Have you always wanted a cottage in the woods, but also by the sea? Dreamed of owning a cabin or a country home, but with the amenities of the city? Hidden Pond Luxury Resort, Maine is this and more: a sophisticated resort with a delightfully rustic atmosphere. Located in the coastal hamlet of Kennebunkport, Hidden Pond is a walk or bike ride from nearby Goose Rocks Beach, where you can kayak by day and stargaze by night, returning home to your elegantly appointed and charmingly decorated cottage nestled within a grove of birch and balsam trees. What a perfect fall getaway!
You may not want to leave your home away from home to take advantage of all the amenities, but you should. Start your day with morning yoga at the Farm, a bucolically landscaped pocket of tranquility where the gardener, Liz, grows the flowers, veggies, herbs, and greens that are used onsite. Wander through the nature trail at Hidden Pond—or, better yet, do nothing at all except lounge on your screened-in porch or in one of the two heated pools, one for families and the other just for adults. Transportation is provided to the nearby Tides Beach Club, but my favorite thing to do at Hidden Pond was to sit in the evenings by one of the two roaring bonfires—one is at the main lodge, the other at Earth restaurant—have a glass of wine, make S’mores, and meet new friends.
Maine is in the middle of a food revolution and the dining options at Hidden Pond are good: provisions are grown organically onsite or locally sourced, fresh and flavorful. The Sand Bar Grille and Back Porch Bar serves robust burgers and authentic Maine lobster rolls, but the warmly inviting Earth is really the culinary gem of this resort. The “farm to fork” menu is both healthy and delicious; the cocktails served at the bar are equally inspired. If you feel like staying in, snuggled in robes, book a private dinner, prepared by a Hidden Pond chef and served in the comfort of your cottage. You can also self-cater with provisions from the quaint General Store. Feed and celebrate your body at the Tree Spa, which is nestled in a beech forest.
Choose from a menu of massages and other body and beauty treatments that also incorporate ingredients picked from Hidden Pond’s gardens, as well as Brenda Brock’s sustainable-beauty Farmaesthetics products. Say goodbye to stress and get back in touch with your body’s natural vitality. Because Hidden Pond focuses on tranquility, pleasure, joy, and natural essences, it may also be the perfect location for your wedding. The airy and romantically rustic Event Barn, overlooking a beech forest, can house your wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner, or family gathering for up to 80 guests. For a grander affair, the Farm may be tented and can accommodate up to 200 guests. You could even consider renting the entire property for your fairytale wedding.
The true charm of this place lies in the fact that it’s situated in a pretty patch of Maine woodland, and yet it’s owned and managed by the luxe and upscale Kennebunkport Resort Collection, so no expense has been spared in creating a tasteful ambience and offering an impressive flight of amenities, down to the fresh orange juice and freshly baked quiches that are delivered to your porch for breakfast each morning. Needless to say, I didn’t want to leave, but I take comfort in knowing that I can always return.