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Hidden Pond Resort in Kennebunkport earns national recognition

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KENNEBUNKPORT (WGME) -- A southern Maine luxury resort is celebrating a huge honor. Travel and Leisure named Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport one of the best in the Northeast.

It doesn't take long to discover the 60-acre property is a special place.

"What we really try to do is highlight Maine and all of the wonderful things that guests come to Maine for," says General Manager Kristen Caouette.

It's a quiet retreat with private cottages, a pool, spa and farm-to-fork restaurant where guests can take a break from their busy lives and reconnect with their loved ones and nature.

"We offer yoga classes every morning which is great in our yoga studio, we do classes with our gardeners in the chef's garden as well as the guest garden, great kids activities as well as mixology," says Caouette.

The unique experience has landed Hidden Pond on Travel and Leisure's list of the Top 10 Resort Hotels in the Northeast.

"It's the first year we've ever been recognized by Travel and Leisure," says Caouette.

According to the magazine, readers were asked to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value. Hidden Pond came in at number nine.

Caouette says there isn't one reason for the recognition or one person behind it.

"It was our entire team, which is really great," she says, "We've got a really fun, diverse staff."

That's why Caouette says they see visitors return year after year.

"We really get to be with guests when they're experiencing some really great highlights in their life which is so special," she says.

And with a new award, she hopes more people will come to experience all they have to offer.

"We live in a tourist town and it really helps drive our business," she says, "So we're really excited to be recognized on a national scale."

Harborside Hotel in Bar Harbor also made Travel and Leisure's list, coming in at number 10.

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