Maine: By the sea, by the sea…

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I spent many a sunny day in my youth on the sands of Cape Elizabeth’s Crescent Beach, and special occasions often meant a dinner at the Crescent Beach Inn. Decades ago, that was torn down and replaced in 1986 by the Inn by the Sea. The beach-front inn has always been ahead of the curve: It was one of the first true luxury properties in Maine; one of the first to welcome pets (at no extra charge!); and one of the first to earn green certification.

Not one to be left behind, the inn has just finished a multi-million dollar renovation, redecorating in handsome understated colors, and will reopen on June 6. Everything’s been spiffed up, redecorated and upgraded, and noteworthy is the addition of a full-service spa.

My dog, Bernie, insists I tell you that this is one cool place to go. Dogs are honored guests in specific pet-friendly rooms and receive bowls, beach towels, blankets, even treats at turn down. Specialty services are available, including gourmet room-service, walking service and day care. And there’s also a doggie bag filled with all sorts of goodies, from treats to toys. Now that’s something to woof about.