Kennebunk & Kennebunkport
Kennebunk and its close neighbor, Kennebunkport, are two of Maine’s favorite destinations. With numerous beaches to choose from, charming shopping along historic streets and some of Maine’s best dining, it’s a perennial favorite. These two villages have been a popular summer destination for more than a century. There are dozens of elegant B&Bs and inns, as well as large hotels. The Kennebunk River divides the villages, providing a quaint riverside town esthetic along with the gorgeous Atlantic coastline.
Things to Do in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport
Summer in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport means warm days spent on the many sandy beaches – Colony, Parson’s and Mother’s beaches are just a few of the popular spots to play in the soft sand and cool off in the waves. You can also rent a beach wheelchair from the Kennebunk Parks and Recreation Department. The beaches and rivers provide a wonderful way to enjoy kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding with free delivery and guided tours from Kayak Excursions. Deep sea fishing and whale watching are also available, as are scenic cruises on historic schooners.
Shopping in the boutiques, gift shops and galleries is always a pleasure and Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are also known for excellent antiquing. Maine Foodie Tours offers seasonal walking tours to sample locally made foods and beverages. The Waterhouse Center offers free covered ice skating in the winter and a Kennebunk Artisans Marketplace from May-October Kennebunkport’s two-week long Christmas Prelude was voted the 2nd Best Christmas Town in America by HGTV and the event has many activities from caroling to gingerbread house crafting, and you won’t want to miss the Lobster Trap Tree.
History comes alive with the Museum in the Streets, a free walking tour that informs you of local historic sites and shares stories, events and traditions in Kennebunk. There are 25 historical panels, rich with local archival imagery, installed around town. Maps are available throughout town at stores and the library.
Where to Stay in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport
Kennebunk hotels are plentiful, and often quite luxurious. Several of the beloved lodging spots are The Breakwater Inn, the Maine Stay Inn and Cottages, the Kennebunk Inn – which has been a staple since 1799 – and the Kennebunkport Inn, in an historic mansion, as well the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. For more suggestions, check our list of regional businesses below or click here.
Restaurants in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport
You will dine well in the villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. Start your day off right at the Boulangerie for rolls, muffins, croissants and so much more. The White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, not only has 25 luxurious guest rooms but an award-winning restaurant situated in two restored barns, as well. HB Provisions is the very popular general store, which serves meals all day from their deli menu, including lobster and “crabster” rolls – lobster and crab on a roll! Kennebunk’s Bandaloop serves organic local foods with many vegan and vegetarian options. If you’re looking for more casual fare, try one of the area’s favorite lobster rolls while eating your way through the Lobster Roll Trail of the Kennebunks. In Kennebunkport, enjoy the French bistro vibes in a Maine barn at Chez Rosa’s or seafood with a river view at The Boathouse. Want more ideas? Scroll down our list of businesses below or click here.