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Nautilus By The Sea

2 Colby Avenue , Ocean Park, ME 04063 USA (Show map)
6 Reviews
$70 - $175
per night

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On the white sand beach of Saco Bay, our Victorian cottage bed and breakfast offers dramatic ocean and island views, quiet surroundings with comfortable rooms, suites or apartments. Wake up to spectacular sunrises and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the sea. All are within the small historic community of Ocean Park, tucked between the towns of Saco and Old Orchard Beach. Our continental breakfast is served daily on the dune front enclosed porch.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service3.8
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining3.3

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Great Place for Beach Enjoyment

3.8 on September 05, 2013

My husband and I stayed one night in Room 12 at the Nautilus. The side view of the ocean was perfect and it was great to open the windows to the room to not only get a corner breeze through but to listen to the waves crash. Rena was very kind and provided all of the information for us to make ourselves comfortable and be able to do all kinds of activities. She shared with us that the owners took over the place in May 2013 and that they live just around the corner in case we needed anything. The room was clean, pretty basic, but comfortable. The breakfast was set up as a buffet style. It was okay enough to fill your stomach, but nothing too fancy. The location is hands down the best for the area. The house is very New England and lived up to what you would want to see on the coast of Maine. A very comfortable stay for a good price along the beach.

Wonderful place to stay!!!

4.6 on August 07, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at The Nautilus by the Sea-The pictures do not do this place justice! Just step to the beach! Perfect bed a breakfast!

my perfect getaway

3.6 on May 22, 2010

Absolutely beautiful and relaxing! I get so tired of the hectic city life in nyc so its nice to just wake up to a bright blue sky and fall asleep to the ocean waves splashing against the shore. Dick is extremely nice and was very helpful when my boyfriend and I had a bit of a problem leaving on our last day there. Everything there screamed new england charm and paradise. The rooms there had a very nautical feel with billowy curtains and bright decor. This is definitely a place you can go to if life back home is driving you insane. Perfect getaway for me and my boyfriend. He loved it too and he isn't easily impressed. If you need a paradise a little closer to home, then this b&b is the perfect place to go... Just make sure you have a drivers license and a car or else you'll end up walking a mile into town just for a bottle of water during the off peak season.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review about your recent visit to the Nautilus By The Sea and a really thoughtful and very nice review. Since Dick is running the inn by himself right now as health issues have kept me in Florida, he will doubly appreciate the kind words. We also once lived in Manhattan so know something about life in big city. Hopefully the next you visit I will be in Ocean Park also.

Lovely stay, a bit out of the way

3.0 on October 12, 2008

We were pleased with our stay at the Nautilus, even though it was a bit out of the way of things. It wasn't nearly the quick, 10-minute jaunt into Portland that we expected, and the surrounding community was like a ghost town (to be fair, we were there after peak season). The rooms are very clean and comfortable, and the view was as promised. We loved waking up to see the sunrise over the ocean. The beach is wonderful if you like long walks (and who doesn't?). The innkeepers are either stand-offish or respectful of their guests' privacy, since once we checked in, we never saw them until it was time to leave (at most B&B's we've stayed at, the innkeepers socialize at breakfast and offer suggestions for things to do in the area). They didn't seem interested in initiating interaction with guests, but when we did see them, they were pleasant. I was a bit annoyed by the signs posted around the B&B that reminded guests not to be make noise, run in the halls, go without shoes in the house, etc. Do the innkeepers think their guests are all children?

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Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of our B&B/Inn. We're sorry you were expecting to be closer to Portland. Since I commuted everyday for 4 years to downtown Portland I realize it takes about 25 minutes. We understand your comments about the signs in the halls, but during season we do have lots of families with young children and it's important for their wellbeing not to run or have barefeet. We'll see if we can some how figure out how to remove them during the spring and fall seasons. We are be respectful of our guests privacy but also try to impart any needed information about the area. Your stay could have come at a time when Patte was busy with community activities as she is not known for being standoffish. Thank you for visiting.

Kansas to Ocean Park's Nautilus By The Sea

4.0 on July 12, 2008

What does it tell you if we drive from Kansas to Ocaean Park to stay at the Nautilus By The Sea and at $4.00 plus per gallon of gasoline !!!!!!!!!! Have made the trip for so many years and will continue to do so as long as Patte and Dick are the Innkeepers!!!!!!!!!!!

Room with a view!

5 on January 06, 2007

My husband and I usually stay at The Billowhouse across from this B & B, but they happened to be full this particular weekend. They suggested The Nautilus By The Sea. It was very comfortable and we had a great room overlooking the ocean. The rooms were very neat and clean and we enjoyed the beautiful sunrise and sunsets. We were able to leave our windows open and fall asleep listening to the waves rolling onto the beach.

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Location Type

Beachside, Oceanside, Village

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, BBQ grill, Board games, DVD Player, Fireplace, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos , Plenty of reading materials available

Room amenities

Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, children's programs, shuffleboard, surfing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 1:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 10:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No allowed on open porch & grounds
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes well behaved
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Three nights in season, 2 nights on weekends off season
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservation confirmed in writing upon receipt of deposit of 50% applied to last day. Reservations of 1 night require advance full payment.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation or reductions must be 30 days in advance for full deposit refund, less $50 bookkeeping fee. Cancellations less than 30 days notice, repayment (less fee) may be made if reservation can be refilled. Cancellations with less than 7 days notice automatically forfeit the full deposit.



Dick and Patte Kessler

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About the innkeepers

Retired banker Dick enjoys tinkering about the Nautilus and playing tennis whenever possible. Retired insurance underwriter Patte knits, reads, gardens. walks and talks.

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 7:30 - 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room


2 Colby Avenue , Ocean Park, ME 04063 USA (Show map)

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