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Best Hotels, Inns, B&Bs, campgrounds, Vacation Rentals, & More Lodging in the Southern Maine Coast

Graced with miles of white sandy beaches, fabulous boutique shopping, Maine’s best seafood, and a wide variety of lodging options, the Southern Maine Coast welcomes you to an unforgettable vacation.

Along the Atlantic shoreline from Kittery to Old Orchard Beach, the Southern Maine Coast is the ideal vacation getaway year-round. Whether you’re traveling with kids or going on a romantic weekend, history and nature merge in a montage of activities and attractions that create memories you’ll treasure forever.

Know Your Lodging Options in the Southern Maine Coast

The Southern Maine Coast offers a wide variety of lodging options, catering to diverse tastes and budgets. Whether seeking relaxation or adventure, the region has lodging to enhance any travel experience.

At the state border in Kittery, visitors can find charming inns and small hotels that provide convenient access to local shopping and dining. Moving north to York, travelers can enjoy historic bed and breakfasts or beachfront properties that offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Ogunquit is renowned for its scenic beauty and artistic community, with accommodations ranging from cozy B&Bs to upscale hotels, ensuring a memorable stay. Wells Maine is another coastal gem where vacationers can choose from a selection of motel hotels and cottages, so it’s ideal for family getaways and romantic retreats.

Next, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are known for their historic inns and luxury resorts, which provide exquisite accommodations and amenities. Biddeford and Saco offer a mix of traditional New England hospitality with modern conveniences, including hotels and traditional motor inns that suit both leisure and business travelers.

The final town on the Southern Maine Coast shores, Old Orchard Beach boasts a lively atmosphere with beachfront hotels and inns that cater to those looking for fun in the sun and the excitement of the boardwalk.

But there’s even more lodging slightly inland. The Berwicks and Sanford offer serene, country-style lodgings for visitors looking to explore the rural charm of Maine without straying too far from the coastline.

When it comes to Southern Maine Coast campgrounds, the towns of York, Wells, and Old Orchard Beach have the biggest selection. There are even more to be found in Biddeford and Saco, as well as inland in The Berwicks and Sanford. On top of these lodging options in each town and city along the Southern Maine Coast, you’ll find vacation rentals for couples, small families, and large groups.

Featured Southern Maine Coast Lodging

York Harbor Inn | York Harbor 207-363-5119 | 480 York Street, York Harbor , Maine
Luxurious Historic Oceanfront Inn that has been featured on the Travel Channels "Great Country Inns" and as Country Living Magazines "Inn of the Month." Many rooms with fireplaces, Jacuzzi spa tubs, decks and ocean vistas. Award winning ocean view dining with a bistro menu in 1637 plus dining and entertainment in our Ships Cellar Pub. Outdoor hot tub open year round. Complete conference facilities. Open year round. See website for last minute Internet Specials, Innkeeper and other packages. Free WiFi. Learn More
Nonantum Resort | Kennebunkport 207-967-4050 | 95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine
Family friendly waterfront resort in Kennebunkport, just 90 minutes from Boston, with 109 beautifully appointed guestrooms, a full family activities program, heated pool with bar and grill on the water’s edge. Lobster boat, sailing, and sport fishing tours leave daily from the resort’s marina. Perfectly located just a half mile from the shopping and restaurants and beach. Complimentary shuttle for hotel guests. On-site restaurants, including Latitudes and Heckmans, offer fresh Maine seafood, creative coastal cuisine, waterfront views, and live entertainment. Named “The Best Resort in Maine for Couples.” Come learn why guests rave about the staff and their genuine Maine hospitality. Learn More
Seaside Inn | Kennebunk Beach 207-967-4461 | 80 Beach Ave, Kennebunk, Maine
Oceanfront Inn directly on Kennebunk Beach. Walk to Kennebunkport's famous Dock Square shops and restaurants. Sea kayaking, whale watching, fabulous sunrises and sunsets from your room! The Seaside Inn is open year round and includes breakfast daily in the 1850 Boat House. Hot tub. Bicycles. Oceanfront rooms. Great values with our special Off-Season Packages in the inn. 9th generation family innkeepers since 1667. Kennebunkport's premier beachfront address. A memorable location and experience directly on the beach. Learn More
Village by the Sea | Wells 207-646-1100 | 1373 Post Road, Wells, Maine
Spacious 1 and 2 bedroom condominium suites with living room, dining room and fully equipped kitchen. Indoor heated pool, hot tub, fitness center, game room, seasonal outdoor pool, gas grills and much more. Situated on 11 acres bordering the Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve and tidal salt marsh near Wells Beach. Great location between Ogunquit and Kennebunkport. Banquet facility with a variety of meeting spaces including Maine Ballroom and intimate Kennebunk Board Room, perfect for Maine coast wedding, anniversary, birthday or meeting. Free WiFi. Learn More
Breakwater Inn & Spa | Waterfront Inn and Spa 207-967-5333 | 127 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine
Located directly on the Kennebunk River with beach, ocean and sunset views. This chic historic inn offers modern spa rooms with river views, cottages hanging over the river and more. One of the most historic Kennebunkport hotels and inns with all the modern hotel comforts of today. Full service spa complex to indulge in exclusive, signature spa treatments. Guests delight in innovative cuisine at Stripers Waterside Restaurant, taking pleasure in the freshest seafood, lobster and shellfish from the New England Maine Coast. Learn More
Rhumb Line Resort | Family Getaway in Kennebunkport 207-967-5457 | 41 Turbats Creek Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine
The Rhumb Line Resort is Kennebunkport's only resort with indoor and outdoor heated pools, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, and a covered open-air seasonal bar and grill. Free WiFi. Deluxe accommodations in a quiet wooded setting, short walk to the ocean. All rooms with 2 queens or 1 king, AC/heat, CCTV, mini fridge, coffee maker, deck or patio. Deluxe continental breakfast included. Kids 12 and under stay free. Visit website for specials. Open February-December. Learn More
Dockside Guest Quarters | York Harbor 207-363-2868 | 22 Harris Island Road, York, Maine
The Dockside is a special place, uniquely situated on a private peninsula overlooking York Harbor, providing panoramic views of the harbor and ocean. Accommodations are in a classic “New England Cottage” and multi-unit buildings at the waters edge. Dining at the Dockside is popular with locals and visitors alike, offering local seafood and a wide variety of other favorites. Beaches, history, outlet shopping, lighthouses, golf, fishing are all near by. The essence of Maine is truly captured here. Learn More
Kennebunkport Captains Collection | Kennebunkport 207-967-3141 | 6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, Maine
Located in the heart in Kennebunkport’s historic district, the Captains Collection is comprised of some of the most significant historic ship captain's homes in Kennebunkport. Previously known individually as Captain Lord Mansion, Captain Fairfield Inn, Captain Jefferds Inn, and Maine Stay Inn, under the new collection name, the inns are now managed as a resort-style single entity, embodying the nautical charm of the town with the design and amenities to satisfy the desires of today’s discerning traveler. From private cottages to spacious suites and cozy rooms, the collection offers something for everyone. Enjoy landscaped grounds, warm hospitality, and professional concierge services. Learn More
Misty Harbor Resort | Coastal Resort in Wells 207-646-8373 | 60 Mile Road, Wells, Maine
All suite condominium resort, on the trolley route and just 3/4 mile from Wells Beach. One or two bedroom suites with full kitchen, dining area and scenic views of the marshlands and ocean beyond. Amenities include free WiFi, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, exercise room, grills, picnic tables, outdoor playground and onsite restaurant. Open year round with many off-season specials available. Situated between Ogunquit and Kennebunkport. Enjoy nearby whale and lobster tours, fishing trips, antique shops, art galleries and boutiques. Learn More
Sea Cliff House Motel | Old Orchard Beach 207-934-4874 | 2 Sea Cliff Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Twelve miles and 20 minutes from Portland enjoy all the comforts of home in our quiet, privately owned Sea Cliff House Motel, where the ocean is your front yard and the seven-mile-long beach awaits you. Two-room kitchenette efficiencies or ocean front motel rooms. Heated seasonal pool, year round hot tub, lounge chairs, comfortable lawn furniture, a canopied gas grill area, outdoor shower. The nostalgic Old Orchard Beach Pier is only a 10-minute walk. Go to our web site to see our all new oceanfront Grand Suite. Learn More
Sea Mist Resort Motel | Wells 800-448-0925  | 733 Post Road, Wells, Maine
Affordable Resort Motel located near Kennebunkport, Wells Beach and Ogunquit. The resort features an indoor pool, hot tub, sun deck and BBQ area. Free WiFi, local calling and pool towels. All rooms have a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee pot with free coffee. Full baths, climate control, CCTV with DVD and hair dryers. Most rooms with a queen size bed and sleep sofa. We also feature 2 one-bedroom suites with a separate bedroom and small kitchen, dining and living area. Learn More
Atlantic Oceanfront Hotel | Wells Beach 207-646-7061 | 37 Atlantic Ave, Wells Beach, Maine
Directly on the water in Wells Beach. An ideal beachfront location between Portland and Portsmouth, the Atlantic Oceanfront Hotel is a welcome sight to travelers seeking the flavor and excitement of a Maine vacation. Offering a variety of rooms to make your vacation special. Choose from rooms with king, queen, or double beds. For extra comfort we offer one-room luxury studio suites with two double beds, or king, with queen size convertible sofas and microwave ovens. An ocean view with every room. Learn More
Terrace by the Sea | Ogunquit 207-646-3232 | 23 Wharf Lane, Ogunquit, Maine
Spectacular ocean views and peaceful setting in the heart of Ogunquit, just across from the beach. Deluxe Colonial-style Inn/Motel and home suites. AAA 2 Diamond, Spring and Fall packages. Fully equipped rooms, most of them with balcony, 8 units with kitchenette, expanded continental breakfast with ocean view, outside heated pool, free WiFi. Close to different restaurants, shops, Marginal Way foot path, Perkins Cove marina, Ogunquit Playhouse, and much more. Learn More
Dunes on the Waterfront | Ogunquit 888-295-3863 | 518 Main Street, Ogunquit, Maine
Retreat to a tranquil oasis of white sand, picturesque coastline and panoramic ocean vistas. Situated on 12 beautifully landscaped and secluded acres, The Dunes is only 300 Yards from Ogunquit Beach. Located on the Ogunquit Tidal River, just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, our waterfront hotel accommodations offer the ideal escape from the world. 17 Guest Rooms or 19 Cottages. Most cottages offer screened porches with waterfront views, wood-burning fireplaces, and full kitchens. Learn More
The Beach House | Kennebunk Beach Inn 207-967-3850 | 211 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine
Located on Middle Beach in Kennebunk, The Beach House Inn is a charming B&B styled Inn with all the amenities of a small hotel. Elevator access to all levels, with AC, TV in each room. Charming large lobby with stone fireplace and wraparound oceanfront porch. Breakfast room is perfect for enjoying a leisurely start to the day with a Full Continental Breakfast Buffet. Afternoon tea served daily, cheese and port in the evening. Open April to December. Learn More
Hidden Pond | Inspired by Nature 207-967-9050 | 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, Maine
Maine’s Award-Winning Luxury Resort. From the moment you arrive, you will know you’re in for an altogether different experience. Surrounded by 60 acres of birch groves and balsam fir, this private luxury resort features two outdoor swimming pools, a magical treetop spa, and organic dining at the award-winning farm-to-fork restaurant Earth at Hidden Pond. Designed for total privacy and relaxation, Hidden Pond offers the choice of a one-story or two-story cottage, treetop lodges, or romantic bungalows. Its hideaways deliver a unique combination of natural serenity and rustic luxury within easy reach of Kennebunkport’s top attractions. Learn More
AWOL Kennebunkport | Kennebunkport 207-967-2117 | 34 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine
AWOL KPT is your new retreat in Kennebunkport. Located in a pine grove and tucked into a quiet neighborhood, AWOL KPT is just a short walk to the harbor and all that is happening in Kennebunkport's Dock Square. It's a juxtaposition just like Maine—serenity amidst activity. Private but with plenty of opportunity to interact with other travelers. Isolated but central. AWOL KPT accommodations offer something perfect for whoever you are. Check out our fireplace cabin suites—some dog-friendly—or our luxurious, paired-back main house suites with various unique layouts to allow for your own expression. Learn More
Yachtsman Hotel and Marina Club | Kennebunkport 207-967-2511 | 59 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine
Yachtsman Hotel and Marina Club’s marina-side location on the Kennebunk River is as idyllic as can be. Yachtsman is a short walk or bike ride from beaches, attractions, restaurants and the eclectic galleries and boutiques that make Dock Square the most alluring shopping and dining enclave on the Maine coast. The adjacent Kennebunkport Marina provides dockage, rentals, and services for boating enthusiasts. Yachtsman also provides complimentary kayak, canoe, and bike rentals to guests. Learn More
Tides Beach Club | Kennebunkport 207-967-3757 | 254 Kings Hwy , Kennebunkport, Maine
The only hotel located on Kennebunkport's pristine Goose Rocks Beach, The Tides Beach Club honors its 117-year legacy of hospitality with classic architecture enhanced by a modern vibe and contemporary coastal décor. Guest rooms offer cool tones of teal and coral, petite marble bathrooms, and luxury amenities, all of which reflect the unique beauty and timeless ambience of the Maine coast. Onsite dining and bar present a vibrant social scene. Dining menus showcase Maine's local seafood: enjoy a lobster roll, a classic steamed lobster, or nosh on crispy fried clams. Learn More
Lodge on the Cove | Kennebunkport 207-967-3993 | 29 South Main Street, Kennebunkport, Maine
Mingle and linger coveside at The Lodge on the Cove. This vintage motor lodge was restored to create a fun, light-hearted atmosphere that’s perfect for families or folks looking to have a casual vacation experience. Onsite restaurant, The Dory, offers build-your-own sandwiches, delectable burgers, sweet treats, and adult beverages. With lawn games and s’mores for the kids, it’s the perfect spot for summer fun with the whole family! Learn More
Boathouse Waterfront Hotel | Kennebunkport 207-967-8223 | 21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine
Waterfront hotel and restaurant located on the banks of the Kennebunk River. Surrounded by working marinas, The Boathouse epitomizes its chic, coastal locale in Kennebunkport. The newly designed space is bright and sunny with nautical influences. Chef John Shaw’s “classic Maine” menu focuses on fresh seafood with a sprinkling of Asian influences and a full Lobster Bar that serves Maine oysters, Little Neck clams, and scallop crudo. Featuring two bars serving creative craft cocktails and outdoor dining on a wrap-around deck. Learn More
Grand Hotel | Kennebunk 877-455-1501 | 1 Chase Hill Rd, Kennebunk, Maine
The Grand Hotel in Kennebunk, Maine, sits prominently on Chase Hill, just steps away from bustling downtown Kennebunkport. Featuring classic New England architecture and elegantly appointed decor, the hotel offers views of lively Dock Square and Lower Village. Grand Hotel is a perfect retreat for your coastal Maine vacation if you are looking for convenience, comfort, and elegance. With our on-site Maine Art Hill art gallery, you can indulge yourself in artistic delights. Learn More
The Cottages at Cabot Cove | Kennebunkport 207-967-5424 | 7 S Maine St, Kennebunkport, Maine
Catering to couples, captivatingly cozy, and quintessentially coastal, this magical enclave of 16 petite cottages is a departure from traditional inns, Bed and Breakfasts, and hotels in Kennebunkport, Maine. Cabot’s whimsically intimate accommodations offer the perfect seasonal getaway; serene and peaceful being tucked away in a cove, but also conveniently located near downtown. Perhaps Renovation Style magazine summed up The Cottages at Cabot Cove best — “decorated little houses with patios and lush landscaping, clustered next to Cabot Cove, one of Maine’s most beautiful saltwater settings.” Learn More
Cape Arundel Inn & Resort | Kennebunkport 855-346-5700 | 208 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine
Time on Maine’s spellbinding coast has a way of resetting your priorities. Cape Arundel Inn & Resort’s shimmering ocean views, exquisitely prepared cuisine, and the indulgent sleep that follows invigorating days by the sea will set your transformation in motion. Getaways here on this picture-perfect point of land can be as private or as social, as active or as restful, as casual or as elegant as you dream. As a guest, you’ll have the devoted Cape Arundel Inn team at your service to handcraft experiences that are authentically Maine… authentically you. Learn More
Kennebunkport Inn | Kennebunkport 207-967-2621 | 1 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine
Casual elegance. Stylish guest rooms. Thoughtful amenities. Exceptional guest service. These are a few of the highlights guests rave about during their stay at the Kennebunkport Inn, the only hotel located in the heart of Kennebunkport, Maine. Perched in the heart of the village center, the inn’s vista overlooks the downtown shops, restaurants, galleries, and even the Kennebunk River, making it an optimal choice for guests who prefer to walk to the most popular destinations in town. Learn More
The SeaStar | Old Orchard Beach 207-934-7364 | One Kinney Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Just 200 yards north of the famous Old Orchard Beach Pier. Five spacious, 2 bedroom townhouse and penthouse units. Situated directly on the beach, with an unparalleled view of the beach, ocean and pier. From your unit you can step directly onto the beach or walk a short distance to the town square without having to drive or pay for parking. Bright, contemporary styling and casual furnishings. The wide veranda is the perfect place to relax. Open Spring, Summer or Fall. Learn More
The Lady Mary Inn | North Berwick 207-676-2133 | Elm Street, North Berwick, Maine
Comfortably familiar and welcoming, elegant and classic, down to the tiniest detail, while still offering every convenience the modern traveler expects. Welcome to the Lady Mary Inn. Surround yourself in Victorian romance. Experience the grandeur of this 25-room mansion while you enjoy all the Southern Maine Seacoast Region has to offer! Stretch out in one of our spacious guest rooms with beautiful private baths. Full gourmet breakfasts are artfully served. Conveniently located in North Berwick, Maine, just 6 miles from I-95 and 15 minutes from miles of white sandy beaches. Learn More
Rockmere Lodge | Ogunquit 888-646-2985 | 150 Stearns Rd, Ogunquit, Maine
An oceanview bed and breakfast on the 1.7-mile pathway called the Marginal Way. Eight beautifully appointed bedrooms with private baths for your comfort. Full breakfast on our oceanview wrap-around porch or in our formal dining room off season. Beautiful grounds to stroll and relax in. Third floor Lookout room with panoramic ocean views. Easy walk to everything Ogunquit has to offer. Non-smoking. Open year round. Learn More
The Grand Hotel | Ogunquit 207-646-1231 | 276 Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine
A popular choice for travelers visiting Ogunquit, The Grand Hotel offers two room suites equipped with a king bed, TV in each room, fridge, microwave and WIFI. Some suites feature fireplaces. Free parking is available in our underground parking lot. Enjoy our indoor pool and outdoor Hot Tub. It is an easy walk to Perkins Cove, Marginal Way, Ogunquit Beach and the Downtown area with many fine dining choices along the way. Learn More
Pink Blossoms Resort | Ogunquit 207-646-7397 | 154 Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine
Ogunquit’s premier Family Resort is within strolling distance to Ogunquit Beach, Marginal Way, Downtown Ogunquit and Perkins Cove. An easy walk to galleries, fine restaurants, shops and the Ogunquit Playhouse. Our variety of updated room types accommodate couples and families. All 30 units are non-smoking and feature WIFI, Satellite TV and fully equipped kitchenettes. Enjoy our outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis, pickleball, children’s playground, BBQ grills and picnic area. Learn More
Elmwood Resort Hotel | Wells Resort Hotel 207-646-1038 | 1351 Post Road, Wells, Maine
At the Elmwood, it’s the extras that count! Extra Value, Extra Comfort, and Plenty of Extra Space! Ideal for a family needing more than just a hotel room or for the couple seeking extra luxury. Our comfortable and affordable one, two and three bedroom condominium suites with fully stocked kitchens & living rooms offer the ultimate in space and luxury. Minutes to the Beach, on the Trolley Route, Indoor & Outdoor Heated Pools, Sauna, Picnic Area, Playground, Fitness Club Membership, Wireless Internet, Fire pit, Outdoor Movie Theater, Seasonal Live Entertainment, Laundry Facilities, Daily Housekeeping and More! Learn More
Sands by the Sea | York Beach 207-363-2211 | 15 Ocean Avenue, York Beach, Maine
Nestled on one of southern Maine’s most dearly loved stretches of coastline the superb seaside location of our Hotel, guarantees that relaxation begins the moment you arrive. Leave your car and stroll to the quaint shops, restaurants, and amusements... or simply walk across the road and stick your toes into the sand, sit on the beach, and take in the surf. Choose from ocean and pool view guest rooms to spacious suites. Learn More
Red Squirrel Lodge | House Rental - Old Orchard Beach 207-934-7364 | 208 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
A seaside family retreat located in the exclusive Grand Beach section of Old Orchard Beach. This spacious eight bedroom, three bath lodge was specially designed for large family groups. It is situated on a two acre wooded lot providing privacy and plenty of room to stretch and play. The beach, considered by many to be the best section of the seven miles of sandy shoreline along Saco Bay, is just a short walk across the street and accessible via a public access walkway. Learn More
Ogunquit Timeshare Rentals | Ogunquit 877-815-4227 | 306 U.S. Route 1, 639 Maine Street, Ogunquit, Maine
For luxury accommodations at an affordable price, SellMyTimeshareNow.com has an extensive inventory of Ogunquit timeshare rentals available. At up to 70% off traditional resort pricing, travelers can stay at luxury resorts such as the InnSeason Resorts, The Falls at Ogunquit and Hillcrest Condominiums. Guests can enjoy convenient on-site amenities such as a year-round indoor heated pool, hot tubs, sauna, and fitness center. When it’s time to retire for the night, guests can enjoy their luxury suites equipped with a full kitchen, fireplace, cable TV, and high-speed Wi-Fi. To find out more, visit SellMyTimeshareNow.com or call 877-815-4227. Learn More
Waldo Emerson Inn | Bed and Breakfast Inn Kennebunk 207-985-4250 | 108 Summer Street, Kennebunk, Maine
A romantic colonial style inn with a rich history, located in the Historic District of Kennebunk. Guests enter directly into the keeping room dating back to 1753 with it’s hand-sawn oak timbers and a welcoming wood burning stove. The inn offers six romantic guests rooms all with ensuite bathrooms, four with fireplaces. The rooms are decorated in a traditional style with antique pieces and a touch of elegant whimsy. Let us pamper you with our gourmet breakfast. This restored shipbuilders mansion is the perfect inn for a Southern Maine getaway. Learn More
Executive Motel | Old Orchard Beach 207-934-4637 | 38 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Friendly, family owned 24-room motel just 75 yards to The Beach, and 150 yards to the famous Pier. Heated outdoor pool. Clean spacious rooms, all of which feature cathedral ceilings, air conditioning, Cable TV, daily maid service, full private baths, mini-fridges and microwaves, and free WiFi. Back yard area is quiet and grassy with a children's play area with swing set and sand box, plus a BBQ area with grills and picnic tables. Affordable room rates. Complimentary coffee each morning in the lobby. Learn More
Wild Duck Adult Campground | Scarborough 207-883-4432 | 39 Dunstan Landing Road, Scarborough, Maine
“Come Listen to the Quiet.” Perfect for Honeymooners to Retirees. 70 site adult only Campground and RV Park located in the middle of Maine Audubon’s Scarborough Marsh, the state’s largest salt water marsh. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one of ours. Enjoy a quiet walk on our clean paved roads or bike to the beach. Woodalls 4 diamond rating. Convenient location between Old Orchard Beach and Portland Maine. Learn More
The Inn at Tanglewood Hall | York Harbor 207-351-1075 | 611 York Street, York Harbor, Maine
Casually elegant seacoast B&B amidst woodlands, gardens and fountains, once a York Historical Society Decorator Show House. Enjoy bold ocean views along the Cliff Walk or relax upon York’s beaches just a stroll away; cuddle up in our hammock or by a crackling fire; then slip into luxurious queen beds in air-conditioned rooms with updated private baths. Surrounded by the scent of sea air, you'll savor breakfast on our veranda. Just an hour from Boston. Open year-round. Learn More
Sun Outdoors RV Resort | Wells Beach, Maine 800-640-2267 | 1000 Post Rd. (U.S. Route 1), Wells, Maine
Enjoy a family adventure Sun Outdoors, Wells Beach. You'll love our resort amenities including a pool, playground and full-sized mini-golf course. Just one mile from the scenic Maine beach, offering your family fun in the sun, deep-sea fishing and a variety of restaurants in town. Choose from a great selection of spacious RV and tent sites or our new Premier Cottages! Join in the fun and beauty of Maine during your next getaway and make us your vacation destination. Learn More
The Wanderer | Cottages in Kennebunk 207-849-7400 | 195 Sea Rd, Kennebunk, Maine
The Wanderer is a stylish cottage getaway by the founders of Batson River Brewing & Distilling. The goal was simple: create a luxurious, Instagrammable retreat with resort amenities, close to everything. The result is 17 small and large white clapboard cottages and a two-bedroom house with a classic New England charm and a casual surf lodge vibe. All this with a lounge pool, fire pits, lawn games, and free cruiser bikes for exploring the nearby attractions. Learn More
Kennebunk Gallery Cottages | Kennebunk 207-985-4543 | 65 York Street, Kennebunk, Maine
Comfortable 1 and 2 bedroom housekeeping cottages with kitchenettes and motel rooms on four acres. Large swimming pool, as well as sports and children’s play areas. Free WiFi. All units with A/C, heat, phone, extended cable, deck or screened porch. Located within walking distance of the town of Kennebunk with dining for all budgets, shopping, antiquing, old Captain’s homes. Centrally located within an easy drive to all area attractions. Learn More
Sandy Pines Campground | Campground 207-967-2483 | 277 Mills Rd. , Kennebunkport, Maine
Less than a mile from Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, Sandy Pines offers a relaxing vacation experience for every type of camper. Whether you prefer the simplicity of your own tent, the comfort of your own RV or the luxury of one of our Glamp Tents, Cottages, Hideaway Huts or Unique Retreats, we have accommodations for both couples and families. At Sandy Pines, we pride ourselves on maintaining the cleanest, most modern bathhouses in Maine. Unwind in our heated, saltwater pool or enjoy a paddling adventure from our private boat launch. Learn More
Elmwood Motor Court | Old Orchard Beach 207-934-2611 | 183 Saco Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Quiet, spacious and beautiful, our property is the perfect setting for a private weekend getaway or a family seeking a safe, fun-filled spot. We are only minutes away from the beach, Pier and attractions. We have a large swimming pool, shuffleboard, volleyball, basketball, a children’s playground, recreation room with games and plenty of space for football, Frisbee, or relaxing. We have gas grills available and several outdoor fireplaces. In the morning, complimentary coffee is available in the office. Learn More
Mariner Resort Motel | Ogunquit 207-646-5931 | 734 Main Street, Ogunquit, Maine
Offers a wide variety of lodging choices from deluxe two queen bedrooms to oversized three bed suites. Rooms complete with free WiFi, free breakfast, oversized fridges, microwaves, A/C, dinette set, TV, and distant ocean views. Resort amenities include: Indoor pool, Outdoor pool, oversized hot tub, bbq area, fitness room, volleyball and bocce courts, and on the trolley route, 1/2 mile to fabulous Footbridge Beach, off season Specials, dining packages, groups are welcome. Learn More

Getting to Know the Southern Maine Coast

Visiting the Southern Maine Coast is an enchanting experience with charming coastal towns and cities, picturesque beaches, historic lighthouses, fresh seafood, and a plethora of outdoor activities suited for both relaxation and adventure. Here’s a peek at what you can expect in each town and city in the region.

Kittery

Uniquely positioned on a peninsula with water on three sides, Kittery Maine offers a rich blend of charm, historical significance, and modern attractions.

Historic Sites

As Maine’s oldest town, it boasts a wealth of colonial and maritime history, with sites like Fort McClary State Historic Site and the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum showcasing its storied past. Also, nature enthusiasts can enjoy the tranquil coastal scenery at places such as Seapoint Beach.

Dining & Shopping

The town’s downtown area presents a diverse culinary scene with restaurants serving fresh seafood and international fare that’s complemented by local craft beer offerings from Tributary Brewing. And, shoppers will delight in the expansive Kittery Premium Outlets and the renowned Kittery Trading Post nearby that make the town a top shopping destination in Maine.

Island Adventures

Beyond the mainland, Kittery encompasses several islands, each with its own unique history and allure. Badger’s Island is noted for its shipbuilding heritage, while Seavey’s Island hosts the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Wood Island features the historical Life Saving Station, and Smuttynose Island is famous for its dramatic history.

These islands add to Kittery’s diverse appeal, offering visitors a chance to experience natural beauty, historical exploration, and peaceful relaxation just a short distance from the hustle and bustle of town.

Take a look at the lodging options in Kittery for your Southern Maine Coast getaway!

York

Considered a coastal haven, York Maine is a collection of distinct villages and neighborhoods each offering its own allure.

The Villages & Neighborhoods

York Village is steeped in history and features preserved homes and the Museums of Old York where the Old Gaol and Jefferds Tavern provide a window into the past. The First Parish Church stands as a testament to the town’s heritage.

With its grand cottages and historic inns, York Harbor offers elegant tranquility. The Fisherman’s Walk and Cliff Walk provide scenic strolls along the York River and coastline. Hartley Mason Reserve and York Harbor Beach are perfect for family outings, offering gentle waters and scenic views. For water enthusiasts, sea kayaking along the York River is a must.

York Beach buzzes with summer excitement, boasting the family-friendly Long Sands and Short Sands beaches, arcades, and eateries. Long Sands Beach is perfect for sunbathing and surfing, while Short Sands, nestled between cliffs, features Ellis Park and is close to downtown shops and York’s Wild Kingdom.

The serene village of Cape Neddick is home to the famed Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse, which is visible from Sohier Park. Then there’s the York Cliffs and Cape Neddick Beach, which offer peaceful coastal beauty and sightseeing opportunities. And, known for its dramatic cliffside vistas, Bald Head is home to the luxury Cliff House resort and Cape Neddick Country Club.

More in York

Inland, Mount Agamenticus offers hiking and biking with panoramic views. The mountain is a natural oasis for wildlife-watching and enjoying Maine’s wilderness.

York’s culinary scene is diverse with oceanfront dining at Stones Throw, local seafood at Shearwater at Stage Neck Inn, and diverse flavors at The Central Restaurant & Bar. For a sweet treat, The Goldenrod’s saltwater taffy is a local tradition.

Find your preferred lodging in York — from including hotels and resorts to bed and breakfasts to vacation rentals.

Ogunquit

Ogunquit Maine may be small, but it’s a lively coastal town with a wealth of attractions. Its main draw is Ogunquit Beach, a 3.5-mile stretch of white sand divided into Main Beach, Footbridge Beach, and North Beach, offering ample space for sunbathing, swimming, and beach activities with facilities like restrooms and concessions available.

The scenic Marginal Way cliff walk extends more than 1 mile, providing breathtaking ocean views, access to coves, and a path to the charming Perkins Cove. This quaint harbor area boasts a pedestrian drawbridge, shops, galleries, and waterfront dining, retaining a cozy, historic vibe.

Downtown Atmosphere

For convenient transport, the Ogunquit Trolley connects visitors to key spots, including the village center, adding a quaint touch to the town’s ambiance. Ogunquit Village itself is bustling with shops, eateries, galleries, and a vibrant nightlife. The diverse dining scene includes fresh seafood and a variety of cuisines, with Maine lobster as a highlight.

Community & Culture

And, known for its LGBTQ+ friendly atmosphere, Ogunquit hosts events and businesses that cater to this community, creating an inclusive environment. Seasonal events like the 4th of July Fireworks, OgunquitFest, and Christmas by the Sea offer parades and family activities too. Similarly, the town is a hub for arts and culture with the renowned Ogunquit Playhouse and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.

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Wells

Founded in 1643 and one of the oldest towns in the state, Wells Maine retains its colonial heritage through landmarks like the Storer Garrison State Historic Site and the Meetinghouse Museum. The town’s history is deeply rooted in agriculture, fishing, and shipbuilding, and it continues to attract those interested in its New England past.

Beaches & Preserves

For beachside fun, the town features the stunning Wells Beach with soft sands and gentle waves, Crescent Beach with secluded rocky shores, and tranquil Moody Beach. These beaches are equipped with amenities for visitors and are complemented by the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, offering nature walks and bird watching.

Wells is committed to environmental preservation — the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge protects vital salt marshes and estuaries, while the Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a historic farm dedicated to ecological research and education. The town provides a range of outdoor activities as well — from water sports along the Webhannet River to winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Arts & Culture

Culturally, Wells celebrates its history and arts with the Meetinghouse Museum and galleries like the Corey Daniels Gallery and The Cottage Artworks & Gallery, which display local artistic talent. Community events such as outdoor concerts, Wells Harborfest, and Chili-Fest, along with a wealth of antique shops, foster a sense of community and tradition.

Culinary Talents

Wells’ dining scene offers an array of options — from casual seafood shacks to upscale dining establishments — showcasing fresh, local seafood and New England cuisine against scenic backdrops. This culinary variety, coupled with the town’s picturesque setting and rich history, makes Wells a unique and inviting coastal destination.

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Kennebunk

Kennebunk Maine’s appeal is year-round — summer draws crowds for sandy beaches and water activities, fall offers spectacular foliage, and winter features festive events like the Christmas Prelude.

Beaches & Water Sports

Outdoor activities are abundant with several family-friendly beaches like Kennebunk Beach and Gooch’s Beach providing perfect spots for relaxation and beach activities. Parks and preserves like the Kennebunk Plains offer serene environments for nature walks and bird watching, while water sports enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking and boat tours along the rivers and coastline.

Arts & Culture

The downtown area exudes charm with historic New England buildings that house diverse shops, galleries, and eateries. Meanwhile, the Lower Village acts as a lively entry point to Kennebunkport, with artisan shops and dining options set against historic and scenic backdrops.

Cultural offerings include the thriving Kennebunk art scene with 2nd Friday Art Walks and numerous galleries like Maine Art Hill, and a diverse culinary landscape that ranges from casual to upscale dining, capitalizing on fresh, local ingredients and Maine’s renowned seafood.

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Kennebunkport

A globally renowned vacation destination, Kennebunkport Maine is known for its picturesque coastline, historical charm, and diverse experiences. While summer is peak season, many travelers enjoy the quieter ambiance of spring, fall, and winter, making it a year-round retreat.

The Beaches

Goose Rocks Beach offers a 3-mile stretch of soft sand and family-friendly waters, requiring parking passes during peak season. Colony Beach, with its rocky terrain, provides a serene setting for relaxation and boat-watching.

Museums & Landmarks

Kennebunkport’s rich maritime history is displayed through preserved sea captains’ homes and landmarks like the First Families Kennebunkport Museum and the Seashore Trolley Museum.

The Walker’s Point Estate — the Bush family’s summer compound — is a prominent and picturesque landmark that’s visible from Ocean Ave.

Cape Porpoise, the town’s original English settlement, remains an active fishing harbor, providing fresh seafood and authentic maritime experiences. Its location allows for convenient exploration of both natural landscapes and town amenities.

Community Center

Dock Square — the town’s vibrant center — is filled with boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, and serves as the focal point for community events. Year-round festivals include the Paint the Town Red celebration and the nationally acclaimed Christmas Prelude, which transforms the town with festive events and decorations.

Scenic Views

Scenic drives along Ocean Avenue and the presence of the historic Goat Island Light offer captivating coastal views. Overall, Kennebunkport encapsulates the quintessential New England coastal experience, attracting a wide array of visitors to its shores.

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Biddeford & Saco

Separated by the Saco River, Biddeford and Saco Maine are coastal cities rich with attractions for visitors and residents.

The Beaches

Biddeford’s Fortunes Rocks and Middle Beach offer surf and sand, while Biddeford Pool is a family-friendly spot for kayaking and bird watching. Saco’s Ferry Beach State Park is excellent for swimming and nature walks, Bay View Beach is ideal for sunbathing, and Kinney Shores is known for its tranquil setting.

Historic Buildings

The downtown areas of both cities are vibrant and historic. Biddeford’s revitalized mill district is now a hub for businesses and artists, and Saco’s Main Street blends historic buildings with contemporary businesses.

The cities’ historic mills, such as the Pepperell Mill Campus in Biddeford and Saco Mill #4, have been repurposed for modern use while preserving their industrial pasts.

Culture & Amusement

Cultural festivals like the River Jam & Fringe Fest and La Kermesse Franco-American Festival in Biddeford highlight the community spirit and rich cultural heritage. Funtown Splashtown USA in Saco is a family favorite, offering amusement and water park fun.

Breweries & Restaurants

The brewery scene is active with Biddeford’s Banded Brewing Co. and Saco’s Barreled Souls Brewing Company contributing to the local culture. The culinary scene is also noteworthy, with Biddeford’s Palace Diner offering a modern take on classic American fare, and Saco eateries like the Lobster Claw Pound & Restaurant providing local seafood delights.

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Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach Maine is celebrated for its 7-mile sandy beach, which is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying beach activities. However, the town’s appeal extends beyond its shoreline with a rich history and vibrant culture.

Beach & Pier

The beach is a major tourist draw because it offers a wide expanse for various activities and is equipped with facilities like restrooms and food concessions. Water sports are popular, with parasailing, jet skiing, and paddleboarding available, as well as occasional waves suitable for surfing.

A historical landmark dating back to 1898, the OOB Pier is a hub for socializing with shops, eateries, and events, serving as the center of the town’s nightlife. The area around the pier is lively with bars, clubs, and entertainment options, including live music and outdoor concerts.

Amusements & Parks

Palace Playland, New England’s only beachfront amusement park, provides family fun with rides, an arcade, and food stands, contributing to OOB’s festive atmosphere. The Eastern Trail offers a scenic route for outdoor enthusiasts, while local parks like Guild Park and Veterans Memorial Park provide peaceful escapes and tributes to veterans.

Dining Scene

OOB’s culinary scene boasts a range of dining options — from casual beachside spots like Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill to upscale establishments such as Joseph’s by the Sea — with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced seafood and diverse international cuisines, reflecting the town’s coastal location and vacation vibe.

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The Berwicks & Sanford

Just 30 minutes inland from the Southern Maine Coast, The Berwicks and Sanford embody the quintessential New England charm with a mix of history, culture, and natural beauty. These areas highlight Maine’s diversity, attracting both residents and visitors with their fusion of the old and the new.

The Berwicks Attractions

In The Berwicks, historical significance resonates through landmarks like the Sarah Orne Jewett House, which honors the area’s literary heritage. The scenic landscapes along the Salmon Falls River and surrounding woodlands provide a serene backdrop for outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, and hiking.

Trails leading to the Old Berwick Historical Society’s sites combine natural beauty with historical learning. Community events and cultural gatherings in The Berwicks celebrate local traditions and arts, fostering a strong sense of community.

Sanford Attractions

Once a bustling mill town, Sanford has repurposed its industrial buildings, adding character to the cityscape while preserving its manufacturing past. Its vibrant downtown area is a hub for shops, restaurants, and cultural venues.

The city’s commitment to culture is showcased in institutions like the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum and the Sanford Performing Arts Center. Plus, recreational opportunities abound with extensive parks, trails, and water activities on the Mousam River and local lakes.

Events & Agriculture

Both The Berwicks and Sanford host events that celebrate local heritage, such as the South Berwick Strawberry Festival. These events, along with a thriving artistic community, enrich the local culture.

Economically, The Berwicks maintain a pastoral lifestyle with a focus on agriculture, offering farm-to-table dining and a commitment to sustainability. Sanford, on the other hand, is pursuing development and innovation while preserving its historical and natural resources.

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FAQs About Southern Maine Coast Hotels, B&Bs, & Other Lodging

What types of lodging are available along the Southern Maine Coast?

The Southern Maine Coast offers a variety of lodging options including hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns, and vacation rentals. You can even find budget-friendly options available, including motel hotels and campgrounds.

A few top resorts are Misty Harbor ResortSea Mist Resort Motel, and Elmwood Resort Hotel in Wells Maine. In Kennebunkport, you’ll find boutique hotels such as the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel and charming bed and breakfasts like one of the Kennebunkport Captains Collection.

Can I find beachfront accommodations on the Southern Maine Coast?

Yes, there are many beachfront hotels and resorts along the Southern Maine Coast that offer direct access to the beach and ocean views. Here are a few examples:

Atlantic Oceanfront Hotel on Wells Beach in Wells
Seaside Inn in Kennebunk
— Luxurious Cape Arundel Inn & Resort and Tides Beach Club retreat in Kennebunkport
The Sea Star and the Sea Cliff House Motel in OOB

Are there any lodging options that are particularly good for families?

Many properties on the Southern Maine Coast are family-friendly, offering amenities like pools, family rooms, and activities for children. The Kennebunk Gallery Motel & Cottages and Yankeeland RV Resort in Kennebunk really stand out!

Are there pet-friendly lodging options in Southern Maine?

Yes, several accommodations in Southern Maine welcome pets. Aside from campgrounds and numerous vacation rentals, these are some top pet-friendly lodging options in the region:

— Harbor Crest Building at the York Harbor Inn in York
Coast Village Inn & Cottages in Wells
The Lodge at Kennebunk in Kennebunk
The Lodge on the Cove in Kennebunkport
Abbott Brook Inn at Three Brothers Farm in North Berwick

Are there any historic inns or bed and breakfasts in Southern Maine?

With some of the oldest towns and cities in the state, the Southern Maine Coast has many historic inns and bed and breakfasts.

The Inn at Tanglewood Hall in York and The Beach House Inn and Waldo Emerson Inn in Kennebunk are a few.

Others include Haven By The Sea Bed & BreakfastHoliday Guest House Bed & Breakfast, and The Beach Farm Rooms & Cottage in Wells.

Can I find eco-friendly or sustainable lodging in Southern Maine?

Yes, there is a growing number of lodgings on the Southern Maine Coast that focus on sustainability and eco-friendly practices. Some examples are the Purposely Lost treehouses and hobbit homes in Sanford.

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