You may have the misguided assumption that the Maine coast turns to ghost towns after summer. In fact, perhaps that’s what some savvy travelers and Kennebunkport locals want you to think. Kennebunkport Maine’s “off-season” could be our best kept secret as it’s really Vacationland… but without the crowd! Our Kennebunkport blog offers ideas on romantic places to stay, popular events, Kennebunkport tours, but today, we’re going to talk about how to have fun like a local.
Sure, foot traffic in Dock Square slows after summer and some top restaurants no longer require reservations after Labor Day weekend, but it’s still happening here in Kennebunkport. Locals and tourists taking advantage of the open parking spots in Dock Square and Lower Village. Of course the tourist hot spot in the summer is a year round attraction: Dock Square and of course – the beaches. We locals love it off season. You can enjoy your favorite restaurants and funky bar scenes without waiting for a table. For a laid back pub scene with the best clam chowder, check out Alisson’s or go to David’s at the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel on the Kennebunk River for 3 hours of Happy Hour every day. Even during the winter, there are plenty of shops and restaurants open and serving happy customers. Bands and live entertainment continue all year in Kennebunkport at lively places like One Dock at the Kennebunkport Inn, Pedros and The Pilot House in Lower Village.
Dock Square is also the place for locals to shop til they drop. I know what you’re thinking: that’s such a touristy thing to do. Us locals love to do our shopping in Dock Square, not just for souvenirs, but for gifts, clothing and jewelry, nick knacks, art, or simply to browse. After peak summer, shops offer sale prices and you can browse boutiques without bumping in to anyone.
This time of year, after Labor Day, the summer heat dissipates in preparation of the fall – perfect for doing some outdoor activities without getting sweaty. You’ll find anglers at Kennebunk Beach fishing for stripers, on the Pier or casting off the Cape Porpoise Pier. Kennebunkport’s bike trail system and quiet winding roads contouring the coast like Ocean Avenue provide a great pastime for locals where you have your choice of rugged terrain to the Eastern Trail well manicured gravel and safe roads all with beautiful scenery. Kennebunkport also is a splendid nature walk setting with peaceful and memorable coastal vistas maintained by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and ocean walks along Parsons Way and the Wells Preserve. If you love the change of seasons like we locals do, you should stay in Kennebunkport in Mid Fall where the turning trees reveal a beautiful contrast of bright foliage against the blue ocean.
If you thought Kennebunkport closes up shop and hibernates after the summer, then you owe yourself a visit in the “off-season” to see the real deal! Did we mention the lodging deals are better this time of year too? Kennebunkport is a year-round playground for locals and tourists that have taken the opportunity of visiting this seaside town for old fashioned flair, shopping, dining and hanging out with the locals.