Photo courtesy of Kennebunkport Resort Collection
Cape Arundel Inn
White Adirondack chairs set along an immaculately manicured lawn overlooking the Atlantic, wicker furniture stationed on a wraparound porch with the American flag fluttering overhead—this is coastal Maine at its finest. Guests at this sumptuous resort in Kennebunkport have the option of residing in the Main House, a 14-room oceanfront Victorian mansion built in 1895 (seven years before the Bush family built theirs nearby); the more secluded 14-room Club House, tucked within 15 wooded acres; or the stand-alone three-bedroom Ivy Cottage. Plush furnishings at all three include four-poster beds topped with Frette linens and gas fireplaces. Ocean restaurant serves modern French-accented dishes with Maine ingredients—think lobster thermidor accented with sea lettuce—and each table has an unobstructed ocean view. Personalization goes a long way here: Guests are invited to fill out a form detailing everything from trip style (“active and adventurous” or “foodie exploration”?) down to pillow preference (feather or synthetic?) before their stay.
By Ratha Tep, AFAR Local Expert
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Kennebunkport, ME 04046, USA