15 Wonderful Weekend Getaways in Maine (2024)

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Dreaming of a mini-vacation? You need a beautiful Maine weekend getaway!

There are so many fun weekend getaways in Maine to consider, whether you’re looking for a resort stay that will pamper you like Cliff House, or an adventurous weekend in Portland at a place like The Francis, Blind Tiger, or Inn by the Sea that will give you plenty to talk about around the water cooler on Monday.

Your perfect weekend getaway in Maine is going to be on this list, I can feel it!

A woman sitting on a boat with a cocktail in a harbor in coastal Maine
Just a little coastal Maine fun!

Fun Maine Weekend Getaways

1. Book Bar Harbor Inn & Spa in Bar Harbor ME

Must See in Bar Harbor: Acadia National Park

A street in Bar Harbor Maine with shops and cars parked alongside
We love Bar Harbor!

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 this coastal Maine gem, Bar Harbor Inn & Spa is my recommendation!

A field with flowers in front of a white mansion

A historic room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table.

Enjoy onsite spa services and the heated outdoor infinity pool and/or hot tub before you head out to explore beautiful Bar Harbor, where there is much to see and do.

In the foreground, a fountain is lit up with green and blue lights. The background showcases shops lining a busy street with cars at night.
Bar Harbor at night

Not only is Bar Harbor full of fun things to do and excellent restaurants to sample (many within easy walking distance) but you’ll be perfectly situated for a fantastic weekend exploring Acadia National Park!

A man and a woman kissing in front of a grassy area with a body of water in the distance
Just smoochin in Acadia, NBD

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 Inn & Spa.

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2. Go Glamping in style at Sandy Pines Campground

Must See in Kennebunkport: Goose Rocks Beach, Dock Square

Interior of a bedroom with elegant ceiling lights
Sandy Pines Campground. Kennebunkport, Maine.
Blixen’s Oasis, by Nicola’s Home

If you’re looking for unique Maine weekend getaways, this is going to hit the spot! In the coastal Maine town of Kennebunkport is one of the best campgrounds that we’ve ever stayed at.

This is Sandy Pines Campground and it boasts dozens of incredible glamping options, including luxury tents, camp cottages, and more.

amy peeking out the door of a glamping cabin in maine - a brown cabin with yellow doors and fairy lights on the eaves

Sit out by your private campfire before retiring to a beautifully decorated private spot under the stars.

You might think of camping as a rustic experience, but glamping turns it up a notch!

A couple's feet are intertwined in a glamping tent in coastal Maine

Plus, you’re close to all of Kennebunkport’s activities including chilled-out beaches and incredible restaurants.

A couple hug on one of the beaches in Kennebunkport, Maine
Just having a blast in Kennebunkport!

It’s really the best of both worlds when you stay at Sandy Pines, and I absolutely loved our glamping trip here.

People swim in a crystal clear pool at Sandy Pines Campground near Kennebunkport, Maine
Did I mention there’s a pool? We swam as much as we could during this Maine weekend getaway!

You can read even more about our experience at Sandy Pines Campground here.

3. Let loose at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake in Greenville

Must See in Greenville: B-52 crash site, moose watching

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. Hiking to the B52 crash site is a definite bucket list experience.

Moosehead Lake is one of those classic all season weekend getaways in Maine that everyone should experience at least once!

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4. Play in Portland, Stay at the Francis Hotel

Must See in Portland: Portland Head Light, Children’s Museum, Hot Suppa

The exterior of the Hotel Francis with front porch illuminated at night in Portland, Maine

Portland is always high on the list of best weekend getaways in Maine because there’s just so much to do and see, and I had the pleasure of having my own little Portland getaway not too long ago with my kiddo.

We stayed at the Francis, and I especially appreciated the West End location. It was nice to be outside of the more touristy areas, but still within easy walking distance to downtown and Old Port. I did it with a stroller and it took less than twenty minutes!

Cobblestone sidewalk with historic buildings in downtown Portland, Maine

The Francis is a boutique hotel and doesn’t come across as a super kid friendly hotel when you’re first checking it out, but I’ll tell you that they were wonderful with my toddler in tow.

A toddler holds a sign that says Portland on it

In fact, they even included these cards with recommendations for family friendly dining and activities in Portland, how cool is that?

Two cards with information about family friendly dining and activities in Portland, Maine

Portland is full of fun stuff to see and do, and if you’re on a family vacation with young kids, I highly recommend a visit to the Children’s Museum!

The exterior of the Portland Children's Museum on a sunny day

Of course, you should definitely add a visit to the Portland Head Light to your itinerary. When in coastal Maine…

The Portland Head Light sits just beyond flowers and plants with the sea in the distance

Oh, and grab at least one meal at Hot Suppa, I fell in love so hard with their delicious breakfast options!

Brick exterior of Hot Suppa restaurant in Portland, Maine

Biscuits and gravy with a maple latte, anyone?

You can read more about my experience here.

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5. Kick back at Alouette Beach Resort in Old Orchard Beach

Must See in Old Orchard Beach: OOB pier, Palace Playland

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!

A long sandy beach with an amusement park at a popular New England beach town, Old Orchard Beach
Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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!

Two women pose in front of the Old Orchard Beach Pier
My mom & I in front of the OOB pier!

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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6. Relax at Fisherman’s Wharf Inn in Boothbay Harbor

Must See in Boothbay Harbor: Cabbage Island Clambake, whale watching

A hand holding a mug that says Maine against the backdrop of a heavily forested shore

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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7. Luxuriate at Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport

Must See in Kennebunkport: wedding cake house, Seashore Trolley Museum

A sandy New England beach town with pink flowers framing it
Kennebunkport is one of my personal faves when it comes to New England beach towns to visit!

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 Maine weekend getaway no one will soon forget. My family and I recently visited at Christmas and it was a BLAST!

A woman and toddler on the Christmas trolley in Kennebunkport, Maine
My son and I enjoying a ride on the Christmas trolley in Kennebunkport!

A man holding a toddler's hand at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport

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8. Find adventure at Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel in Carrabassett Valley 

Must See in Carrabassett Valley: Sugarloaf!

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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9. Soak in seaside beauty at Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth

Must See in Cape Elizabeth: Crescent Beach

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
Image courtesy of Inn by the Sea

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.

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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Romantic Weekend Getaways in Maine

10. Go sailing on a traditional schooner

amy sitting in the front of a classic sail boat, maine coast

Want to take an awesome trip together that is something unique and different? Why not go sailing on a classic schooner?

A closeup of a lantern on a body of water at sunset

We had this experience sailing on the J & E Riggin and it was amazing. You spend several days exploring the beautiful Maine coast near Rockland, helping with the sails, enjoying gourmet food, and generally just relaxing. It’s a wonderful trip.

Flowers sit on a table on a historic schooner cruise in Maine

Now, it’s definitely not your standard romantic trip. Sleeping below decks is more ‘cozy’ than romantic, and you’ll be sailing with a dozen or so other guests, so this type of trip won’t allow for much alone time.

But I can promise that you will spend quality time together and have a terrific adventure that bonds you in a new way.

A sunset from a historic schooner cruise in coastal Maine
Sunsets + sailing = romantic weekend in Maine!

Read all about what it’s like to sail on a Maine Windjammer here.

11. Find luxury at The Cliff House Resort and Spa in York, Maine

Sprawling white Cliff House resort perched dramatically on a cliff with the ocean below and a purple and pink sunset over head
Image courtesy of Cliff House

In terms of Maine getaways for couples looking for luxury, the award winning Cliff House Maine reigns supreme! This is truly the classic Maine experience, with luxurious, comfortable rooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on picturesque Cape Neddick.

A woman stands on a rocky shore with Cape Neddick Light behind her in York, Maine
Me & Cape Neddick Light!

Here posh meets cozy. The Cliff House was refurbished a few years ago and now boasts an infinity pool, a 9,000 square-foot spa, both indoor and outdoor pools – including an adults only infinity pool overlooking the ocean – and lots more. This coastal Maine hotel offers incredible views!

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12. Stay in style at Blind Tiger Guest House in Portland ME

A brick exterior of a Blind Tiger property in Portland, Maine
Photo courtesy of the property; Danforth Street Blind Tiger

Blind Tiger Guest House is one of the best boutique hotels in Maine, and it’s perfect for a couples vacation!

Blind Tiger has two phenomenal locations in Portland, Maine. The Carleton Street property is a quiet residential neighborhood within walking distance of downtown Portland, and Danforth Street is located within easy walking distance to Old Port and awesome restaurants and shopping.

The exterior of the Made in Maine store in Portland Maine
Shopping like Made in Maine!

These are gorgeous historic properties that have been meticulously restored, resulting in an elevated B&B experience with boutique hotel offerings that couples rave about. The decor is especially fantastic.

A room in one of the most popular boutique hotels Portland Maine has to offer features deep blue walls, ceiling, and mantle, with a bed in the center and a fire roaring in the fireplace
Photo courtesy of the property: one of the most beautiful boutique hotels Portland Maine has to offer!

Blind Tiger is one of the best choices for romantic places to stay in Maine.

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13. Stay by the Sea at York Harbor Inn in York, Maine

Perhaps a classic bed & breakfast is more your style? There are plenty of romantic Maine getaways that offer this, but I say you can’t go wrong booking a charming inn by the sea!

One of our favorite hotels to recommend is the York Harbor Inn, which is right on the southern coast of Maine and is absolutely beautiful.

A sandy shoreline of beach in York, Maine
I took this one during a recent trip to York – I love this view!

This is a quiet area where you can get away from it all and enjoy nature. We especially suggest renting the tower room, which offers a private balcony overlooking the water. The views are gorgeous and the inn has terrific food.

Combine that with exploring the great area of York, Maine, and you’ve got the makings of an ideal trip.

The exterior of Stonewall Kitchen Cafe in York, Maine

I recently enjoyed Stonewall Kitchen Cafe and let me just say, it’s not just a fantastic lunch spot, but the perfect Maine souvenir shop for those of us who love to putter around in the kitchen.

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14. Hide Away at Hartstone Inn & Hideaway in Camden

There’s nothing like a sweet Victorian B&B to make for a great romantic getaway. The Hartstone Inn & Hideaway is located in a lovely part of Maine: Camden.

Although you’ll never need to leave your classic-styled room—or even the hotel itself with its restaurant, spa, and cozy common areas—you are within easy reach of the Camden and Rockland areas, so there is plenty to keep you busy.

A ferris wheel at sunset in Rockland, Maine
Look at this sunset in Rockland, isn’t it gorgeous?

Reviewers talk about the stunning rooms and the amazing food, among other wonderful amenities. Why not check it out yourself?

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15. Retreat to the Wolf Cove Inn in Poland, Maine

When it comes to the romantic getaways Maine has to offer, Wolf Cove Inn is a fabulous choice. This rustic spot offers serene intimacy in the magical Maine outdoors.

A fire burning in a fire pit in front of trees and a body of water at dusk
Photo Courtesy of Wolf Cove Inn

You don’t have to be on the coast to have a great Maine getaway!

Wolf Cove Inn is situated on Tripp Lake, a stunning and romantic setting. The lake provides plenty of activity options including kayaking, paddling, and relaxing on the private beach. With only 11 guest rooms at this lakeside bed & breakfast, you’ll have plenty of privacy for you and your partner.

Delicious food and absolutely perfect rooms round out the experience (seriously, check out the pictures). With lake views, rooms boasting fireplaces and/or jacuzzi tubs, and a peaceful setting, this is one place you definitely have to check out.

I think this might even rank among the best romantic getaways in the United States!

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Final Thoughts: Maine Weekend Getaways

Of course, this list of the 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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