I first discovered Hidden Pond, an adorable boutique resort/inn in Kennebunkport, on the pages of Met Home (I think). I had the tear tacked to my bulletin board for months. When I got an assignment from Susanne at the Globe magazine for “The Lovers’ Go-To Guide”, I finally checked out their website and chatted with the manager. It’s absolutely lovely. The perfect New England getaway without being overstuffed. It’s sort of South Beach meets Maine meets Brooklyn – cabin chic with an organic twist – and not a scrap of Laura Ashley in sight.
There are 14 two-bedroom cottages, all with a distinctive theme and décor. (I think different designers were hired to do each interior.) Each has a living room, full kitchen, gas fireplace set in river stone, screened porch, outdoor shower, floor-to-ceiling windows (so you can see the gorgeous birch trees), Frette linens and down duvets, flat panel TVs and ipod docks. And, they bring you a morning bakery and newspaper basket.
The grounds include a lodge, a tented spa for facials and massage (so Out of Africa), and an organic farm through which you’re allowed to wander and help yourself. You can get artistic with the resident water colorist, do morning yoga, take a beach safari (they’ll pack you up and bring you to whatever beach setting suits your fancy that day), bike or hike on their nature trails, or hang out at the laid back pool. Or wander into Kennebunkport (hopefully you don’t bump into a Bush).
I’d love to spend a weekend here. My favorite cottage is Day Dream. I like Lucky too. You?
The Organic Farm
An Outdoor Shower
The Spa Tent