A visit to one of the many multi-faceted resorts in Maine can be a first-class experience. Since your accommodations, meals and activities all take place in one location; your stay at any of the Maine Resorts will be stress and hassle free. There are resorts in Maine for every interest and purpose. Some are geared towards golfers; others are more suitable for skiers, hikers or bikers. Many of the resorts in Maine are located on the coastline. They tend to attract the visitors who have an affinity for the seaside and for water sports. There are also a number of Maine resorts that appeal to health and fitness enthusiasts, as well as spa aficionados. In Maine, to everything there is a season, and for every season there is a Maine resort. Let’s explore a few of them.
For more than a century, the Samoset, which is located in the Camden-Rockport area, has been considered the premier coastal Maine resort. On July 4th of 1889, the Samoset opened as the Bay Point Hotel. It was built by Francis Cobb II and sold to the Ricker family in 2002. The Ricker Family was the owner of Poland Springs Water. Ricker embellished the resort and renamed it Samoset, after the Pemaquid Chief Maine Coast who was among the first people to greet the Mayflower Pilgrims on the coast of Maine. The Samoset was acquired by Maine Central Railroad in 1911. Since railroad and steamships brought wealthy visitors to the area, this was the Golden Age for luxury resorts in Maine. Since then, the Samoset resort has changed ownership and been renovated a number of times. However, because of its services, staff and location, it continues to be one of the finest luxury resorts in Maine.
The Samoset resort has a state-of-the-art health club, as well a variety of spa services. It is also the exclusive home of the ESPN Golf Schools. Additionally, the Samoset is a popular location for weddings in Maine.
As we travel from the ocean to the mountains, we reach the Bethel Inn and Country Club. The Inn is located in the historic town of Bethel, which Ski Magazine refers to as “the Greatest Ski Town in the Universe." This 200-acre resort features award winning fine dining, along with heated outdoor pool, fitness center, private lake house, conference and meeting facilities. The Inn has an 18 hole championship golf course as well as a Guaranteed Performance PGA Golf School. Come winter, a 40km Ski and Snowshoe Center is located on the premises. The Bethel Inn and Country Club is only 6.8 miles from Sunday River Ski Resort, which is one of the best ski areas in New England. The Inn is yet another popular location for weddings in Maine.
The Cliff House in Ogunquit is one of the most spectacular luxury resorts in Maine. This resort, which has been in existence since 1872, specializes in unique spa treatments. In fact, they actually have designed their own brand of toiletries, which can be found in your guest room. Women who are planning their weddings in Maine often choose the Cliff Spa for the reception, since a few days at the spa prior to the wedding will most definitely make them look their best!