The Best American Beach Resorts 

By David Jefferys - 2014-06-04T16:28:32Z

Photograph courtesy The Inn By the Sea

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Inn by the Sea

Cape Elizabeth, ME

Ranking: 93.5

Barely half an hour south of Portland, overlooking unspoiled, mile-long Crescent Beach, this cheerful small resort (only 61 nautically themed rooms and cottages) appeals to adults, kids, and pets alike. Canoeing on Casco Bay with L.L. Bean instructors, storytelling on the lawn, nature walks with Audubon guides, and marshmallow roasts aside an outdoor fire pit add to the authentic Down East charm.

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