Celebrate our 140th anniversary with us! Peruse our history timeline, then check out our 140th anniversary specials.

  • 1872

    The Cliff House welcomes its first guests.

    Elsie Jane and Theodore Weare, innkeepers

  • 1880 - 1910

    The Cliff House hosts finest families of the age: Biddles, Havermeyers, Cabots & Lodges.

  • 1910 - 1920

    New guest conveniences include: indoor plumbing, electric lighting, two new annexes, garages and gas pumps.

  • 1920s

    The Cliff House thrives.

  • 1927

    New York’s influential Downtown Gallery presented “Ogunquit Exhibition: Summer Work by 12 Ogunquit Residents”. The exhibit included such renown artists as Walter Kuhn and Marsden Hartley.

  • 1942 - 1945

    World War II – The Cliff House is occupied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and used as a radar station for German submarines.

    The Weares are barred from their own land.

  • 1946

    The Cliff House has suffered severe damage and neglect.

    Charles Weare places an ad in the Wall Street Journal to sell the property, but there are no buyers.

  • Late 1940s
         to 1950s

    Charles’s son, Maurice Weare, and his wife Charlotte take the helm and save The Cliff House from extinction

  • 1960s

    Restorations include the first swimming pool and new motels.

  • 1974

    The fourth generation of Weare family innkeepers succeeds in The Cliff House directorship.

    Elsie Jane’s great granddaughter, Kathryn Weare, launches a plan for upgrading and expansion.

  • 1990 - 2000

    The Cliff House's popularity as a leisure travel, wedding and business-meeting destination grows.

  • 2000

    New Pavilion opens – complete with indoor and outdoor pools, an expanded fitness center and the area's first full-service, ocean-side spa.

  • Today

    140 years after welcoming its first guests, The Cliff House Resort and Spa continues to offer visitors exceptional service, fresh, local food, and spectacular ocean views


140th Season Specials

140th Celebration Spa Treatment

Relax and rejuvenate with this 50-minute treatment that features a tension-releasing back massage and an invigorating and aromatic sea salt body buff. The treatment finishes with a Swiss shower and a hydrating lotion rub.
50 min: $140

140th Season Lobster Tasting for Two

A sumptuous five-course lobster dinner for two served seaside on Ocean Terrace*.

  • First Course - Lobster Bisque
  • Second Course - Fresh Lobster Spring Roll with Hoisin Plum Dipping Sauce
  • Third Course - Mini Lobster Quesadilla with Pico de Gallo
  • Fourth Course - Lobster Citrus Risotto with Asparagus Tips
  • Fifth Course - Half Grilled Lobster Tail with Truffle Butter, Parsley Potato, Haricot Vert

Served with a bottle of iced Chandon Brut Sparkling Wine.


* Weather permitting. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Blueberry Bellini

Celebrate our 140th Anniversary and help a great cause! Order this blueberry-scented Prosecco and The Cliff House will donate $1.40 from each drink to benefit breast cancer research. The commemorative glass is yours to keep.