From the waves crashing against the rocks, to the morning fog that settled over the shoreline, the Cliff House Resort & Spa provided us with our first real experience of the Atlantic Ocean on our east coast trip–and it truly was a memorable one.
We were pleased to be hosted for the Overnight Escape package (one night’s accommodations for two and a three-course dinner for two) by the Resort, however, that didn’t impact on how much we enjoyed our stay!
Our drive through the village of Ogunquit, on our way to the Resort, wound through a number of interesting areas and gave David his first views of the Atlantic. While I’d already been on the ocean in Nova Scotia, it was all new to David. We did get to see quite a lot of the village while looking for the Resort, though, as our GPS had a glitch!
Once we arrived the confusion disappeared and everything went smoothly. Check in was fine and the room was great–David, of course, headed directly out onto the balcony to experience the salt water smell in the air. Luckily, all guests can share his experience, as the Inn has 166 seaside rooms with balconies.
Here are some photos, however, without the soft touch of the wind and moist mist of the fog and salty smell of the ocean, they can really only capture a small part of the Cliff House experience.
The Cliff House Resort has a wonderful restaurant and I was glad we’d arrived early enough for dinner. Since it was Sunday evening the restaurant wasn’t busy–we were able to get our choice of table at a window overlooking the ocean, even without a reservation.
We spent the evening mesmermized by the tide that rose and fell beneath the lights perched on rocks above the shoreline, making the scene even more spectacular than it had been in daylight.
Dinner was superb. From the sun-dried tomato Caesar salad to the New York strip steak, the food was excellent. Our waitress even had the chef tell us what spices he’d used to season the meat, as the flavor was something David hadn’t run into before. And since he’s not much of a spice lover, I really needed to know!
I was, of course, too full for dessert, so the waitress offered to box it up. Later, out on the balcony, listening to the ocean, I enjoyed every delicious chocolatey morsel.
All too soon it was morning and time for checkout, but we took a walk around the fog shrouded grounds anyway. It was still an awesome view for two prairie travelers!
You can share our experience with this Cliff House Resort & Spa YouTube video: