From the porch of the Beach House (211 Beach Ave., Kennebunk, Maine, 207-967-3850, www.beachhseinn.com) you can hear the thud of surf on rock; cross the street and you’ll hear the soft click-click-click of waves receding over millions of smooth, round pebbles. The interior of the inn, which dates to 1891, exudes understated elegance and good taste, with spare, soothing decor in neutral tones of white and beige. Through March a garden room at this sister property of the White Barn Inn is available for $149 per night, a little more than half the peak-season rate. It includes continental breakfast, afternoon tea and treats, port wine and brandy, and gorgeous ocean views. A Winter Special package includes two nights, chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, a four-course dinner for two at the White Barn Inn one evening, and continental breakfast each morning; rates range from $436 to $1,058 per couple. Ocean views, spa treatments, gourmet cuisine, and sumptuous rooms for a fraction of high-season rates — who needs the beach?