Maine means lobster rolls, shingle houses, hydrangea-filled gardens, quaint inns, and tiny towns spilling over with New England charm. The Pine Tree State also has miles of craggy coastline, white-sand beaches, dense forests, and snow-capped peaks, plus heaps of maritime history. Did we mention Acadia National Park?
Needless to say, Maine is a fantastic place to steal away for a few days. There’s certainly enough to do that you could plan a week-long honeymoon and not even scratch the surface. That’s why we reached out to Rachel Sagiroglu, founder and CEO of Experience Maine, to get the scoop.
Meet the Expert
Rachel Sagiroglu is an expert and enthusiast on all things Maine. Having grown up on Belgrade Lakes' Great Pond, her decades of experience coordinating events, trips, and experiential campaigns are all rooted in her love for the coastal state.
If you’re excited to enjoy the beautiful shoreline, hiking paths, waterfront eateries, and boat excursions, summer is really the ideal time to visit. "In June, the towns and points of interest are less busy than July and August." The latter months offer warmer weather for oceanfront or poolside getaways. Though you will have to contend with tourists, we think it’s worth the peak season business and rates for a taste of summertime. Then again, when September rolls around, the kids go back to school and the crowds thin out again. "October is beautiful for a cozy trip inland to experience the vibrant fall foliage." A winter escape feels really special in a more snowy and secluded way, too.
In terms of price, expect to spend $5,000 to $8,000 for accommodations (keep in mind that rates will be a bit higher during the summer), dining, and excursions.
Honestly, when the destination is Maine, you just can't go wrong. Of course, some properties pile on the romance more than others and we're sharing our favorites. Ahead, discover the most romantic getaways in Maine for an East Coast honeymoon.
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Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club stands out as the hands-down coolest spot in Kennebunkport. If you’re the type of couple who digs an impromptu photoshoot, the floral patterned headboard and colorful pillows provide a pleasing backdrop. Ditto for the floating pool that’s framed by yellow-and-white striped loungers. Each room also boasts Instagram-worthy river views, which are best enjoyed from the comfort of Adirondack chairs.
A brilliant mix of luxury and backwoods charm, Blair Hill Inn is the best of both worlds. It’s also a Relais & Chateaux property, so that’s a major selling point in and of itself. In addition to the idyllic Moosehead Lake location, it has a delicious restaurant and a serene spa. The toughest decision you’ll have to make the entire trip is whether to get a massage or body scrub.
A country farmhouse-style hideaway ensconced by quietude and leafy trees, White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection feels far removed from the touristy side of Kennebunkport. It’s definitely an adult place. The atmosphere, service, and cuisine at the renowned restaurant reinforce its grown-up getaway status as do the stand-alone cottages with rainfall showers, fireplaces, and pillow-topped beds.
Dreaming of a full-on resort where you can eat, drink, get pampered at the spa, hang by the pool, get steamy in the hot tub, and snooze in a cloud-like bed? Let us direct your attention to Cliff House Maine. In addition to all the aforementioned attributes, the property gives guests access to a stunning cliff walk and the sunset over the rocks is nothing short of magical.
Luxury in a quaint coastal town, the recently remodeled Camden Harbour Inn is a pretty-as-a-picture member of Relais & Chateaux that entices honeymooners, sailing enthusiasts, and, honestly, anyone lucky enough to snag a reservation. It’s exclusive but feels really easygoing. You’ll also love the posh rooms, spectacular panoramas of Penobscot Bay, walkable location, and award-winning restaurant.
The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection infuses a major dose of vintage-meets-contemporary charisma with a touch of indie cool factor into the lively Old Port District. Tucked inside a historic brick building are 110 guestrooms with distinctive design influenced by 1920s writers' offices (think old-school journalist desks and newsroom references), plus a letterpress art wall behind the front desk and a gallery with an installation piece of retro typewriters.
Fantasizing about seaside luxury, close to the city of Portland? Look no further than the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth. Oceanfront glamour done the Maine way—not the glitzy kind, but the quintessential New England second-home sort of refinement that well-heeled travelers crave. Cue spacious suites with plush king beds and waterfront views, plus warm hospitality, a fine dining restaurant, and an outdoor fire pit.
Obviously, Maine has beautiful beaches. But did you know there are shimmering lakes, too? Bear Mountain Inn serves up lakeside country luxury on a silver platter. A bucolic setting and waterfront activities—kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing—are only part of the appeal of this revamped historic homestead. For those who need a little R&R, there’s a massage cottage in nature.
If your credo is "the couple that golfs together, stays together," consider an overnight at Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort. Play 18 holes on the championship course and chow down on fresh seafood before retiring to your waterfront room for some alone time. Besides hitting the links, feasting on lobster rolls, and soaking in the vistas, stroll around Boothbay Harbor.
For nature lovers and green travelers alike, honeymoon dreams are made of glamping tents, private fire pits, Adirondack chairs, open-air yoga, lawn games, stargazing, and a cozy lodge with a stone fireplace. Insert Terramor Outdoor Resort, a sustainably-minded retreat near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park that’s dedicated to giving guests an immersive eco-experience surrounded by the scenic beauty of New England.
A relaxed pace and ambiance that’s polished to perfection but still totally chill are the hallmarks of the Inn at Sunrise Point, a boutique hideaway that’s nestled on five beautifully landscaped acres. Rooms have fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private decks that overlook Penobscot Bay. It’s at once easy and elegant—basically the exact qualities you’d seek out in a lovely, low-key honeymoon hotel.
What happens when you want trendy, modern luxury-style accommodations but are also an outdoor enthusiast who’s keen to explore the great outdoors? It might seem like there isn’t a place that could possibly satisfy both seemingly disparate desires. But that just means you haven’t yet heard about The Bayview Hotel, a 26-key gem that’s dripping with contemporary flair and literally steps from Acadia National Park.
Perched directly across the street from picturesque Goose Rocks Beach and housed in a charming clapboard house, The Tides Beach Club is a laid-back yet lively spot with coastal décor, airy rooms, and a breezy vibe. A buzzy on-site restaurant and proximity to a dozen other award-winning eateries also make it a mouthwatering choice for gourmands.
The Inn at Ocean's Edge sits on 22 acres of prime Penobscot Bay real estate between Camden and Lincolnville Beach. The epitome of midcoast Maine seaside luxury, the property is great for a relaxing getaway with plush rooms, a serene spa, and a sea-view infinity pool. But it’s the thoughtful (and tasty!) extras like afternoon treats that really sweeten the deal.
If you don’t like to be confined to a small room (no matter how nice), the ViewPoint Hotel might just be the perfect solution. Sprawling suites flaunt chic furnishings, kitchens, private patios, and lighthouse vistas. It’s basically like staying in an impeccably decorated condo, but with the bonus of access to daily housekeeping, a 900-square-foot saltwater pool, and yoga classes.
Imagine Aragosta at Goose Cove as your seasonal honeymoon home away from home on Deer Isle. This private, romantic sanctuary has seven cottages, four suites, and lots of local artisan-made touches. Laze away the days with your spouse (that’s exciting to say, right?!) on a private beach, hike through Barred Island Preserve, and treat your tastebuds to seasonal flavors at the lauded restaurant.
The iconic Spruce Point Inn is perfect if you love timeless traditions, an oceanfront setting, and having loads of land and sea activities at your fingertips. Take advantage of swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking, tennis, and spa treatments all without leaving the property. If you do choose to head off (which certainly isn’t a requirement), Boothbay Harbor awaits.
Uncomplicated, care-free, a reminder of simpler times—that’s life at the Chebeague Island Inn, a cozy retreat with television-free rooms, a wraparound porch, award-winning farm-to-table dining, and a laid-back approach to things that’s oh so refreshing and will put the stress of wedding planning squarely in the past. (And isn’t that half the point of a honeymoon?)
With its winsome setting on 60 wooded acres, seductively rustic atmosphere, organic gardens, adults-only outdoor swimming pool, treetop spa, and acclaimed locavore eatery, Hidden Pond really hits the mark on relaxation and romance. A truly rejuvenating escape in every sense, this nature-centric resort invites couples to reconnect while snuggling in secluded cottages, forest bathing, and eating fresh-picked fare.
Set on the rugged coastline of Prouts Neck, Black Point Inn first started welcoming guests way back in 1878. More than 100 years later, couples still can’t get enough of this romantic and historic hotel. The dreamy combination of an outdoor pool and private beach, plus loaner bikes, kayak rentals, and elevated cuisine at the Points Restaurant is basically tailor-made for honeymooners.