With fall in the air, the iconic New England resort, Cliff House Maine, is welcoming guests to enjoy year-round festivities in Southern Maine for the first time in its 144-year history. Following a transformational renovation, the revitalized resort is inspiring a new generation of travelers with its remarkable views, upscale amenities and new enriching experiences.
“We are pleased to introduce guests and local residents with a new era of seasonal traditions at Cliff House,” said Scott Spann, General Manager of Cliff House. “Our beautiful coastal setting is the perfect backdrop for an array of activities and celebrations, and the team is excited to share these special moments with our visitors.”
To celebrate the property’s new seasonality, Cliff House is offering an assortment of Maine-inspired activities for guests to enjoy, even as the temperatures drop. From pumpkin painting to a quintessential tree lighting, guests can experience an authentic holiday in Southern Maine. With assistance from the property’s very own Recreation Leader, guests can receive a personalized itinerary of activities during their stay.
The lineup of seasonal weekend programming are as follows:
FUN FOR ALL THIS FALL
Build a Buddy: Children will have the chance to pick, stuff and box a locally inspired stuffed animal such a Moose, Black Bear or Wolf. This activity will take place each morning following breakfast.
Harvest Crafts: Because autumn is not complete without fall themed crafts, guests are invited to unleash their creative sides with art projects connecting to the season.
Carmel Apples: Travelers with a sweet tooth can make their very own caramel apple candy. Apples will be pre-sliced and ready to add favorite toppings. During Halloween weekend, spiked apple cider will be offered to adults during this activity.
Trick-or-Treat for All: Throughout the property there will be various stops that will showcase different seasonal craft beers, for trick-or-treating with a twist. Non-alcoholic treats will also be provided for those under 21 years of age.
Paint a Pumpkin: In the true Halloween spirit, guests can design a Halloween pumpkin led by the property’s recreation staff. These decorative pumpkins will serve as guest room décor or be the perfect seasonal souvenir for the porch at home.
THANKFUL FOR THANKSGIVING
Whoopee Pie Creations: Guests can learn how to make some of Maine’s most popular authentic desserts while enjoying a beverage pairing.
“Leaf” Thanks: Visitors can take part in this new Cliff House tradition by “leafing” thanks at the property while also taking one home. Each guest will be given two colorful craft fall leaves to write what they are thankful for, and one leaf will be added to Cliff House’s collection for all to see, while the other turns into a souvenir from their visit.
Flick and Float: A family movie night with a twist at Cliff House’s indoor pool. The property will showcase a different ocean-themed movie every Friday while guests lounge by the pool or float on a tube.
1st Annual Turkey Belly Run: On Black Friday, Cliff House will host its first annual run/walk to work off the “turkey belly.” The 1.44-mile distance commemorates Cliff House’s 144-year lifespan and will consist of two laps around the course, with an optional third lap for those who indulged in an extra slice of apple pie. Those who complete the fun run/walk will receive a seasonal local beer to celebrate their accomplishment.
HOLIDAY CHEER FOR THOSE COMING FROM FAR & NEAR
Tree Lighting Ceremony: On November 25, Cliff House will kick off the holiday season in true New England fashion with a traditional tree lighting ceremony, located in the lobby.
Elf Tuck-In: Guests can schedule an “elf” to surprise their child on Fridays, Saturdays and of course, Christmas Eve. The Elf will bring a candy present and read a story before wishing the child sweet dreams.
Holiday Crafts: Cliff House’s on property Elf will lead some of Santa’s favorite holiday crafts to children staying at the resort.
Cookie Decorating: This holiday cookie decorating activity invites guests to design and then devour, in true cookie monster style.
Gingerbread House Making: With a selection of gingerbread, gumdrops, candy, frosting and all other “building materials” visitors of all ages can create their very own gingerbread house on Saturdays and Sundays.
New Year New You Sunrise Hike: Cliff House invites guests to view the first sunrise of the New Year on Mount Agamenticus. Cliff House recreation team will join in the first steps towards a healthy year.
In addition to the bountiful selection of fall and winter activities, Cliff House’s Recreation Leader can also assist planning off site experiences such as guided biking and hiking tours, surfing lessons, stand up paddleboard, kayak tours, scenic cruises, fishing and lobstering trips, local brewery tours, as well as a tee time at the Cape Neddick Country Club.
With all these seasonal activities on the horizon, Cliff House Maine will also be opening its spa and lobster shack to kick back and relax in between holiday festivities. The Spa at Cliff House, a 9,000 square-foot tucked-away oasis, embraces “wild and free” elements of coastal Maine by channeling the transformative interplay of water, stone, sky and sand. For a true taste of Maine, Nubb’s Lobster Shack will be open this fall with year-round service of its beloved lobster rolls, fried clams, raw bar, juicy burgers and local craft beers from regional brewers.