It’s a new dawn for Cliff House Maine, now managed by Destination Hotels. The coastal hotel located in Ogunquit debuted the results of a complete overhaul in summer 2016. But the bigger milestone is happening now as the property remains open through the winter for the first time in its history.[caption id="attachment_33795" align="alignright" width="400"]Atlantic Ballroom at Cliff House Maine[/caption]
With an aesthetic Director of Sales and Marketing John Bradway describes as “coastal chic,” the renovated Cliff House is contemporary without being too modern, and remains true to its location and nearly 150 years of history. Meeting professionals who visited the hotel in the past (though they may be few and far between as the hotel was not marketed as a meetings property until now) will find the lobby unrecognizable as drab walls and dated carpet have been replaced by nautical, preppy decor. Little details such as throw pillows resembling ship knots, a giant wall of white built-ins filled with shipworthy accents and books, and staff uniforms—navy checkered button-downs and sweaters straight from a J.Crew catalog—give the hotel a true sense of place.
Meeting spaces are equally impressive, and there’s more to come. “We are introducing Cliff House as a new meetings product at the luxury level,” says Bradway. So far, regional corporate and association meetings have been hooked, but companies across the United States are also starting to bite.
A California-based company will do a buyout of the property next June, and National Restaurant Association will utilize its 25,000 square feet of meeting space this summer. Bradway says his team also has leads with big-name corporations like Liberty Mutual and Bain Capital.
While guests may not want to stray far from the posh confines of Cliff House, the resort area residing along the southeastern seaboard of York County encapsulates a surprising variety of culture… especially for a town with a population of less than 1,000. An outing to nearby Ogunquit Playhouse will delight guests with Broadway-quality shows like “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
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Expectations for crustaceans run high when visiting Maine, and the on-site casual Nubb’s Lobster Shack doesn’t disappoint. This is one of the few shacks that remain open year-round, and the colorful space can be rented for events. Cliff House also runs a lobstering cruise expected to be popular for VIP groups.
Among the spaces of the 9,000-sq.-ft. luxury spa at Cliff House is a light-filled cliff-side lounge sanctuary with views of the cove and surrounding cliffs. It’s an indulgent spot to watch the sunrise while waiting for a spa treatment. Bradway expects the spa to be a draw for incentive business.
To endure the hotel’s first winter, it’s only appropriate the staff will don outwear by this Maine-based brand. Between the down coats and cozying up around the roaring lobby fireplace or outdoor fire pit, attendees shouldn’t have a problem staying warm.