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What’s better than shopping with your BFF? Coming back to The Cliff House to relax.
A warm autumn view of the cliff at sunrise.
Aerial view of The Cliff House Resort & Spa.

The Cliff House Resort & Spa’s
Maine Driving Tour
An hour north of Boston, this is a great Maine fall vacation

OGUNQUIT, Maine — Don’t let rising gas prices and high airfare hinder fall vacation plans. Consider a weekend retreat to the Cliff House Resort & Spa on Maine’s nearby south coast and a scenic drive through the area — it’s the perfect Maine fall vacation. Only an hour north of Boston and fewer than six hours from New York City, this resort in Maine offers the quintessential coastal experience for a last-minute vacation or romantic New England getaway.

Situated on Maine’s rocky shoreline, the Cliff House offers ocean-view rooms; locally sourced cuisine including fresh, Maine lobster; and a world-class spa that has been awarded top honors by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.

The Cliff House is a straight shot to some of the most popular sights in coastal Maine. Here’s a fall driving tour that includes some of the Resort’s favorite attractions — making the most of a Maine getaway.

Cliff House Scenic Fall Tour

As visitors cross over into Maine, their first stop is the town of Kittery. Here they will enjoy premier shopping on a mile-long stretch of Route 1 that boasts more than 120 name brand outlets.

A little further north is the town of York, comprised of four smaller towns: Cape Neddick, York Village, York Beach and York Harbor. This famous beach community is well-known for its sandy shoreline and popular Nubble Light House.

Continuing north on Route 1 to Ogunquit, visitors will uncover a wealth of antique shops. Known as one of the best areas for antique shopping in the U.S., this stretch of Maine’s coast boasts a high concentration of shops and treasures. Some of the Resort’s favorite shops include Blacksmith’s Antique Mall in Ogunquit and R.Jorgensen’s in Wells.

Also in Wells is The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is a 5,000-acre refuge protecting wetland habitat and the species that live there. It’s headquartered off Route 1 and provides visitors a great opportunity to enjoy some of Maine’s natural beauty.

The tour ends in Kennebunkport, the quintessential Maine coastal village. With an extraordinary number of places to dine, there is something for every taste. For visitors wanting an inspired farm to fork experience The Earth at Hidden Pond is highly recommended. Of course, it’s also nice to head back to The Cliff House for an unforgettable dining experience with expansive ocean views.