Interior designer Louise Hurlbutt, who worked with Harrington on his Cabot Cove Cottages, translated his ideas into decor true to New England. “It’s a little bit St. Barth’s meets Maine,” explains Harrington. “We envisioned a joyful place: fresh, easy, and a little bit sexy.”

In the entry, crisp white paint coats the wainscot as well as the chest that’s tucked under the stairs.

Sitting Room

Every room in the updated inn exudes a soothing atmosphere and contemporary coastal decor. Inspired by the ocean views, splashes of color complement the otherwise neutral tan and white walls. Guest rooms vary in size from intimate to sprawling, but all provide visitors with the luxuries (fine linens, marble sinks) required for a rejuvenation of the spirit.

In this sitting room, comfortable seating faces a pair of gently aged ceramic garden stools. Oyster shells form the bases of a couple of table lamps.

Bathroom

Geometric Jonathan Adler wallpaper and white marble sinks distinguish the bathroom that’s part of the blue Jonathan Adler suite.

Bedroom

The bed’s headboard is drawn up against a beadboard wall painted dark blue.

Bar

Besides beach-chic lodging, The Tides boasts an elegant dining room, well-stocked library, outdoor patio, and other amenities. In the club’s lively bar, earth-toned grass cloth flatters the walls while faux bamboo Chinese Chippendale chairs and accents of blue add to the welcoming ambience. Menus feature sea-inspired dishes ranging from lobster rolls and Maine scallops to fish and chips with slaw and tartar sauce.

The natty inn is only a half mile away from its sister resort, Hidden Pond, the enchanting Victorian village featured in our June + July 2009 issue. That venue has grown to include 20 cozy cottages, a treehouse spa, a new restaurant, and such amenities as yoga and vegetable-picking classes—also available to guests at The Tides.

“Each project is really special,” says Hurlbutt about Harrington’s long list of properties. “But no matter the time of year, Tides is the essence of a Maine seaside summer.”

Be sure to make your reservations for dates between mid-May, when the resort opens, and the end of October, when the season ends. Visit their website for more information.

Around Town: Kennebunkport

Resort destination Kennebunkport has everything you would expect of a New England town located along the Atlantic Ocean and Kennebunk River. There are countless options—from sailing and fine seafood to gift shops galore.

See the following slides for some highlights of must-see attractions.

All Aboard

Set sail from Kennebunkport aboard the Eleanor—a classic Maine-built vessel—for a two-hour trip along the scenic coastline from Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise. Sailing trips are scheduled daily, depending on the weather and tides.

Call 207/967-8809 or check out their website for more information.

Hit the Beach

Take in the splendid views of one of Maine’s best-kept secret beaches—Goose Rocks Beach at The Tides Beach Club, located at 254 Kings Highway.

Call 207/967-3757 or check out their website for more information.

Mouthwatering Seafood

Fresh Maine seafood be found at clam shacks scattered throughout the town. This succulent lobster roll is a dish served at Tia’s Topside, located at 12 Western Avenue.

Call 207/967-8821 or check out their website for more information. .

Retail Therapy

Charming retail shops line the streets of Dock Square—the area considered “the heart of Kennebunkport”—including galleries, boutiques, and coffee houses.

East Coast Antiques

An assortment of beach collectibles and one-of-a-kind antiques can be found at Antiques on Nine, located at 81 Western Avenue.

For more tips on things to do in Kennebunkport, go to visitthekennebunks.com.

Harrington’s Getaways

In addition to The Tides Beach Club and Hidden Pond resort, designer Tim Harrington is responsible for a cluster of other projects in the Kennebunkport area, including the Cottages at Cabot Cove, The Grand Hotel, and the Kennebunkport Inn, as well as the Old Fort Inn & Resort in nearby Cape Arundel. Each venue boasts beautiful interiors with gorgeous views—two things never compromised at Harrington’s lodging properties. “People want to stay in places that are design-conscious,” he explains. “They seek a feeling of well-being that appeals to their senses as soon as they walk in.”

Sitting Room

Every room in the updated inn exudes a soothing atmosphere and contemporary coastal decor. Inspired by the ocean views, splashes of color complement the otherwise neutral tan and white walls. Guest rooms vary in size from intimate to sprawling, but all provide visitors with the luxuries (fine linens, marble sinks) required for a rejuvenation of the spirit.

In this sitting room, comfortable seating faces a pair of gently aged ceramic garden stools. Oyster shells form the bases of a couple of table lamps.

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