Just two short hours from Boston you’ll find the beautiful getaway destination of Kennebunkport, Maine. While most might choose to visit this historical seaport in the summertime, there are plenty of reasons to plan a weekend escape any time of year.
1. Stay in an historical B&B.
There is a wide selection of properties available for a weekend stay in the Kennebunks. My suggestion would be to take advantage of one of the many historical bed and breakfasts in town. The Inn at English Meadows has been welcoming guests for over 75 years and recent renovations have left a chic and modern aesthetic with tasteful reminders of the Greek Revival building’s past. Accents from the sea are everywhere and the location is just a short walk to town.
2. Get your nautical on.
Evidence of the seafaring nature of the town is everywhere. You’ll find lobster buoys decoration homes and fences along with abandoned boats laid to rest as an art installations. Photography buffs should leave plenty of time to wander the streets and waterfront areas. Capturing some of the nautical history and sites of the town and surrounding areas is a favorite activity.
3. Eat farm to table goodness.
Food is serious business in this town with more than a few awarding winning chefs and restaurants in the area. Local produce and freshly caught seafood shine bright in local cafes and restaurants with sensational seasonal offerings. 50 Local in downtown Kennebunk has a menu that changes daily and gives ample opportunity to Eat, Drink and Be Local.
4. Walk the beaches.
Maine is famous for its beautiful beaches and this area is no exception. Bring an extra layer for cooler temperatures and you can enjoy miles of the public beaches, wildlife refuges and rocky coastlines dotting the coast. Tidal pools form in many of the coves making for an area rich in small sea creatures, perfect for exploring with kids.
5. Visit the Wedding Cake House.
Important early architecture is found in many areas of Maine. One of the most photographed houses in the state is the Federal-style Wedding Cake House. The name is obviously derived from the extensive white Gothic trim decorating the exterior. Built in 1825 by George Washington Bourne, the detail was added in later years after an extensive fire damaged much of the building and adjoining carriage house.
6. Shop and support local businesses.
Unique, independent stores make for a wonderful shopping experience both in and on the outskirts of town. Antiques are many and vintage finds are re-imagined in some very unusual ways. Local artisans are well represented, and you’ll find an abundance of photography capturing the charming quality of the New England lifestyle.
7. Eat a lobster roll.
When in Maine, a lobster roll is on the must-do list. You can’t get any closer to the source, and it just might be a requirement in one form or another on almost every menu. Two favorite spots to indulge are in the center of town at Alisson’s and the more upscale David’s KPT .
8. Go horsebackriding.
Get in touch with a private stable to take an early morning horse back ride along the coastline. If you’re not quite up to the task, visit Rocking Horse Stables, where you can find horse drawn sleigh, carriage or wagon rides throughout the year.
9. Have a great cocktail.
Cocktails, no doubt, change with the seasons and temperatures, but one thing you’ll find is a libation to suit all moods. Whether you are watching the sun set over the water or engaging in a lively exchange at the Old Vines Wine Bar, craft beers, creative cocktails and abundant wine selections are easy to find.
10. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast.
Kennebunkport’s B&Bs are known for their gourmet three and four course breakfasts. The 1802 House has one of the best, where innkeeper Teri will delight you with her passion for cooking. Home made pumpkin bread, yogurt topped with passion fruit syrup and grilled pineapple are just a few of the tasty offerings.