Looking for the most romantic town since Hallmark movies? It’s no surprise why we’re nuts for Kennebunkport.
This coastal town in the south of Maine looks as quaint as it did when It was founded in 1653 (except with all the luxurious mod cons of the 21stcentury). Gorgeous beaches, sweet shiplap housing and some of the best lobster rolls in the area, this little town (which looks like the perfect setting for a Nicholas Sparks film) is as charming as it is homely.
With the Kennebunkport Resort Collection owning nine resorts properties and six restaurants in town, travellers can tailor-make their vacation to suit their personality (because a spa was REALLY high on our priority list).
Our first check-in when we arrived in town was the Yachtsman Hotel and Marina Club. This renovated ‘motel’ type hotel is the perfect waterfront place to kick back and enjoy the views and good weather. The harbour-front bungalows are decorated in the most gorgeous way with the bright colours mirroring the colourful terrain of Maine’s landscape. Open the sliding doors onto your private waterfront garden and enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from your quaint deck chair as boats idly pass-by. We couldn’t help feeling like Barbra Bush enjoying Maine’s summer scene from behind the property’s lush pocket gardens.
When it’s time for sundowners, guests flock to the gorgeous yellow and white oars-themed bar with exceptional views of the harbour for a gin and tonic or a dip in the hotel’s seasonal pool. After that, it’s time to take the hotel’s vintage-style bicycles up the road for dinner at the town’s famous boathouse restaurant. This waterside restaurant is famous for serving classic Maine seafood with an Asian influence. We recommend a lobster roll with a side of crispy brussel sprouts.
Another property we just had to visit during our stay in Maine (which shows a totally different side to the town’s beauty) was Tides Beach Club. The only beachside property in the group’s portfolio, this seaside mansion is the perfect place to enjoy salty sea-air and sand between your toes. The perfect getaway for romantic travel with direct access to the beach, Tides is famous for a reason. Seaside chic guest rooms, located in a beautifully renovated inn on Goose Rocks beach the hotel has one of the best restaurant in town as well as superior beach service (yes, you don’t even need to lift your toosh from a beach chair when beckoning for a martini). Guest also have access to all the amenities at sister property Hidden Pond, home to the gorgeous Tree Spa. After late-afternoon massages at the spa and a dip in Hidden Pond’s pool, guests can make a reservation to eat at Earth, the property’s spectacular restaurant mirroring Maine’s natural habitat and beauty.
With so much to see it’s easy to spend 10 days really discovering the quaint town of Kennebunkport. To make your trip personal, we’ve rounded up the best suggestions for every occasion.
Our recommendation for Millennials? We would have to say the Yachtsman. A pool and blow-up floaties in summer make this the perfect place to kick back for a pool party. With a waterfront bar you don’t need to leave the grounds, however, should you wish, the walk into town is only five minutes.
Heading to Kennebunk Port for Valentine’s Day? Nothing says romance like the Kennebunkport Inn. This beautifully renovated inn featuring Ralph Lauren – inspired guest rooms is located in the heart of Dock Square with a local hot spot, The Burleigh on property. Think delicious food and live weekend music. Rumour has it that on Valentine’s day this year they made the inn super cosy with igloo’s. Talk about romantic.
Visiting with an older, more mature party? Our choice accommodations would have to be the adult-only Cape Arundle Inn. This elegant resort is comprised of the oceanfront Cape Arundle Main House and the exclusive Cape Arundle Clubhouse, nestled just up the road among turn-of-the-century mansions.
Family vacation? The perfect place to stay is the Lodge on the Cove. With adjoining rooms, this vintage motor lodge is a fun, casual vibe with spacious quarters and family amenities such as a pool and kid-friendly restaurant (The Dory) which serves the best milkshakes in town. There are also lawn games and ice-cream to keep the kids busy while we enjoy a boozy lunch. Hidden Pond’s self -catering cottages are also the perfect spot for families offering a kid’s calendar comprising of bonfires with S’mores in a five-star setting.
Tired of slaving over the stove at Christmas? Why not outsource the gammon this year. Book at Kennebunk Port Inn or Cape Arundle Inn for all the town’s seasonal festivities like the tree-lighting in the square, the arrival of Santa on a lobster boat (something totally out of a Hallmark movie) or roast chestnuts and enjoy hot cocoa on the deck. Remember rooms go quickly, so book in advance.
Only have 48 hours in Kennebunkport? Don’t fret! We have the top eight things all visitors need to tick off their bucket list.
Book a sunset sail, a trip on a Lobster boat, canoe or speedboat to go whale watching in season.
Bike to the beach on one of the property’s vintage bikes.
Enjoy a spa day at Hidden Pond
Book for brunch at The Burleigh on the verandah of the Kennebunkport inn.
Enjoy a casual dinner with a water sunset view at the Boathouse R
Enjoy live music on Thursday’s and weekends at The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn before dinner.
Enjoy a lobster roll at Tides Beach Club
Take a day trip to Portland, Maine and enjoy the quaint town with gastronomical delights.