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20 Perfect Summer Getaways
Where to Go: Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Distance from Boston: 115 miles north.
Where to Stay: Reopened in June 2008 after a multimillion dollar renovation, the pioneering green hotel Inn by the Sea, on Crescent Beach, has a new light-filled dining room, lobby lounge with fireplace, expanded wraparound deck, and classic white Adirondack chairs from L. L. Bean scattered around its five-acre property. All 57 of its stylish and comfortable rooms and suites were redesigned to include bright punches of color, contemporary Maine art, and bold fabrics, and its state-of-the-art organic spa features regionally inspired treatments like hot Casco Bay stone massage.
Room to Book: The duplex Spa Suite has a kitchen, palatial bath with walk-in shower and soaking tub, double-height windows, and a small balcony overlooking the outdoor pool, indigenous gardens, and Atlantic Ocean.
Price: Doubles from $290.
What to Do: Venture into Portland (six miles away) for the evening and dine at Bresca, an intimate 20-seat restaurant. Owner-chef Krista Kern (who worked with Guy Savoy in Las Vegas) is creating some of the most delicious and masterfully executed dishes in Maine right now. Don’t miss her fried almonds with lavender, fennel salad with anchovy beignets, or honey-glazed duck breast with Roman trading spices, poached nectarines, and mascarpone polenta.