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 a day to travel the globe without leaving the Kennebunks:
Start your day with a café at Mornings in Paris, or fresh baked croissants at Boulangerie, très bien, after a sunrise stroll on Kennebunk Beach – otherwise known ast Gooch’s. Shop in Dock Square, browsing from Ireland on the Square to Saxony Imports. Taste some Greek Olive Oil at Maine-ly Drizzle before exploring the many art galleries, jewelry and gift shops like Abacus and Minka and of course The Candy Man.
Walk or drive out beautiful Ocean Ave past the 1887 St Ann’s Church, adorned with a Belgium bell tower and an Italian marble altar from Siena. As you proceed past Ocean Ave’s “summer cottages” (code for very grand mansions of the well-heeled) you reach the Presidential peninsula, once called Vesuvius Point is now Walkers’ Point and home to President George H W Bush, locals call him 41. George W (President #43) and Jeb (coulda been president) now have houses at this former summer White House, now Bush Compound as well. Wave from the Anchor to Windward to be a bush-gawker.
To see a true Maine lighthouse, continue to Cape Porpoise Pier and photograph Goat Island Lighthouse from this picturesque working harbor.
All this global gallivanting will have you craving Kennebunkport cuisine, and you have your choice of local Maine seafood at Mabels or Alisson’s, to Italian at Ports of Italy, Mexican at Pedros, French vino and charcuterie at Old Vines Wine Bar, Spanish tapas at Toroso, or steak & seafood at The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn. There’s even Mekhong Thai and Maine’s only 5 star restaurant – The White Barn Inn.
For a Swedish massage, European facial or French manicure, go to The Breakwater Inn and Spa, then stay for a cocktail at Stripers on their manicured lawn overlooking the Kennebunk River. Other grand places for waterfront cocktails are The Colony Hotel, Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn and The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel.
For lodging during your Kennebunkport tour, the Seaside Inn has THE best beachfront setting and a rich history of 9 generations of innkeepers dating back to a 1637 Kings Grant. The romantics will love the cozy Captain Lord Mansion – a proud B&B on the River Green.
Travelling with family, The Nonantum is a grand old hotel right on the river with outdoor pool, while the more casual Rhumb Line Resort has indoor and outdoor pools in a peaceful wooded setting off Ocean Ave. The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel is right in town above David’s KPT restaurant with upper floor decks on the river, while The Breakwater Inn & Spa is aptly named near the Kennebunk River’s breakwater with views of passing boats heading out to sea.
When you visit Kennebunkport Maine, tour the town, get out on a boat, take in all the sights and bites, drink in the view, and have drinks with a view. You will shore-ly sea why folks who live here #LoveKpt! Kennebunkport Maine – the only town in the world so named & famed.
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