Cliff House in Amazing!

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 George

            The Cliff House in Cape Neddick is, of course, on a cliff, and every one of their 132 rooms has an amazing ocean view. This is a place that pampers you, from their Cliff Top hot tub to the elegant spa sanctuary.

            Scott, who checked us in, offered lots of great suggestions for the many things to do there. At that point, I knew we should have booked for more than one night!

            In addition to the many opportunities right there at the hotel, there are lots of great conservation lands and hikes in the Ogunquit area that has become a favorite destination for us. They also offer special packages, including family visits during school vacation. There were 50 kids here the night we were visited and boy, were they having fun!

            I also like their environmental commitment that includes a large solar array, a charger for electric cars, water saving devices, composting food waste at a local farm, and focusing on recycling.

            There’s a lot of history here too. The first Cliff House opened in 1872, with a summer rate of $6/week including three meals a day. It’s a little more expensive than that today!

            I could have spent a lot of time on the deck outside our room, watching the waves crashing on the shore, or sitting in one of the many cliff-side comfy chairs, but dinner beckoned in the Tiller Restaurant. As we walked by the bar, where many guests were enjoying food and beverages, we were stunned by the floor to ceiling windows all across the front of the restaurant. Wow! What a view!

            Thanks to our super server, Tara, I enjoyed two fabulous dishes. Remembering the finnan haddie my Mom used to make, I ordered the Finnan Haddie Pate appetizer. It was unique, like nothing I’d ever had before, and really tasty: the fish pate on a toasted rye crostini topped with asparagus salad and petite herbs, with grated lemon. The serving was huge, and while Lin urged me to save room for my entre, I couldn’t help myself. I ate every bit of it.

            Tara also recommended the Day Boat Jumbo Scallops. Again, this was a creative presentation of scallops, with a very tasty pork belly fried rice, topped with a sunny side up duck egg, and covered in a green curry glaze.

            All the staff was eager to assist us, and we had a great visit with Bill, the banquet manager, who was helping out in the restaurant that evening. Bill said that starting in May, they have a banquet scheduled every day. Yes, the Cliff House is very popular for events g weddings. 

 

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