One of the benefits of being “empty nesters” is that we can pack up and go on a whim. So when a group of friends decided we should check out the newly renovated Cliff House in Ogunquit on a Friday night in late October- we were in!!
Can I just tell you right away, that the view from this hotel lobby is absolutely spectacular, and it will take your breath away! I’m not kidding! We arrived on a blustery rainy day. Upon entering the lobby we were drawn straight ahead to the floor to ceiling windows showcasing the giant surf crashing up against the cliffs. It was the type of day that normally you’d want to hunker down at home just to stay dry. The rain was coming down sideways and it was even difficult to see when we were driving South on the turnpike. But man, it was the perfect weather for gazing out those windows at the massive rocks and rugged cliffs being pounded by gigantic green waves covered in seafoam. I knew where I wanted to be- in those swivel chairs below, reading a book, with a glass of wine in my hand, watching all the action going on outside those windows.
It’s one of those scenes that you stop and think “Wow”-whoever had the passion and vision to plan this whole renovation around the view of these beautiful cliffs- is a genius!
First things first though- we needed to check in-I was dying to see the rooms and go exploring. If the lobby was any indication of what was to come- I knew I would be in for a real treat.
I took many pictures of the interior spaces because the paint colors and details were so perfectly New England, nautical and cozy. I knew that I’d want to look at them again and again and share them with you .
We joined up with the rest of our crew at the gym-seriously, it’s so pretty it makes you want to work out.
It’s a good thing we did because our next stop was Nubb’s lobster shack. Such a fun spot with lots of local craft beer on tap, delicious lobster rolls on toasted buns and lobster hush puppies- Yup! Just like corn fritters only filled with sweet chunks of lobster and spicy aioli sauce on the side for dipping-(sorry no picture-we gobbled them up too fast!)
See those gigantic windows to the left? They are actually garage style doors that open up in the summertime so that you can eat and drink outside and enjoy the ocean view.
We enjoyed dining at The Tiller. The Shiplap walls, stone fireplace and hanging pendants give it a homey feel. The food was amazing. I had to snap a few pictures of the nosh’s we tried so that I could try to recreate the same presentation at home.
The Cliff House is a special place that you talk about long after you’ve left the property.
I know the next time I return it will be with my mom. We enjoy a tradition of going to the Ogunquit Playhouse once a summer to see a show. We make a day of it and have lobster rolls and a glass of wine in the area. Next summer I’m treating her to a lobster roll at Nubb’s lobster shack so she can enjoy the awesome view- I know she will love it