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, or inside with appropriate table spacing and masks until you are seated. 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 indoor and outdoor dining, by reservation and take-out/ to go.
Alisson’s is offering well-spaced dining, and take out. We have often said Alisson’s is the “Cheers” of Kennebunkport… so cheers to #takeout and dining safely overlooking Dock Square!
Boathouse Waterfront has indoor and outdoor dining on their expansive covered deck and take out daily too, lunch and dinner, plus well spaced tables, and masks when entering and exiting, and masks for all food servers and staff. We love the views and delicious Boathouse menu too!
Old Vines is offering outdoor dining on their heated patio and tent, plus indoor dining, with OVWB faves, cocktails, beer and wines, reserve 207-967-2310. Take out OVWB TO GO is available too! Old Vines is closed January February.
Stripers is open for indoor and outdoor dining and drinks by reservation lunch and dinner on the deck by the and inside with social distancing overlooking the river! Call 207.967.3118!
Nonantum has scenic outdoor dining in private cabanas on the river front. Reservations required, 207-967-4050. Nonantum is closed for the winter, reopening in spring
Hurricane has well-spaced dining daily, 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. Above Abacus.
Pilot House has outdoor and indoor dining daily, and take out, including drinks, delicious daily specials, rum punch buckets and margs. Often 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 cozy indoor dining, tasting and cocktails on their deck and interior. Batson River also makes hand sanitizer in their distillery – called “Use Me” … funny!
Pedros is open for indoor and outdoor dining with their delicious margaritas of course!
Dannah is open at their beautiful Ocean Ave location, and has launched Dannah for Men.
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 canceled their June 2021 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 2018 and 2019 that went straight to 15 local non-profits?!
There are countless other happy helpful stories and efforts in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise and Arundel, like COS – which was “staged” at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre as a drop off and pick up donation center and now has a permanent home in Kennebunk. 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! are scheduled for August. May Day, Memorial Day parade, Launch and July 4th fireworks and 2020 Bicentennial celebrations were cancelled for 2020, stay tuned for 2021.
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