Winters in the Kennebunks are our secret season, and those who discover this quieter time are in for a snowy treat. Deserted beaches offer a serene setting for a winter walk. Hillside draped in snow are prime for sledding. Nearby farms and cross country centers, like Laudholm Farm and Harris farm, offer Nordic skiing and snowshoeing so you can tour the snow-covered fields and winter woods before heading inside for a hot cocoa by the fire. Downtown Kennebunk has a covered Ice Rink at Waterhouse Pavillion open to the public for skating.
Dock Square in Kennebunkport is a postcard setting around the holidays with festive decorations at each shop and a magical Christmas tree in the village center. Winter is also a time for celebration in the Kennebunks with our world famous Christmas Prelude event. Christmas carols at the Franciscan Monastery and homemade cookies served inside the shops are all part of the scene, so is Santa arriving by lobster boat.
February is for Lovers in Kennebunkport, during this wonderful winter month locals Paint the Town Red and transforms the seaside village into a romantic retreat. Ice bars and Igloos, wine and cheese tastings, skate parties, and special candlelight dinners are planned for couples and honeymooners. Horse drawn sleigh rides throughout town are a treat, or you can visit nearby stables for horseback riding.
Winter is also a great time to discover indoor activities like bowling at local Garden Street Bowl in Kennebunk – a full bowling alley with a bistro, on Garden Street, downtown Kennebunk, 207-636-7799.
Visit Motorland’s vintage car collection at Maine Classic Auto Museum on Route 1 in Arundel. A fantastic collection of antique autos on display inside this collector’s haven. Open Wed- Sunday in winter. 207-710-6699.
Movie theaters, Portland Museum of Art and the Children’s Museum are other ways to spend a winter day.
Wells Laudholm Farm – a spectacular nature preserve and estuarine for seaside strolls and cross country ski trails. 646-4521
Rockin’ Horse Stables – Horse Drawn Sleigh/Carriage/Wagon Rides! 245 Arundel Road, Kennebunkport, 967-4288.
Harris Farm Cross County Ski Center – 40 Km of groomed x-c trails and snow shoeing. Rentals and lunch available, ice skating pond. Maple sugaring in March. Minutes from the coast just off Rt. 35, 30 minutes from Kennebunk. 252 Buzzell Rd Dayton, 207-499-2678.
Kennebunk Waterhouse Pavilion Ice Rink – free covered ice rink, Main Street, downtown Kennebunk.
Seaside Inn is perfectly positioned, directly on Kennebunk Beach with an Inn and Cottages available in winter at Special Off-Season Packages and rates. Guests love the private beach access for winter walks, and the Hot Tub open year round with outstanding ocean views. Daily homemade breakfast. Family Innkeepers since 1667. 80 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk, 207-967-4461
The Inn at English Meadows is traditional but modern and chic, in Lower Village near Old Vines Wine Bar, shops and cafes. Stylish suites and beautiful amenities, plus a bountiful homemade breakfast are your daily luxuries. Walk to dozens of art galleries, shops and restaurants in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. Port Road, Kennebunk, Maine 207-967-5766
Rhumb Line Resort is the place to stay in winter with kids, its Kennebunkport’s family friendly affordable resort hotel. With Kennebunkport’s only indoor heated pool, indoor & outdoor hot tubs, fitness center and daily Continental breakfast. All located less than a quarter mile from the ocean and one mile from Walkers Point and Dock Square. Kids Stay Free. Off-season packages with excellent value. Open year round (except Jan). 41 Turbat’s Creek, Kennebunkport, 207-967-5457
Kennebunkport Captains Collection nestled in Kennebunkport’s historic residential district, is a collection of the most significant historic ship captain’s homes in Kennebunkport. Formerly known individually as Captain Lord Mansion, Captain Fairfield Inn, Captain Jefferds Inn, and Maine Stay Inn, the inns are now managed as a resort-style single entity collection that embodies the nautical charm of the town with the design and amenities to satisfy the desires of today’s discerning traveler. From cozy Queen rooms to suites and private cottages, the collection offers something for everyone. Located just one block from the Kennebunk River, lively Dock Square, and the Kennebunkport harbor, the boutique Kennebunkport Captains Collection features landscaped grounds, warm hospitality, and professional concierge services, making our properties some of the best places to stay in Kennebunkport. 8 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, 207-967-4454.
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