The Boston Globe - 5 Beautiful & Responsible Places to Stay in Maine

Give a mom a getaway, and something to look forward to


Give Mom a getaway, and something to look forward to...

Mother’s Day plans are on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to better times — and give the moms in our lives the gift of a getaway.

While most New England hotels and resorts are temporarily shuttered, many are offering enticing gift certificates, with bonuses, for future stays. And what a nice thing for your mother to anticipate: a pampering getaway to soothe her after the crisis has passed. She will love it, and you’ll be helping local New England inns, hotels, and resorts, which have been hit hard during the COVID-19 shutdowns.

For ultra-pampering, you can’t beat the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine (207-799-3134, Mom can spend her days walking pretty, mile-long Crescent Beach, relaxing in the spa, or joining a small group on a bird-watching or garden tour. If she’s still a bit skittish about crowds, have her book one of the lush, contemporary suites, with separate living and dining areas, full kitchens, and ocean view terraces or decks. (Maybe she’ll invite you to come with her!) We like the strong philanthropic ethos of this Silver LEED-certified resort, considered one of the most giving in the country. Initiatives include book donations to local schools, habitat restoration, support for organizations that preserve the natural environment, and a unique foster dog program. Currently, if you purchase a $100 gift certificate, you’ll receive an additional $25 property credit gift card. They’re also offering a 15 percent discount on summer bookings, June through September. The resort is currently closed, but there is a reservation person taking phone calls from guests and moving reservations forward.

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