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Inn by the Sea

Cape Elizabeth , ME
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LOCATION

40 Bowery Beach Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME US 04107 (map)

PHONE

207-799-3134

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ABOUT US

Spectacular ocean views. Five acres of indigenous seaside plantings. Access to beautiful, sandy Crescent Beach. Providing the most dramatic and memorable backdrop for wedding receptions... Read more
Spectacular ocean views. Five acres of indigenous seaside plantings. Access to beautiful, sandy Crescent Beach. Providing the most dramatic and memorable backdrop for wedding receptions and fabulous wedding photography. The entire Inn can be your private estate. Available for small intimate gatherings in our ocean view rooms and up to 200 people tented on the lawn. All provide a dramatic and memorable backdrop of the sea. Only two hours form Boston and 10 minutes from downtown Portland. Recognized as a Top 10 American Green Hotel by MSNBC and Forbes Traveler. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1986
When was your venue last renovated?
2012
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Inn / Bed & Breakfast, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Modern, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
63
Number of suites
63
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
400
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
70
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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malubadu
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Where to begin? Planning a Maine wedding from Atlanta, Georgia could have been a nightmare, based on the rumored stress of wedding-planning in general; however, Tracy and Richard from the Inn by the Sea helped make every moment of our 6-month jam-packed planning fun, smooth, and absolutely enjoyable. Tracy was immediately responsive to our inquiries, and she and Richard made every effort to accommodate all our needs and requests. We felt as though we were their only clients!

The gorgeous venue itself was what initially pulled us in, as we actually did not have the pleasure of meeting Tracy or Richard during our first visit. The Inn's double glass doors at the end of the beautiful lobby reveal a breathtaking vista that boasts the perfectly appointed landscaping at the foreground of the dramatic, quintessential coastal Maine backdrop. Our outdoor ceremony didn't need much decoration to compete with the stunning natural surroundings. The accommodations and customer service are first class, surpassing even those of the Ritz. Further, the Inn is committed to a green mission and buying local. While the rates reflect their upscale standards, they are worth every last penny. It's luxury at its finest, yet down to earth and reflective of classic warm, homey Maine hospitality.

The Inn's extraordinary chefs provided the exceptional food and cake for our marvelous tented reception. We can't say enough about the staff and service. They cared for all the wedding materials that we had painstakingly created and shipped to Maine, and worked easily with our vendors to create the most beautiful event. Our guests from all over the world and vendors alike are still raving about them.

The Inn by the Sea made our beautiful, blissful wedding something we wish we could relive over and over again. We were actually quite sad during our final night and wished we could stay just a little longer. We are already looking forward to spending our anniversaries here!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, , Travel, Wedding Venue
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Nicole
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding could not have been more perfect at the inn by the sea. Tracy Albert was fantastic-very professional and responsive. We couldnt have been happier!
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Matthew
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband & I were married at the Inn by the Sea on 8/24/13. From the very beginning we were pleased with the service we received from Tracy and Richard. When we went to check out the scenery the staff were very polite and willing to show us around. The wedding day could not have been more beautiful. It was a sunny day and our pictures are going to come out beautiful. We went down to the beach after the ceremony to take pictures. The room that we stayed in was very comfortable. The reception room was decorated beautifully. The staff took all our items and placed them throughout the room. The staff made sure my husband and I were getting everything we needed during the reception. Our guests had a wonderful time. We used their preferred vendors list and they were all great. Overall we wish we could do the day all over again because it was so much fun. Very satisfied and would love to come back and stay at the Inn by the Sea. Thank you for making our day so special. Sincerely- Mr. & Mrs. Guardino
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We could not be happier with our choice for wedding venue. The Inn By The Sea is first class all the way. Jessica Nixon, our event planner, never tired of our endless questions and quickly responded to us every time. The day was perfect, not one detail was overlooked by the Inn's team. The food was amazing (we had a lobster bake buffet) and they didn't skimp on the lobsters either. I thought there would be just one for every guests, but there were extras!! Some guests had 4 lobsters!
We have stayed at the Inn several times and each visit has been wonderful. Every single employee treats you with the best customer service you could imagine. We love the Inn By The Sea and we feel like they love us. That is what keeps us coming back!
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b
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
We were completely satisfied with our wedding held at Inn By the Sea. The location was amazing, food delicious, and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
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riaisacke
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
From the first day I met the wedding coordinator, Jessica Nixon, until the day of the wedding, the people at Inn By The Sea have been helpful, professional and great with communication. For a reasonable price, the Inn provides you with a very helpful wedding coordinator, a gorgeous venue with spectacular views of the ocean and the most delicious food in the Portland area. The wedding coordinator walks you through all the details that are involved in wedding planning in order to assure you are on schedule and have all you ducks in a row. They take care of you the day of the wedding by making sure you are fed, supplied with drinks and having a good time. Everything went perfectly on my wedding day and I could not have asked for a better venue.
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Dara
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
My (now) husband and I got married at Inn by the Sea about a year ago and I'm more than a little embarrassed that it took me this long to write about it. My experience could not have possibly been better. Jessica Nixon (the person at IbtS I dealt with) was pleasant, professional, and amazingly flexible. I wanted a small, elegant wedding with great food for a low price and that's exactly what I got. Especially when trying to plan the menu Jessica was able to give me exactly what I wanted and still keep the price low, something I never thought was possible. What really blew us away though were all the little things Jessica and the staff did to make us feel like royalty and make our wedding weekend the amazing event that it was. They were always one step ahead of us, anticipating our every need and taking care of it.

We went back for our one year anniversary last weekend and when I made the reservation they remembered that we had gotten married there last year. Shortly after arriving at our room the Inn sent us a bottle of champagne for our anniversary. We only stayed one night but just being there is an experience unlike any I've had before. Not only is the room luxurious, the food at Seaglass is amazing, and the walk down to the beach (even with no leaves yet) is like something out of a painting. The morning of our departure my husband commented that being treated like royalty for your wedding was one thing, but he never expected to be treated like royalty as just another guest at the Inn.
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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KarenD
Wedding:
9/11/2011
5.0/5.0
I always thought that the Inn only catered to much larger events, with much larger budgets, , but I contacted Jessica about a small family elopement and was shocked to find it was not only possible but suprisingly affordable too. The responsiveness of Jessica and her team was astounding, and they literally would do anything I asked. Nothing was too big or too small even for a tiny event like mine. I never had to lift a finger or stress about anything for even a moment. Who would have thought that was even possible?! The food and service was amazing the day of, and it goes without saying the Inn was gorgeous. I would absolutely recommend Jessica and the Inn to anyone looking for a stress free wedding in an ideallic setting.
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Jessica
Wedding:
12/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Inn by the Sea was the perfect backdrop for our elopement. The staff were welcoming and the Inn is stunning. Jessica Nixon deserves an award for how patient and understanding she was with all my last minute plans and requests. Dinner following the ceremony was lovely and the cake was GREAT!!! We loved every second of our stay and cannot wait to book our one year anniversary!
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North Carolina Bride
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Our experience at Inn by the Sea was perfect! Jessica was a dream to work with and so helpful, responsive, and organized in the entire planning process. The staff was professional and courteous, the food was amazing, and the rooms are incredible! It is in a beautiful location and our guests raved about the entire experience as well. We can't wait to go back for our first anniversary!!
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daisyliz123
Wedding:
7/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Inn by the Sea did such an amazing job with my wedding. I lived in another state, and yet Jessica Nixon did a wonderful job in responding to my e-mails quickly, answering all the questions I had. They helped me with the wedding plans, making sure everything was done, and even gave me a list of vendors when I was looking for a certain something. Without them, I would have been like a chicken with its head cut off. Thanks to them, I felt completely confident and relaxed during most of the wedding planning. The food they offered as options were excellent and well worth the cost. Everybody absolutely raved about the food and the cake. The pricing was very reasonable and well worth it! Last, but not least, they loved the location. Most of the guests even said to me that it was the best wedding they had ever gone to, hands down. I would recommend this place to anybody who loves being in a natural, relaxing place! Thank you, Inn by the Sea!
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Allison
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Great experience! IBTS was very accomodating and we had an absolutely wonderful day. The only feedback we thought of was that it would have been nice if they could have furnished an ipod or a cd player for the ceremony and offered it in advance. We brought our own speakers, etc, but for the amount we paid, I think this should have been furnished and the staff should be familiar with using it so as to facilitate the ceremony. My husband was fussing with wiring and electronics 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony and he was nervous to begin with! Overall, wonderful, we plan to come back to stay and would recommend it to anyone.
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SueC
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
I would absolutely recommend Inn by the Sea to anyone looking for a wedding/reception location. Jessica was wonderful to work with, very responsive and paid attention to every detail. Our wedding was perfect, we were married at the end of June and the grounds were stunning! The food was amazing, our guests all remarked on how much they loved it. We had the chef make our cake as well, it was beautiful and tasted as good as it looked.
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Matthew
Wedding:
9/5/2011
4.9/5.0
Jessica and the rest of the staff were great to work with. Everyone was greeted with a smile, and we couldn't have been happier with our wedding. The servers worked their butts off, the settings were great, and the food delicious. We couldn't have asked for anything better.
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Di
Wedding:
7/16/2011
4.9/5.0
Jessica and her entire staff were phenomenal, the food was exceptional and incredibly reasonably priced and the facility and location cannot be beat. Luxury and beauty without ostentation or pretense.
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Maine Bride
Wedding:
9/25/2010
4.9/5.0
I can't say enough positive things about the Inn by the Sea team. The catering sales manager, Jessica Nixon, was organized, easy to work with, contributed great ideas, ALWAYS followed up anything I mentioned (which is so important because a bride's mind is swimming with details) and was very flexible with all the snafus that came up during the process. My guests were blown away by their experience at Inn by the Sea - the hotel staff was so friendly yet professional with my out of town guests. The venue was just stunning and gave my guests the true "Maine" experience. Oh and the food was just wonderful - the chef provided a delicious meal that exceeded my expectations to 185 people (I got MANY compliments on the food).
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Bob
Wedding:
6/1/2014
4.8/5.0
This is a special place for a wedding because of its location, but they don't rely on that to make it a great event. The sales manager was very professional and helped us plan that activity properly, the staff is very service oriented and treated us and our guests superbly at all times, and they were flexible enough to accommodate our special requests for the ceremony and the reception with what we wanted to make it a memorable day. Staying at the Inn was also great, very quiet and we felt pampered!
Services Used: Catering, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Kate
Wedding:
10/7/2013
4.8/5.0
Tracy and the staff at Inn by the Sea were incredibly accommodating and helpful. We decided to plan our wedding in a week, not even sure if it could be done but Tracy told me not to worry everything wold be taken care of and it was. She recommended places for flowers and hair which were also wonderful and the cake was amazing! Hands down best wedding cake ever. Both myself and the guests were highly impressed with every aspect of the wedding.
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Jess
Wedding:
9/23/2012
4.8/5.0
Jessica Nixon, the event planner, was very prompt, professional and accommodating. The staff of the Inn by the Sea were all excellent.
Services Used: Beauty & Health, Catering, Wedding Venue
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amanda
Wedding:
10/23/2010
4.8/5.0
We loved Inn By The Sea! it was so beautiful and if we ever wanted to renew our vows we would look no where else!
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vc10411
Wedding:
9/18/2011
4.7/5.0
Perfect setting for a wedding! The Inn by the Sea and the surrounding property is absolutely gorgeous! we were married on the gazebo on the property and had the most beautiful sunset photos taken on the beach. Every detail of my day was perfect! Would highly recommend this location!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
We took advantage of the Elopement Package and had a wonderful experience - the Inn itself is in a beautiful location, and the staff were wonderful. We plan to go back to celebrate future anniversaries.
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Eser
Wedding:
10/10/2010
4.5/5.0
The wedding coordinator at Inn By the Sea is outstanding. I cannot say enough great things about her. She is patient and efficient. The entire staff was professional and welcoming. The whole weekend ran so smoothly and all the food was delicious!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
The Inn by The Sea made our wedding day a great occasion. The setting is perfect.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Flowers, Officiant, Photography, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.3/5.0
The only thing that could have been better is we were asked to pretty much leave the room around 10 pm. We weren't very loud, but we were told we might wake guests. For a room that holds events like that it would be nice if we could have had it for longer in the night and if it was positioned so guests wouldn't be bothered.
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