It’s easy to focus on the fear and the news cycle fodder. You can bum out that about Kennebunks’ beach rules, and mask requirements in businesses. You can protest, pout, or you can order #takeout! Or dine out – outside at Kennebunkport Restaurants. I hope we all appreciate our beautiful beaches and favorite businesses even more these days.
Let’s focus on the wonderful things occurring, non-profits and businesses rallying to offer new services to locals and yes – to seasonal residents (may these out-of-staters PLEASE quarantine unless you’ve had a Covid negative test, and request local deliveries so as not to “go out” and expose the rest of us).
It’s easy to love Kennebunkport. It’s stunningly beautiful, a small town with big spirit! It’s loved by locals and visitors alike.
Beyond our natural beauty and outdoor abundance, it’s the people of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport that make it truly special. This is not just proximate towns sharing a few zip codes, it’s one community.
Here are some community highlights, resourceful business owners spreading happiness and cheer, striving to keep their establishments alive! Restaurants in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are offering outdoor dining and indoor, by reservation and take-out.
Alisson’s is offering outdoor riverfront dining, and take out. We have often said Alisson’s is the “Cheers” of Kennebunkport… so cheers to #takeout and dining al fresco on the water!
Boathouse Waterfront has outdoor dining on their expansive deck and take out daily too, lunch and dinner. We love the views and delicious Boathouse menu too!
Old Vines is offering outdoor dining on their patio and tent, lunch and dinner Monday- Saturday 12-9pm, with OVWB faves, cocktails, beer and wines, reserve 207-967-2310. Take out OVWB TO GO is available too!
Stripers is open for outdoor dining and drinks by reservation lunch and dinner on the deck and in those Adirondack chairs on the river too! Call 207.967.3118!
Nonantum has scenic outdoor dining in private cabanas on the river front Thursday – Sunday evening 5-8pm. Maximum of 8 guests. Reservations required, 207-967-4050.
The Colony is open for outdoor dining and drinks by the pool, enter via the Marine Room. This is THE best view in town, often live music too! TakeOut too.
Hurricane has outdoor dining daily on the back cove, lunch & dinner, by reservation. Also curbside takeout including beer, wine and family-style meals daily, 207-967-9111.
Cafe Rosa is the new French inspired place in Kport in the previous Bandaloop space, 207-204-0183. See their outdoor patio dining by Abacus.
Pilot House has outdoor dining daily, and take out, 12-9pm including drinks, delicious daily $13 specials, rum punch buckets and margs. Live music too! 207-204-0709
Clam Shack has take out and picnic table dining of their world-famous fried clams and lobster rolls.
Batson River Brewing & Distilling has “Pick Me Up” wood-fired pizza prepped on their patio to-go, and 4 pack cans of their own beer to go and outdoor dining and cocktails on their deck. Batson River also makes hand sanitizer in their distillery – called “Use Me” … funny!
Pedros will be open for outdoor dining and their delicious margaritas too!
Dannah is open at their beautiful Ocean Ave location.
Daytrip Society is open too, with private shopping if you prefer by appointment.
Minka is open with their cool made-in-Maine products. You can order flowers as well.
Local lobstermen are selling lobsters to take home at great rates – so you can have your own “stay at home lobster bake”! They’ll even cook ‘em for you at Three Sea’s – the Nunan family!
The Kennebunkport Festival have wisely postponed their June events, for the health and safety of all, but hope to create unique events to roll out in late summer or fall, since many local non-profits benefit greatly from this amazing charitable festival, now in year 16, celebrating our communities’ vibrant food and wine, art and music scene. Did you know this festival raised nearly a quarter million in the last two years that went straight to 15 local non-profits?!
Exercise classes are being broadcast live from numerous fitness facilities, and our local Parks and Rec, and being held outdoors. No excuse not to stay fit – in fact its one of the best preventative actions!
There are countless other happy helpful stories and efforts in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise and Arundel, like COS – now staged at Vinegar hill Music Theatre as a drop off and pick up donation center. So stay positive, see the strength and resilience – all the good in our neighborhood, be kind, be grateful, be tolerant. And please social distance and stay home to stop the spread.
The Kennebunks’ – courageous and connected since 1820…. Yes this is our bicentennial this year! Bicentennial celebrations have been rescheduled for Aug 22. Memorial Day parade, Launch and July 4th fireworks are cancelled for 2020.
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