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 Maine's southern coast, overlooking the ocean’s edge and Nubble Lighthouse.
Each of its 226 inviting luxury accommodations, including guest rooms and suites, boast private terraces and incomparable oceanfront views. Custom-designed with graceful coastal style and handcrafted elements, the serene Maine accommodations are richly textured yet comfortably refined. For unforgettable weddings, social gatherings, engaging meetings, or corporate retreats, Cliff House offers over 25,000 square feet of event space, including the Atlantic Ballroom, from which double-height panoramic windows reveal the seemingly boundless ocean below. A luxury spa and wellness center, oceanfront restaurants, year-round activities and events, and thoughtful amenities capture the best of New England for immersive experiences in every season.
The History - Elsie Jane opened The Cliff House in 1872, operated the hotel and the farm, invested in real estate, and managed the family business. She raised seven children and cared for her husband, Theodore, who suffered from consumption. The 1872 premier season was $6.00 per week, per person, and included all three meals. The Cliff House soon became the preferred resort of the most refined families of the time, including the Biddles of Philadelphia, the Havermeyers of New York, and the Cabots and Lodges of Boston. Its reputation spread across the Atlantic, attracting guests from as far away as England and continental Europe. During this genteel age, guests entertained themselves with card parties, croquet, and horseshoe pitching. The Cliff House was a peaceful Maine retreat, rich with verdant lawns, wild roses, and suspended between an enormous expanse of sky and the ever-changing sea.
Elsie Weare had many children. Around 1910, Elsie Jane, then in her late 70s, turned over control of The Cliff House to her son, Charles, to manage the Inn and his older brother, Edward T. Weare, was the proprietor. Charles embarked on a modernization campaign that resulted in indoor plumbing and electric lights. He even added a bowling alley to supplement the amateur theater and entertainment presented at the oceanfront resort in time. To help meet the demand for accommodations, the Oceanview Annex was built, and the Colonial Annex followed shortly after. The latter featured the first private baths in the area. As automobiles became more common, Charles erected individual garages and had a gas pump installed for his motoring guests' convenience. Edward Weare and his wife Bertha gave birth to their daughter, Elinor, at Cliff House. Elinor was born at the resort in 1916.
The Cliff House thrived through the roaring ’20s, as well as the precarious ’30s. However, World War II shuttered The Cliff House to guests, but the resort was drafted to aid the country’s efforts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took over the property, built a radar station, and kept a 24-hour-a-day vigil for Nazi submarines in the coastal waters. German U-Boats sank 152 Allied ships in the North Atlantic in January and February of 1942. Coastal cities and towns observed nightly blackouts to prevent ships from being silhouetted against the night sky. It was so important that this installation on Bald Head Cliff that the Weare Family was barred from their own land.
This iconic resort near Ogunquit, Maine, has completed a landmark re-imagination across 70 oceanfront acres perched atop Bald Head Cliff. The resort features newly designed guest rooms and over 40 suites. It is a classic New England Cottage, plus 25,000 square feet of new meeting and event space, including the new Atlantic Ballroom, oceanfront dining and bars, indigenous landscaping many other enhancements. A new luxury spa and wellness center is a gem of the resort, plus engaging and thoughtful programming has redefined the southern Maine resort escape. Generation after generation, as guests step out onto their private terraces, an energizing breeze sweeps up from the surf below, past the wild rose bushes, to extend a timeless welcome. Those who return each year enthusiastically report that this is when their spirits soar.
Dining - Rediscover Maine dining. Native ingredients honor Maine’s indelible heritage. By partnering with local fisherman, farmers, distillers, and purveyors, Cliff House combines the region’s distinctive culture and tradition with culinary innovation and sustainable practices for an authentic and nuanced dining experience. Upscale contemporary design meets with charming rustic elements at the signature restaurant, The Tiller, a bright and inviting oceanfront dining destination, suspended over the Atlantic Ocean and overlooking panoramic views of Cape Neddick. Seasonal breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are prepared with farm-fresh Maine produce, line-caught fish, locally raised steaks, and homemade recipes passed down from generation to generation in the Ogunquit, ME restaurants.
The seasonal restaurant Nubb's Lobster Shack offers quintessential Maine cuisine amid majestic coastal views. Nosh on lobster rolls and raw bar selections, sample local craft beers while lounging poolside, or gather on the side lawn for a round of Cornhole. The Tiller Restaurant - Upscale contemporary design meets with charming rustic elements at The Tiller, a bright and inviting dining destination surrounded by ocean views. Seasonal breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are prepared with farm-fresh produce, line-caught fish, locally raised steaks, and homemade recipes passed down from generation to generation.
The Spa - This tranquil oceanfront Seaside Sanctuary is situated high atop the majestic cliffs of Maine’s southern coast. Guests unwind before a treatment in the luminous sanctuary surrounded by views of the cliff and infinite horizon. Showcasing the very best wellness and beauty practices, The Spa provides energetic, therapeutic, and holistic therapies for all to enjoy. Unique skin, nail, and body treatments using the highest quality organic botanicals are available, all tying back to the natural wonders of nature. The natural environment of The Spa at Cliff House serves as the inspiration behind the 9,000 square-foot luxury and fitness facility. Embracing “wild and free” elements of coastal Maine, the spa channels a transformative interplay of water, stone, earth, and sky. It serves as an oasis for guests to rejuvenate and recharge through a circuit of saunas, steam rooms, and treatment spaces.
Things to Do - Guests will have no trouble staying entertained and active at Cliff House Maine. Besides having countless wonderful spots to relax and enjoy the remarkable ocean views, there are many options for those who crave a more engaging experience. The amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a beautiful luxury spa, and exclusive access to the challenging course at the adjacent Cape Neddick Golf Club. Also offering great seasonal options for coastal Maine recreation, including golfing, biking, hiking, sea kayaking, fishing and lobstering trips, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and more.