovich at the Sea Glass restaurant has you covered. From the rich and flavorful beet risotto to the signature soft Maine blueberry pancakes, the gourmet options are both local and creative. Dogs are welcome, and receive doggie massages in the summertime. Original Audubon engravings of local wildlife hang in the lobby, and butterfly bushes are planted all around the Inn to protect the endangered Monarchs who dance outside during warmer months.
No resort experience can be complete without a spa, and enthusiasts can indulge in a treatment or two to top off their stay. If there were such a thing as resort heaven, this would be it.