Summertime … and the Living Is Easy
Please ponder what makes up your wish list when it comes to summer:
•Huck Finn-type days biking down country lanes?
•Picking fresh fruit and veggies?
•Listening to bird song while you’re nesting in a hammock?
•Turning over on the sand so that special someone can rub more sunscreen on your back?
•Taking a sunrise ocean swim?
•Chilling out in absolute privacy in your own space?
•Deciding over morning coffee where you’ll dine tonight?
•Scheduling a daily massage?
•Devouring those unread books?
“Everyone deserves a summer break, perhaps this year more than ever,” said Christy Reid, general manager of Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine. “People are choosing to stay closer to home while desiring a bit of an escape. We have responded by creating a series of special treats and simple pleasures that allow guests to become immersed in a relaxing summertime experience.”
It’s only a few hours by car or air to this resort that opened last summer on the Maine coast. With precisely your summer vacation wish list front of mind, Tim Harrington and Juan Urtubey designed Hidden Pond on the far side of Kennebunkport’s blue blood encampment to encapsulate what they call “flip flop chic.” If you wear your docksiders instead of your flip flops, that’s ok too. Please just wash off the sand under your outdoor shower before entering your private cottage, one of 14, each vying for wit and whimsy as interpreted by a coterie of talent from Maine who last year got to embellish their own design palette on the interiors of now-themed wooden cottages.
These one and two-bedroom dwellings are airy and spacious, with ensuite bathrooms, fully appointed kitchens, dining area, sitting room with gas fireplace, screened in porch and outdoor shower. The creations of the 14 Maine-based interior designers range from traditional to colorfully over-the-top.
The resort is on 60 wooded acres of balsam and birch sheltering a fern grotto and wild-flower laced pockets just a mile from one of Kennebunkport’s most popular beaches, Goose Rocks. Bikes are provided so you can cycle back and forth at will, or you can request van transport from the resort concierge. On property self-guided nature trails bring you in close contact with the wilder side of the Maine coast.
Harrington and Urtubey, residents of Kennebunkport and Miami, have created a private retreat for those seeking high-end accommodations and personalized services in a relaxed and natural coastal setting. Their vision is realized in the cottages themselves as well as in such appointments as the Frette linens, flat screen TVs, Bose sound systems with Ipod docks and landscaped outdoor showers.
Every morning canvas breakfast baskets of hot breads, juices and coffee, plus the morning paper, arrive at your cottage door. All you have to do is stretch and yawn and figure out if this is the day you signed up for Yoga and / or which bathing suit to wear to the beach or resort pool.
Farmers used to leave their roadside stands untended – some still do – with a glass jar or tin can of change and price sheet so customers could pay on the honor system for the produce. This style of business is conducted at Hidden Pond’s on premise, two-acre organic veggie and flower garden where from May through October guests can snip blossoms for their table or pick herbs for their supper. A resident farmer teaches guests the ABC’s of successful gardening.
Guests are welcome to stir up storms in their own kitchens or request a private chef who will prepare and serve a gourmet clambake dinner or even stage a cooking class. New to this almost-new resort that opens for the season on May 1 will be The Table on the Farm Chef’s Table of weekly dinners prepared by Kennebunkport and visiting chefs. The dinners will take place at the organic farm and will feature freshly picked fruits and vegetables paired with local seafood and game. World-class wines and champagne will also be served.
“We are thrilled to launch the Table on the Farm Chef’s Table program and introduce our guests to the world-class chefs here in Kennebunkport, as well as from around the country” said Reid. “Gourmet fare combined with the exceptional natural setting of The Farm at Hidden Pond will provide an unforgettable dining experience.”
Evenings guests mingle with champagne around Hidden Pond’s field stone fire pit before receiving a bon nuit turn down.
The on-premise concierge will arrange, in addition to hard-to-get dining reservations, daily beach safaris with provisioning (umbrella, towels, picnic, beverages and sunscreen) to any of five area beaches. Guests can also enjoy art classes with a resident water color specialist. Other options are sailing and schooner outings or securing tickets to popular events such as the 5th Annual Arts in the Inns Festival, a pairing of palates and palettes that transports artistic and culinary passion June 3-7, or the July 18 15th Annual “Private Gardens of the Kennebunks” Garden Tour.
A communal guest lodge offers refreshments, including afternoon tea, throughout the day, along with games, books and periodicals. Called The Ledges, this is an Arts and Crafts-inspired gathering place with large stone fireplace, soaring ceilings, a mezzanine and French windows overlooking the swimming pool and forest.
The on-premise 250-square-foot oasis called Tented Spa at Hidden Pond offers a variety of massage and other treatments Staff recommends that spa treatments be scheduled as soon as possible before or at check in so that your scheduling preferences are met. The cardio cottage provides a bright and airy workout environment and is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.
Nightly rates with breakfast are from $395-$695 per cottage.Multiple-night packages are available that include spa treatments, schooner adventures and more.
For additional information on Hidden Pond and seasonal experiences, please visit www.hiddenpondmaine.com or call 1-888-967-9050. Hidden Pond is located at 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.