Guest Author - Kara Williams
How do you like your lobster? Baked? Steamed? On a roll? Dripping with butter? Eat it all of these ways and more on your honeymoon in coastal Maine, where you'll find this shellfish on most restaurant menus.
Besides indulging in this seafood specialty, take long walks on the beach, poke in antique shops and quaint boutiques, and hit Maine's hiking and biking trails.
Summer is high season and you'll enjoy your best beach-going weather then. But if you book a vacation in the spring or fall, you'll save on hotel rates.
No matter when you're planning your honeymoon in Maine, consider these three deluxe properties on the water. All of them offer great spaces for outdoor, seaside wedding ceremonies, as well.
York Harbor Inn
This inn in York Harbor on the Southern Coast of the state is actually made up of five different lodges for guests. The majority of the luxury rooms are in the Harbor Hill Inn building, and each includes a king bed, spa tub, heated floor tiles, and full or partial ocean view.
The decor here reflects the inn's amazing history--the common room is in a building more than 300 years old! Many different architectural styles are on display, and you'll see some lovely antiques as well. Some rooms have more of a historic feel than others that reveal a clean, cottage look.
Destination weddings are popular here: the inn has exclusive use of the lovely oceanside Hartley-Mason Reserve and plenty of banquet space for seaside receptions.
Consisting of two buildings on the banks of the Kennebunk River, the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, features more than 100 rooms with scenic views. At the contemporary Portside Lodge building, where rooms include a refrigerator and coffeemaker, you can relax on your own patio or deck and watch the colorful sailboats, schooners and lobster boats pass.
Like the York Harbor Inn, the Nonantum is a historic resort, dating back to 1884. With its own marina, you can hop on a sightseeing boat tour or go sport fishing right from the resort. It's also a short walk to Dock Square, with plenty of shops in the heart of Kennebunkport. Or just spend the afternoon lazing by the riverfront, heated pool. Have your destination wedding here right by the river.
Inn by the Sea
On Crescent Beach, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, you'll find this lovely, all-suite beach resort. The Loft Suites are designed for couples who want a luxury getaway: the main floor includes a living, dining and kitchen area, and upstairs is an airy loft-type bedroom with large bathroom and over-sized tub.
Just a two-minute walk from the hotel is one of Maine's premier beaches. If you want to pick up souvenirs, Portland, the state's capital, is a short drive away, as is world-famous L.L. Bean. The manicured grounds overlooking the Atlantic at the Inn by the Sea is another spot that makes a lovely wedding ceremony.