Find the best family hotels in Maine for summer 2022

hannahfreedman
1st April 2022

We’ve found you the best family hotels in Maine for summer 2022. They’re all perfect for kids and we’ve made sure to mix up adventure, beaches and authentic New England charm in our top picks. Take a look.


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1/7 Inn by the Sea: One of our favorite family hotels in Maine

The best family hotels in Maine don’t come much better than the Inn by the Sea. This historic inn sits on a mile long stretch of sand in Cape Elizabeth right next to a wildlife sanctuary.

Choose a one or two-bedroom Beach Suite and you have sea views to go with full kitchens, a large living room and your own private balcony.

Plus, the Inn by the Sea is family-friendly and pet-friendly. Kids will love guided beach walks. Dogs have their very own L.L.Bean beds. And the luxurious hotel spa makes sure parents are  pampered on vacation here too.

Like the sound of this part of Maine? Take a look at more family hotels near Cape Elizabeth

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2/7 Northern Outdoors: Swap beaches for rivers in Western Maine

If New England outdoor adventure is your idea of a perfect vacation, Northern Outdoors in The Forks is the place to find that.

Most families come here for whitewater rafting down spectacular rapids with names like “Magic Falls” and “Big Mama”. Book the guided Kennebec River rafting trip for a mix of wild thrills and calm swimming, and you also have the chance to spot eagle, otter, moose and osprey.

The resort has a pool and hot tub for winding down, plus a cozy pub-style resort restaurant. And Kennebec River Brewery is nearby and serves up some of the finest Maine craft beer. We recommend booking one of the spacious log cabins nestled in the woods.

The Forks is great for adventure vacations, take a look at more family hotels in the area

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3/7 Nonantum Resort: Pick of the waterfront family hotels in Maine

For Maine on the waterfront, choose Kennebunkport, a popular base for fall leaf peeping and great for low-key summer vacations with kids

The traditional Nonantum Resort overlooks the idyllic Kennebunk River and is open from April until December. All its cozy rooms have a nautical theme and combine modern comfort with authentic charm. There’s also a shuttle service to take families back and forth to the town’s lovely beaches. And the Nonantum restaurant does amazing things with freshly picked produce from its own own, organic garden.

Take a look at more family hotels in low-key and beachy Kennebunkport

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4/7 Spruce Point Inn: The escapist’s choice of family hotels in Maine

If this was a list of best hotels to get away from it all, Spruce Point Inn would be right at the top.

A good choice for larger families and multi-gen vacations, it offers a mix of cottages, townhouses or lodge rooms. Additionally, it has two large swimming pools and a stunning waterfront setting.

Boothbay Harbor itself is a classic New England town, and known for community festivals as well as the Maine State Aquarium, Boothbay Railway Village and Costal Maine Botanical Gardens.

If Boothbay Harbor sounds like your type of place take a look at more family hotels here

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5/7  Samoset Resort: One of the best family hotels in Maine for sporty vacations

Samoset Resort wins hands down for sporty family vacations. You can choose from tennis, basketball and croquet or cool off in the freeform zero-entry pool during summer. Alternatively, The resort’s 18-hole championship golf course winds along the Penobscot Bay and has views to distract the most dedicated golfers.

This lovely resort has been welcoming guests to Rockport for more than a century and was recently nominated in the Condé Nast Traveler 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Many 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. This is also one of the rare Maine hotels that’s open year round and just as sporting in winter as it is in summer.

Take a look at more family hotels in Rockport for summer vacations in 2022

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6/7 Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina: Gateway to Acadia National Park

Another of the family hotels in Maine to be nominated in Condé Nast Traveler 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards, Harborside Hotel sits on Frenchman’s Bay in Bar Harbor.

All its recently renovated rooms have a coastal-chic vibe that echoes the seaside setting, as well as beautiful views of the island dotted harbor. 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.

Keen to explore Acadia National Park with kids? See more family hotels in Bar Harbor

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7/7 Meadowmere: One of the great family hotels in Maine for chilling

One of the best Maine hotels for winding down, families always feel wonderfully welcome at Meadowmere Resort 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. You’ll find miles of sandy beaches nearby and Meadowmere is also just a short stroll from Marginal Way, one of New England’s most beautiful footpaths.

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 alone to book a family vacation here his summer.

Like the chill vibe of Ogunquit? Check out more kid-friendly places to stay here

Want to escape to the sun this summer? Check out the best activities for kids in Florida in 2022. Don’t forget to follow Family Traveller on Instagram and Facebook and listen to the new Family Traveller Podcast now available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Original content by Allison Tibaldi updated April 2022

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