Seeing vacationers and summer residents poking around boutique shops in Dock Square for souvenirs, apparel, and art, dining out in the area’s top notch restaurants, relaxing in a quaint bed and breakfast or soaking up the sun while enjoying the area’s many recreational opportunities, it’s evident that Kennebunkport is a major tourist destination despite its small size.
As a high end vacation spot, Kennebunkport’s resorts, hotels and inns / bed and breakfasts tend to reflect the luxurious nature of the coastal town. Luxury hotel seekers can find high end lodging near Dock Square at the Nonantum Resort, Captain Lord’s Mansion, or at a vacation rental at 82 Ocean all on Ocean Avenue. Despite the upscale facade, Kennebunkport can actually offer quite a few affordable lodging options as well at the Rhumb Line Resort or Seaside Inn.
In most towns with high summer tourism like Kennebunkport, it may be wise to find lodging near your place of interest, for example, if you’re vacationing in the area to dine out and shop, you may think you need to stay close to avoid traffic; however in Kennebunkport, it’s really not necessary as driving even in peak traffic conditions is an ease. Because Kennebunkport is rather small in size, no matter where you lodge in Kennebunkport or even in the Lower Village of Kennebunk, any place of interest is just a walk or bike ride away. Some lodgings in Kennebunk including the Seaside Inn offer bike rentals, so you can enjoy their private beach and take a short ride to the vibrant commercial district.
One thing to keep in mind, especially if you’re planning on traveling to Kennebunkport during the peak summer months is that often online booking engines do not list all hotel availabilities on their directories, or even all hotels in the area. So what you may find to be a sold out town, is usually not the case. Read this great article on booking with online booking engines.
We hope this guide from a local’s perspective helps you on your journey planning a trip to Kennebunkport, Maine!