1 . The West Street Hotel

Bar Harbor, Maine

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Staying at The West Street Hotel is like a trip into luxury itself. With beautiful views of the waterfront, you'll feel transported by the charming waterfront shops and restaurants to a place of relaxation and enjoyment.

If you want to enjoy more adventurous enjoyment, there are plenty of boating tours and fishing trips to enjoy. There's also the nearby Acadia National Park which is a stunning a collection of rocky beaches and forests. Explore it on the numerous hiking trails through the park. If you're looking for something perhaps a bit more peaceful, then The West Street Hotel has you taken care of there as well. With an onsite spa, with full body treatments including facials, manicures, and pedicures, by the time they're done with you, you'll feel like a brand new person. Finally, after a day of adventures, or just a day of hardcore relaxing, retire to your luxurious room. There are incredible harbor views, and stylish nautical-styled décor, not to mention the venetian style type in the bathrooms. With rooms so nice, you may have to think twice about leaving!

Address

50 West St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Fun facts

Acadia National Park is the easternmost park in the National Park Service. It was the 14th National Park established.

Related Onsite Offerings

Several pools, spas, and harbor activities make staying at The West Street Hotel both relaxing and luxurious!

2 . The Samoset Resort

Rockport, Maine

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The Samoset Resort takes the pristine beauty of the Maine coast, enhances it with a choice location overlooking Penobscot Bay and tosses in its own lushly manicured grounds for good measure. Top off the exquisite scenery with more than a century of service and you’ve found your complete Maine vacation!

At least it might be a complete vacation at those other resorts dotting the Maine coast. Fortunately for you, the Samoset Resort wasn’t content to be on par with its competition, which is why it recently unveiled a new face, new amenities and new adventures for a whole new era of Maine vacations. It kept its 230 oceanfront acres, of course – even the Samoset Resort can’t improve upon perfection. Besides, the resort’s premier Atlantic Ocean real estate doubles as a site for countless improvements, including a sparkling freeform pool, a kids’ camp in summer months and a championship golf course with seven holes laid out at the ocean’s edge. Impressive, to be sure, but none of these Samoset Resort offerings compare to the indulgence of its spa services. A full body massage, facial or rejuvenating combination of the two is the perfect way to unwind before returning to the absolute comfort of the Flume Cottage – the resort’s exclusive luxury home perched on a Penobscot Bay peninsula.

Address

220 Warrenton St., Rockport, ME 04856

Highlights

The Samoset Resort offers four unique dining experiences including Marcel’s, Splash Pool Bar, Breakwater Café and the Clubhouse Grille.

Related Onsite Offerings

In addition to its year-round Maine coast luxury homes, the Samoset Resort also offers 178 equally luxurious hotel rooms and suites with private balconies or terraces.

3 . Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

Bar Harbor, Maine

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Slip into seaside serenity at Bar Harbor Inn & Spa, where a host of rejuvenating spa treatments await. Breathtaking natural scenery combines with soothing spa options to transport you to a world of pure relaxation!

State-of-the-art facilities, world-class service, and a variety of spa treatments will nurture your body and mind. Change into plush robes and slippers and enjoy complimentary fresh fruit, coffee, and tea. Body wraps, heated stone massages, facials, and much more highlight this relaxing retreat. Unwind in your room with ocean views from you private balcony and indulge in fresh seafood and other culinary creations at the onsite Reading Room Restaurant. Once your body is healed, head out and explore the vibrant Bar Harbor area. View the sights on a nature cruise with Acadian Nature Cruises, and try some deep sea fishing with Downeast Windjammer. The Acadia National Park, only steps from the inn, has all the outdoor fun you’re family is longing for. And, the Oceanarium and lobster hatchery are must sees.

Address

Newport Drive, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Highlights

The Special Spa package includes a two-night stay, two 50-minute Swedish massages, dinner for two at the Reading Room Restaurant, and full breakfast for two each morning.

Getting there

Take I-95 to Bangor, exit 182 A (formerly exit 45A), continue on I-395 to exit 6A, and drive East on Rt. 1A to Ellsworth, then Rt. 3 to Bar Harbor.

4 . The Beachmere Inn

Ogunquit, Maine

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Our No. 4 spot’s Victorian architecture is a striking contrast to the cookie-cutter Cape Cod-style structures that surround it. Its idyllic location fronting aquamarine Atlantic Ocean waters gives the feeling of vacationing worlds away. And with recent additions including a first-class spa, the Beachmere Inn only gets better with age!

The Beachmere Inn’s all-suite building, Beachmere West, devotes an entire level to pampering at the resort’s all-new spa. If you ask us, they should have named it Beachmere North, as this stunning tower is home to a wide range of spa services that are simply divine. It’s also home to a collection of equally luxurious suites, in the event the Beachmere spa proves too tempting to leave. With modern amenities like flatscreen TVs and two-sided fireplaces, these Maine accommodations are a delightful addition to Ogunquit’s historic charms. Family-owned since 1937, the Beachmere Inn is no slouch when it comes to friendly service and hospitality. The Hearthstone Cottage, with its spacious backyard and barbecue, has all the home-style comforts required for extended stays or Maine family reunions. Even the more humble seaside inn rooms come well equipped, with kitchenettes that make it easy to turn the day’s catch into a tasty shore lunch.

Address

62 Beachmere Place, Ogunquit, ME 03902

Highlights

If the thought of slaving over a hot stove isn’t your idea of a vacation, Bawdy Sally’s pub-style fare is a hassle-free alternative.

Fun facts

The Beachmere Inn’s original Victorian building was constructed in 1897 as a private residence.

5 . Stage Neck Inn

York Harbor, Maine

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Our No. 5 pick strikes the perfect balance between the more personal style of a boutique hotel and the services of a full-fledged resort – although to be perfectly honest, you’ll scarcely notice. Chances are you’ll spend the week sequestered in the Stage Neck Inn’s onsite spa, too blissed out to set aside time to eat, much less take in your surroundings!

Southern Maine’s newest spa, the Spa at Stage Neck Inn, occupies the peninsula formerly known as Stage Island – a fitting name for a spa that puts you in the spotlight and pampers with a menu of star-worthy treatments. A new line of services inspired by fall colors and wintry weather is just one of many reasons to visit the Stage Neck Inn year-round. The Four Seasons Mani/Pedi’s “Berry Sweet” Spring Exfoliating Scrub will have you yearning for a glimpse of sunshine, while a Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Foot Soak will leave you relishing in winter’s icy grasp! Located in historic York Harbor – the oldest town in Maine – Stage Neck Inn is one of those places that doesn’t just celebrate, but rather improves on its already spectacular location. Here, mornings are spent watching glorious sunrises over Long Sand Beach. This beloved stretch of sand, the largest in southern Maine, doubles as a lookout point to Nubble Lighthouse and other famous York Harbor sights.

Address

Scene Rte. 1A, York Harbor, ME 03911

Highlights

The fishing is spectacular in southern Maine and Stage Neck Inn can put you in touch with upriver bass fishing or full-day saltwater adventures.

Related activities

Stage Neck Inn is conveniently located to four area golf courses, including The Ledges.

6 . The Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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Our No. 6 East Coast retreat calls Boothbay Harbor home, and is named for the scenic peninsula it overlooks. There’s much to love about this Maine accommodation, but we think its seaside locale, gracious hospitality and intimate proportions make the Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa especially suited to romantic getaways.

With your choice of stunning accommodations, the Spruce Point Inn lets you live as much or as little as you choose. With their rolled stone fireplaces and private decks, the resort’s summer cottages are a Maine coast mainstay with ample space for your group or family getaway. Condos offer the same spectacular ocean views, with added amenities like private porches and modern kitchens. But for all their unique styling and décor, even Spruce Point’s beautifully-appointed inn rooms can’t hold a candle to the spectacular Maine coast scenery. Tucked into a cluster of its namesake trees, the Spa at Spruce Point channels its pristine surroundings into offerings like the Spruce Signature Facial and Organic Herbal Mud Wrap. And a step outside its doors reveals a wealth of recreation at a more leisurely pace. Charter a schooner for a sunset sail, lounge by the saltwater pool or slip into a waterfront hammock and watch lobster boats unloading the day’s catch in Boothbay Harbor.

Address

88 Grandview Ave., Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Fun facts

The Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa has been recommended by The Knot as one of the most Idyllic Destination Resorts on the Coast of Maine.

Related activities

Peruse Boothbay Harbor’s village shops and galleries for your own Maine coast souvenir to treasure.

7 . The Meadowmere Resort

Ogunquit, Maine

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Located in the heart of Maine’s Southern coast and tucked into the historic town of Ogunquit, the Meadowmere Resort is one of those rare accommodations that entertains and delights year-round. In fact, we can’t find a single thing to dislike about a New England resort whose motto is bringing you Maine, one season at a time!

While other Maine coast resorts choose to close their doors at the first sign of frost, Meadowmere Resort offers the best of Ogunquit in every season. The nearby Beaches of York are the center of every summer vacation, while Kennebunkport history and Wells antique shops are well within driving distance. Closer to home, Ogunquit’s shops and museums are worthy of a visit – rain or shine. And our personal favorite, the Meadowmere Day Spa, is one of those places where we could spend eternity and never grow tired. From learn-to-surf escapes to culinary vacations, we can’t imagine a finer start to a whole new year than a Maine getaway. Nothing inspires one to turn over a new leaf like the resort’s Mind, Body, Spirit spa package. This inspiring trio includes a personal wellness consultation, power yoga lessons and a relaxing Swedish massage. Plus, extended checkout to leave you feeling refreshed, even as you bid farewell to your Ogunquit spa sanctuary!

Address

74 Main St., Ogunquit, ME 03907

Related Onsite Offerings

Wireless Internet, heated pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, spa treatments, smoke-free rooms and cable TV.

Fun facts

The Meadowmere is a AAA Three-Diamond Resort.

8 . The Bethel Inn Resort

Bethel, Maine

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Our No. 8 pick takes us away from the Maine coast, but what it lacks in golden sands it more than makes up for with a stunning landscape of mountains, lakes and meadows. Tucked into the quaint alpine village of Bethel, the Bethel Inn Resort specializes in the classic New England getaway.

Cozy Maine inn rooms with fireplaces keep winter at bay – until you’re ready to come out and play, that is. With so much sparkling white powder at your doorstep, the possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to exploring the Maine countryside by bike, sleigh or ski. And with the Bethel Inn Resort serving as both accommodation and guide, enjoying the snow-blanketed New England landscape is as easy as stepping outside. There’s even a free shuttle that whisks you away to neighboring attractions like Mt. Abram Ski Resort, snow tubing and other family-friendly pursuits! All play and no relaxation makes for an incomplete Maine vacation – unless your New England getaway finds you at the Bethel Inn Resort, that is. Massages tailored to your aches and pains – including hot stone, Reiki and traditional Swedish styles – are as good for the body as the surrounding mountain scenery is to your soul.

Address

21 Broad St., Bethel, ME 04217

Fun facts

The Bethel Inn Resort was named one of America’s Top 10 Best Resort Values by Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine.

Related Onsite Offerings

Outdoor pool, hot tub, saunas, fitness center and spa services.

9 . Harborside Hotel & Marina

Bar Harbor, Maine

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French country meets Maine coast at our No. 9 spot, a New England spa resort that only came into existence a short time ago, despite decades of dreaming. Harborside Hotel and Marina is the latest to hit the downtown Bar Harbor scene – a well-rounded destination where summer romances and spa getaways go hand-in-hand!

A crowning feature of any Harborside Hotel stay, the Bar Harbor Club Spa serves as the focal point of this oceanfront retreat. Inside this Tudor-style building, a restful palette of golds, greens and blue-grays takes each visit beyond relaxation and into total restoration. From therapies that center on the healing power of human touch, a la the Blissful Stone Retreat, to body wraps that nourish with ingredients plucked from faraway lands, this Maine spa promises to transport mind, body and soul to another place and time. Just past the spa, a wine bar is perfect for poolside dining or drinks before dinner at the exclusive Club Dining Room. Those looking to skip the vino in favor of something with staying power will find comfort in the Vanderbilt Lounge, a sophisticated space with the styling you’d expect from such a well-known name. Expensive bourbons, cognacs and ports are worth every penny, and when sipped to the beat of the lounge’s trademark jazz classics make for exceptional post-dinner aperitifs!

Address

55 West St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Related Onsite Offerings

Oceanfront Jacuzzi, fitness room, coin-operated laundry, pier and full marina, whale watching charters, walking paths and eco-friendly transportation.

Fun facts

The Bar Harbor Club was once a playground for Bar Harbor elite, including summer residents like Joseph Pulitzer and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

10 . Senator Inn & Spa

Augusta, Maine

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Our No. 10 spot finds us in an East Coast sanctuary so spectacular, we hardly feel right calling it a spa. Which is not to say that the Senator Inn and Spa doesn’t fit the criteria; with an astonishingly diverse menu of massages, facials and manicures, it most certainly does. It’s just that there’s so much more than “spa” to love about this Maine resort!

There’s more to the Chocolate Treat for Hands and Feet than clever rhyme scheme. This indulgent offering begins with a rich truffle to tempt your tastebuds, continues with a cocoa cocoon of mocha-infused scrubs and body butters, and ends in a chocolately treat for your fingers and toes. With so much Hershey-inspired goodness wrapped into one tasty package, chances are your soul won’t be the only thing awakened. When your inner being (some call it a tummy) begs for food, the inn’s Cloud 9 restaurant answers its call with heaven-sent cuisine! The spa at Senator Inn sets the bar pretty high, but accommodations like the Presidential Rooms continue where the spa indulgence leaves off. Muted color palettes of blue and green lend their calming presence to this Maine hotel suites, while plush furnishings swathed in rich velvets make them worthy of their prestigious names!

Address

284 Western Ave., Augusta, ME 04330

Getting there

Take I-95 North. In South Portland, take Exit 6A for I-295 North. Follow I-295 through Portland until it once again becomes I-95, just past Falmouth. Continue North for approximately 50 miles. After the Gardiner toll booth, go 7 miles to Exit 109 in Augusta. Bear right off the exit onto Western Avenue. The Senator Inn is immediately on your right.

Highlights

So stressed that a simple hour-long spa treatment just won’t do? Treat yourself to the Senator Inn’s Day of Relaxation package and its sea salt body polish, anti-aging facial, one-hour massage, spa pedicure, spa lunch and spa recovery drink.

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