Go Where the Locals Go

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.

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Paddles Up – Kennebunkport’s Paddle Battle

Put your paddles together for all the kayakers, canoers and SUP-ers. The 5th annual Nonantum Paddle Battle in Kennebunkport on August 6 was held under glorious sunshine – truly a  Sunday fun day on the Kennebunk River. Hundreds of kayaks, canoes, surfboards and SUPs graced the waterfront at The Nonantum Resort for a fun race up and down the Kennebunk River. This family fun event, The Paddle Battle, now in its 5th year, is hosted at The Nonantum Resort. Its expanded and grown by leaps and paddles since the first Nonantum Quest for the Cup canoe race back in 2008.  While the […]

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Kennebunkport’s Launch – a Floating Success!

Launch – a Maritime Festival is among the best fests in Maine, a celebration along the Kennebunk River. Its a wave of fun – five days of fishing, a boat parade, lobster bakes, fun runs of pirates and mermaids on the beach, Chef Competitions and much more. The nautical theme is the undercurrent to showcasing the Kennebunks’ rich maritime heritage in this lively seaside community. #LaunchFestME – the third annual Launch 2018 will be June 13-17! 10 Things I love about Launch: 1. Launch is a grassroots, multi-town festival for locals by locals, stretching from KPort to Cape Porpoise, Arundel and downtown Kennebunk. 2. Its affordable and inclusive – perfectly […]

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Best Dressed at 2017 Kennebunkport Fest

  The Kennebunkport Festival is all about fabulous food, wine and art, which pours out in generous portions in early June. This seaside setting is and always has been… a party town. This Maine foodie fest is the culmination of all things #KPT (K-kennebunkport P-party T- town) and a perfect kick off to summer. But aside from the magical Maine setting and culinary extravaganza, there is an undeniable undercurrent of fashion that flows through the week at each elegant seaside Chef’s  dinner, cocktail soiree and dance party on the River. Kennebunkport is a pretty preppy place, so a predictable but […]

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Memorial Day Parades in Kennebunk Kennebunkport

What could be more American than a Memorial Day parade in a small Maine town with firetrucks, boys scouts, twirlers, high school bands, and parade fans dressed in red white and blue? See Memorial Day Kennebunkport Photos How about having a former President and First lady in attendance. Here in Kennebunkport Maine, that’s how we like to roll, along with our lobster rolls.  Picture local school kids and US military marching through Dock Square, a memorial wreath is tossed off the bridge into the Kennebunk River, and we remember those who served our beautiful nation, from this beautiful seaside setting. […]

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Vinegar Hill- Kennebunkport’s best music venue

Kennebunkport is so fun in summer time, with festivals, happy hours, live music and entertainment on every corner. On any easy breezy night, you will hear a band playing at the Pilot House, sharing a mic at Kport Inn’s Local Dish, ensembles at The Nonantum’s 95 Ocean, or music at Old Vines Wine Bar and the Colony’s Marine Room. One of the best venues for live acts is Vinegar Hill Music Theatre  – a classic Maine music venue in the old Arundel Barn Playhouse. The name Vinegar Hill pays tribute to the history of this area in Arundel and the Smith Sister’s Farm. This revamped barn is a  jazzier […]

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Kennebunkport Bridge Happy Hours & Drink Deals!

Crossing the Mat Lanigan Bridge that links Kennebunk’s Lower Village to Kennebunkport’s Dock Square you are met with a myriad of Happy Hour deals, great waterfront restaurants for cocktails, and fun. The old swing 1933 bridge has been replaced, and Kennebunkport’s spirits keep flowing. The 2017 bridge, at $2.7 mill,  opened prior to Memorial Day with a celebration, President (41) Bush and First Lady Barbara cutthe ribbon. Yes the Locks of Love that looped the old iron bridge have been saved, have heart and stay tuned for a Locks of Love tribute to come! Check out these fun Happy Hour deals in Dock Square and Lower Village Kennebunk, both sides of […]

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10 Best places for a cocktail – Kennebunkport and Kennebunk

Kennebunkport has a cocktail consumption reputation, labeled “a drinking village with a fishing problem,” where the well-healed are well-fueled, Kennedrunkport, Kenneboozeport, lol, I could go on. Suffice it to say the locals and folks from away like their cocktails out & about Dock Square, and liquorin’ up in Lower Village across the bridge. K’port may be Maine’s most socially lubed seaside village. What a distinctive drinking title?! Truly Kennebunkport and Kennebunk have so many lively bars, pubs, and waterfront decks where you can drink in the view and a cocktail too. Here’s your guide to some of the best spots […]

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Kennebunkport Festival – Who’s Who and What’s Where

13th Annual Kennebunkport Festival  June 5-10, 2017 Its festival time in KPT. The Kennebunkport Festival, now over a decade old, is forever young, fabulous and rich ~ loaded with events revolving around eating, drinking, admiring art and socializing in this 1653 charming seaside setting. The Festival is the pride and joy of Maine Magazine with event tickets priced from $15 for Brews and Tunes – now called the Maine Craft Music Festival, to cocktail parties each night at $45, to as much as $225 for exclusive Chef dinners at private mansions on the beach, Ocean Ave and at Vinegar Hill Music […]

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Second Friday Art Walk in Kennebunk

Everyone in Maine has heard about the First Friday Art Walk in Portland. Galleries throughout downtown Portland and the Old Port open their doors, serve light snacks and encourage art lovers to browse their galleries in the early evening. Well, Kennebunk wants Art Lovers and amateurs alike to visit downtown Kennebunk and Kennebunkport on the 2nd Friday during prime summer to see the ever growing number of galleries in this beautiful Maine town, just a few miles from the more famous Kennebunkport. See more about the Village Art Walk on the 2nd Friday on the month in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk’s […]

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Happy Hour in the Port

For many of us in The Port, the most happy hours in Kennebunkport are 4-7pm.  Between dinner specials and cocktail discounts, who doesn’t like Happy Hour? The Kennebunks may be home to the only 5 diamond dining in the state, but if you’re looking for a deal on drinks and appetizers, and a fun local pub… this town has spirits. Whether you’re a regular Happy Hour attendee or just looking for a local deal, this blog is for you. Here are all the restaurants in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk that offer Happy Hour Specials:

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Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude’s Best Events!

Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport, now in year 35, is such a magical time of year in Maine. Prelude is also busy, encompassing 11 days of events – spanning the first two weekends of December. As the seaside towns of Kennebunkport, Kennebunk and Cape Porpoise transform to a winter postcard of Christmas spirit, its impossible to partake in all the holiday happenings! See the complete 2016 Christmas Prelude schedule and Christmas Prelude Photos from years past. Here are our favorite Christmas Prelude Events: Christmas Champagne and Ale Reception at White Columns – Thursday Dec 1, 7-9 Sip Champagne cocktails at the beautiful 1853 Kennebunkport […]

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Late Fall in Kennebunkport

While Columbus weekend is typically peak fall in Maine, this year the leaves took their sweet time turning to spectacular color. So it’s not too late to celebrate foliage my friends. Looks like local lodging rates will fall before the leaves do this season. Need another trip to Maine’s beautiful seacoast town. How about a few fairs and festivals, and happy hours and haunted happenings? Read on and come to Kennebunkport – its fall y’all! Happy Hours and Kennebunkport go together like fall foliage and sweater weather. Stroll the tree lined streets from Kennebunk’s Lower Village, stop at Old Vines […]

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Best Place to Stay in Kennebunkport

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: […]

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Kennebunkport Accolades

“Vacation Like A President” “Mooseport” is fictional – the movie was filmed in Jackson’s Point and Point Perry, Ontario, Canada – but it’s obvious the storyline and setting were meant to mirror Kennebunkport, Maine, the small seafront village in which retired President George H.W. Bush spends the summers in his oceanfront home.” – Forbes  AOL Ranks Kennebunkport Top 10 Beach Town “Kennebunkport, Maine – The old-time fishing village of Kennebunkport is like a Currier and Ives print come to life (it’s also the summer retreat of choice for George H.W. Bush). You can work on a lobster boat, fly-fish, or kayak past whimsical […]

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White Columns Bush Family Exhibit

Kennebunkport’s Bush Family Legacy White Columns Exhibit   One of the most popular sites in Kennebunkport is Walkers Point, the summer home to the Bush family. As you drive out Ocean Avenue past St Anne’s church where the Bush family goes to church, by Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock, you are led to the spectacular peninsula where President George H W Bush and his wife Barbara reside with their family from mid May to mid October each year, the remainder of the year the former first family lives in Texas. The people of Kennebunkport love the Bush family, affectionately referencing […]

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Kennebunkport has global attraction

Kennebunkport is the only place in the world so named… one of a kind and world-famous – attracting people from all over the globe. For three centuries, Kennebunkport has lured everyone from sea captains and sitting presidents to celebrities on swank yachts, and let’s not forget – humble local fishermen. Today Kennebunkport is a hoppin’ happenin’ town, culturally deep with dining for every palate, attractions and lodging from quaint B&B’s to grand historic hotels and chic spa resorts on the river. Kennebunkport at heart is a small Maine town, population under 4,000 with 10,000+ in neighboring Kennebunk, yet this compact seaside community is surprisingly worldly in its offerings. Here’s […]

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What is the Franciscan Monastery of Kennebunk?

If you’ve visited Kennebunkport, then you know the Kennebunk River serves as a centerpiece and focal point for this charming seaside destination. Yes, there are beautiful beaches in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, but its the Kennebunk River that runs through both towns delineating the vibrant communities and shoreline on each side that is an equally important landmark of this famous Maine place. Kennebunkport’s changing tide and scenery on the river out to the Breakwater is fascinating, with perhaps one of the prettiest spots on the River – The Franciscan Monastery. On the western side of the Kennebunk River, you see acres of undeveloped, uninterrupted shore […]

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