The Most Romantic Hotels to Book in Maine, USA

Enjoy a romantic getaway in Maine at the oceanfront Cliff House
Enjoy a romantic getaway in Maine at the oceanfront Cliff House | Courtesy of Cliff House / Expedia
Chloe Cann

Looking for a romantic getaway in Maine, USA? Then search no further – these are the coziest inns and finest foodie havens for you and your partner. From oceanfront resorts to secret wilderness retreats, lakeside B&Bs and slick downtown boltholes – these Maine hotels were made for two. Take your pick from this curated list of the state’s most romantic properties, all bookable with Culture Trip, which promise plenty of seclusion, a strict attention to detail and the best in food and wine.

1. Inn by the Sea, for walks on the beach

Resort, Inn, Hotel

Upscale living–dining space with fireplace, sofa, table, wooden floors and red rug at Inn by the Sea
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A few miles south of Portland sits this sprawling, 61-room getaway on Cape Elizabeth’s sandy Crescent Beach. Seduction-seekers should hide away in the inn’s beach suites, which boast water views, outdoor patios, spacious living spaces, kitted-out kitchens, soaking tubs and king-size beds. If you can tear yourself away from that, a private boardwalk leads through a wildlife sanctuary from the inn to a mile of unspoilt, sun-toasted sands. True to its name, the Inn by the Sea delivers the seafaring warmth of southern Maine.

2. Chebeague Island Inn, for romance in a historic setting

Inn

Spacious bedroom in white with low vintage chairs and white wood floors at Chebeague Island Inn, Maine
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Cozying up with a loved one on the Chebeague Island Inn’s Adirondack chair-lined porch, ogling views of Casco Bay, feels like vacationing in a painting that chronicles New England’s celebrated nautical landscape. Assembled on a hilltop overlooking the bay in 1880, history and romance have been whispering sweet nothings here for over a century. Each of the 21 guest rooms feature custom Maine art and furnishings, Italian linens and absolutely no TVs or phones – the perfect formula for retiring to your luxurious room for the night.

3. The Breakwater Inn & Spa, for waterfront elegance

Inn, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Aerial view of Breakwater Inn, Kennebunkport, with a large front lawn dotted with Adirondack chairs and a large tree
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The romance of a bygone era oozes from the original 1880s Maine cottage architecture at the Breakwater Inn & Spa, one of America’s most storied hotels. The luxury waterfront hotel is steeped in nautical elegance, coastal comforts and the allure of a storied destination: in coastal Kennebunkport – summer stomping grounds of the Bush family. Swoon-worthy amenities like spa-style robes, plush bedding and private river-view porches are all that’s needed to settle in for a long-haul weekend of pampering on a presidential scale.

4. Cape Arundel Inn and Resort, for fine dining

Resort, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

Cozy bedroom in white with four-poster bed and white armchairs facing windows with ocean view at Cape Arundel Inn, Maine
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Dine on Osetra caviar and butter-poached lobster with a side serving of ocean views in the on-site restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn. This grande dame of Southern Maine prides itself on offering everything you’ve come to expect from a much bigger hotel, but with the personal service and attention to detail that only a boutique operation can ace. Order cocktails from your poolside lounge chair come summer, or cozy up by the stone fireplace in the Clubhouse Lounge with a glass of red come winter.

5. The Breakwater Inn and Spa, for riverside relaxation

Inn, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Artfully plated dishes and white wine in glasses on table overlooking the waterfront at the Breakwater Inn and Spa, Maine
Courtesy of the Breakwater Inn and Spa / Expedia

As one of the port’s oldest inns, the Breakwater has its charms, the relaxing riverside setting being high among them. On-site restaurant Stripers is something of a local haunt – patrons as prominent as the Bush family have been known to frequent this waterside restaurant. And there’s no better place to be come sunset than Stripers’ string-light-strewn deck, a craft cocktail in hand.

6. Wolf Cove Inn, for a lakefront retreat

Hotel

Pretty flower-filled pathway to entrance of white-clapboard Wolf Cove Inn in Maine flanked by tall trees
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Hidden among the greenery, this lakefront inn feels as if it’s light years from civilization, when Maine’s most populous city is in fact less than a 45-minute drive away. Soak up the serenity by the inn’s lakeside fire pit, or take a romantic paddle out in its rowboat for sunset. Most of the property’s king rooms feature fireplaces and spa tubs.

7. Hidden Pond, for private cottages in the forest

Resort

Screened-in porch overlooking forest with hanging day bed and chairs with striped tan-and-blue cushions at Hidden Pond
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This Kennebunkport wilderness retreat has it all – acre upon acre of pristine birch forest begging to be explored, the sandy shores of Goose Rocks Beach just a mile (1.6km) down the road, and two heated outdoor pools for when a swim and an afternoon nap beckon. The modern, impeccably styled cottages are sparsely spread across this sprawling resort, so you can rest assured you’ll have all the privacy you need.

8. Cliff House, for gourmet picnics by the beach

Hotel, Luxury

Lounge with double-height ceilings and windows overlooking coast with large stone fireplace and couches at Cliff House, Maine
Courtesy of Cliff House / Expedia

Just minutes from the sandy beach in Ogunquit, this popular hotel boasts more than just arresting Atlantic views and the promise of being lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean. For one, there’s the strength of the property’s in-house dining. From your morning espresso at third-wave café Bald Head Coffee Co., to a picnic lunch of lobster rolls on the lawn of Nubb’s Lobster Shack and perhaps a room service dinner in bed from fine-dining outfit the Tiller, Cliff House has all bases covered.

9. Stage Neck Inn, for the harbor views

Inn, Hotel

Cozy king room with burgundy walls, tan carpet, table lamps and sliding door to oceanfront balcony at Stage Neck Inn, Maine
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Nuzzled in right next to the beach on a rocky peninsula, Stage Neck Inn has a prime York Harbor setting. Capitalizing on its location, almost every room features some form of coastal view, whether ocean, harbor or beach, and some have their own private balconies – the ideal spot to enjoy a crisp bottle of white and a cheese platter. Take a stroll around town, the oldest in Maine, before rounding off the day with a couple’s massage at the spa.

10. White Barn Inn and Spa, for cooking and sledding together

Inn, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Luxe king suite with blue toile headboard, barrel ceilings and separate living room with fireplace at White Barn Inn and Spa
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There’s a lot to love about this young-at-heart Kennebunk property. Freestanding bathtubs grace many of the rooms, as do fresh flowers. Contemporary New England cuisine is dished up at the on-site restaurant White Barn Inn (think Maine “peekytoe” crab and cucumber summer salad with shiso, and lobster bisque with an espresso crème fraîche). There’s a wild array of experiences on offer, too, such as cooking classes and woodland dog sledding.

11. The Press Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection, for art deco style

Hotel

Modern suite with living and dining areas with wood floors, rustic wood furniture and blue accents at the Press Hotel, Maine
Courtesy of the Press Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection / Expedia

Housed within a 1923 art deco-era building, there’s a sizable chunk of history at this Portland address. Located within the city’s revitalized warehouse district, the building underwent a sleek redesign, welcoming its first guests in 2015. Take the complimentary bicycles out for a ride around town before dining on oysters and Moët at the hotel’s popular bar, Inkwell. All rooms and suites enjoy a turndown service, too, so you can look forward to a cheeky chocolate before bed.

12. Yachtsman Hotel and Marina Club, for breakfast in bed

Hotel

Bedoom with red floral headboard, red chairs, striped carpet and sliding doors to lawn at Yachtsman Hotel and Marina Club
Courtesy of Yachtsman Hotel and Marina Club / Expedia

The Yachtsman Hotel’s warm welcome, whereby guests are treated to a glass of prosecco, sets the indulgent tone for your romantic getaway in Maine. This remodeled former motor lodge has plenty of pizzazz, from the pool barge docked in the river beside the property to the colorful interiors. Wake up to a special delivery – a basket of baked goods, best devoured in bed, and laze away the day together on your private terrace.

Kevin Raub contributed additional reporting to this article.
Looking for more plush hotels in Maine? Check out our guide to the best boutique hotels in Maine, USA, bookable with Culture Trip. If you’re bringing your furry friend, you’ll want to see our guide on the best pet-friendly hotels in Maine.

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