Luxury Hotels: If you haven't been to the amazing Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine yet, you are in for a real treat. Surrounded by the beauty of Maine's pristine coast, located on an unspoiled sandy beach, and adjacent to a wildlife sanctuary, Inn by the Sea has long been dedicated to protecting and preserving its natural environment.
Twenty-two years ago, Inn by the Sea was built as an intimate coastal inn, replacing the former Crescent Beach Inn. Today, the first hotel in New England to have dual flush toilets is nationally recognized for its eco-friendly and pet-friendly practices. Last year, the Inn received a complete multi-million dollar renovation, further enhancing its "green initiatives" with air to air heat exchangers added. Whether it is the solar heating and salt/chlorine system for the pool, recycled rubber floors in the cardio room, recycled sheetrock and metal studs in spa or recycling bins in rooms and function spaces, the property remains committed to providing a healthier environment. When staying here, be sure to participate in the sheet and towel programs (reuse to conserve water) and you can even take home unused soaps.
The property was the first and only hotel in Maine to heat with biofuel and to be carbon neutral. Inn by the Sea seems to take eco-friendliness a step beyond its commitment to sustainable business practices by engaging guests with whimsical and educational classes to pass on the eco-friendly message. Weekly seminars and garden tours are offered on the Inn's five acres of indigenous seaside gardens, teaching guests how to plant for wildlife, while children in bug costumes learn about their eco systems from a bug's view point in the summer "Bug's Life" series. The Inn helps environmentally-conscious couples plan unique White weddings in green and, for the corporate traveler, responsible green meetings.
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