Welcome to Cliff House
Ahoy Friends of Cliff House,
As we look to Summer 2021, optimism is in the air for a fresh new season sprinkled with the desire to travel and reconnect with family and friends.
The cool pure air of coastal Maine awaits you atop Bald Head Cliff. Our team has meticulously prepared new and exciting offerings for your oceanfront summer adventures. From new menu launchings in our restaurants to specialized programming and recreation in the spa, pools, and within the 70 acres of the great outdoors. We are actively polishing the indoors and outdoors with care and thoughtfulness for a sparkling debut this season.
In 2021, we continue to immerse ourselves into art & culture, one of the many rich origins of the scenic seacoast of Maine. As a sponsor with our neighboring Ogunquit Museum of American Art, The Gallery at the Cliff House curated by the Van Ward Gallery of Ogunquit, June LaCombe’s outdoor sculpture garden, and other amazing local artists from photography to mixed media; our commitment to the arts continues to flourish. The Studio at Cliff House hosted by Ric Della Bernarda, our artist in residence, serves as an interactive element for our guests to dabble in a new talent or rekindle an old hobby with intriguing art classes and workshops. Private lessons or small group classes offer Plein Air oil on canvas on the resort grounds or in the privacy of The Studio. Find the artist within you to magnify the beauty which abounds.
Health and wellness are at the heart of a robust lifestyle and remains a priority for all of us. The Spa at Cliff House continues to offer the most talented therapists with new treatments to enhance your well-being from skincare, deep muscle relaxation to soulful experiences. Try one of our signature treatments, perhaps the Hydrafacial for age-defying qualities, or Lana Vogestad’s private YNDI Yoga classes. Enjoy indoor and outdoor therapies for individual or couple’s experiences.
Be sure to sign up to hit some balls off the North Point Driving Range with the Albus Golf EcoBioBall, 100% safe, biodegradable, non-toxic, and filled with fish food. Feed the fish while sharpening your swing, a must-do experience for the avid or beginner golfer. While on-site explore the new self-guided Discovery Center to uncover an abundance of activities, beaches, local bites, site sea-ing, recreation, and day trips whether at the resort or up the coast.
Chef Rick and the culinary team have mastered the 2020 trends of outdoor dining, take-away, and in-room experiences among their many talents. The Chefs will continue to cultivate their fresh produce and herbs within Tiller’s Row and support the local fisherman, farms, and dairies within the neighboring states for local flavor and the authentic Maine experience.
Finally, vaccinations to support stress-free travel are highly recommended to rejoin a host of activities. Cliff House will continue to magnify safety and health and conform to the local ordinances; however, as much in disguise as possible. Our team is tremendously excited to serve you again and bring back the smiles, giggles, and laughter that make Maine Summers so memorable. We honor our past and look to our future.
Our staff is ready to answer any questions and help curate an amazing summer experience. Thank you for your support this past year!
Fair Winds and Following Seas,
Nancy J. White, General Manager
Cliff House offers many options for swimming here at the resort. Our indoor pool area is home to our 70ft lap pool and our indoor hot tub, all being located next to our amazing Nubb's Lobster Shack. The fun doesn’t stop there because nestled on the cliffs at Cliff House is our outdoor hot tub. Our outdoor hot tub is the ideal location to enjoy the stars on a cool fall evening. Next to the outdoor hot tub is our resort pool* overlooking the Atlantic. *Open through Columbus Day, weather depending.
Indoor Swim Hours of Operation
Hot Tub - 8am - 10pm
Pool - 8am - 10pm
Outdoor Resort Hours of Operation (ages 13+)
Hot Tub - 9am - 10pm
Pool - 9am - 8pm
Outdoor Cove Pool Hours of Operation
Hot Tub - 9am - 8pm
Pool - 9am - 8pm
Please check our ACTIVITY SCHEDULE or call the concierge at 207.361.6245 for workout class times.
This area is full of amazing things for you and your family to do during your stay! More of what can be found in the area is outlined in our 'Explore' section. For on-site activities, please view the ACTIVITY SCHEDULE as every day is full of fun plans for the whole family.
Graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows and a warm cozy fire is all you need to make your very own s’more. S’mores by our beautiful fire pit is a beloved activity for all ages, even adults! Please see the front desk for a S'mores kit.
Astronomy can be difficult for beginners, after all there’s a whole universe out there to explore! But stargazing basics don’t have to be hard especially when you have an expert to guide you. Cliff House is excited to explore the galaxy in partnership with Astronomer, Edward Gleason from the University of Southern Maine who will guide our guests through the stratosphere into the unknown. Starting in mid-September, on Thursday evenings Edward will guide guests into space and show them a world of wonders as they stroll the Cliff in search of the massive Jupiter and exquisite Saturn. Experience a unique glimpse of the International Space Station and explore the Great Square of Pegasus as well as ever so dramatic meteor storms. Reserve your spot with our concierge.
Dine On Property & Around Town
Jonathon's Casual Fine Dining
The Front Porch Piano Bar & Restaurant
Five-O Shore Road American Restaurant
That Place New American Restaurant
Northern Union American Wine Bar
Angelina's Fine Italian Dining
Cornerstone Artisinal Pizza & Craft Beer
The Sand Dollar Piano Bar & Restaurant
The Central Culturally Influenced American Fare
Stones Throw Beachfront American Restaurant
Clay Hill Farm Romantic Dining & Farm to Table
Lobster Cove Classic Seafood & Beach Views
Fox's Lobster House Classic Seafood & Lighthouse Views
The York River Landing Local Cuisine & Craft Beer
When Pigs Fly Artisinal Pizza & Craft Beer
Roberts Maine Grill Seafood & Central in the Outlets
Bob's Clam Hut Classic Seafood Window
The Black Birch New American Restaurant
Anju Asian Fusion Noodle Bar
Anneke Jan's Cozy Bistro
The Pointe New American Seafood & River Views
Frisbee's Wharf Classic Seafood & Harbor Views
Spa New at Cliff House Spa
Hydrafacial at The Spa
There is no doubt HydraFacial is becoming a liquid gold of facials and is one of the most popular in-office facial treatments right now. So what is a HydraFacial? It is a medical-grade Vortex technology four-step resurfacing treatment that includes cleansing, extracting, and hydrating the skin with serums that are infused into pores. The treatment starts with cleansing by removing the dead skin cells and excess sebum from the skin. Next, a mix of salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to the skin to break up any dirt and oil that’s clogging pores. Then, the HydraPeel Tip is used to essentially vacuum out blackheads, dirt, oil and impurities, while hydrating, plumping, and nourishing serums are simultaneously applied to the skin.
PLEASE VIEW THE FULL SPA MENU HERE.
Celebrate Art CELEBRATE ART AT CLIFF HOUSE
While Cliff House was being constructed during the late 1800’s, Ogunquit was captivating an eclectic array of artists drawn to its natural beauty and charm. Word spread about Ogunquit’s romantic scenery and the destination soon evolved as a summer respite for big city artists to express themselves on canvas and in theatre, transforming this beautiful place by the sea into “An Artist Colony”. Today, Cliff House has created The Gallery as its own “canvas” to highlight and pay homage to the talented artists which abound. Enjoy your journey through the passageway and immerse yourself in the art. Explore the Cliff House resort calendar to see our list of up-close and personal artist talks and new exhibits opening during your visit.
Cliff House Gallery and OMAA
Cliff House is honored to feature a signature entrance to The Gallery with art from the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. The museum is minutes from the Cliff House and can be enjoyed from May 1 through the fall. Cliff House is honored to showcase Henry Strater’s art at the signature entrance to The Gallery, on loan from Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA). OMAA is closely tied to one of the earliest art colonies of the American modernist era. The museum honors founder Henry Strater’s vision to preserve and showcase American art by mounting innovative modern and contemporary exhibition programs from May through October. OMAA showcases modern and contemporary art with rotating exhibitions and a permanent collection of more than 3,000 works. The three-acre seaside sculpture garden and grounds offer space for contemplation. Plan a visit, just a short walk from Ogunquit's Perkins Cove museum, just minutes from Cliff House. OMAA is open, please visit their website for all updates.
Cliff House Sculpture Gardens
June LaCombe is an independent arts consultant specializing in sculpture in the New England region. She curates and sites exhibitions of sculpture in Maine and oversees sales, delivery, siting, and installations for clients throughout the country. Her outdoor shows feature sculpture suited for gardens and landscapes in a variety of mediums including granite, bronze, wood, stoneware, and steel. Interior sculpture is included in exhibitions at Hawk Ridge Farm and shown in her country home. June has curated beautiful pieces for Cliff House that blend seamlessly into our grounds. On property you will see stunning sculptures by Mark Pettegrow (Gyres, Swept, & Eventide) and Jordan Smith (Chaising Waves & Fiddlehead Chaise).
Explore Explore Southern Maine
Local Farms & Orchards
In our surrounding area there are plenty of fun farms and orchards to visit this Autumn. Pick fresh fruit, visit with the animals, and make memories on the Seacoast!
(207) 985-2112 - 21 York Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 - 13 miles / 30 mins
Pine View Orchard
(207) 715-0365 - 17 Sunset Lane, Berwick, ME 03901 - 21 miles / 44 mins
(207) 985-2575 - 85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells, ME 04090 - 13 miles / 32 mins
Applecrest Farm Orchards
(603) 926-3721 - 133 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls, NH 03844 - 29 miles / 44 mins
Local Walking Trails and Places to Explore
In our neighboring towns of Ogunquit and York, there are many trails to walk, explore, jog, and sight-see. Get out in the fresh air and immerse yourselves in the Maine wilderness!
Public parking throughout downtown Ogunquit. Trail begins off of shore road. Easy walking, sitting benches.
Daylight hours only, parking at trail head, Carry-In/Carry-Out
Wiggly Bridge/Steedman Woods
Street parking on York St, between York Village and the Harbor. Trail begins off of route 103. Easy walking, no bicycles allowed.
Parking inside gate. Historic military fort. 10am-sunset Memorial to Columbus Day. Maine State Park day use fee charged, Carry-In/Carry-Out policy.
Parking along York St, walk down to Harbor Beach to access the trail. Walk across harbor beach parking lot to connect to the fisherman’s walk and wiggly bridge. No bicycles.
Local Spirits Guide (Under 20 Miles from Cliff House)
Southern Maine has an extensive list of small breweries and distilleries. Here at Cliff House we have access to a long list all within 20 miles of the hotel! Before setting out, be sure to check their websites for current hours of operation and COVID-19 serving guidelines.
Wiggly Bride Distillery Barn
(207) 363-9322 -441 US-1, York, ME 03909 -7.8 miles / 16 minutes
SoMe Brewing Company
(207) 351-8162 -1 York St #3, York, ME 03909 -8.7 miles / 18 minutes
York Beach Beer Company
(207) 351-8171 -33 Railroad Ave, York, ME 03909 -4.1 miles / 10 minutes
Hidden Cove Brewing Co.
(207) 646-0228 -73 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090 -7 miles / 16 minutes
Woodland Farms Brewery
(207) 994-3911 -306 US-1 C, Kittery, ME 03904 - 12.2 miles / 23 minutes
Tributary Brewing Company
(207) 703-0093 -10 Shapleigh Rd, Kittery, ME 03904 -14.8 miles / 24 minutes
Stoneface Brewing Co.
(603) 427-9801-436 Shattuck Way, Newington, NH 03801-19.6 miles / 27 minutes
Great Rhythm Brewing Company
(603) 430-9640 -105 Bartlett St, Portsmouth, NH 03801 -17.9 miles / 27 minutes
Liar’s Bench Beer Co.
(603) 294-9156 -459 Islington St #4, Portsmouth, NH 03801 -18.1 miles / 28 minutes
Earth Eagle Brewings
(603) 502-2244 -165 High St, Portsmouth, NH 03801 -16 miles / 25 minutes
COVID-19 Response Breathe Deeply at Cliff House
View our latest Coronavirus Update here
Social Distancing protocols are required resort-wide, with helpful floor markings and signage throughout the resort. Many areas have been converted to one-way passageways to ensure clarity and eliminate any confusion. Public space, dining venues, The Spa, the Fitness Center, pools, hallway and elevator etiquette are marked for everyone’s safety. Protective face coverings will be required whenever contact of six feet or less is required or a glass shield is not accessible. Respect of these standards ia appreciated and expected of all guests. Most of our entrances and exits allow for social distancing, however, in the specific indoor corridors where six feet is not appropriate, facial protection will be required. Specific groupings of seats have been designated throughout the resort from comfy reading chairs to lounge chairs. Little flexibility in moving furniture is permitted during this time as one would expect to honor the thoughtful placement.
All guest rooms, public spaces and outlets are sanitized using UV light technology and certified fogging practices which circulate the air and kill bacteria/viruses. In addition, the quality of the air has been improved with HEPA and carbon filters. Of course, the outdoor, fresh salty air easily available from most vantage points provides solstice for air quality. Sanitation stations, door sensors, and foot pedals are located throughout the resort to optimize hygiene practices and touchless technology. In-room menus and collateral will be disposable or laminated for proper cleaning including wrapped remotes for either televisions and/or fireplaces. Needless to say, sanitation is paramount to maintaining the resort and has been elevated and heightened in all areas with new technology and additional staff to ensure safety throughout.
Our housekeeping staff will purposefully be invisible during your visit to Cliff House. Upon arrival, all accommodations will be “Certified Sanitized” (deep cleaned) using certified products for cleaning along with UV technology. In addition, air purifiers with HEPA filters have been installed in all guestrooms to improve air quality and ensure sanitation at all times. In addition, all air conditioning filters have been upgraded to high Merv ratings to ensure further safety. In order to minimize traffic in your personal space, only you, as our guest will access your guestroom. Our staff will not enter a room until your departure. All housekeeping requests will be delivered and offered throughout the stay through text technology. Hand sanitizer will be available in all guestrooms. All laundry is washed at high temperatures following CDC guidance with CDC approved products.
RESORT ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION
Guests will arrive to the resort to be greeted by an ambassador in the Porte Cochere and asked to remain in vehicle until the reception is cleared for social distancing. Luggage will remain in car until after registration. After capturing the magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean at reception, our staff will guide you to our registration area for touchless technology to ensure ease and comfort. The credit card information provided to reserve the experience will swiftly allow for a seamless check-in process. This is the first experience of many with glass countertop shields to further magnify and respect social distancing techniques and safety. Sanitized key cards are presented to complete the registration and guests are guided to the self-parking designated areas. Only a driver’s license/ID is required to validate the confirmed reservation. Valet and bell service are unavailable until further notice.
SPA, RECREATION & POOLS
Some services will require reservations to ensure limited size groups and other services will be modified and available after July 1st based on state guidelines. A new outdoor spa terrace and relaxation lounge has been added to respect social distancing. Please contact the Spa for a list of services and amenities two weeks prior to your arrival. One can enjoy our 2 miles of walking and many acres of the great outdoors. The Indoor, Family and Resort Pools are open along with our beautiful hot tubs and subject to capacity guidelines until further notice. Lounge chairs are designated with appropriate social distancing for your peace of mind. Our iconic firepit on the Overlook Terrace is open and available for s’more roasting.
Cliff House staff members in our dining venues are ServSafe Sanitation certified. Both Tiller Restaurant and Nubb’s have creatively modified alfresco seating capacities to follow social distancing protocols. Glass has been added throughout Tiller restaurant to ensure safety between parties when we are able to welcome guests indoors. Reservations will be required initially after opening to remove waiting lines and crowding. In-Room Delivery will serve as an additional dining option via touchless technology. Enjoy a cup of morning coffee from Bald Head Coffee Co. which will be operating “window service” until further notice. Laminated menus will be cleaned with certified products and UV lights. Touchless technology will be used for signing checks. UV Lights and HEPA filters have been installed in the venues to offer elevated sanitation practices. Our service staff will guide you to your table and will maintain facial masks and gloves. You will be expected to wear facial masks while being escorted to your table until you are seated to maintain social distancing protocols.
Your mobile phone number will serve as a conduit for communication to cater to your personalized needs. Text messaging will guide you throughout your journey. Dining reservations, in-room deliveries, refreshed linens and towels, rubbish removal, and all general requests will be communicated in text method.
CLIFF HOUSE STAFF
All staff members are monitored for temperature checks with infrared technology prior to each shift before entering the resort. Staff is required to wear appropriate protective equipment such as facial masks, and gloves if required for interactions under six feet or outside of glass shied protective counters. Staff has been trained on enhanced hygiene and safety protocols.