Though we included the Inn at Ocean’s Edge in a travel piece we wrote for The Guardian a few years ago, we didn’t have a chance to fully experience a stay at the stunning Lincolnville property ourselves until just last week, when we planned an overnight up the coast. Upon check-in (for which we arrived promptly at 3pm so as to maximize our time by the inn’s infinity pool), we took a stroll through the expansive, oceanfront property and were immediately impressed with the gorgeous landscaping. Pairs of shaded lounge chairs are scattered about the grounds, inviting guests to relax and enjoy the ocean view and the silhouette of Islesboro off in the distance. Stone-lined, landscaped paths connect buildings, and a set of weathered steps lead down to the inn’s private stretch of rocky beach that upon seeing, immediately invokes the Ocean’s Edge name.
There are few things we love more than spending time on a quiet beach by the ocean, but during our stay at the Inn at Ocean’s Edge, we spent the majority of our waking hours not on the beach, but rather enjoying the property’s stunning infinity pool and sauna. Luckily, the view from the pool affords the best of both worlds, as it visually “falls off” into that same stretch of ocean, dotted with far off Midcoast Maine islands. The pool house is a lovely accent to the pool, with a large sauna, fireplace, and sitting area available for guests to use at their leisure. In the morning after swimming laps in the pool, I cycled through rounds of sitting in the sauna, followed by cold showers – my favorite vacation pastime of late.
It didn’t take us long to realize that the Inn at Ocean’s Edge has so much of what we look for in a hotel when we travel. Its proximity to the restaurants, shops, and sights of towns like Camden, Rockland, and Belfast is convenient and not to be overlooked, but the property and its location in the much quieter Lincolnville invites a level of relaxation I’m not sure you’d find as easily in the other villages. Add the ocean view and an hour or two spent relaxing by the pool, and you have the makings of a blissfully restful coastal Maine getaway.