People, Planet, Profit at Inn by the Sea
Luxury comes naturally at Inn by the Sea with a unique approach to hospitality inspired by our natural coastal surroundings. The Inn is committed to both outstanding hospitality and environmental responsibility, blending luxury, service and exceptional guest stays with sustainability, minimizing impacts of operations with eco friendly initiatives and an appreciation of all things local. Programs at Inn by the Sea connect the guest to both community, and sustainability.
Pampering for hi flyers: The Inn’s landscape is designed to be attractive to butterflies and guests, using local plants that create ever blooming gardens as well as creating habitat for local wildlife. Beautiful, indigenous nectar gardens and milkweed are specifically planted for endangered butterflies. Guests are invited to classes on “How to Plant for Wildlife”, creating ever blooming gardens that also creat habitat and food sources for local wildlife. Children enjoy “Bug’s Life Garden Tours” where they dress like bugs and learn about local eco systems from a bug’s view point. Working with Monarch Watch, the Inn is registered as a way station providing food and shelter for Monarchs as they migrate. Guests are invited on beach ecology walks led by a naturalist, where they learn the importance of sand dunes for erosion and nesting wildlife. Guided walks around Great Pond, 125 fresh water pond, appreciate local watchable wildlife.
Captivating Cuisine: Local produce & sustainable seafood
Don’t expect Chilean Sea Bass when you visit Sea Glass Restaurant. Alongside local produce from nearby farms the evening menus feature local and underutilized seafood fresh from Maine’s coastal waters. The Chef, as Gulf of Maine Research Institute Culinary Partner, supports Out of the Blue, a GMRI program promoting delicious but lesser known fish. The Culinary Partner program offers continual education to staff & brings attention to abundant, lesser known seafood available in the Gulf of Maine, to help expand markets for fishermen and help preserve its bio diversity and health. Chef Chadwick has forged close relationships with local farmers & is proud to offer regional produce, cheeses, and a nightly vegan offering fresh from nearby farms and the sea.
Green by Design:
Solar panels, recycled sheet rock walls, recycled cork floors, recycled rubber floors in the cardio room, air to air heat exchangers, dual flush toilets, preferred hybrid parking, 3 electric car docks, sheet and towel reuse programs, amenities in pumps, water in reusable glass bottles, LED lighting & composting waste from food & grounds are just a few of the green design features which helped Inn by the Sea’s addition achieve LEED® Silver, Preferred Hotels GIFFTS award, and Maine DEP Environmental Leader Green Lodging certifications.
Inn by the Sea, Department of Conservation and Bureau of Parks and Land are collaborating to restore habitat for endangered New England Cottontail Rabbits at Crescent Beach State Park. In an effort to stop New England cottontails from vanishing, the Inn has assumed responsibility for continually removing acres of invasive, non indigenous plants such as bamboo, from state property, and re planting with indigenous shrubs to create safe habitat, a ‘Rabitat’, for New England cottontails. The rabbits were named as candidates for the US Endangered Species Act in 2006.
Support for Local Schools:
The Inn's Books for a Booking supports local schools with books purchased by school librarians. For every December booking the Inn purchases books from the librarians' wish lists. Students also create ornaments for the Inn's Giving Tree, a community program with Project G.R.A.C.E to supply food banks & shelters with new, warm clothing over the winter. On Earth Day the students return to learn about eco systems and local environments and to help clean the beach.
Inn by the Sea fosters shelter dogs. Collaborating with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland the Inn welcomes rescue dogs to the resort where they walk, house, feed and love the dogs until they are adopted by guests, both near and far. This is the 4th year the Inn has collaborated with the Refuge League and to date 155 dogs have been adopted through this program.
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