Where to stay on your wedding night
PORTLAND HARBOR HOTEL
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Cosmopolitan suites and luxury amenities make for a wedding night to remember
For the wedding couple that wishes to have the Old Port outside their door, Portland Harbor Hotel is the place to go. The boutique hotel offers stunning modern suites in its recently renovated section. A private elevator delivers couples to the honeymoon suite, where they’ll find a king-sized bed graced with soft cotton linens. For added ambiance, the bride and groom can have a warm bath drawn just before arrival. Rose petals, flickering candles, chocolate-covered strawberries, and champagne will be waiting. The spacious, spa-like bath has an enclosed glass shower for two, built-in sound system, and sliding doors that allow couples to gaze at the fire as they relax in the Jacuzzi.
For the ultimate in pampering, couples can also opt for spa services, courtesy of Portland’s Nine Stones, dinner for two at the hotel’s restaurant, and—why not?—a generous breakfast in the morning.
Portland Harbor Hotel
468 Fore St. | Portland | 207.775.9090 | portlandharborhotel.com
INN AT OCEAN’S EDGE
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Enjoy a relaxing, romantic getaway in a suite with sweeping ocean views
A stone’s throw from Camden, the Inn at Ocean’s Edge gives the bride and groom a quintessential coastal Maine experience. The cottage-style honeymoon suite faces the expansive Penobscot Bay, and just below there’s a gorgeous heated infinity pool, chaise lounges, a romantic outdoor fireplace, and private spa rooms for couples’ massages. If that’s not enough to entice, there is also a sauna and hot tub to relax in after a day of dancing and photo ops. Inside the spacious suite, the decor echoes the color of the ocean and sky. The cathedral ceilings are equipped with fans for summer nights. When autumn arrives, a fire can be prepared in the room’s wood-burning fireplace. Couples can soak in a Jacuzzi facing the water or toast each other on their private balcony and admire the ocean view and breathtaking gardens. Many leave the French doors to the balcony open, letting the sounds of the water lull them to sleep.
The next morning, newlyweds can enjoy a gourmet breakfast at the inn’s restaurant. Perched high above the water, the restaurant is a stunning location to celebrate a first day together as a married couple.
Inn at Ocean’s Edge
20 Stonecoast Rd. | Lincolnville | 207.236.0945 | innatoceansedge.com
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A stylish couple’s retreat hidden among balsam and birch groves
There’s something magical about Hidden Pond. Maybe it’s the tucked-away location, the forest of white birches, or the incredible Tree Spa with rooms perched eight feet above the ground. Wedding couples stay in luxurious cottages with private screened-in porches, river-stone fireplaces, and outdoor rain showers. Catering to comfort is something Hidden Pond does extremely well. A bottle of champagne is chilled upon arrival. The luxe beds are graced with down-filled duvets, and the well-designed baths are something to behold. Couples can also enjoy in-room massages. And how can newlyweds pass up the magical tree-house spa sanctuary, where a catwalk woven through the trees connects the rooms?
Wake to a breakfast basket of goodies, complete with warm muffins, coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a copy of the New York Times. Honeymoon heaven.
354 Goose Rocks Rd. | Kennebunkport 207.967.9050 | hiddenpondmaine.com
ANN’S POINT INN
by Chris Reardon
A romantic hideaway on the quieter side of Mount Desert Island
After the excitement of a wedding, sometimes all a newly married couple wants is relaxation and quietude. The intimate, four-room Ann’s Point Inn is located at the end of a stunning peninsula in Bass Harbor. In the early evening, innkeeper Alan Feuer treats guests to a complimentary wine and cheese tasting that features local vintners and purveyors. Couples are invited to sip and enjoy wine near the wood-burning stove or relax by the fireplace in their room.
Mallards Haven room is especially popular with newlyweds. There is a spacious bathroom with a two-person whirlpool tub, plush towels, and cozy bathrobes. Couples can also take in the view from a private deck—the perfect place for watching the sunset over the harbor—and arrange for added extras, including fresh flowers, chocolates, and a little bubbly.
The next day begins with a three-course breakfast in the solarium or outdoor deck. Afterward, there’s more relaxation in store: experience the Finnish sauna, take a dip in the indoor pool, or simply savor the natural beauty of the island.
Ann’s Point Inn
79 Anns Point Rd. | Bass Harbor | 207.244.9595 | annspoint.com