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Maine Locations - The Inn by the Sea

by Kathryn Lemmon, Wedding Zone Staff Writer

What do Bill Cosby, Kevin Costner and Gregory Peck all have in common, besides their profession, of course? All three stayed at the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. After my visit at this extraordinary inn, I can easily understand why. All name-dropping aside, the inn is a perfect hideaway for a honeymoon any season of year. Beautifully adorned, it's lodging you'll continue to remember long after the kids are grown and the mortgage paid.

Innkeeper Maureen McQuade and her congenial staff greet guests more like cherished friends, rather than strangers coming for a hotel stay. Maureen's little dog Bailey is usually on hand to round out the reception committee.

Near Maine's largest city, Portland, the Inn sits on the Atlantic Ocean and a short walk takes you to the shore. The inn has 43 luxury suites, each with porch or deck, fine ocean view, kitchen, living room, two television sets and three phones! One or two bedroom suites are available. For a memorable honeymoon stay, I highly recommend the two-story loft suites. Here's a tip: request number 210.

Don't be surprised if you see a few contented dogs romping about the grounds of the inn. This property is especially dog-friendly (would Bailey have it any other way...?) and even has a room service menu for those of the canine persuasion. As one past guest quipped, "dogs are not just allowed here, their welcomed."

If you have a moment, stop by the lobby and check out their photo albums filled with pictures of the lucky pooches who have stayed at this upscale lodging.

Also a favorite for wedding ceremonies, other albums scattered about display photos from the numerous nuptials held at the inn.

The inn provides journals in each room so guests can jot down their impressions and comments. I hadn't run across these before in my travels, but it's definitely a good idea. Many scribblers sign only their initials and home city, nonetheless their sentiments are heart-felt. My suite, had two full journals and a third partially completed. I scanned a few entries and suddenly realized I had a smile on my face.

So many honeymoons, anniversaries and birthdays celebrated at the Inn by the Sea! As any married person can attest, it's reassuring to hear about relationships still going strong after 40 or even 50 years of marriage. It's clear from the journals, guests enjoy their stay so much, most return again and again.

Each morning the view from the loft was breathtaking. As my section of the building faced east, the rising sun cast stunning shafts of light on the ocean below. Shifting clouds and small boats bobbing on the water created a scene only a talented painter could capture. That first morning I was struck by what a significant difference naturally light-filled space can make. French doors, which open onto a small balcony, add even more invigorating light.

You'll want to save an evening for an elegant dinner at the inn. Personal attention to service and satisfaction is the standard in their restaurant called the Audubon Room. Surrounded by J.J. Audubon engravings, fine china, polished silver and crystal glassware, the New American cuisine matches the decor, impeccable. The restaurant is proud to offer local seafood and fresh, locally grown produce. If room service better suits your evening schedule, (after all this is your honeymoon!) that's available too.

The Inn By The Sea has a 4-star rating by Mobil and a 4-Diamond rating by AAA. Not surprisingly, this establishment was featured in Country Inns Magazine. To learn more, click on www.innbythesea.com.


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