Per my parents’ recommendation, my cousin and his wife recently visited The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, a favorite place of ours located on Penobscot Bay in Maine. Upon returning from a wonderful getaway, my cousin humorously noted that, as he gets older, he’s developed a much higher tolerance for leisure.
Maybe this sentiment is peculiar to me and my family, but I couldn’t agree with him more. When I was invited to spend a leisurely week at the beach a couple of years ago, I packed four books, a sketching set, and equipment to learn to knit, all to keep myself busy. I just couldn’t get my head around the idea of kicking back for a whole week. As it turns out, I didn’t find myself compelled to take up knitting once we reached the beach, and I thankfully learned to embrace this whole relaxing thing everyone keeps talking about!
Whether you’re a master of leisure or could use a few lessons, I can’t think of a better place to spend a night or three than The Inn at Ocean’s Edge. The property is built on a small cliff overlooking a rock-rimmed ocean. From inn to pool house, all is beautifully decorated exclusively in calming blue and white hues. Every room has a fireplace, and the facilities include a sauna, hot tub, and infinity pool with ocean views. And did I mention there’s homemade chocolate chip cookies and lemonade in the afternoons?
We drove down to the Inn at Ocean’s Edge from Bar Harbor, having just spent a few days exploring Acadia National Park. We checked into our beautiful rooms and quickly changed into our swimsuits. I was glad I brought my one-piece, as we did our fair share of splashing around in the saltwater infinity pool.
We jumped back and forth between the pool and the hot tub a few times, a hydrotherapy trick we learned at a thermal spa in Guatemala. After a number of rounds, we dried off and spent the remainder of sunlit hours lounging on the property, paying a visit to the pool house and the sauna.
We also took some mini naps among the birch trees overlooking the water. Pure bliss!
Later that evening, our group went to Fresh in nearby Camden for an amazing dinner of fusion fare. When we returned, we strolled along the Inn’s beach and lit sparklers.
The next morning, we savored our breakfast of eggs and blueberry pancakes while watching the fog roll in over the water.
Then, we walked down to the shore, and Rolan and my father made some wonderful rock piles with intense concentration. My mother and I enjoyed watching them and basking in the gentle sun.
All too soon, the time had come to check out, with classes and work calling us home. We were very grateful for the burst of relaxation and fresh air, and we certainly hope to return!