Something for Everyone at Meadowmere
Just minutes away from sandy beaches and centrally located in Ogunquit, Maine, the distinctive beck-and-call of Meadowmere Resort, makes it the perfect mid-week getaway.
This well-kept seaside resort is a family owned business, showcasing four separate buildings on the property’s four acres. With 145 beautifully furnished guestrooms, most with an outdoor balcony or patio, each wing offers guests both choice and value. Deluxe rooms and suites have other amenities we crave as creatures of comfort, namely a private fireplace and Jacuzzi.
I walk into the sunny reception area, greeted by a smiling young woman. She checks me in quickly, offering directions to my room and suggestions for places I might want to dine, once I’ve settled in.
My room is bright and cheerful. Both beds look comfortable. I’m tempted to jump on them, like a kid might. Instead, I kick off my shoes, drop my suitcases near the door and wander out onto the balcony, where I breathe in the ocean’s briny air. I take a few minutes to drink in the beauty of Meadowmere’s manicured lawns and flowering bushes out front.
Even though the year-round resort area, known as Ogunquit, means ‘ beautiful place by the sea,’ and is customarily ranked as one of the top vacation spots along Maine’s Southern seacoast, Meadowmere itself could truly be nicknamed the same. Part of its charm is the fact that it’s so close to everything one might want to do while discovering Maine’s pristine coastline.
Its central location is just minutes away from it all. Whether I decide to go to the Ogunquit Playhouse, shop in the downtown area, dine in numerous seafood restaurants, or wander along the shore, picking up colorful seashells, the resort welcomes me back with open arms, when I’m done for the day.
I spend an hour or so, swimming laps in the indoor pool. The outdoor pool is certainly ready for company, and I really do think about jumping in, but the water’s still a little too cold for my liking. I make a mental note to work my way back once the warmer weather settles in for Maine’s busy Summer season.
Luxurious accommodations here at Meadowmere include both indoor and outdoor hot tubs. A 6,200 square foot fitness center boasts the latest strength building and cardio-vascular equipment. The resort’s relaxing day spa offers Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology and LaStone menus to choose from. Saunas, steam rooms and tanning sessions allow visitors to unwind and recharge as well.
In the quiet moments, just before dawn, a walk to the beach is easy, the peace-filled sunrise whispers a ‘Good Morning!’ I don’t want to miss. I’m the only one here, which seems ridiculous. How can anyone sleep through this miracle of a new day, with that bright orange orb of light peeking up over the horizon, offering us hope and promise?
Meadowmere Resort offers several different vacation packages, each helping ensure a Maine stay proves unique and memorable.
A guest can choose an environmental package, learning to paddle board or surf the Southern Maine Coast. With each stay, the resort donates to the Surfrider Foundation, actively supporting clean beaches and clean water. Breakfast and gear are included in the vacation package.
Or choose a World Ocean day; a weekend package dedicated to the promotion of eco-efforts and education that covers Meadowmere’s continuous involvement in being green.
Meadowmere is a Trip Advisor Platinum Green Leader, 2013 Governor’s Award Recipient and 2014 Maine Family Business Innovation Award Recipient.
If it’s a fun getaway you want, you’ll find it here. For the ‘foodie fans’, an interactive dining experience, with teachers from the Stonewall Kitchen Culinary School is a must. Watch a meal in stages of preparation, pepper the chef with a gazillion questions about the recipe and then enjoy the meal with others. I love to cook, so this sounds like something I’ll book in my near future!
The resort also promotes specialty girlfriend getaways and Craft Beer Packages that are offered November-March, with limited seating available.
For the romantic love birds; Enjoying champagne and chocolates in front of the roaring fire while listening to live music during the first two weekends of February, sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?
Meadowmere Resort celebrates all four seasons, listing special events on their website. It also offers Continental breakfast for guests in their attached pub, as well as dinner and live music on weekend nights.
Honestly, they think of everything, for everyone. I believe that’s what makes a family- run business different from a corporate one; all of these little touches, their genuine wish to make a life-long connection with the person who decides to put up their feet and stay awhile. This property certainly made the connection with me.