New owner for Ogunquit’s historical Cliff House Resort & Spa


The views are spectacular, and you can enjoy them from the fitness room and spa, too. Courtesy photoIt’s the end of an era: Fourth-generation owner Kathryn Weare has sold the Cliff House Resort & Spa, which tops the cliffs of Bald Head in Ogunquit. New owner Rockbridge, a hotel investment firm, purchased the property with Maine-based hoteliers Marc Dugas and Peter Anastos. A renovation is planned after the 2015 season.

Managing the property is New Castle Hotels, which recently reopened Portland’s former Eastland Hotel as the Westin Portland Harborview, after a complete restoration. Gerard Kiladjian, currently manager at the Portland Harbor Hotel, will manage The Cliff House.

Elsie Jane Weare opened The Cliff House in 1872; rates then were $6 per person/week and included breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel’s history includes the first private baths in the area, added with the Colonial Annex early in the 20th century; takeover by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II; addition of the area’s first swimming pool in 1960; and renovation as primarily a motel in the 1960s.

Elsie Jane’s great granddaughter Kathryn Weare took over in 1974 and began major updates, renovations, and additions, including the Cliff Spa in 2002.


  1. My wife Susan and myself just visited this past weekend It is a spectacular view . The room 208 was fantastic we love the place and will be returning for Susan’s Birthday September 17th you did a great job. I have recommend Cliff House several times

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