Expansion and New Construction
In 1980, a large expansion with a new building doubled the size of the property, and another undertaking completely renovated the original Ashworth building in 1986. In 2006, after five decades of Grandmaison family hospitality, the Grandmaison family entrusted their life's work of this beautifully grand historic hotel to a local New England-based hotel management company. Since the Ashworth changed hands, in 2006 and again in 2016, over four million dollars have gone into its restoration and upgrades. The most recent changes have been with the addition of a new and modern main lobby reception as well as all-new glass enclosures on the balconies that adorn most guestrooms offering spectacular ocean views right outside your guestroom.
The Ashworth's dining facility, Breakers Restaurant and Bar, includes a restored stone fireplace, wraparound bar, large windows with views of the ocean, and an expanded dance floor. The Sand Bar outdoor sundeck's improvements have made it a popular summer spot for light meals, cold beverages, live entertainment, and beautiful beach views. The Wharfside Café offers a hearty country-style breakfast located directly across from the beach, welcoming hotel and local guests alike!
Over the years, the Ashworth has played host for many special occasions. Its beautiful and spacious function rooms, enhanced with newly refurbished public space interiors and bathrooms, have hosted many chef-catered weddings, corporate meetings & retreats, and other social gatherings.
One hour's drive from Portland (ME), Boston (MA), and Manchester (NH), this conveniently located hotel is a resort for all seasons. Situated among an abundance of activities such as whale watching, deep-sea fishing, outlet shopping, year-round concerts and authentic colonial history, it's easy to find something for the whole family. Over the years, Presidents and celebrities alike have stayed at the Ashworth including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, BB King, the Marshall Tucker Band plus thousands of visitors who have enjoyed the friendly tradition of New England hospitality that continues till today at the Ashworth by the Sea.