Ogunquit's The Cliff House Has New Owners, Will Renovate Next Year
The historic property on the rocky Maine coast has a new owner - with new tricks up their sleeve. The 70-acre Cliff House Resort & Spa has been a popular property in the summer resort town of Ogunquit, Maine for nearly 150 years. Now it’s about to get a new owner: Rockbridge, a hotel firm that is behind over 325 properties in 45 different states, just announced that it has purchased The Cliff House from the local Weare family. The property was founded by Elsie Jan Weare in 1872, and has been run by her descendants ever since.
That family tree ends this month, as The Cliff House opens for the season under its new owner. The 166-room resort will now be managed by New Castle Hotels, the team behind 29 properties like The Westport Inn in Connecticut and The Westin Portland Harborview, Maine’s first Westin-branded hotel, which just re-opened in December after a full restoration.
The Cliff House will also receive a “comprehensive renovation after the 2015 season, revitalizing the distinguished property,” according to a statement released by Rockbridge, though the firm wouldn’t elaborate on what those renovations will entail. (Okay, they did mention it would “preserve the resort’s significant tradition while updating technology and back-of-house equipment to increase the property’s efficiency and improve the guest experience.” So, things will happen, basically.)
As you’d probably guess from its name, the property (which includes a 150-seat amphitheater, 2,500-sq.ft. fitness center and vanishing edge pool, among other treats) is situated right on Maine’s rocky coast, and the setting is a pretty awing one. Here’s hoping the new owners keep that old-school New England charm intact, even as they update it for a new era.
[Photo: Cliffhouse Maine]