The Long Weekend
In a place like Maine where nature reigns supreme, creating a design-minded retreat on par with its jaw-dropping natural setting is no easy feat. Cliff House, however, is one of those rare resorts that is mindfully engineered to frame the environment and somehow makes it even more magnificent. Last August, the 150-year-old Cliff House unveiled a stunning reincarnation that steps decidedly into the 21st century with stylish interiors, a host of amenities and a sustainable ethos – resulting in a compelling fusion of natural landscape and human ingenuity.
Although the striking scenery can certainly calm one into quiet bliss, the resort has an endless menu of activities. Active types can hike on nearby scenic trails, kayak or embark on boat excursions, while wellness seekers can exercise at the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center or indulge in a treatment at the hotel’s spa. The exquisite 9,000-square-foot spa features products from Naturopathica and Red Flower and offers sea-inspired massages, facials and body scrubs. Spa guests can relax before or after a treatment in the serene sanctuary space seemingly cantilevered over the crashing waves.
When Elsie Weare first set foot on this promontory a century and a half ago and invested her family's savings to construct a Victorian-style resort on a dramatic schism of stone, she could never have imagined what it has evolved into today. Built upon the pioneering vision of a young entrepreneur, Cliff House in its new metamorphosis stands as a testament to the foresight and imagination that this special property has inspired for decades and the promise to protect its remarkable setting.
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