Kennebunkport is feeling the love, from local people to past presidents to the press – everyone is putting K’port in their top 10. This quaint Maine town has had its brush with fame before – back in the 1920’s and 30’s Kennebunkport was “the place to summer” at one of the grand hotels – The Colony, The Breakwater or The Nonantum.
US Presidents love to spend their summers here too- Walkers Point on Ocean Avenue was the summer White House while George H W Bush was in office. He and Barbara continue to summer on the seaside peninsula entertaining their family, Jeb and George W Bush, and friends including President Bill Clinton, and dignitaries from around the globe.
More fame and attention has befallen the seaside village of late – Kennebunkport was listed No. 10 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “The 12 Best Weekend Getaways” and The Huffington Post named Kennebunkport as one of “The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in America During the Winter.” The Boston Globe featured “Top 10 Reasons to Visit Kennebunkport” now to walk the beach and bask in this romantic seaside hamlet.
The U.S. News & World Report article states, “harboring politicians isn’t even what this southern coastal area of Maine does best, nor is it what the town should be known for. Kennebunkport is simple, sea-centric bliss: a natural beach destination with miles of rugged shoreline dotted with summer homes and sailboats. In town, local fisher- and lobstermen deliver the morning’s catch to the open-air cafes while artists open up shop on the wharves of Dock Square. Even the beaches are unassuming and quiet, with secret footpaths leading you from the road. Here, you might have literally found the place where you can get away from it all.”
But even when it’s not prime beach season, like this time snowy February, the Huffington Post says Kennebunkport is among the “10 Most Beautiful Towns in America During the Winter.”
“Kennebunkport gained notoriety as a haven for the moneyed elite in the late 19th century — the elder President Bush’s got a well-known summertime haunt on Walker’s Point — but this northeastern seaside town takes on a new look once the warm weather crowds retreat,” the Huffington Post reads. “The colorful buildings of Dock Square contrast with the fresh powder that blankets the town each year, and a drive down Ocean Avenue showcases many of the fabulously expensive homes that pepper the coast.”
A Boston Globe Travel article states, “Kennebunkport and neighboring Kennebunk are letting their love lights shine with “Paint the Town Red,” a monthlong celebration of love aims at showcasing the romance of the area. Many shops, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants offer travelers red tag deals and red plate specials this month, while many lodges offer travel packages for lovers. And then, of course, there’s the area’s natural romance. Snowshoe through the nature reserve, skate on frozen ponds, search for frosted seaglass on Kennebunk Beach, or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the whitened woods of Maine.”
If a town could blush, I suppose the romantic red lights and heart adorning shops and inns this winter are signs that Kennebunkport is rosey with all this love and attention. If you haven’t been to Kennebunkport Maine in a while, come see what all the affection is about. See our Kennebunkport Maine Lodging Guide for where to stay, things to do and where to dine while visiting K’port.