Top 10 Reasons to love Kennebunkport Festival

No one is more excited about The Kennebunkport Festival than me. The Kport Fest encompasses everything I love: food, wine, music, friends old and new, fantastic seaside scenery, fashion and my favorite town of KPT. Top 10 Reasons I love #KportFest #1 Kennebunkport Festival is the kick off to summer – it’s the first big party series for this serious party town by the sea. It’s not just one event – it’s a weeklong event Monday June 5 through Saturday June 10 of eating, drinking, dancing, admiring art, and taking in the splendor of this oceanfront community. #2 Party Every […]

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Vinegar Hill- Kennebunkport’s best music venue

Kennebunkport is so fun in summer time, with festivals, happy hours, live music and entertainment on every corner. On any easy breezy night, you will hear a band playing at the Pilot House, sharing a mic at Kport Inn’s Local Dish, ensembles at The Nonantum’s 95 Ocean, or music at Old Vines Wine Bar and the Colony’s Marine Room. One of the best venues for live acts is Vinegar Hill Music Theatre  – a classic Maine music venue in the old Arundel Barn Playhouse. The name Vinegar Hill pays tribute to the history of this area in Arundel and the Smith Sister’s Farm. This revamped barn is a  jazzier […]

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10 Best places for a cocktail – Kennebunkport and Kennebunk

Kennebunkport has a cocktail consumption reputation, labeled “a drinking village with a fishing problem,” where the well-healed are well-fueled, Kennedrunkport, Kenneboozeport, lol, I could go on. Suffice it to say the locals and folks from away like their cocktails out & about Dock Square, and liquorin’ up in Lower Village across the bridge. K’port may be Maine’s most socially lubed seaside village. What a distinctive drinking title?! Truly Kennebunkport and Kennebunk have so many lively bars, pubs, and waterfront decks where you can drink in the view and a cocktail too. Here’s your guide to some of the best spots […]

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Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude’s Best Events!

Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport, now in year 35, is such a magical time of year in Maine. Prelude is also busy, encompassing 11 days of events – spanning the first two weekends of December. As the seaside towns of Kennebunkport, Kennebunk and Cape Porpoise transform to a winter postcard of Christmas spirit, its impossible to partake in all the holiday happenings! See the complete 2016 Christmas Prelude schedule and Christmas Prelude Photos from years past. Here are our favorite Christmas Prelude Events: Christmas Champagne and Ale Reception at White Columns – Thursday Dec 1, 7-9 Sip Champagne cocktails at the beautiful 1853 Kennebunkport […]

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Late Fall in Kennebunkport

While Columbus weekend is typically peak fall in Maine, this year the leaves took their sweet time turning to spectacular color. So it’s not too late to celebrate foliage my friends. Looks like local lodging rates will fall before the leaves do this season. Need another trip to Maine’s beautiful seacoast town. How about a few fairs and festivals, and happy hours and haunted happenings? Read on and come to Kennebunkport – its fall y’all! Happy Hours and Kennebunkport go together like fall foliage and sweater weather. Stroll the tree lined streets from Kennebunk’s Lower Village, stop at Old Vines […]

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White Columns Bush Family Exhibit

Kennebunkport’s Bush Family Legacy White Columns Exhibit   One of the most popular sites in Kennebunkport is Walkers Point, the summer home to the Bush family. As you drive out Ocean Avenue past St Anne’s church where the Bush family goes to church, by Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock, you are led to the spectacular peninsula where President George H W Bush and his wife Barbara reside with their family from mid May to mid October each year, the remainder of the year the former first family lives in Texas. The people of Kennebunkport love the Bush family, affectionately referencing […]

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Kennebunkport Fest ~ Best Dressed

So another fabulous Kennebunkport Festival is now a Maine memory. This year’s was no less success. The food, music and wine flowed along the Kennebunk River from cocktail soirees, to chef dinners, dance parties and grand tastings, just as it has for over a decade. So many fun fab people turn out for this social event of the season, kicking up their heels and kicking off summer in Kennebunkport. Once again the cuisine and entertainment were fantastic from start – at Old Vines Wine Bar to finish – the Grand Finale at David’s KPT at the Boathouse. Kudos to the Maine Mag staff, Art Collector […]

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What’s new in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk

As summer season arrives on the seacoast, Kennebunkport becomes a buzz of activity. This 2015 season ushers in some exciting new things in KennebunkPort’s Dock Square and Harbor Village, or Lower Village to some. There is a new kid on the block, on the dock actually. Have you seen the Spirit of Massachusetts docked in Kennebunk River harbor? This 125-foot schooner, Spirit of Massachusetts, arrived at her new homeport  this winter, pulled from Portland by the whale watch boat Nick’s Chance. Dwight Raymond and his family, of the Pilot House, First Chance Whale Watch and Lobster Cruises, and Performance Marine, are restoring […]

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Paint the Town Red with Romance in Kennebunkport

Here’s a romantic little secret… Kennebunkport and Kennebunk  is for lovers in winter. This seaside resort town is perfect for couples in search of a romantic retreat when Kennebunkport “Paints the Town Red” as part of its February is for Lovers. Bring your sweet heart for seaside beach walks, horse-drawn carriage rides, an Ice Bar cocktails party, cocktail classes, boutiques sales, cozy fireplaces, four poster beds at local inns, ocean view hot tubs, and seaside dining for two. The town of Kennebunkport celebrates February in style with a “Paint the Town Red” party atmosphere – with romantic lodging packages, cocktails and chocolate tasting, red lights décor throughout Dock Square and cozy […]

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NYE in KPT! New Year’s Eve happenings…

What are you doing New Year Eve? It’s time to say goodbye to this year in Kennebunkport, which included too many perfect beach days to count, a fine Kennebunkport Festival, a gorgeous foliage season, and now snow just after a warm wonderful most-popular Christmas Prelude. So how do you celebrate the end of a great year, and the start of a promising new calendar? Here are some fun festive events going on around town for NYE! Ports of Italy – Kennebunks’ classic Cucina Italiana will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a 4 course menu, featuring carpaccio, saltimbocca and tiramisu to name a few […]

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Ding Ding Ding goes the Trolley Dinner Bell in Kennebunkport

Progressive Wining & Dining in Kennebunkport  Here’s a fun twist on the Kennebunkport dining scene. An evening of wining and dining – a progressive dinner party on wheels, enjoying delicious stops at Kennebunk and Kennebunkport’s top restaurants. You have a D.D. and your companions are folks from here and away during a 4-hour culinary tour. Our Progressive Dinner evening started at The Nonantum Resort where we met our new foodie friends over a glass of Champagne before boarding our private trolley. First stop was Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School where Chef Jill met us at her woodsy home, with lush gardens and a stone patio surrounding her signature […]

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Barbara Bush’s 90th Birthday in Kennebunkport

My Barbara Bush story: When my kids were little, I would dress them especially well for children’s story hour whenever I saw “Celebrity Guest Reader” at Graves Public Memorial Library in Kennebunkport. It was the 1990’s, my husband worked long days at the Shawmut Inn on Ocean Ave (remember it?) before starting our marketing company (IMS-21), so I treasured our outings to the library. I loved sitting on the floor with my kids, listening to Barbara Bush read to them – the kids thought she was a nice lady, “she’s funny.” I explained to them what a privilege this was, being in the presence […]

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Kennebunkport is on Everyone’s Top Places List

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 […]

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Romance Marches on in Kennebunkport

If snow changed your Valentine’s plans, have heart. The romantic town of Kennebunkport has extended their February is for Lovers into March – so you come to Kennebunkport to see the beautiful red and white lights, the heart decorations and the festive seaside scene for another month… So Romance Marches on in Kennebunkport Maine until March 15! Call it a 2nd Chance at Romance – Valentines Redux… Kennebunkport Maine innkeepers, Chefs and boutique owners have “Painted the Town Red” and its so picturesque – sparkling lights and red hearts throughout town offset the beautiful snow. You can walk the beach all […]

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Best Christmas Prelude Events in Kennebunkport

Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport is the most festive time of year. Every merchant, mansion, and even the boats are decked with bows, boughs, greens and holly. The seaside town of Kennebunkport transforms to a winter postcard of Christmas spirit. From garlands on lobster traps to beautiful seaside doors decorated with sparkling seashells and starfish, it’s magical and memorable. No wonder Yankee Magazine and The Travel Channel and HGTV have named Kennebunkport in their top Christmas Towns and best Holiday fests. As for the best events during Christmas Prelude, the number of holiday activities and offerings would fill Santa’s sack, and […]

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The holidays in Kennebunkport Maine

I truly believe the best part of the holidays are in the anticipation. Decorating, shopping, attending Christmas festival and reminiscing on family gatherings of the past. One of the best gifts you can give yourself around the holidays is a Maine getaway, before Thanksgiving and Christmas slip away. I can think of no more festive place than Kennebunkport Maine just before the holidays. This delightful seaside town really decks the halls and does a magical pre-Christmas celebration, called Christmas Prelude each year. Visiting Kennebunkport in November and early December, you get to partake in the excitment of pre-holiday preparations, and […]

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