2013 Grand Awards: Hidden Pond, Maine
The delightful enclave of Hidden Pond is located 10 minutes northeast of Kennebunkport. With 36 cottages and bungalows set in 60 acres of seaside forest, it is a captivating world unto itself. When it opened in 2008, the lack of dining facilities dimmed its appeal. Last year, however, the resort added a restaurant, Earth, which is under the direction of highly regarded Boston chef Ken Oringer.
The cottages are arrayed around the Adirondack- style main lodge. Their attributes include screened porches, outdoor showers, stone gas fireplaces, full baths for each bedroom and full kitchens. We opted for one of the new bungalows, cozy and well-designed structures that come with screened sitting areas.
An inviting pool is surrounded by chaises longues, while nearby is the delightful Tree Spa, with three tree house-style treatment rooms. One of the most beautiful beaches in Maine, Goose Rocks Beach, is a short drive away. We relished every moment we spent at Hidden Pond, and the friendly staff impressed us greatly.
Bungalow, $675 per night (high season for a three-night minimum stay); Two-Bedroom Cottage, $1,050. 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport. Tel. (207) 967-9050.