People come from all over the world to stay in Kennebunkport. This classic seaside village exemplifies “the way life should be.” With miles of beautiful coastline to explore, several sandy and scenic beaches, a lighthouse, pretty fishing villages, plus sophisticated boutique shopping, art galleries and top restaurants, the BIG Question is: where to stay in Kennebunkport?
Kennebunkport has every lodging imaginable for a
small East Coast town, grand waterfront hotels and historic bed and breakfasts, beachfront inns, and family resorts, chic spa hotels, and waterfront suites.
Here’s our guide to finding the best place to stay in K’port or Kennebunk Beach:
Best Beach Location:
The Seaside Inn is right on Kennebunk Beach, with private access, open year round. This classic family-run inn, with 9th Generation Innkeepers since 1667, is casual, comfortable with commanding ocean views from the outdoor hot tub. Breakfast is served in the 1850 Boat House. It’s a nice walk to town, or borrow a Seaside. A memorable location and experience directly on the beach. Seaside Inn, 80 Beach Ave, Kennebunk Beach, Maine 207-967-4461
Historic Grand Hotel:
The Nonantum dates back to 1883, this riverfront resort has a classic lobby, fine dining at 95 Ocean, a causal Heckman’s Pub, an outdoor heated pool, scheduled activities, frequent weddings and receptions, and charming hospitiality. From Nonantum’s docks, you can board the Rugosa scenic lobster boat, the Pineapple Ketch schooner, Libreti Rose fishing charter, or rent kayaks. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Avenue, PO Box 2626, Kennebunkport, Maine 207-967-4050
Best Family Resort:
The Rhumb Line Resort is fun, affordable and casual for kids & parents. It’s Kennebunkport’s only resort with indoor and outdoor heated pools, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and complete fitness center. The rooms are clean and neat – most with a deck or patio, you can park right next to your room for convenience. Just off
famous Ocean Ave near Walkers Point, home of President George H W Bush, Rhumb Line is a short drive to Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, and several great beaches. Besides great room
rates, kids 12 and under stay free, the Rhumb Line offers free Wi-Fi, mini fridge and coffee maker in room, and Deluxe Continental Breakfast daily. The
resort is open February-December, the outdoor pool and Admiral’s Table poolside café is summer only – serving lobster, cocktails and cheeseburgers in paradise. Rhumb Line Resort, 41 Turbat’s Creek, Kennebunkport, Maine 207-967-5457
Chic Waterfront Intown Spot:
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel overlooks the Kennebunk River, and is steps to Dock Square’s shops. The stylish suites have scenic riverfront balconies. Enjoy lunch, happy hour and dinner downstairs at Boathouse Bar restaurant or walk to dozens of restaurants in town Kennebunkport. Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, 21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine 207-967-8223
Best Bed & Breakfast:
Captain Lord Mansion is grand, romantic and historic. Captain Lord is the only AAA 4 Diamond Bed and Breakfast in Kennebunkport. Beautiful guestrooms have fireplaces, lavish baths, and 4-poster beds. The Innkeeper’s homemade breakfast is extraordinary, and the Inn’s staff will cater to your romantic whims. Captain Lord Mansion, 6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, Maine 207-967-3141
Best Spa Hotel:
The Breakwater Inn & Spa is both chic and historic, on a beautiful property by the mouth of the Kennebunk River looking out to see over the namesake breakwater. With a full-service Spa and restaurant – Stripers, Breakwater Inn has a fantastic location – you can walk to town, out Ocean Ave, to a beach, or just relax on the lawn by the river and enjoy extraordinary sunsets. Breakwater Inn, 127 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 207-967-5333
When visiting Kennebunkport, be “shore” to shop, visit local art galleries, and stroll or sunbathe on some of the most beautiful beaches in Maine.
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