Scarborough is a town of 20,000 people located just south of Portland, the largest city in Maine. Scarborough straddles the state’s two southernmost coastal regions, Greater Portland and Casco Bay and the Maine Beaches. Both regions are filled with historic lighthouses, sightseeing cruises and colonial architecture. Many of Scarborough’s best hotels are within walking distance of the beach.
TownePlace Suites Portland Scarborough
This TownePlace property is nestled between Portland and Kennebunk. The hotel’s major selling point is that is it one of Scarborough’s few all-suite hotels. Rooms feature full kitchens, along with separate sitting and sleeping areas, making it an attractive option for long-term tourists. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s arrangement with the nearby World’s Gym, which offers guests free passes. The TownePlace also has free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. The hotel is a short walk from the Maine Mall, which features more than 140 stores and is the largest shopping center within a 45-mile radius.
The Holiday House Bed-and-Breakfast Motor Inn
The Holiday House, located within yards of the Atlantic Ocean, has two different lodging options. The inn features individually decorated rooms, ocean views and private balconies, along with a continental breakfast. The motel rooms provide guests with access to a community kitchen with storage for groceries. The hotel is situated in the Old Orchard Beach area of Scarborough, which features a pier with restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the Holiday House.
The Higgins Beach Inn
Just north of Old Orchard Beach is Higgins Beach and the Higgins Beach Inn. The hotel is right by the beach and is housed in a colonial-style building that was built in 1897 and has served tourists ever since. The inn was voted the best lodging option in the area in 2008 by the Scarborough, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth Chambers of Commerce. The inn and its restaurant are only open during the high season of mid-May to mid-October. Guests can explore the Scarborough area and enjoy sports like Portland’s Double A minor league team and Scarborough Downs, which features harness racing.
Black Point Inn
Nestled on Prouts Neck, which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, the Black Point Inn combines the rugged Maine coastline with lush landscaping. The main building was built in 1878, and the property features an 18-hole golf course, hiking and biking trails, access to Atlantic Ocean beach and a beach club. The Oceanside Cliff Walk allows guests to take in breathtaking views of the Atlantic while getting a glimpse of painter Winslow Homer’s seaside studio, which sits on the property. The hotel is only open during the summer season, from mid-May to mid-October.
Lighthouse Inn at Pine Point
The Lighthouse Inn is a two-story motor-lodge-style hotel that is just a few steps away from the Atlantic Ocean and a few miles north of Old Orchard Beach. Rooms feature twin beds and free wireless Internet but are spartan in appearance. For those who like history, the Portland Head Light in Fort Williams Park is just minutes away. It started as a sentry for colonial troops, with a lighthouse built in 1791. The fog light and signal are still in operation, managed by the U.S. Coast Guard.