Pros: Stunning location, great health club, award-winning golf
Cons: Its not cheap.
My wife has had a number of association conferences at the Samoset Resort over the years and often the family has joined her to take advantage of this spectacular resort.
The Samoset Resort is located on 230 oceanside acres just south of Camden, Maine cradled between lush green hills and the blue waters of Penobscot Bay. A zillion dollar location on Jameson Point has been covented for years since the original Bay Point Hotel opened on July 4th, 1889 and later renamed The Samoset Resort.
One of the highlights of this location is that it over looks the Rockland Breakwater and Lighthouse. Built in 1899 the breakwater was built from the northern shore of Rockland Harbor to protect the harbor from Nor'easters. The breakwater is almost a mile long and extended nearly halfway across the entrance to the harbor! Its made of huge granite blocks and it flat on top so you can easily make the walk out to the light house which was constructed in 1902 and is kept in great shape by the Friends of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.
Also in the immediate area is The Camden Snowbowl at Ragged Mountain which offers offers skiing and its famous toboggan run. Also nearby is ferry service to the islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven and Islesboro, The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center in Rockland, The Maine Lighthouse Museum and shopping in Camden and Rockland.
The Samoset is a unique place that reminds one of the great lodges of the west like Yellowstone lodge -- a destination resort. Although the original lodge burned down in 1972, after struggling in its final years and closing in 1969, a new Samoset Resort was reborn on September 9, 1974, and was constructed almost entirely from the beautiful old timbers of a deserted granary, which was once a Portland, Maine landmark. You can see this in the grand lobby of the Samoset - huge exposed beams and even a floor made not from stone tiles but huge slices of wood from the old beams!
There are three dining choices at the Samoset - Marcel's which is a four-diamond dining experience or the more casual of the Breakwater Cafe or Clubhouse. Each is most excellent. And if you tire of fine dining, the cities of Camden and Rockland are just a short drive away with everything from lobster to fast food.
Unfortunately we seem to going go to the Samoset in the winter but each guest room has either a private balcony or terrace overlooking the oceanfront or the golf course.
All in all there are 178 hotel rooms and suites at the resort and they feature everything you would expect from a fine resort - wireless internet, king or double queen beds, marble baths, 27 inch cable T.V.'s, dataports, coffeemakers, iron and ironing boards, hair dryers etc. With so much to do in the area and at the resort you won't be in your room very much.
One of the highlights of the Samoset is its work out facilities. The Samoset Resort includes plenty of opportunities to get in shape during your stay. There is an indoor pool and hot tubs. The 30' X 50' indoor pool is kept at a constant 84-degrees and the hot tubs at 103-degrees.
Outside there is a spectaular 40' X 75' pool and hot tub complete with poolside bar, deck and grille. The outside pool is unheated and open from Memorial Day to Labor Day weather permitting.
In addition to the pools there are complete work out facilities including the "Cardio Theater" with 20 pieces of cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, bikes, elliptical trainers, and stair steppers. You can even choose from six television and four radio stations to plug in your headset. The "Icarian Strength Center" is filled with state-of-the-art exercise machines and free weights. There is even a six station cable cross machine in the center of the room. Plus a circut of single station machines along with a smith press. Two Ab benches, a Stretch Trainer and dumbbell rack.
If your a local or just want to join in a group work out, the group fitness room features three full mirrored walls and an sound system. Fitness classes are complementary to resort guests and time share members.
Tennis anyone? In the summer you can also get lessons from a tennis pro.
And don't forget golf. The Samoset Resort property has had golf for over 100 years. The resort is ranked one of New England's premier resort golf destinations and was chosen as the site of the 2002 PGA Junior Series Event, the first time this event has ever been held in New England. Samoset Resort Golf Club has been named by Golf Digest as the "Top Ranked Resort Golf Course in New England," and also was the magazine's choice as the No. 52 "Best Upscale Golf Course in the U.S." Designed by Robert Elder in 1902.
The view from the course, as is with the whole resort is breathtaking, classic rugged Maine seacoast including a Lighthouse and the Atlantic ocean.
Hey big spender, if you can afford to stay at this premier resort you won't be disappointed. Luckily I've been able to stay here on someone elses dime. Expect to pay between $99-230 per person a night which compared to New York City and its Bronx Best Western at $350 a night is quite a bargin.