Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Does the ocean freeze in the winter?

No. Salt water has a lower freezing point than fresh water does. The ocean is also always in motion so, there is no chance for the ocean to freeze. A rare and interesting sight is to see a layer of ice over the marsh when there are extreme cold temperatures.

Why does the beach appear rockier in the winter?

This is caused by the migration of the sand on the beach. During the winter the sand will move out to sea and sit about a mile off shore, and during the summer it will migrate back. This can be caused by storms or by the current of the ocean.

Are you open year-round?

Yes; We are one of the few hotels in Wells that stays open year-round. The winter views are the same as the summer views. Our hot tub and pool make it an excellent place for winter getaways.

Where does the water go at low tide?

The ocean tides are caused by the Moon's gravitational pull on the Earth. This occurs in approximately 12 hour increments as the moon orbits the earth. The water is pulled toward the moon at low tide and pushed away at high tide. The difference in water level is an average of 10 feet on Wells Beach.

Why does the pool close during thunder storms?

Due to the properties of electricity, the current of a lightning bolt could travel through the building and easily reach the super conductive water in the pool. An average lighting bolt carries a few million joules of energy, enough to power a 100-Watt bulb for 5.5 hours. In short, we don’t want anyone to get electrocuted while enjoying a swim.

Where is the exercise room?

The exercise room is located in Beachfront Lodge (#7). In the exercise room, there are dumbbells, an elliptical machine, recumbent bike, a bench, and a treadmill.

What is the temperature of the pool & hot tub?

The pool is typically at 86°F (30°C) and the hot tub is around 104°F (40°C).

What are the hours of the pool?

The pool is open from 9am to 10pm for everybody and open from 10pm to 11pm for adults only.

Can I leave my car in your parking while I go to the beach, after I have checked out?

No. We only have a limited number of parking spots. After check out, all vehicles must be removed from our lots as we have guests that are checking into rooms for the current day. We suggest that if you are planning on staying past 11am that you move your car first thing in the morning to the public parking area in front of the Ledgeview building where it is free to park all day.

Where did you buy the dolphin fountain?

The dolphin fountain located next to the Driftwinds building was purchased from a gift shp of the Marriott Marquis in New York right after 9/11/2001. It was sold because sales were way down at the gift shop and they needed to cover their payroll, so Danny Lafayette purchased it to help the gift shop recover.

Why don’t we take credit cards over the phone?

This is mainly for the security of your credit card information.

How long have we been taking checks for deposits?

We have been taking checks in the mail since this hotel was opened.

When was the last time you remodeled?

We constantly renovate different parts of the property every year. Please inquire with one of our friendly front desk staff to discover our most recent changes.

When did you buy the hotel from the Forbes family?

Danny and Carla Lafayette purchased the hotel from Vander and Mary Forbes in January of 1996.

Are there sharks in the water?

Occasionally, yes. Most of the time they are lost and confused, and usualy are harmless sand sharks.

Are there whales off the Maine coast?

You can find many types of whales off the coast of Maine, including finback whales, humpback whales, minke whales, pilot whales and north Atlantic right whales. There are also white sided dolphins.

How far are you from Ogunquit?

We are exactly five miles to the center of Ogunquit.

What is the temperature of the ocean?

The temperature of the Atlantic ranges from 62°F (17°C) in mid August to 33°F (1°C) in February.

How much are the postcards in the office?

All the postcards in the office are free.

Can I buy stamps in the office?

Yes, we have stamps of every sort, but do not sell them in bulk.

How long is Mile Road?

One mile.

Do I need a license to fish in the ocean?

Yes. Please see the Maine Marine Resources page for more information.

What kind of fish can I fish for off the beach?

It depends on what is running. Mostly sea bass (stripers), blue fish, and flounder.

What is the name of the lighthouse that I can see from the beach?

Boon Island Light, which is located just off the coast of York.

Why are the tides different this year than last year when I was here?

From high tide to low tide is approximately 5 hours and 55 minutes. A complete tidal cycle is about 11 hours 50 minutes. This causes the tide times to vary from day to day and year to year.

How far is it to the jetty from the hotel?

Approximately 1.1 miles.

Do I need a parking pass?

From Memorial Day to Columbus Day, yes, after that these passes are unnecessary.

Do I need a pool pass?

From Memorial Day to Columbus Day, yes, after that these passes are unnecessary.

Do you have cottages and vacation rentals?

We have several properties that we either own or manage. See our vacation rental listings HERE.

Do you have suites?

We have a suite in the Motor Inn West. It has a jacuzzi tub, massage chair, fireplace, large granite tiled shower with two shower heads, double sink vanity, and a small childrens room.

Do you have jacuzzi tubs in your rooms?

We have one room with a hot tub. Room 131 (Suite) which is in the Motor Inn West.

Do you have efficiencies?

Yes we do. Rooms 145, 146, 245 and 246 located in the Beachfront Lodge, are side rooms with partial views from the balcony. Rooms 7B and 8B, which are directly on the ocean as well as 9B and 10B, which are economy sized room in the back of the Annex building.

What is sea smoke?

Sea smoke is similar to fog. It occurs when the air temperature is very cold and the water temperature is warmer. This temperature difference creates a mist/fog coming off the water about one to two feet high.

Do you accept pets?


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Wells Beach is nestled Between Ogunquit & Kennebunkport, Maine
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LAFAYETTE'S OCEANFRONT RESORT at WELLS BEACH ◊ PO Box 639, Wells Beach, Maine (ME) 04090
Phone: 207-646-2831 ◊ Fax: 207-646-6770 ◊ Email: [email protected] ◊ Website: A Wells Beach Maine Resort Hotel
Physical Address: 393 Mile Road, Wells, Maine 04090 GPS: 43.302590, -70.566989