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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Best Lobster in Kennebunkport

Best Lobster in Kennebunkport

The 2nd question every visitors asks as they arrive in Kennebunkport, “where do I get the best lobster?” The 1st being, “how do we get to see President Bush?” Folks eagerly want to see Walkers Point out Ocean Ave, and really want to have a glimpse at President’s 41 and 43 and the Bush Compound where two former presidents and their family spend every summer. So we locals give directions out Ocean Ave, past St Ann’s Church where the Bush’s go for Sunday service, to The Blowing Cave and Anchor to Windward perched on the sparkling granite shores, this scenic vantage […]

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Paddles Up – Kennebunkport’s Paddle Battle

Put your paddles together for all the kayakers, canoers and SUP-ers. The 6th annual Nonantum Paddle Battle in Kennebunkport is on August 5 – truly a  Sunday fun day on the Kennebunk River. Hundreds of kayaks, canoes, surfboards and SUPs grace the waterfront at The Nonantum Resort for a fun race up and down the Kennebunk River, 3-6pm. This family fun event, The Paddle Battle, now in its 6th 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 “Paddle Battle” […]

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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 Burleigh – 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 […]

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The Kennebunkport Festival Schedule – June 3-9, 2019

A Great Fun Filled Event for Local Charity 2019  will mark the 15 year the Kennebunkport Festival has kicked off the summer season with a week long festival of art, music, wine and fine dining surrounded by live music performances, and of course, the allure of Kennebunkport. It’s the perfect time to vacation in Kennebunkport! The 15th annual Kennebunkport Festival is scheduled for June 3-9, 2019. Its a celebration of all things uniquely Kennebunkport with its vibrant art, design and culinary scene. The Kennebunkport Festival is a fun, festive, charitable event. Charitable contributions vary from 100% of all ticket sales […]

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Family Vacation Stays in The Port

When considering a family vacation destination in Maine, one of the easiest to get to and greatest towns in Maine is Kennebunkport. If you are bringing the kids for a vacation, Kennebunkport and Kennebunk is a perfect Maine destination for family vacations – truly something for everyone.

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Village Art Walk ~ 2nd Friday in The Kennebunks

Village Art Walk ~  2nd Friday in The Kennebunks

Kennebunkport and Kennebunk celebrate their flourishing art scene with a 2nd Friday Village Art Walk, with over 20 cool studios, galleries and artists in the Kennebunks – and you can visit them all in a fun social circuit on the Art Trail of the Kennebunks. Its like Portland Maine’s 1st Friday Art Walk, only better – ’cause its in Kennebunkport! Kennebunkport has become a fantastic art vacation destination…we call it KennebunkArt! Village Art Walk of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport occurs the second Friday of the month, starting during the Kennebunkport Festival June 8, 2018,  July 13, August 10, September 7, and December 7 during Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude. The Village Art […]

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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 is 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 timed […]

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Top 10 Reasons to love Kennebunkport Festival

No one is more excited about The Kennebunkport Festival than me. The Kport Fest encompasses everything I love: food, wine, art, music, friends old and new, fantastic seaside scenery, fashion and my favorite town of KPT. The 2018 Kennebunkport Festival was a resounding success, re-invented, organized by locals for locals – which I love… Top 10 Reasons I love #KportFest #1 Kennebunkport Festival is the kick off to summer – it’s the first big party of the season for this serious party town by the sea. It’s not just one event – it’s a weeklong series June 4 – 10 […]

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

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

The 14th Annual Kennebunkport Festival  scheduled for June 4-10, 2018 went on… although this year its  re-invented thanks to a group of local business owners and community members. Its fantastic to see the Kport Fest as a local celebration again! The Kennebunkport Festival for over a decade has been a seaside celebration  loaded with events revolving around eating, drinking, admiring art and socializing in this 1653 charming seaside setting. The Festival events range from cocktail parties to exclusive Chef dinners at private mansions on the beach and Ocean Ave, to parties at Old Vines Wine Bar, Stripers at The Breakwater, The Colony, […]

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Kennebunkport Fest ~ Best Dressed

So another fabulous Kennebunkport Festival is upon us. Over a decade as fundraising success, and attracting folks from away to share in the beauty of the Kennebunks. The art, food, music and wine flow along the Kennebunk River from cocktail soirees, to chef dinners, dance parties and grand tastings. So many fun fab people turn out for this social event of the season, kicking up their heels and kicking off summer in Kennebunkport. The cuisine, art and entertainment of the community are the focus from start – a big mid week party at Old Vines Wine Bar to finish – to the […]

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White Columns Bush Family Exhibit

Kennebunkport’s Bush Family Legacy White Columns Exhibit   Walkers’ Point is one of the most popular sites in Kennebunkport, 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 (deceased April 2018) wife Barbara, relax with their family from mid May to mid October each year, the remainder of the year the former President lives in Texas. The people of Kennebunkport love the Bush family, […]

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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 the most serene and beautiful spots on the River – The Franciscan Monastery. On the western side of the Kennebunk River, you see acres of undeveloped, uninterrupted […]

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Barbara Bush -Kennebunkport

My Barbara Bush story: When my kids were little, I would dress them especially well for children’s story hour whenever I saw “Celebrity Guest Reader” at Graves Public Memorial Library in Kennebunkport. It was the 1990’s, my husband worked long days at the Shawmut Inn on Ocean Ave (remember it?) before starting our marketing company (IMS-21), so I treasured our outings to the library. I loved sitting on the floor with my kids, listening to Barbara Bush read to them – the kids thought she was a nice lady, “she’s funny.” I explained to them what a privilege this was, being in the presence […]

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Walking Tours of Kennebunk

The Kennebunks are small seaside towns, Kennebunkport, Kennebunk and Cape Porpoise, these are by no means large metropolitan centers like  Boston. Indeed, you won’t be stuck in traffic for hours, you can feel safe walking at night, you can see the stars at dusk, and you can take a breath of fresh air. Yet despite being rather small towns, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport can have a fun festive vibrant atmosphere.

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How to Stay in Luxury at the Port

While Kennebunkport receives the most visitors in peak summer, the charm and allure of the Port continues year round. In fact, locals love the off-season, fall and spring especially when you can enjoy summer like weather with far less vacationers in Dock Square, the beaches and boating. Also the best dining and lodging spots in Kennebunkport adjust their prices after peak season with special promotions, happy hours deals, and of course more availability – even at luxury hotel properties like Captain Lord Mansion, the Breakwater Inn and The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel. When it comes to lapping up the sweetness of luxury, the […]

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