Grand Openings: Maine Stay

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Prints and patterns of butterflies and dragonflies decorate the Periwinkle Cottage at Hidden Pond, a 60-acre nature resort that opened in July outside of Kennebunkport, Maine. A different New England designer created each of the property’s 14 cottages, which also include Thank You (an ode to summer camp) and Firefly (a tribute to Maine).

Owners Tim Harrington and Juan Urtubey opened the resort after reading Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. As the kind of place where families can catch frogs, ride bikes, and climb trees in birch and balsam-fir forests, Hidden Pond helps remedy any such malady. But the property caters equally well to couples seeking a retreat from their children, with its lighthouse tours, lobster-boat cruises, yoga sessions next to the swimming pool, and painting classes in the garden on sunny days.

When a storm rolls in from the sea, the cottages’ screened porches offer delightful settings in which to wait out the rain. Inside, each dwelling features two bedrooms, a fireplace, and a kitchen stocked with wine and local cheeses. Hidden Pond plans to unveil 20 more cottages this spring. Hidden Pond, 207.967.9050, www.hiddenpondmaine.com ($495–$695)

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