As bustling as in days gone by, the handsome restored buildings in Dock Square house boutiques, art and craft galleries, shops and restaurants. Kennebunkport Historical Society offers guided walking tours of many historic buildings and elegant homes. On your own, meander along scenic Parson’s Way towards Walkers Point, where pedestrians pause to snap a photo of former President George Bush’s summer estate.
Take a nostalgic look inside the Seashore Trolley Museum on Log Cabin Road (open seasonally) – you can even take a four-mile trolley ride. Or visit peaceful gardens and lawns in an English park setting at St. Anthony’s Monastery and Shrine on Beach Road.
If you’re visiting Kennebunkport in the winter you won’t want to miss the Christmas Prelude. It was once voted the 2nd Christmas Town in America by HGTV! The Prelude includes three tree-lighting ceremonies, a dozen Art and Craft Fairs; approximately 12 venues serving either breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner; and 12 programs of music celebrating the season. Santa still arrives by lobster boat escorted by two very special “lobster elves”.
The wide sands of Kennebunk, Mother’s and Gooch’s Beach attract walkers as well as those who like to play in the surf, build sandcastles or sunbathe. Others prefer to be on the water, by taking a boat trip to see whales, porpoises, seals and sea birds, or going deep-sea fishing. Sailing, kayaking, canoeing, parasailing and scuba diving are readily available. Golfers enjoy 9-hole, 18-hole and family golf courses nearby. In the fall, Kennebunk is ideal for biking, walking and tennis. In the winter, there are special Christmas festivities, plus sleigh rides and cross-country skiing.
Kennebunk’s tree-lined streets enhance houses built by the 18th and 19th century merchants and sea captains – some have been converted into elegant inns and comfortable B&Bs. There are Oceanside resorts, cottages, motels, guest houses and campgrounds to choose from, as well.
When visiting The Kennebunks, The Lodge at Kennebunk is the affordable alternative and the place to stay. Though its location is just off the Maine Turnpike, it is by no means a “turnpike motel”. The Lodge at Kennebunk offers so much for so little.
It’s warm, helpful and informative staff are of the belief that customer service is an attitude not a department. Clean and comfortable rooms, suites and efficiencies all have the feeling of home. The Lodge at Kennebunk offers so many free amenities such as worldwide calling, Internet, a business center, and seasonal gas grills, a heated outdoor pool and parking passes good for parking any Kennebunk beaches.