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Cliff House reemerges as one of the most captivating waterfront destinations of its kind following a landmark transformation. This iconic Maine resort, which welcomed its first guests in 1872, inspires a new community of travelers today with remarkable sightlines, intuitive amenities, and emotionally rewarding encounters. Located minutes from Ogunquit’s sandy beach and just over an hour north of Boston, Cliff House stretches across 70 oceanfront acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, overlooking the ocean’s edge and Nubble Lighthouse.
Built in 1872 on Bald Head Cliff, it was created and run by the Weare family, who by the early 1900s had turned it into a retreat for prominent East Coast families. During World War II the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took over the property and built a radar station, using its coastal vantage point to keep watch for Nazi subs. It was sold by the family in 2014 to Rockridge hotel investment firm, and later to Hyatt, undergoing a massive renovation and expansion before it reopened in 2016. The result was not just the addition of myriad luxuries, but a modern design that included about 46,000 square feet of pine reclaimed from homes in Maine.
Maine’s coast hardly needs a sales pitch. That juxtaposition of quaint and cozy against the ruggedly elemental has been the region’s primary draw for nearly two centuries. But the trio of cities here—Portland, Camden, and Bar Harbor—form what I think of as the heart of the state’s allure, those top three tracks on the greatest hits compilation you can’t stop humming. These days, they go way beyond conventional Downeast charm. You’ll find some of the most creative and delicious food in the country right now in Portland, and that restless urge for invention has begun working its way up the coast. It’s all a reflection of the quiet artistic spirit and fierce independence that define Mainers: tough but beautiful, like their coast.
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