Last week marked my 31st year spending a perfect (no matter what the weather) summer week at The Breakers and Higgins Beach. I first brought my husband of 27 years when we were dating. My 24-year-old daughter spent her first week at The Breakers when she was one month old, and she promises that someday she'll bring her family. It's that kind of place. It's not fancy, but it's so comfortable. The ocean is crashing 100 feet away (at high tide) and is always a presence in scent, sight and sound. We think that there's no better view in Maine than from the Adirondack chairs on The Breakers' front lawn.
Technically this is a bed & breakfast but Rodney, our friend & Innkeeper (who we've known since he was in his 20's and his dad was the innkeeper) provides breakfast that could last you until dinner! Choices of juice & fruits, followed by cereals including old-fashioned oatmeal, then eggs any way you want, bacon (and he knows how I like it!), ham, pancakes and different home-made muffins every day. Did I mention that Rod makes his own preserves & jellies and bakes bread daily? But then there is lunch, with sandwiches available for purchase on that homemade bread, and Rod's lobster roll rivals the one at Two Lights ANY DAY as far as I'm concerned.
Every room has a view of the ocean. Knotty pine paneling on walls, you fill out your own registration card, towels may not be plush or big but they dry you just fine and there are fans in the rooms and extra pillows, and a TV in the room if you can tear yourself away from walking barefoot on the beach or your glass of wine on the front lawn (bring your own bottle and keep it in the community fridge in the basement). There are lots of dinner options from gourmet to lobster docks from Portland to Cape Elizabeth.
Though we normally go to The Breakers in the summer for a week, we've also added days here and there over the years in June, September & October. And two years ago, we started going for a mid-winter January or February few days which are magical, quiet & cold - icy beach walks, easy restaurant reservations, great shopping & museum exhibits.
In case I haven't been clear, this is one of the best places in the world. Go to The Breakers and let this place become magical for you, your sweetheart or your family.
- Also Known As:
- The Breakers Hotel Scarborough
- The Breakers Inn Maine/Scarborough