Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport , Maine
Tel: 888 967 9050 (toll-free)
Tel: 207 967 9050
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:On 60 acres five miles outside preppy Kennebunkport, Hidden Pond has a fantasy summer camp feel, with hand-painted wood signs pointing to a garden where you can pick vegetables or to a bike shed where you can borrow a retro cruiser for the mile ride to Goose Rocks Beach. The 14 one- and two-bedroom cottages, each by a different local interior designer, range from the playful Periwinkle (in sunshiney primary colors) to the classic Thank You (embroidered lobster pillows and an airy seafoam and powder blue New England aesthetic). All have generous kitchens, cozy porches, and gas fireplaces for chilly nights. A central lodge functions as the official clubhouse, with a simple rectangular pool and a fire pit where there's a nightly bonfire (singing optional). There's no restaurant, but cheerful staff can arrange a private chef, and there are weekly "Table on the Farm" dinners prepared by Kennebunkport chefs. Every morning, piping hot coffee and a canvas bag of fresh-baked pastries is left outside your door. The resort is blissfully relaxed, and cottages come with leisure essentials such as board games, martini shakers, books, and guitars.2009 Hot List
When to go: June, July, and August are the height of Maine vacation bliss, but the shoulder months of May and September are lovely and quiet.
Which room to book: Lazy Days has a comfortable shabby-chic feel, with artful tree branches carefully arranged on shelves and a well-edited collection of vintage books.