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With its idyllic coastal setting, silver sandy beaches, historic B&Bs, and upscale restaurants, Kennebunkport is the quintessential seaside haven. Alongside the fresh ocean air and pleasant summertime climate, the town offers alluring pleasures for all. Indulge in locally caught lobster with a side of sea view, hike trails and bird watch, enjoy golf, sailing and fishing, or watch whales as they rise majestically from the Atlantic Ocean. Such is Kennebunkport’s relaxing pace, even presidents have come to get away from it all.

Things to see

The Bush Compound is the summertime oceanfront abode of America’s 41st President George H. W. Bush, and his been in the family for more than a century. Whilst you can’t go for a snoop around inside, the New England style retreat can be admired from the front gate or from the water. Sitting beside the Kennebunk River, Cape Arundel Golf Club offers 18 holes of play amidst lush and leafy scenery. Featuring small greens and a fully stocked pro shop, the club is well noted as a presidential favorite. Founded in 1939, Seashore Trolley Museum is home to over 250 transit vehicles, making it one of the largest electronic railway museums in the world. Whilst the collection mainly features vintage electric streetcars, exhibits focus on both the past and present of public transport. Separated from the mainland by tidal creeks, Vaughn’s Island Preserve is a small oak-forested haven, perfect for bird watching and walking.

Hotels in Kennebunkport

The hotels in Kennebunkport are almost as alluring as the landscape, with an array of charm-laden inns, B&Bs and rental cottages to choose from. Set behind prim and proper facades, the historical properties often feature classical decor, with 4-poster beds, antiques, and flowery touches. Many of them provide guests with plenty of mod-cons in amongst the elegance however, with WiFi, cable television, and tea/coffee makers in most rooms. The larger hotels occasionally feature fitness facilities, swimming pools, and business centers, whilst many come with a sea view too. If you’re on a budget, the cheaper motels and hotels in Kennebunkport offer a simpler, less frilly stay.

Where to stay

Kennebunkport’s heart is the gently bustling Dock Square. Characterized by its quaint, antiquated weatherboard buildings, the waterside hub is where you’ll find much of the town’s commercial offerings. Upmarket restaurants serve up a cornucopia of fresh local catches, whilst cutesy boutiques provide a trove of potential souvenirs, from handmade jewelry to antiques. Whilst peace and tranquility is a given in town, a hotel in Kennebunkport’s Cape Porpoise area puts you in a slightly quieter portion of the community. The fishing village is home to a handful of local eateries, along with shops, galleries and attractions such as the Goat Island Lighthouse.

How to get to Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport has 4 airports within an hour and a half’s drive away: Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, Manchester-Boston Regional, Boston’s Logan International, and Portland International Jetport. The latter however is just 30 minutes from town, and serves a good handful of major US destinations including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Philadelphia. If you want to make your way in by train instead, nearby Wells is served by the Amtrak train, which stops just a 10 minute journey from Kennebunkport. For those driving in, the city is easily accessible via Interstate 95.

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