Hidden PondHidden Pond re-creates Maine cottage living, infused with its own quirky, Instagram-worthy take on luxury. The enclave of 14 colorful one-bedroom and two-bedroom clapboard cottages is spread over 60 acres of birch groves and balsam fir, a 10-minute drive from downtown Kennebunkport. Each private house comes with a full kitchen that practically beckons to be used, with first-rate cooking equipment and serving pieces, and for guests staying at a two-bedroom cottage, the option to send along a grocery list prior to arrival. But dining at Hidden Pond’s farm-to-table Earth restaurant, with its awe-inspiring chandelier made from a preserved apple tree hung overhead, shouldn’t be missed. For a one-of-a-kind experience, guests can opt to dine in one of two private garden sheds, outfitted with a sole table surrounded by hurricane lanterns, pitchforks, and potted plants, situated steps from the chef’s garden where ingredients for that evening’s meal have been gathered. The Tree Spa, added in 2011, is aptly named: Treatment rooms are nestled in the treetops eight feet above ground and are reached via wooden footbridges.
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Explore nearby Goose Rocks Beach by cruiser bike or in the hotel’s 1956 Ford station wagon. Mixology classes, treehouse spa treatments, and hammock lounging are other good bets. After dark, settle next to the bonfire—marshmallow stick in hand. From $798 for two nights, May through October. This appeared in the July/August 2012 issue.