United Airlines offers nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Portland, Maine, with fares starting at $250 round trip. AirTran offers nonstop flights from BWI Marshall and US Airways from Reagan National for around the same price. Cape Elizabeth is about 10 miles from the airport.
Inn by the Sea
40 Bowery Beach Rd.
A boutique hotel with sun-filled rooms and two-level suites facing the sea, with a full-service spa. Rates start at $219.
Street and Co.
33 Wharf St., Portland
Seafood restaurant with brick interior walls and an open kitchen for those who like to watch. The menu changes daily, but entrees started at $17.95 one recent January night.
The Good Table Restaurant
527 Ocean House Rd.
Casual homey restaurant with chicken, beef and fish dishes starting at $11. Stop in at breakfast for intriguing omelet choices and possibly a homemade Pop-Tarts-style pastry if the baker’s making them that day.
Cross-country skiing on free trails
The trails are free and open to anyone who arrives with gear. Maps are available on the Web site. Be sure to monitor the weather, as snow conditions depend on Mother Nature.
If the snow gods are not cooperating, these trails are nice walking trails year-round, and Portland has many unique shops to explore.