We've picked this year's best Maine hotels for families to give you an authentic experience of a coast where sailboats bob and beachcombers wander. Tall pine trees and low-bush blueberries define the pretty inland. The scenery's nostalgic and the pace of life is gentle. And people still matter, so you'll find mom-and-pop stores and restaurants and hotels committed to sourcing from local farmers, fisherman, artisans and artists. Looking for a true sense of this coastal paradise? Take a look at the best hotels in Maine for families in 2021.
Best Maine hotels for beaches don't come much better than the Inn by the Sea which sits on a mile long stretch of sand in historic Port Elizabeth. Watch butterflies frolic overhead as you walk the short path that leads through a wildlife sanctuary to the serene shore. Choose a Beach Suite and you have open sea views to go with full kitchens, one or two bedrooms, a large living room and private balcony. The Inn by the Sea is family-friendly and pet-friendly too: kids will love guided beach walks and dogs have their very own L.L.Bean beds. And the luxurious resort spa makes sure parents know they're at one of the best Maine hotels for unwinding.
If family adventures define your idea of a perfect vacation, Northern Outdoors is one of the best Maine hotels to satisfy all your heart desires. You can even rent a log cabin nestled in the woods at this charming rural resort in The Forks; a speck of a town in a remote corner of Western Maine. Nearly all families come here to experience the adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting down local rapids with names like "Magic Falls" and "Big Mama". Book the guided Kennebec River rafting trip to spot eagle, otter, moose and osprey - there's time for a swim during the calmer float portion of this trip. And when the excitement's over for the day, simply head to the resort pool or hot tub. There's also a cozy - and family friendly - pub-style restaurant and the Kennebec River Brewery serves up some of the finest Maine craft beer.
For best Maine hotels by the water pick Kennebunkport and the traditional Nonantum Resort overlooking the idyllic Kennebunk River. Open seasonally from April until December, the resort's cozy rooms have a nautical theme and combine modern comfort with authentic charm. There's a shuttle service to take families back and forth to any of the town’s lovely beaches. And the Nonantum restaurant does amazing things with freshly picked produce from the resort's own, organic garden.
On the list of best Maine hotels to get away from it all, Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor is close to the top. A good choice for larger families, multi-generational vacations or family reunions, the inn offers a mix of cottages, historic rooms, townhouses and lodge rooms. It also has two large swimming pools and a stunning waterfront setting. Boothbay Harbor itself is a classic New England town, known for traditional festivals and the Maine State Aquarium, Boothbay Railway Village and Costal Maine Botanical Gardens.
Among the best Maine hotels for families, Samoset wins out for sports, with tennis, basketball, croquet, plus a freeform zero entry pool. And the resort’s 18-hole championship golf course winds along the Penobscot Bay and has views guaranteed to distract even the most focused of golfers. This lovely resort has been welcoming guests for over a century and was recently nominated in the Condé Nast Traveler 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards. Many of the family rooms have extensive views of Rockland Breakwater with its picturesque lighthouse gazing over the Atlantic. And there's also an excellent spa, and fun adventure playground for kids. The resort's open year round and just as sporting in winter as it is in summer.
Another of the best Maine hotels to be nominated in Condé Nast Traveler 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards, Harborside Hotel is one of the most family-friendly properties on Frenchman’s Bay. Recently renovated rooms have a coastal-chic vibe that echoes the seaside setting and beautiful views of the island dotted harbor. And family suites feature a semi-private bunk bed room for kids with a television, games and age-appropriate books. Harborside is also a gateway to Acadia National Park, where hiking trails mix with miles of wide carriage roads and make a perfect escape for walking and cycling this summer.
One of the best Maine hotels for winding down, families always feel wonderfully welcome at Meadowmere in quaint Ogunquit. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools here. The seasonal outdoor hot tub complements the Roman-style spa and there's a games room too. Meadowmere is just a short stroll from Marginal Way, one of New England’s most beautiful footpaths. You'll also find miles of sandy beaches nearby. And if you need a lift, just hop on the cute trolley that cruises around town. There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants in Ogunquit, and the local ice cream is almost reason enough to book a family vacation this summer.
Content by Allison Tibaldi
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