Top Ten Eco-Resorts in North America, Caribbean, and Central America

Inn by the Sea, Crescent Beach, Maine
Inn by the Sea, Crescent Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
The Inn by the Sea perched over Crescent Beach (courtesy, Inn by the Sea)

7. Inn by the Sea, Crescent Beach, Maine
With its prime location overlooking Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, near the photogenic Portland Head Light, the Inn by the Sea could have easily stayed as status quo and guests would still return year after year. Instead, they poured millions of dollars into renovations in 2008, updating the rooms and building a cozy bar, a glass-enclosed restaurant with requisite ocean views, and a full-service spa, all with the green trimmings one would hope for in an eco-resort. Rooms are cleaned with non-toxic Green Seal product, the fitness room has recycled rubber floors, and the pool is heated with solar panels. This conscientious attitude also stems to Sea Glass restaurant, which does its best to serve indigenous fare from the surrounding farms and sea, like Maine-foraged mushroom tarts or steamed wild Maine mussels. Dog lovers will be happy to know that the restaurant is not only dog-friendly, but that it serves a doggie menu (on the outdoor deck) that includes Angus steak tips, a doggie cookie, and ice cream. Double rooms start at $189 a night.


Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at farandaway@comcast.net.

Published: 13 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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