A Weekend in Kennebunkport

It can be so nice to get out of the city, and we in Boston are so lucky to have so many beautiful areas in our backyard! It was my husband’s birthday last weekend, and to mark the occasion we decided to take a weekend trip to Kennebunkport. We had both driven through the area at some point, but really didn’t know it at all, so even though it was not far it felt like an adventure! It was an absolutely amazing time. Since I found lots of great tips online – yelp and tripadvisor reviews, as well as this blog post from the lovely Amelia of Colourbloc – I thought I should come back and share my favorites.

Where to Stay:

We stayed at the Captain Fairfield Inn, and absolutely loved it. The historic building is full of beautiful art, modern furniture, and graphic wallpaper. The combination is just so good. Each morning we were greeted with smiles and awesome breakfasts (they can even accommodate those with gluten intolerance!). The innkeepers were so lovely, and gave us great tips on what to do in the area. They set us up with beach passes and beach chairs to take out with us in the day, and had a set of petanque (also known as bocce) for us to play on the lawn. While the room wasn’t over the top, it was so so restful. We loved being a quick walk away from town, while our street was quiet. We were sad to leave!

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What to Eat:

We found so much great food! So important for a celebratory weekend, right? We had a great dinner on the first night at Bandaloop, a favorite with some of the locals we met. We ordered the tofu medallion appetizer to the approval of our server – I hadn’t known tofu could be so good! We started off the birthday evening celebrations with a drink on the patio at the Old Vines Wine Bar, and then walked along Ocean Drive to the Cape Arundel Inn, where we had a late dinner at their restaurant, Ocean. Everything was delicious, but the scallop appetizer and the poached lobster entrée were standouts.

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It wasn’t the only lobster we sampled. When in Maine… ;) We waited in line at the famous Clam Shack (as seen on many lists of best lobster rolls in Maine), and the results were well worth it. My husband had another lobster roll at Mabel’s Lobster Claw and pronounced it the winner, while I went with the “lazy person’s lobster” – they do all the cracking and sorting for you! For me, this was much more appetizing, and it was so delicious! Of course, we also sampled some amazing ice cream from Rococo, an adorable little ice cream shop (ranked 6th in the nation by tripadvisor!) with delicious, complex flavors.

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What to Do:

We spent two beautiful afternoons at Goose Rocks Beach, a short drive from the town of Kennebunkport. You need to buy a parking pass, and parking is not always easy to find at the gem of a beach, but the effort was so worthwhile. The beach extends for a few miles, curving around the water in two connected C-shapes. Along with the troupes of kids playing in the sand, there were lots of tiny birds, gulls, crabs, and other wildlife to watch. The water was warm! It is quite protected with very few waves, but we were still shocked and delighted by how (relatively!) warm the water felt. So perfect.

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We also walked along Ocean Drive, taking in the beautiful views of the water, walking the seawall, and dipping our toes in the waves at the little Colony Beach.

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We also had tons of fun strolling through town, browsing the shops and people-watching. The cute Daytrip Society was the perfect spot to buy a few gifts – they had lots of fun toys, books, and accessories. On our way out of town we stopped at Antiques on Nine, a huge antique shop with some new or repurposed items in the mix. There were so many fun and unusual pieces in here. I was especially taken with the interesting vessels and sculpture pieces that would have been so great for a garden, but less so for my fire escape! Our final stop was the charming Snug Harbor Farm. (Natalie wrote about them here.) They have the cutest group of animals, gorgeous plants (especially their succulents!), and beautiful gifts.

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As you can see by this long post, I was smitten by the area! Obviously I’ll have to go back to do more research! ;) Do you have a favorite spot for a summer weekend getaway? Please share!

Image Credit: Laura Chassaigne

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