Taking a page from the summer camp playbook, Hidden Pond, the secluded 60-acre resort in the vibrant seaside town of Kennebunkport, ushers in its fifth season with a host of laid-back, tech-free experiences, making it an ideal destination for a Maine vacation. Among the resort’s new pastimes: watercolor classes with the resort’s resident artist; mixology classes using local infused liquors; organic gardening and stand-up paddle-boarding. The resort’s doors swing open May 10, welcoming arriving guests with a special Maycation package featuring $50 to $75 per night credits on stays of at least two nights (through June 21).
Guests of Hidden Pond have easy access to a range of experiences that showcase the traditions and tranquility of Maine’s scenic coastline. For the most energetic, there are guided stand-up paddle-boarding tours to nearby islands and scenic coves, and biking expeditions along Kennebunkport’s picturesque coast. Hikers enjoy invigorating guided morning hikes along Hidden Pond’s three miles of marked nature trails, while yoga enthusiasts can embrace the day with outdoor classes at the farm. What more could you want out of a Maine vacation?
For lifelong learners, Hidden Pond taps a staff of resident experts to offer classes in gardening, watercolor painting and mixology. On Thursdays, guests can meet the master gardener responsible for keeping Hidden Pond’s seasonal organic vegetable and flower garden flourishing and learn tricks to keep their own garden fresh and vibrant throughout the season. Guests are encouraged to borrow a vase or basket and return to their cottage with a bouquet of fresh flowers or a bounty of just-picked veggies. So beyond a simple Maine vacation, you get to tap into your inner self, as well. We’re loving this!
Resident artist Judith Kinsman conducts complimentary twice-a-week watercolor classes for all skill levels and, for those who’d prefer to express themselves with a colorful cocktail, Earth’s Farm Bar mixologist leads afternoon classes on creating concoctions using items from the garden together with infused liquors and spirits showcasing the local bounty. Classes are scheduled certain days and times throughout the season and subject to change. Additional costs apply to some activities.
If it’s a traditional Maine vacation you are yearning, then it doesn’t get any better than this hidden gem, with 20 new cozy bungalow cottages, the Tree Spa with three treehouse treatment rooms, and Earth, a new restaurant in collaboration with internationally acclaimed chef Ken Oringer, Hidden Pond has all the requisite amenities for a relaxing and memorable getaway.
“Year after year, Hidden Pond is a summer oasis for our guests because it provides an ideal combination of relaxation and communing with the outdoors,” says Natalie Ward, managing director of Hidden Pond. “Families staying in a spacious, 2-bedroom cottage or couples enjoying one of our new bungalow cottages all have access to a wide variety of activities that showcase the beauty and serenity of Maine. Of course, idling away the day on one’s own private screened porch is perfectly acceptable, too.”
Stay in May Hidden Pond’s Maycation offer rewards guests who stay two or more nights on their Maine vacation with credits that can be used toward the General Store, dining at Earth or sister property The Tides Beach Club, the Tree Spa and activities. Available May 10-June 21, 2012, guests in a bungalow receive a $50 voucher per night for up to seven days (up to $350). Stays of least two nights in a 2-bedroom cottage earn a $75 voucher per night for up to seven days (up to $525). Rates include a bountiful breakfast basket delivered each morning, afternoon tea daily at the lodge and nightly bonfire with s’mores.