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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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, music, friends old and new, fantastic seaside scenery, fashion and my favorite town of KPT. Top 10 Reasons I love #KportFest #1 Kennebunkport Festival is the kick off to summer – it’s the first big party series for this serious party town by the sea. It’s not just one event – it’s a weeklong event Monday June 5 through Saturday June 10 of eating, drinking, dancing, admiring art, and taking in the splendor of this oceanfront community. #2 Party Every […]

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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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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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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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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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Kennebunkport Fest ~ Best Dressed

So another fabulous Kennebunkport Festival is now a Maine memory. This year’s was no less success. The food, music and wine flowed along the Kennebunk River from cocktail soirees, to chef dinners, dance parties and grand tastings, just as it has for over a decade. So many fun fab people turn out for this social event of the season, kicking up their heels and kicking off summer in Kennebunkport. Once again the cuisine and entertainment were fantastic from start – at Old Vines Wine Bar to finish – the Grand Finale at David’s KPT at the Boathouse. Kudos to the Maine Mag staff, Art Collector […]

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A Kennebunkport Festival Dinner Party

What’s it like hosting an Art of Dining event in your home during Kennebunkport Festival? In a word: amazing. Sitting at a big beautiful table surrounded by interesting people, enjoying a meal prepared by a pro chef in your own kitchen is something everyone should experience in a lifetime. When first approached to “host a dinner” during the Kennebunkport Festival by the Maine Magazine folks, I was flattered. Tickets to these grand dinner parties are a premium, so therefore expectations must be high. But then, I thought, I don’t have to cook…so that’s pretty cool. So Greg and I set about setting […]

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What’s new in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk

As summer season arrives on the seacoast, Kennebunkport becomes a buzz of activity. This 2015 season ushers in some exciting new things in KennebunkPort’s Dock Square and Harbor Village, or Lower Village to some. There is a new kid on the block, on the dock actually. Have you seen the Spirit of Massachusetts docked in Kennebunk River harbor? This 125-foot schooner, Spirit of Massachusetts, arrived at her new homeport  this winter, pulled from Portland by the whale watch boat Nick’s Chance. Dwight Raymond and his family, of the Pilot House, First Chance Whale Watch and Lobster Cruises, and Performance Marine, are restoring […]

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Kennebunkport’s Progressive Dinner Tour

Kennebunkport has so many great restaurants – its hard to hit them all – unless you get on board the Progressive Dinner party circuit. Several Sundays each year, you get to enjoying delicious stops at Kennebunk and Kennebunkport’s top restaurants, with a DD for your scenic trip during your 3-hour tour, starting and ending at 95 Ocean at The Nonantum Resort. Our Progressive Dinner evening started at The Nonantum Resort where we met our new foodie friends over a glass of Champagne before boarding our private bus. First stop was Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School where Chef Jill welcomed us to […]

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Paint the Town Red with Romance in Kennebunkport

Here’s a romantic little secret… Kennebunkport and Kennebunk  is for lovers in winter. This seaside resort town is perfect for couples in search of a romantic retreat when Kennebunkport “Paints the Town Red” as part of its February is for Lovers. Bring your sweet heart for seaside beach walks, horse-drawn carriage rides, an Ice Bar cocktails party, cocktail classes, boutiques sales, cozy fireplaces, four poster beds at local inns, ocean view hot tubs, and seaside dining for two. The town of Kennebunkport celebrates February in style with a “Paint the Town Red” party atmosphere – with romantic lodging packages, cocktails and chocolate tasting, red lights décor throughout Dock Square and cozy […]

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NYE in KPT! New Year’s Eve happenings…

What are you doing New Year Eve? It’s time to say goodbye to this year in Kennebunkport, which included too many perfect beach days to count, a fine Kennebunkport Festival, a gorgeous foliage season, and now snow just after a warm wonderful most-popular Christmas Prelude. So how do you celebrate the end of a great year, and the start of a promising new calendar? Here are some fun festive events going on around town for NYE! Ports of Italy – Kennebunks’ classic Cucina Italiana will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a 4 course menu, featuring carpaccio, saltimbocca and tiramisu to name a few […]

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Ding Ding Ding goes the Trolley Dinner Bell in Kennebunkport

Progressive Wining & Dining in Kennebunkport  Here’s a fun twist on the Kennebunkport dining scene. An evening of wining and dining – a progressive dinner party on wheels, enjoying delicious stops at Kennebunk and Kennebunkport’s top restaurants. You have a D.D. and your companions are folks from here and away during a 4-hour culinary tour. Our Progressive Dinner evening started at The Nonantum Resort where we met our new foodie friends over a glass of Champagne before boarding our private trolley. First stop was Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School where Chef Jill met us at her woodsy home, with lush gardens and a stone patio surrounding her signature […]

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Kennebunkport Fashion at The Festival

The Kennebunkport Festival is now a memory – this annual Maine event of fine food, wine, art and music is among the best parties in Maine, certainly Kennebunkport – with Christmas Prelude perhaps being a close rival. As I reflect on the week-long festivities rolled out by Maine Magazine, I keep recalling the fashions. The outfits, the outpouring of bright colors and beautiful people – and not just on the ladies, the men brought their best dress to the fest. All week Kennebunkport’s festival goers dressed in vibrant ensembles – couples were color-coordinated, dinner guests matched their menu themes, everyone […]

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