Remember when I used to live in New England? It feels like a different life for me too. One of my favorite parts of New England is Maine. I realized I never shared the magical Cliff House, and that needed to be changed.
If you ask me what my favorite hotels in the U.S. are, I will always have them ready. Cliff House Maine is one of them. This hotel was first on my radar during my days working at their then sister property when it was being built. I had to go, and I fulfilled my dream, and fell in love with this property. Here I’ll tell you everything you need to know about Cliff House Maine and why I think if you’re in New England it’s worth going there…or even anywhere make it a destination.
Cliff House Maine Review
Located in Cape Neddick, ME right by the quaint town of Ogunquit, Maine situated on the cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean is Cliff House, hence the name.
Remember how I said it was being built? The hotel first opened in 1872 as a hotel and farm but then was stripped down to its studs to open up in 2016 as a new and transformed iconic Maine hotel on the southern coast of Maine, overlooking the ocean’s edge and Nubble Lighthouse.
The coastal and nautical style of Cliff House brings the feeling that you are in the Captain’s house. The resort offers 226 guest rooms and 40 suites plus a classic New England Cottage, not to mention meeting and event space, new restaurants along with a spa and wellness center. All rooms have a private balcony with an ocean view, visible both from the inside of the room. As if it couldn’t get any better, every room has a warm blue and white fleece robe to snuggle with while having morning coffee. Are you hooked!?!
Restaurants on property include Nubb’s Lobster Shack (with one of the best Lobster Rolls I’ve ever had in New England) *Pro Tip: go hot with butter!* and The Tiller Restaurant (with brunch options that are to die for including lobster poutine and crab Benedict) both with ocean views.
Though I would recommend going to Cliff House in the summer, it 100% could be a year- round resort. You can spend chilly winter evenings curled up by one of the many wood-burning fireplaces or in the hot tub. Fall nights are perfect to spend outside making s’mores by the fire pits after a day of leaf-peeping and hunting for fresh apple cider donuts. Warmer weather is perfect for swimming in the saltwater pools with ocean views and dig into fresh lobster and clam chowder at Nubb’s.
Things to Know about Cliff House Maine
- Live music nightly in the lounge just outside of The Tiller restaurant with a huge (yes huge) fireplace and wall-length bookshelf of my dreams completely decorated to perfection with a nick-nack wall.
- There is no beach access from Cliff House Maine, but the towns of York or Ogunquit (close drive) do have sandy beach access.
- Forget needing to go to Dunks or Starbucks to get coffee, every floor of the hotel has a coffee and tea station with K-Cups plus a mini-fridge houses milk from a local farm. But if you want the fancy cups, there is Bald Head Coffee Co. that serves up fresh, local brews and treats.
The Perfect Maine Getaway
Located 15 miles south of Kennebunkport, Maine and about an hour north of Boston, Massachusetts, Cliff House is a true Southern Maine resort escape and it may leave you as it left me, wanting to never leave!
Bottom line, the resort is, without a doubt, worth it visiting to experience quintessential Maine with food, culture, and sights. Want to make a Southern Maine road trip with a stop along the way at Cliff House? I highly highly recommend, in fact, read my blog detailing out the perfect Southern Maine road trip here.
Let me know if you make it to the hotel and your favorite parts about it!!
~ XOXO, the Maine Obsessed, Amanda // Blonde out of Water