Inn by the Sea

Portland, Maine

40 Bowery Beach Road
Cape Elizabeth
Portland, Maine 04107
United States
At A Glance
Opened 1985
Renovated 2012
Guest Rooms 61
Kings/Suites/Doubles 45 / 29 / 8

Seasonal Rates:

Ideal Group Size 50
Max Group Size 150


Resort Fee 6%
Room Tax 9%
Sales Tax 9%

Airport Proximity

Logan Intl Airport
90 min 110 miles (177 km)
Portland Intl Jetport
20 min 9 miles (14 km)
  • Restaurant and bar. Business center
  • Concierge
  • High-speed Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Full service spa
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Croquet
  • Bocce or Badminton and Cardio Room
  • Access to Crescent Beach
  • Fitness Center
  • Golf nearby
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Museums
  • Shops
  • Galleries and unique boutiques in the nearby historic Old Port.Freeport Outlet Shopping – including LL Bean
  • Kittery Outlet Shopping
  • Sailing
  • Whale Watching
  • Charters
Dining, Food & Beverage
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Sea Glass
New American, Fresh Local Ingredients
F&B Averages:
Breakfast Buffet $19
Cont. $15
Lunch Buffet $30
Plated $25
Dinner Buffet $52
Plated $61
Coffee Break $5
2-Hour Open Bar on consumption
Meeting Space
Largest Meeting Room 1,302 ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 1,779 ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 2,000 ft²
Capacity Chart
Cove Room 501 15.01' x 33.00' 8 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 0
Crescent A 747 30.05' x 24.00' 8 33 60 56 74 36 30 36 0
Crescent B 555 26.03' x 20.09' 8 24 45 40 55 30 24 30 0
Crescent Room 1,302 56.08' x 20.09' 8 53 100 100 150 52 54 60 0
Conde Nast Traveler Award 2013
Posted December 16, 2013
Inn by the Sea, located on Maine’s coast, just 7 miles south of Portland, has been selected one of the Top 20 Resorts in the North East by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. According to Conde Nast, over 80,000 travelers participated in the survey ratings, casting over 1.3 million votes.
New Beach Suites at Inn by the Sea
Posted June 1, 2012
Cape Elizabeth, Maine March 1, 2012 -- Inn by the Sea is dramatically expanding its role as Maine’s premier luxury oceanfront resort with the addition of 10 new ocean view Beach Suites. Officially opening in July, the luxury one- and two-bedroom Beach Suites overlook a mile of peaceful, pristine sand beach and offer dramatic Atlantic vistas and spacious living areas. Designed to offer an authentic yet modern coastal experience, they will raise the bar for stylish seaside accommodations in coastal Maine.

Each Beach Suite has spectacular ocean views that take in the Atlantic, with lobster boats moored on the horizon. These are comfortable living spaces that are perfect for relaxation, rejuvenation and intimate, romantic dinners. Ranging from 700 square foot one bedroom suites to 1,300 square foot two bedroom suites,they're also ideal for entertaining, inside or outdoors, on furnished decks. Summer rates for Beach suites will start at $709.

“The addition of the new, contemporary suites are not only luxurious but also have a fun, fresh attitude,” stated Sara Masterson, General Manager at Inn by the Sea. “We’ve incorporated the design features our guests appreciate most and when you add the natural beauty of our beach location and the inn’s relaxed personalized service, they will deliver a truly exceptional guest experience.”

The Beach Suites are adjacent to two acres of newly restored habitat for endangered New England cottontail bunnies. As a recognized leader in sustainable hotel practices, Inn by the Sea is collaborating to restore habitat suitable to the survival of New England Cottontail rabbits at Crescent Beach State Park.

Every Beach Suite comfortably sleeps up to four guests and features separate king bedrooms, spacious living areas with comfortable seating around cozy gas fireplaces, dining areas, fully equipped kitchens, lavish bathrooms with marble counters and oversized tubs, and private, furnished outdoor patios. The fireplaces in the two bedroom suites can be enjoyed both inside and al fresco on the deck. Suite amenities include large flat screen TV's, iPod docking stations, complimentary high speed Internet, and L'Occitane bath products. Guests will be able to connect two one-bedroom suites while two-bedroom suites can be opened up to create expansive three or even four bedroom units that sleep up to 14 guests (with ample space for additional beds at an extra cost) and are ideal for multi-generational families.

Traditional solid teak and wicker furnishings are paired with unexpected details in glass, natural wood or hemp. A rich palette of burnt red, taupe and grey with flashes of turquoise reflect the Inn’s stylish contemporary coastal attitude, creating a perfect blend of comfort, function and beauty. Artwork speaks to the sense of place and Portland’s maritime history, with images of Maine’s renowned lighthouses, majestic sailing ships from the golden Clipper age and local harbor scenes.

The construction of direct ocean view suites at Inn by the Sea reunites TFH Architects, the Portland firm who originally brought the vision of Inn by the Sea to life, with the inspired and strikingly crafted hotel spaces created by Moncur Design Associates Inc.
Bunny Tales
Posted December 13, 2011
Inn by the Sea working to preserve the endangered NE Cotton Tail Rabbit
Inn by the Sea, the Maine Department of Conservation and Bureau of Parks & Lands collaborate to restore habitat for endangered New England Cottontail Rabbits at Crescent Beach State Park

Cape Elizabeth, Maine. November 8, 2011…..There is no shortage of literary bunny tales, or pop culture characters inspired by our natural fondness for rabbits. Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh’s practical friend ‘Rabbit’, Beatrix Potter’s mischievous ‘Peter’, Bambi’s loyal mentor ‘Thumper’, or the Velveteen, energizer and seasonally indispensable Cadbury bunnies? But, like Alice in Wonderland’s white rabbit who vanished into a fanciful rabbit hole, New England’s native Cottontail is also on the verge of vanishing- forever, and from the real world.

In an effort to stop New England Cottontails from vanishing in Maine, Inn by the Sea, the Maine Department of Conservation and Bureau of Parks and Lands are collaborating to restore habitat for the endangered rabbits at Crescent Beach State Park. Loss of native scrubland and predation are causes commonly attributed to the region’s dwindling Cottontail populations. Cottontail habitats typically include a combination of local shrubs, vines, dense thicket and wetlands.

Inn by the Sea has assumed responsibility for removing invasive, non indigenous plant species, such as bamboo, from two acres on state park and private property near Crescent Beach, and later restoring the acreage to native shrubland habitat suitable for the survival of New England Cottontails. Restoration work will begin in November 2011, and be completed in early spring. Inn by the Sea will re plant the area with indigenous shrubs such as raspberry, blackberry, dogwood, alder, winterberry and dewberry to create a high quality and safe habitat for rabbits. Herbs and grasses such as goldenrod, clover, plantain, chickweed, wild strawberry and buttercup will also be planted as additional food sources.

Collaboration to restore Cottontail Habitat is just one of many environmental initiatives undertaken by Inn by the Sea over the last decade. “The beauty of Cape Elizabeth’s natural surroundings is an important part of our guest’s experience,” said Sara Masterson, the inn’s general manager. “Restoring habitat and preserving the state’s pristine environment for future generations is not only the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense. Maine’s natural environment is the magnet that attracts tourism to the state.”

The New England cottontail, named in 2006 as a candidate for the US Endangered Species Act, is listed as endangered in Maine and New Hampshire. According to the US fish and Wildlife Service, the Cottontails’ range from New York through New England has diminished by 86% since 1960. The species has all but disappeared in Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire.

New England Cottontails stay brown all winter, unlike their look alike, non native counter parts, the Eastern Cottontail. Eastern cottontails, which exist in abundance, are also believed to have better peripheral vision, and a faster flight response than do New England Cottontails, who may depend solely on diminishing thickets for safety.

New England Cottontails tend to be shy and solitary, resting under cover of stalks and brambles during the day, and venturing out early morning or at dusk to forage for vegetation. The rabbits’ home ranges from .05 to 8 acres. Scientific research shows New England Cottontails travel no more than 16 feet from suitable cover to find food, making the installation of combined thicket and food source by Inn by the Sea, vital to the Cottontails survival.

In answer to Bugs Bunny’s legendary- “So, what’s Up Doc?” Inn by the Sea hopes the restored habitat will stop, at least, this one disappearing rabbit trick.

About Inn by the Sea: Located on sandy Crescent Beach, just 7 miles from Portland, Inn by the Sea is Maine’s premier beach destination and the state’s only Virtuoso® and Preferred Boutique® property, offering guests personalized service, luxury accommodations in 57 suites and rooms, intimate ocean view dining in Sea Glass, and a full service Silver LEED® certified SPA. Selected one of the Best 500 hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure in 2011, and Top Ten Green Hotels worldwide by Tripadvisor.

FMI: Contact: Rauni Kew, Inn by the Sea, 40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107. Email: 207-799-3134 Mobile: 207-602-8500