A stay at Hidden Pond is a true vacation getaway. The 36 “rooms” are actually “these beautiful individual cottages, amid a 65-acre garden,” notes General Manager Justin Grimes. “You have the contrast between secluded wood enclaves and the coastal beach right at your fingertips.”
The property, located a mile from Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, opened in 2008 with 16 two-bedroom cottages (complete with full kitchens and two bathrooms), and three years later added 20 one-bedrooms bungalows (no kitchens). With names like Lazy Days, Sea-Esta, and Shhh, each cottage is uniquely decorated.
All units include stone-framed gas fireplaces, flat panel TVs, picture windows with views of the surrounding woods, and outdoor showers (in addition to the indoor baths). A morning bakery basket with housemade goodies (scones, croissants), fruit, coffee, and the New York Times gets delivered to your room every morning.
In 2011, Earth restaurant opened at Hidden Pond, helmed by chef-restaurateur Ken Oringer. There’s an emphasis on “farm to fork,” celebrating area goods in dishes like Local Seafood Paella with Summer Squash and Farm Beans or Fried Chicken with Potato Salad, Watermelon, Crispy Pickle, and Spicy Ranch.
There are two heated swimming pools onsite, one for families and one for adults. The Lodge houses the Back Porch Bar and Sand Bar Grille, with lunch options. There’s a farm on the property, where you can pick veggies, and a shed with a supply of vases so you can cut your own flowers to bring back to your room. Watercolor painting classes are offered in a studio by a resident artist, there’s daily morning yoga, and you can travel to the beach down the rad via bikes or a shuttle bus. The Tree Top Spa offers spa treatments like massages
Rates range from $399 to $1050, depending on the cottage and the season. Several packages are available that include cooking classes and dinner at Earth or at one of the company’s other properties in the area; spa treatments; or adventure tours.