The Kennebunks are by no means large metropolitan centers like New York City or Boston with cultrually variegated environment, congested street traffic and ubiquitous city pollution. Indeed, you won’t be stuck in traffic for hours, you can feel safe walking at night, you can see the stars at dusk, and you can take a breath of fresh air. Yet despite being rather small towns, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport can have a metropolitan feel.
Both Kennebunk and Kennebunkport have a variety of shops, lodging and dining options with brew pubs, historic inns, boutique shops, or art galleries. With Route 1 bypassing the heart of Kennebunk, a lot of businesses inhabit historic buildings providing a fun and eclectic center. You know you’ve entered the heart of Kennebunk where you’ll pass taverns, cafes, antique shops, and funky outlet stores. The main strip in Kennebunk is bustling at noon while people often take casual walks to nearby parks or browse shops during their lunch break. If you have a taste for organic foods, you’ll find plenty of farm stands throughout the area, as well as a natural foods market at the corner of Rt 1 and 9A. The new organic ice cream shop near the corner of Main Street and Storer is excellent, but you won’t find it on Google. Although we live in a digital age, there are some neat places you can only find by foot. That’s half the fun though, isn’t it?
Following Summer Street from Route 1 will eventually take you to to the Lower Village in Kennebunk where you have a great restaurant scene. There’s the White Barn Inn, Maine’s only 5 star restaurant for special occasions among a variety of dining options from wine bars with tapas style food, pub fare, Mexican to Thai. Crossing the bridge into Kennebunkport to Dock Square is an arena for foodie’s delight and spend thrift’s titillation. This is the place to park your car and walk around to browse shops and walk into some great restaurants.
The best part of touring Kennebunk and Kennebunkport is you get a great scene for shopping and dining, but you’re also not far from some natural scenery. From Dock Square, you can take a walk or bike ride to Parson’s Way for a dosage of Maine nature. And with six beaches to choose from, overall, you’re never short of places to go in the Kennebunks.