Monday, July 8, 2013

Hidden Pond - Kennebunkport, ME.

Instead of our usual Cape Cod vacation we decided to go to Maine and we are very glad we did.  We chose to stay at the Hidden Pond resort and below is our review.

Upon arrival you drive down a long winding driveway that sets the mood for the entire property.  Lovely trees and landscaping surround the whole property everywhere you turn.  The main lodge is the check in point.  Smiles are seen as soon as you walk in the main entrance.  To the left is a great sitting area with a large fireplace and comfortable couches and chairs.  Just off the main lodge are the family pool and a bar.  Because we arrived early (12:15 and check-in is 3pm) we grabbed a drink from the bar and took a walk around the property.  The weather gods were looking out for us this weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday called for 60% chance of rain each day.  It was a slight sprinkle but nothing that would make you want to seek shelter.  We sensed the sun coming out so we walked back to our car, grabbed our swimsuits, and changed at the main lodge. 

Entrance to Hidden Pond

Family Pool off the main lodge

Sand Bar Grille off of the maine lodge

With our suits on and drinks still in hand we made our way to the adults only pool.  The sun came out and we were able to lounge there for 3 hours before check-in.  I heard my phone ringing (front desk calling to let us know the room was ready) but we couldn’t drag ourselves out of the pool.  We finally did and got the check for our drinks.  As we hadn’t officially checked in yet we didn’t know our room # and we wanted to charge it to the room.  The waitress said she would find out our # and when she came back she let us know that the front desk was bringing us our keys to the pool.  That was a great first impression.

We check into our bungalow number 40 and wow, we were very impressed with the accommodations.  The screened in porch was great for our morning breakfast and for a nightly glass of wine and a game of scrabble.  As you walk through the porch you open up a sliding glass door to the main living area.  A floor to ceiling stone fireplace catches your eye right away and it is hard to look away from it.  A very comfortable couch faces it with a chair on each side of the fireplace.  Since we don’t have a fireplace at home the wife loves having them whenever we travel (yes, even in summer).  To the left of the sliding doors is your king sized bed.  After an exhausting day of doing nothing on the beach, the bed is the perfect end point to the night.  The first night we were exhausted and slept like babies.  I often wake up in the middle of the night and didn’t wake up once.  A solid 8hr sleep and I was ready to take on the next day.  The bathrooms are gorgeous and the outside shower is a great touch.  Showering in the mid-day sun after being at the beach or pool all day is very relaxing. 

Keychain to your cottage

Our favorite feature of the property are the “shuttles” that take you to the beach at their sister property called “The Tides” and the “supper shuttle” (a Mercedes Sprinter Van) that takes you into town from 5pm-10pm.  We used both services each day.  It’s great to go into town and be able to have some drinks and not have to worry about driving or trying to get a taxi (I’m not sure they even exist in Kennebunkport).  We must have hit the supper shuttle at the right time b/c both nights we were the only ones in it.  And special note, when Carl (the driver of the shuttle) says he will be at a spot at a certain time, he is at that spot EXACTLY at that time.  He runs the service flawlessly and is great to talk to during the drives. 

Another great feature of the property are the nightly bonfires at both the main lodge and outside the property of their restaurant / adult pool.  If you want s’mores you can only get them at the main lodge fire and we feel that is a must do. 

Now onto the restaurant on site, Earth.  This is a farm to table that was established by well-known Boston chef, Ken Oringer.  We were pretty impressed by the food here.  My wife started with the crab toast and I had the meatballs.  The crab was an official app and the meatballs are considered a starter snack.  Both were delicious.  For our entrée we both chose a half order of their homemade pasta.  She had the “Vermont Ricotta Nudi” while I chose the “Wood Fried Lamb Paperdelle”.  Very generous portion sizes so ordering a full is not necessary.  The pastas were both delicious.  I really have no idea how they made the nudi dish so thin and to hold as much ricotta as each piece did. 

If you have scrolled through this post just skimming here are a list of pros and cons we thought about the resort:

Pros – Gorgeous cottages and bungalows that are all very private.  The supper shuttle and the beach shuttle are great amenities.  Every one has a smile on their face and it seems they will do anything to help your stay be a memorable one.  The bonfires at night are gorgeous and the s’mores baskets are a great treat.  The lounge chairs at the pools are super comfortable making it easy to lounge there all day.  The freshly baked treats each morning with great coffee start your day off right. 

Cons – Slight nickel and diming.  The one-day we were there they offered a cooking class for kids to teach them how to make cookies and it was $25 per child.  We don’t have kids but I feel the room rates are enough to where they could offer this for no additional charge.  There is also a $25 charge for each person to do SUP (stand up paddle boarding).  Again, I feel this could be included in the price of the room. 

Overall we really loved the property and will definitely return next year.  Please see below for the rest of the pictures.

Approach to our cottage

Screened in porch

Facing the room from the bed

Looking back towards the bed


Outdoor shower

Breakfast is delivered every morning at 8am

On-site farm.

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