ROCKPORT, Maine – With 3,478 miles of coastline, Maine attracts 15 million visitors each year from around the world. The waves crash against the rocks, and schooners sail through the cold waters. It’s a serene environment where you can unwind, eliminate the stress of day-to-day issues and enjoy the best seafood in the world, especially the “lobstah.”
And if you want to enjoy the best that Maine has to offer, make a reservation at the luxurious seaside Samoset Resort in beautiful oceanfront community of Rockport.
A long, winding road leads you to the resort which is composed of over 230 acres of land that borders the sea. Rooms are decorated in a nautically themed motif that blends with a view of the ocean from your private balcony. After checking in, enjoy a walk on a breakwater that is 7/8th of a mile long and leads to a lighthouse where you will find yourself surrounded by the sea.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped and wraps around the sea like an amphitheater so you will enjoy the pristine views wherever you are. Play some backyard games, unwind on the lawn chairs or go for a swim in the “Zero Entry” heated pool. A hot tub, café and “splash pool bar” is also available to guests. And for the ultimate bit of pampering book a session at the spa.
On the lower level is the award-winning La Bella Vita Ristorante. Spacious seating and floor to ceiling windows provide a sweeping view of Penobscot Bay highlighting the restaurant. The menu offers everything from sizzling crab and lobster fonduta, brick-oven pizzas to Sicilian Ocean Stew (Spicy tomato broth, Fregola Sards, Mussels, Clams, Maine Lobster, Haddock, and Shrimp). At the end of the day relax on the lawn and enjoy a roaring fire in a fire pit.
To enjoy one of the best amenities of the resort, make a tee-time for a round at the Samoset golf course. This 18 hole championship course plays a very manageable 6,548 yards from the gold tees and 5,083 yards from the front tees. The course is always in prime condition, and with views of the ocean on 14 holes it is a golfing experience that you will long remember.
The first hole is 388 yards from the gold (back) tees with water boarding the right side of the fairway. The real challenge starts on the 227 yard par-3 third that has the ocean hugging the left side of the fairway. Take more club than you think you need to reach the double green.
The 503 yard par-5 fourth sits oceanside of the Atlantic on the left side of the fairway. Take a moment and breathe in the clean, crisp sea air before you tee it up. It’s not an easy hole, but the view is incredible.
There are a total of seven oceanside holes, and you can see the Atlantic on 14 holes. There have been a number of improvements in the last few years and the superintendent has done a remarkable job of keeping the course in pristine condition.
If you want to experience the epitome of luxurious seaside living, enquire about the Flume cottage with two bedrooms and a private deck with hot tub, overlooking Penobscot Bay. Or perhaps one of the other three guest cottages that have a fully-equipped kitchen and also overlook the Bay.
After golf and enjoying some rest and relaxation on the grounds, you might want to take a 15 minute drive to the town of Camden. It is a small town with unique shops and a harbor that makes Camden a perfect example of the iconic Maine village.
Readers of ‘Conde Nast‘, the travel magazine that caters to clients that demand the very best when travelling, have named Samoset as one of the best resorts in the Northeast. It is a distinction that is well deserved.