Kennebunkport, ME

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Kennebunkport
Former presidents are among the many who enjoy the picturesque beaches, tasty seafood and relaxing atmosphere of this charming coastal town.

Spend a day scouring the beaches for shells or soaking up the sun on one of Kennebunkport’s beaches. Take a tour around the coast on an old lobster boat and keep an eye out for a passing whale. End your day with a seafood dinner in one of the many inns or restaurants in the small town center.

Kennebunkport, Maine, is 28 miles (46 kilometers) south of Portland. The town is built along the banks of the Kennebunk River. Settlement here dates back to the 1600s. For many years Kennebunkport was an important boat-building hub, though recent times have seen the eastern town become a popular resort. Many former mansions of ships’ captains now serve as inns.

Walk or drive down Ocean Avenue to admire the coastal view on one side and the luxurious vacation homes of America’s well-heeled on the other. Towards the end of Walker’s Point you’ll see the vacation residence of former president George. W. Bush.

Spend a day or two exploring the area’s coastal treasures. Visit Goose Rocks Beach for swimming and snorkeling. The Blowing Caves, Spouting Rock and Goat Island lighthouse all make for pleasant excursions.

Take a tour on a former lobster boat or join a whale-watching expedition to see these giants up close. If you prefer to stay on land, then visit the Franciscan Monastery and the Kennebunkport History Center to learn about the area’s past.

Wander around the small town center and without knowing it you may well slip into the neighboring Lower Village. Only locals would really distinguish between the two, because both offer gift shops and galleries, good restaurants and plenty of places to stay.

Visit the town in summer and you’ll almost certainly be able to attend a festival. The Kennebunkport Festival in June features wine, food and music. The fireworks displays held as part of Fourth of July celebrations are best seen from a lobster boat out at sea. Winter offers different charms, with the possibility of picturesque empty beachesjust one of the many reasons to visit in the low season.

Where to stay in Kennebunkport

The Rhumb Line Resort
The Rhumb Line Resort
2.5 out of 5
41 Turbat's Creek off Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
The price is $139 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Kennebunkport. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (473 reviews)
"It was ok"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

The Rhumb Line Resort
The Colony Hotel
The Colony Hotel
3 out of 5
140 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
The price is $259 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kennebunkport. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (493 reviews)
"Beautiful spot."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

The Colony Hotel
Kennebunkport Captains Collection
Kennebunkport Captains Collection
4.5 out of 5
6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
The price is $341 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kennebunkport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (200 reviews)
"Gorgeous, old-fashioned setting. Lovely staff. Nice breakfast with eggs, fruit, oatmeal, assorted pastries, etc- (not your cheap continental breakfast like at some places) Five star ratings!"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Kennebunkport Captains Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Light-filled Studio condo in the center of downtown-walk to dining/shopping!
Light-filled Studio condo in the center of downtown-walk to dining/shopping!
Kennebunkport, ME
The price is $107 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Kennebunkport. Enjoy a water park, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Mast Cove Galleries and Dock Square ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
Recent visit to Kennebunkport
"The apartment was very comfortable and had all we needed. The location was excellent and loved having our own parking spot since this is a very busy area. Enjoyed pizza one night and a wonderful ice cream cone fro Ben & Jerry’s which were both located on the first floor."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Light-filled Studio condo in the center of downtown-walk to dining/shopping!
The Cottages at Cabot Cove
The Cottages at Cabot Cove
3.5 out of 5
7 South Main Street, Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Kennebunkport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and free bicycles on site. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Adorable, convenient location, clean."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

The Cottages at Cabot Cove
OVER 500 5-STAR REVIEWS! PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS ~ FOR COUPLES, FAMILIES, GROUPS
OVER 500 5-STAR REVIEWS! PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS ~ FOR COUPLES, FAMILIES, GROUPS
Kennebunkport, ME
The price is $2,400 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 21
Stay at this vacation home in Kennebunkport. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Bush Compound and Walker's Point are located ...
OVER 500 5-STAR REVIEWS! PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS ~ FOR COUPLES, FAMILIES, GROUPS
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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