Author: Fran Falkin
Tags : Beach, Family-Friendly Hotels, Luxury Options, Maine, North America, Pet Travel, Preferred Family, Spa & Wellness, USA
A family vacation in Maine brings to mind beautiful coastal views, relaxation, sandy beaches, outdoors exploration, and great seafood -- all of which are found at the Inn by the Sea. This classic resort in Cape Elizabeth is the perfect home base to experience all of this and more during your family getaway.
A hideaway for many repeat guests, the award-winning Inn by the Sea is among the "top 500 hotels in the world" selected by Travel + Leisure readers, and is a member of the prestigious Preferred Boutique collection of hotels.
Family-Friendly Luxury Accommodations Suit all Sizes
Located directly on Crescent Beach, 10 minutes from the Portland "Old Port" area, the Inn blends homey, seaside charm with contemporary amenities and excellent service. Small and cozy, there are a total of 61 guest rooms, suites and cottages, perfect for both small families and for larger reunion groups seeking comfortable elegance.
The accommodations feature deluxe bedding, flat screen HDTVs, luxurious bathrooms (many with deep soaking or jetted tubs), roomy showers, and porches or balconies with ocean or garden views. Some accommodations have full kitchens, while others have mini-fridges and microwaves that come in handy when traveling with younger ones. Depending on your sleeping needs, the hotel will supply cribs, cots or a rollaway bed and there are no extra fees for children 12 and under sharing a room with adults. Tweens and teens who may be touring the nearby Bowdoin or Bates Colleges will appreciate that complimentary high speed WiFi access is available throughout the property.
The newest Oceanview Beach Suites have more living space and one or two bedrooms; perfect for the multi-generational group that wants to stay together while maintaining some privacy (and maybe, sanity.) Those cooking in their own facility will appreciate the loaner highchairs and booster seats. The Inn's facilities are also wheelchair and stroller-friendly making it easy for all ages to enjoy.
Indulge Yourself at the Spa by the Sea
The Spa is an integral part of an adults' Maine retreat. Offering a full menu of facials, body therapies, massages, romantic retreats and signature treatments lasting from 45 minutes to a half-day, guests are sure to find the perfect road to relaxation.
Sea-inspired products include marine-based extracts, rejuvenating seaweed and pure essential oils, and the spa's Signature Treatments incorporate the seaside location into your experience. For example, the "Sea Waves Massage," performed on a surround sound massage table, envelops you in the movement of the ocean. Kid’s massage and beauty treatments are also available at The Spa.
Family Together Fun around this Maine Resort
Beyond pampering, adults and older children can work out in the cardio room, play boules on the lawn, participate in a Beach Ecology Walk with a naturalist, take a yoga class or go on a Garden Tour . At the regular Taste of Maine receptions, guests can meet the local folks that make the area so popular with “foodies.”
A sprawling lawn area with an heated outdoor pool and outdoor fire pit is a great spot for family fun, especially with younger kids, and a short stroll on a private boardwalk brings you to the mile-long, unspoiled beachfront. The Inn is also surrounded by a bird sanctuary and a 125-acre pond where your family can view beaver dams or take a guided kayak or canoe tour to the Audubon Preserve for wildlife sightings.