Written by travel  |  12. December 2001

In the present climate, a lot of people are understandably skittish about long trips, especially by air. But we all need vacations, so those changing their travel plans can still take their getaways at resorts that are within a day's drive of Long Island. One outstanding loction for a relaxing getaway is The Inn by the Sea, amid the beautiful coastal scenery of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This AAA Four-Diamond Award winner is a four-season resort famous for pampering its guests - and their pets as well! Their condo-style duplex suites, with kitchenettes, separate living rooms and balconies with ocean views, provide a perfect haven for leaving behind the cares of today's world. You can enjoy Maine's trademark lobsters in their acclaimed resturant, The Audubon Room, and work off your meal by strolling their beach or beautifully landscaped grounds. Besides the beach, the resort also offers tennis, and golf privileges at a nearby country club. And within an easy drive are the famous outlets of Freeport, Maine, home of L.L. Bean, and a plethora of the lighthouses for which Maine's coast is so well known. Cape Elizabeth is also next door to the city of Portland, which is undergoing a revival of late, with trendy shopping emporiums, art and antique galleries, microbreweries, cafes and fine dining. So, if you're ready to unwind, contact The Inn by the Sea at (207)799-3134, or log on to their website www.innbythesea.com. Enjoy!

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