Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, Maine – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 15 February 2012
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One of the most beautiful drives I’ve taken in the U.S. was the last 24 miles (38 km) along the Atlantic Ocean, passing through Ogunquit and Wells en route to Kennebunkport, Maine and the Hidden Pond Resort.   Kennebunkport, the home to just 3,474 inhabitants, is particularly well known thanks to one long-time resident, former president George H. W. Bush, who chose the town as his primary summer residence while in the White House. Many business travelers choose Kennebunkport each year as a place not only to spend their vacation and to relax on the beach but also for meetings and events.

In the dark (which is when we arrived), it was quite a challenge to find the main entrance and the building that serves as reception, but once we did, it was well worth it.  We were greeted warmly and escorted to our quarters.  The person who checked us in showed us every detail of the cottage and made sure we were comfortable.


Our two-story Stargazer cottage (there are 16 cottages, each varying in décor and size and the number and kinds of beds and bedrooms, as well as smaller bungalows) had two large bedrooms each with a king-sized bed and private bath.

The focus of the living room was the hearth, which was the ideal place to sit and read and talk on a cool fall evening.  There was a separate open kitchen and a screened-in porch on the side.  The landscaping had been done with great care and the staff was out maintaining it every day.

The bed was extremely comfortable; I woke up refreshed and ready to explore the area and the resort.  The bath had Malin + Goetz shampoo and conditioner and a rum bar soap.

Management will provision the cottage with milk, fruit, cheese, snacks and other items upon request.


Nothing beats curling up by the fireplace with your iPad or laptop to catch up on e-mail or do some writing.  Every cottage has fast Wi-Fi and it is included in the price. No password is required.

There was no writing desk but it somehow would have felt out of place here.  I could have used the kitchen table had I really felt it necessary.

If you stay here, you will undoubtedly meet Bessie.  Bessie is a cherry red 1956 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon and staff will happily ferry you to town or to the Tides, a sister property.

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