The Cliff House ◼ Ogunquit/Cape Neddick destinationhotels.com/cliff-house
Surround yourself with the Atlantic Ocean at the dramatic Cliff House, where every stylish room features an ocean or coastal view, and even the restaurants and spa pay their respects to the sea. Guests can enjoy locally roasted coffee on their private terrace, or s’mores by the ocean-view fire pit. The inn’s recreation staff also can help plan a kayaking (not to be missed), fishing, lobstering, or surfing adventure. Take in the local beaches of York and Ogunquit, or simply put your feet up by one of the three pools and hot tubs located at Cliff House. The neighboring villages of Perkins Cove and Ogunquit offer quaint shops, galleries and museums. Return to a farm- or fisherman-to-table-inspired dinner at The Tiller, or relish a brown butter lobster roll at Nubb’s Lobster Shack.
Sebasco Harbor Resort ◼ Sebasco Estates | sebasco.com
A favorite of “Maine Travel Maven” Hilary Nangle, author of “Coastal Maine,” this 550-acre oceanfront resort on the Phippsburg Peninsula has long been a top choice for families, blending contemporary amenities with old-time ambiance, eye-candy scenery, children’s programs and special events like lobster bakes. The array of recreational facilities, including oceanfront saltwater pool, tennis courts, 9-hole championship golf course, and 3-hole regulation course, plus boat tours, sailing trips, kayaking and mountain biking excursions, candlepin bowling and a spa, is dazzling. Enjoy spectacular ocean views from a rocking chair on the large screened front porch, the Lighthouse (built in 1945), the Harbor Village Suites balconies and patios, the Fairwinds Spa Suites, or the decks of one of the more than 20 cottages.