On our recent road trip through New England, we decided to make a stop in the Cape Elizabeth, Maine area. We spent the previous night in Kennebunkport, Maine at Hidden Pond Resort. We absolutely loved it there, and we were looking forward to the storybook setting of Cape Elizabeth. We set out in the late morning on the 40-minute drive from Kennebunkport to Cape Elizabeth, taking the scenic route wherever possible. While we had already sampled quite a few lobster rolls in the previous two days, our mission to find the best lobster in Maine was not complete. We planned to stop at a couple of lobster shacks that came highly recommended.
First, we wanted to try a Bite of Maine, which was actually conveniently located just minutes from the Inn by the Sea at the Portland Head Lighthouse. Lobster rolls and lighthouses! What could possibly be a better Maine combination? Bite of Maine is actually a food truck that is on just about everyone's “best of” list. Bite of Maine offers the traditional lobster roll along with a handful of specialty rolls. We decided to try one original style and one picnic style. We took our rolls to a picnic table overlooking the ocean and soaked in our surroundings while devouring our food.
It was time to head to the Inn by the Sea and check in. We arrived around 2:00pm, and our room was already ready for us. We immediately checked in and were lead to our room. The rooms are absolutely lovely at the Inn by the Sea. They have everything you would want from a boutique hotel. Our room happened to be two stories. The first floor had a kitchenette, living room with fireplace, office area and an ocean-view deck. The upstairs loft had the bedroom and a beautiful bathroom with a full shower, tub and heated floors. We loved the loft style floor plan. It made the room feel very large and open. The floor-to-ceiling windows made for wonderful views from the first and second floor.
We decided to drop our things and make our way around the Inn By the Sea to see all the facilities and amenities. The main restaurant as well as the bar overlook the pool and the ocean. There is a wonderful patio for dining and cocktails. We headed down to check out the beach. Coming from the West Coast, we thought the East Coast beaches were so picturesque. This was especially true of the private beach at the Inn by the Sea. We took the wood bridge through the tall grass, which led us out to the water. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for guests to help themselves. The water is calm and clear. We decided then to head back to the beach in the evening to enjoy the sunset views.
It was our first time to the Portland area, so we decided to head into town for a couple hours to check it out. Unfortunately, it turned out that we had arrived just shortly after a cruise ship had pulled in, so the streets were quite crowded with tourists. We made our way to a local hotspot that we had gotten the inside scoop on, Eventide Oyster Bar. With the crowded streets and hot weather, a glass of wine and some oysters sounded perfect. During peak season you can find a line around the block to get a table at Eventide, but we happened to get extremely lucky on our late September visit. We walked in and grabbed two seats at the bar. We decided to order a chef's selection of oysters with the iced horseradish and mignonette. While in New England, we had our fair share of oysters, and we both agreed that our oysters at Eventide were the BEST of all!
After our oysters, we decided to head back to Inn by the Sea. We had reservations scheduled for dinner at the hotel restaurant, Sea Glass, and we did not want to miss the sunset at the beach prior to our meal.
Upon returning to our room, we had a lovely note from the hotel and a couple of tasty desserts waiting for us. A very nice touch (and quite delicious too)!
We grabbed a couple of Maine craft beers and made our way down to the water. Surprisingly, there were only a couple other people there, so it felt like we had the entire private beach to ourselves. We pulled up two chairs and watched the sun go down. The weather was absolutely perfect during our entire stay in Maine. The sun slowly faded away, and it was time to head back to our room and get ready for dinner.
It was pretty quiet in the restaurant; there were just a few other couples having dinner when we arrived. We had a lovely table right next to the window. We decided to share a variety of different dishes, so we started off with a cheese plate that featured a selection of local New England cheeses. Since we had been in Vermont a few days earlier, we were already fans of their cheese. We ordered three cheeses from Vermont, one from New Hampshire, and one from Maine. All were absolutely delicious, and we could not help but eat every last morsel.
For our appetizer, we had a hamachi poke, followed by scallops and monkfish for dinner. Everything was so good, and we cleaned each and every plate.
We were quite tired from our long day and decided to make it an early night right after we finished dinner.
The next morning we enjoyed coffee in our room and finished a bit of work before heading down to the fitness center and spa. While we did not have enough time to take advantage of the spa, we did use the fitness facilities as well as the steam room. The gym is full of new state of the art equipment. The locker rooms are beautiful and we tried out the steam room and showers. The spa also has a quiet area for relaxing. Guests can enjoy snacks and flavored water too. On our next visit to the Inn by the Sea, we definitely plan to spend a full, relaxing day at the spa.
After the gym, we headed back and packed up to depart. We stopped at Sea Glass for breakfast before we left. While we had planned to have a small breakfast so that we could have one last lobster roll before heading to the airport, it turned out to be anything but small. We ordered egg whites with smoked salmon, and I am sure due to our healthy order, our server asked if we would rather have fruit than toast (we both chose the fruit). When our food arrived, we had a large and lovely bowl of fruit and berries, and a platter of egg whites scrambled with wild mushrooms and a side of smoked salmon. We tried so hard to eat light, but it was too good to waste.
After breakfast we took one last stroll through the gardens and pool area and took some last minute photos before heading out on the road. We easily could have spent a few more days at the Inn.
The Inn is ideal for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. It is also a great choice for destination weddings, corporate meetings and retreats. The outdoor lawn overlooking the Atlantic can accommodate events for up to 180 guests. The Inn by the Sea is also pet friendly. We were missing our pooches the entire time we were there after seeing the many guests with their dogs. The Inn By the Sea is a great location for anyone visiting Portland, which is a 10 minute drive from Cape Elizabeth.