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
Kennebunkport, ME 04046, USA