8 Wonderful Weekend Getaways in Maine


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In need of a mini-vacation? Consider a Maine weekend getaway! There are so many great weekend getaways in Maine to consider, whether you’re looking for a comfy cozy resort stay that will pamper you (and keep the kiddos busy!) all weekend long, or an adventurous weekend on a Maine island that will give you Big Stories to tell around the water cooler on Monday, your next weekend getaway in Maine is going to be exactly what you’ve needed!

Bar Harbor Grand Hotel in Bar Harbor ME

Picturesque downtown Bar Harbor buildings line the mostly empty street with blue skies above
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There are so many great places to stay in Bar Harbor, and plenty of cool little cabins, vacation rentals, and campgrounds nearby, but if you’re looking for a Maine weekend getaway that puts you in a hotel that has aaaaaall the amenities and is in a fantastic location for sightseeing in Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor Grand Hotel is it! Wake up to a delicious (and complimentary!) breakfast, then hit the pool and/or hot tub before you head out to explore beautiful Bar Harbor!

Not only is Bar Harbor full of fun things to do and excellent restaurants to sample (many within easy walking distance to Bar Harbor Grand!) but the Bar Harbor Grand Hotel is perfectly situated for a fantastic weekend exploring Acadia National Park! Spend the day hiking and taking in the natural attractions of this gorgeous national park before making the easy drive back to your lovely room at Bar Harbor Grand. 

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Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport

Are you looking for the perfect family-friendly weekend getaway in Maine? Luxurious Nonantum Resort might be just what you’re looking for! Kids will love the Kid’s Fun Club while parents enjoy a quiet dinner or drinks at the onsite pub, and the whole family will have fun together swimming, making smores at the fire pits, enjoying movie nights on the lawn, waterfront paint nights, bike rentals, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing tours, and so much more!

Plus, any visit to Kennebunkport is sure to be a hit for the whole family. Whether you decide to hang at the beach, go shopping in Dock Square, or just eat your way around town sampling all the fantastically fresh seafood in Kennebunkport restaurants, it’s sure to be a Maine weekend getaway no one will soon forget!

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Cliff House in Ogunquit 

Sprawling white Cliff House resort perched dramatically on a cliff with the ocean below and a purple and pink sunset over head
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If it’s luxury and stunning scenic vistas you’re after, then Cliff House is your Maine weekend getaway destination! Not only is Cliff House one of the best luxury hotels in all of New England, but it’s one of those luxury resorts where you can bring the whole family!

Family-friendly resort activities include movie nights, Build-Your-Own teddy bear workshops, yoga on the beach, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and curated coastal Maine excursions like river kayaking, lobstering trips, snowshoeing, and more! If the gorgeous scenic views from the dramatic cliffs of this luxury resort aren’t enough to help you unwind and relax, then a visit to the onsite spa coupled with oceanfront dining options will surely do the trick!

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Lodge at Moosehead Lake in Greenville

For a fantastic weekend getaway in Maine, check out a stay at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake! Not only is this rustic luxury AAA 4-Diamond lodge a super cute place to stay, but with features like the Lakeview Dining Room offering panoramic views of Moosehead Lake and the mountains, it really is one of those spots where the view is everything!

Moosehead Lake is a great weekend vacation destination where there is something fun to do any time of year; planning your weekend getaway for winter? Have fun playing in the snow at Big Squaw Mountain! Visiting in the summer? Enjoy hiking around the lake and then taking a refreshing dip to cool off afterwards. Moosehead Lake is one of those classic all season weekend getaways in Maine that everyone should experience at least once!

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Alouette Beach Resort in Old Orchard Beach

Long wooden pier juts out in the ocean at sunset with the town of Old Orchard Beach behind it and the Palace Playland beachfront amusement park silhouetted in the golden setting sun

Are you looking for the perfect Maine beach weekend getaway? Check out Alouette Beach Resort in Old Orchard Beach. Whether you’re looking for a luxury ocean view suite or a budget-friendly comfort economy room, Alouette Beach Resort has your back! Beautifully situated on the beach (and OOB is one of the most beautiful beaches in Maine!) and just a quick walk to Palace Playland, Alouette is the perfect place to stay for beachy fun!

Splash in the waves for a bit before checking out the Old Orchard Beach Pier to shop for cute souvenirs from your trip, then head to Palace Playland, New England’s last remaining beachfront amusement park! After a long day of play at Old Orchard Beach, you’ll be more than ready to kick back and relax at Alouette Beach Resort!

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Fisherman’s Wharf Inn in Boothbay Harbor

Are you looking for the perfect weekend Maine getaway that promises Big Memories will be made? Then consider a stay at Fisherman’s Wharf Inn in beautiful Boothbay Harbor! Rooms are decorated in a classic, understated coastal Maine style, and in addition to beautiful waterfront dining, its location on the pier makes it perfectly situated for another Boothbay Harbor adventure that can’t be missed: a Cabbage Island Clambake

Reserve a spot on the boat to Cabbage Island, a private island whose residents host a summer clambake that won’t soon be forgotten! Fresh caught lobster, chowder, corn on the cob, and blueberry cake are some of the quintessentially coastal Maine goodies you can expect to enjoy! There’s plenty to do back at Boothbay Harbor, as well, so a weekend getaway to Fisherman’s Wharf Inn puts you in the perfect spot to enjoy all kinds of coastal Maine fun!

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Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel in Carrabassett Valley 

Are you looking for a winter weekend getaway in Maine? How about a summer weekend getaway in Maine? Maybe a fall winter weekend getaway in Maine? Summer, fall, or winter, you’ll find all kinds of fantastic family fun activities near Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel! Obviously, most people head to Sugarloaf to play in the snow, but that’s not all there is!

During warmer weather you’ll find golfing, ziplining, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and more to keep you entertained, and during the fall, taking in the scenery during a lift ride becomes an almost transcendent experience with fall foliage exploding into colors of burnt orange and ruddy gold all around. Once you’ve had your fill of outdoor fun, head back to Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel to swim a few laps in the indoor pool or soak in the 30-person hot tub… either one sounds pretty good!

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Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth

Beautiful sprawling white resort Inn by the Sea sits on Cape Elizabeth with deep blue ocean in front and deep blue ocean behind on a clear summer day
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If you’re looking for a lovely waterfront stay near Portland, Inn by the Sea is it! Views are absolutely incredible and it’s just a quick walk to get to Crescent Beach if you’re looking for a little sand to squish your toes into. Rooms at Inn by the Sea are luxuriously comfortable, and while the property offers plenty to do with the onsite spa and gorgeous outdoor pool, the location can’t be beat!

There are so many fantastic things to do just up the road in Portland, whether you’re a foodie looking to nibble your way around town, a brewery fan looking to sip your way through Portland,  or a lighthouse lover, there’s more than enough to keep you happy in this hip Maine town. Grab a quick cup of java at one of the cute Portland coffee shops and if you’re looking for fun weekend things to do, hop on a ferry to Peaks Island to explore the charm of one of New England’s most beautiful islands.

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Of course, this list of the 8 best weekend getaways in Maine is far from completely comprehensive. There is so much fun to be had in Maine, whether you’re traveling in summer, fall, or winter, and if you’re looking for a little extra romance during your Maine weekend getaway, you can find that in the Pine Tree State, too!

Wherever you end up landing for your Maine weekend getaway, it’s no doubt going to be a good time!

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