on January 23, 2004
Best Things Nearby:The setting of Samoset is truly majestic. The entire resort is framed by Maine coastline. You have constant views of the Penobscott Bay. Without doubt, the best things nearby are the ocean, shoreline, ocean breeze, and the sun. Just outside the resort grounds, Camden, Maine, is another primary asset for this timeshare. Camden offers quaint shopping, fine dining, art galleries, and a postcard-perfect harbor where two- and three-masted scooners leave port regularly. Camden is a must-see for any Samoset visitor.Best Things About the Resort:Samoset is known as the "Pebble Beach of the Northeast" because of its oceanfront, 18-hole championship golf course, which is home to regional PGA championships.Resort Experience:Samoset strives to offer elegance and luxury to its guests. As a result, you may find that Samoset is more formal, upscale, and conservative than your average oceanfront resort.
All about golfIt is in its essence a golf resort, not a beach resort. And in prime season, this resort is all about golf. It boasts a 6,600-yard, par-70, 18-hole championship course, featuring seven oceanfront holes, and 11 ocean-view holes. In addition, it has practice facilities: putting greens, bunkers, and ranges. They also offer lessons, clinics, and custom fittings. The clubhouse offers a full selection of apparel, equipment, and accessories. So its primary draw is golfers.
Scenic, restful secluded
The expansive nature of the resort, in that it is large and framed by both the ocean and golf greens, provide restful privacy and luxury. There are oceanfront walkways and spots of rocky shoreline for enjoying views of the bay. The setting is tranquil and peaceful--you are not nestled in between towering buildings or butted up against other developments or resorts. You won't be overrun with tourists--towel-clad or moped-bound. It feels very separate and distinct, removed from the hustle and bustle. Mind you, there is no hustle and bustle in Rockport, Maine. A dear friend of mind who used to live right up the coast from Samoset said, "If you are in a hurry, don't come to Maine."
You'll need time to explore
That's good advice, because Maine is a lot bigger than it looks on a map. Coastal roads are single-laned, windy, and spotted with villages and towns. Should you plan to explore further than Camden, be prepared for slow, scenic journeys where you drive, drive some more, and then drive just a little further to get where you are going. If you prepare properly, your one-and-a-half or two-hour journey to Acadia, Freeport or Bar Harbor can be just as enjoyable as your visit. Bring music, snacks, and refreshment for the car. Pack a camera and take time to absorb the sights, sounds, and smells on your way.
Samoset offers a broad array of services and amentities:
-Indoor and outdoor pools with hot tubs
-Fitness center and exercise classes
-Child care, playroom, and vacation camps
-Tennis courts, lessons and clinics
-Movies, wine and cheese parties, and bingo
Samoset has more than its fair share of dining options on-site. Three restuarants offer the full range of dining experiences. Marcels is a continental, "coat required," white-tablecloth, white-candle, with-ocean-view-style dining experience where reservations are recommended. Breakwater Cafe is casual and patio dining--a place you can actually take children into. The Clubhouse Grille is a pub-style bar where golfers gather. The resort also has a decent room-service menu that is even offered to guests in the timeshare condos. Rockport itself has more mainstream dining options. But Camden, which is a mere 10 minutes up the road, offers elegant, casual, ethnic, and local cuisine.
Unit Type: 1 Bedroom
Unit Satisfaction: Very Good
Family Friendliness: Good
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