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TravelMaine
Wells, Maine

Wedding of a Lifetime

Review of Samoset Resort
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Jun 15, 2024
Without a doubt one of the most memorable trips of a lifetime! We went to the Samoset to host our family and friends for our daughter's wedding and there is nothing but high praise for the Samoset Resort! As past guests, we certainly knew what to expect as it related to the physical property, incredible staff, amenities and the culinary experience. BUT - this trip exceeded all of our normal high expectations. The Samoset continues to get better with age and so happy we celebrated the entire weekend in Rockport.

From the rehearsal dinner, to the welcome party at the Clubhouse, the wedding reception under the tent, to the farewell brunch - it was all spectacular. The Front Desk Team led by Jamie was superb in handling some last minute room changes (our fault) and housekeeping was also fantastic as our guests spoke about the cleanliness and room product. Connie Russell, GM, was always present in the lobby or at the events - a great leadership model for his team!

The food throughout was without a doubt, the best I have had in a 'banquet' setting - as the Chef made you feel like you were in a 4 star restaurant wherever you ate. David Day, the F&B Director, was everywhere as well - I even caught him brooming out the water from the tent after an afternoon thunderstorm! Sarah Lawrence, Catering Sales Manager (and coordinated the wedding) was professional, thoughtful and provided our daughter with a steady hand throughout the planning process and right up until the end of our weekend.

There are too many incredible staff to mention - really, all were so helpful and always asking what they could do to make our stay more comfortable. Most of our guests had never been to the Samoset, and many had never been to Maine - this was quite and introduction! Kudos to Connie and his crew for giving us memories that we will cherish forever - you can't go wrong with the Samo!
Date of stay: June 2024
Room Tip: Great place for a Destination Wedding!
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Connie Russell, General Manager at Samoset Resort, responded to this review
Responded Jun 19, 2024
TravelMaine, We love Wedding WOWs, so on behalf of Sarah, who executes the wedding magic, Jamie, crushing it at the Front Desk, to David Day, who executes our four fabulous Food and Beverage outlets, we are thrilled the Wedding of a Lifetime for your daughter exceeded your expectations. I believe I know which wedding you are referring to, beyond pleased the Irish-Italian Catholic blessing occurred, escaping Mother Nature, and the memories will last a lifetime. With Hospitality,
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    Reviewed June 16, 2024

    Just spent 3 nights at Samocet. The location is spectacular looking out over Penobscot Bay. Our room was well appointed and offered great views. We played golf twice and the course, not easy but offers wonderful views of the water. We did find the golf a little pricey but worth the experience.
    The food was very good. Service a bit slow but early in the season with new staff it is not unusual. The gnocchi was outstanding.
    The bartender, Jake, couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful.The servers were also pleasant and most were attentive.
    This was our 4th trip to Samocet but not our last.

    Date of stay: June 2024
    • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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    Connie Russell, General Manager at Samoset Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2024

    Lgw, Thank you for spending your getaway from CT at the Samoset for the fourth time. Many of our New England guests find our midcoast location ideal for relaxation, golf, tasty dining, shopping and more. Our team appreciates all your kind words and looks forward to your 5th trip, perhaps in the fall, as the course is open through October. With Hospitality,

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    Reviewed June 11, 2024

    I have been visiting The Samoset since the age of 15. (1995) As an avid golfer, I've always appreciated the attention to detail when it comes to both course conditions, and the overall resort grounds. The course is a hidden New England gem that does not receive the attention it deserves. The food is, and always has been spectacular. I spend over 100 nights per year at hotels in my line of work. The upkeep and cleanliness of The Samoset's rooms and public spaces is second to none. The addition of the new pool gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy the view you see in my attached photo. It's the perfect spot on a summer evening. Finally, it's rare these days to experience the customer service The Samoset offers. See you next time, and the time after that!

    Date of stay: May 2024
    • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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    Thank Loren P
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    Connie Russell, General Manager at Samoset Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2024

    Loren, as a valued longtime repeat guest and avid golfer, thank you for choosing us and recognizing our championship golf course and grounds maintained by our 25 year veteran Toni aka Landscape Queen. Our zero entry pool with panoramic views is a top activity, thank you for mentioning. Our teams looks forward to being at your service for many golf visits to come. With Hospitality,

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    Reviewed June 10, 2024 via mobile

    It’s on the ocean. When not foggy, the view is spectacular. Rooms are very spacious and well appointed. Staff was great. Restaurant was excellent. Food and service were awesome. I would stay there again and again. It is rare to find such a special place.

    Date of stay: June 2024
    Trip type: Traveled with family
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    Connie Russell, General Manager at Samoset Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2024

    1944, we also love the place, and sharing the midcoast magic with our guests! Thank you for checking all the boxes, we will also welcome you back again and again to our special place. With Hospitality,

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    Reviewed June 5, 2024

    The samoset absolutely beautiful views!
    A must visit! The views of Penobscot Bay and the Rockland Breakwater are stunning! The staff is so hospitable and they go out of their way for you. We were greeted by Reed and Dillon who checked us in and were a delight, they made us feel so welcomed. The staff is all happy and you can tell they love their jobs. Mr. Connie Russell, is happy to say hello to his guest and is available if you need anything. The Golf course is gorgeous! We stayed in one of the cottages absolutely breathtaking and sits on the golf course and view of the water from each room. Relax at the pool overlooking the water and enjoy a refreshing drink. There are Many dining options, take a night to dine at Villa Bella which superb, it is on property, Then stop at the bar where Jake will pour you a night cap and some great conversation. You will find hiking trails , lobster shacks, fine dining, and first class shopping near the hotel.

    Room tip: A must visit!
    Date of stay: June 2024
    • Trip type: Traveled with family
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    Connie Russell, General Manager at Samoset Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2024

    Hi Bluish, on behalf of our entire appreciative team, thank you so much for the many kind words. Reid and Dylan at the front office always enjoy welcoming our guests, and I look forward to engaging with everyone property wide. Jake at Enoteca wine bar is anxious to serve and a true guest favorite. Glad you enjoyed the links near your newly refreshed cottage, and were able to take in all the surrounding fun activities, shopping and exceptional dining. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back again from Sunny Ft. Lauderdale. With Hospitality, Connie Russell

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    Reviewed June 2, 2024

    Love the Samoset! We stay here every year. You will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful view of Penobscot Bay and the Rockland Breakwater. The Golf course is gorgeous! The location is near lobster shacks, fine dining, and first class shopping.

    Date of stay: May 2024
    Trip type: Traveled with family
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    Connie Russell, General Manager at Samoset Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2024

    We Love the Samoset too! Thanks for being a loyal guest, and glad you like our golf course and beautiful views. I personally enjoy McLoons Lobster Shack in Spruce Head and Primo restaurant with plenty of shopping in Rockland and Camden. With Hospitality,

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