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Kennebunkport, Maine, Photo

The Kennebunk River separates Kennebunkport and Lower Kennebunk -- with some grand coastal Maine scenery in between, of course.

Article and photos by Eric H.

Kennebunkport receives a great deal of travel press, and with good reason:  this quaint Maine town is sort of like a "greatest hits" package of the Maine coast. With stunning rocky coastal ocean views at Ocean Drive, plenty of interesting little shops (boutiques, galleries, gift shops, traditional old-time stores) and waterfront seafood restaurants in its visually appealing, colorful small downtown at Dock Square, Kennebunkport truly offers a grand introduction to those interested in visiting the Maine coast.  It's a place of grand old sea captain's homes -- some of which have become inns and bed and breakfasts -- and narrow, crooked streets to stroll by the coast. Our 41st U.S. President, George W. Bush, Sr., also has a spectacular summer home here, which can be seen from Ocean Drive. 

At times during the summer and revered Christmas tree lighting ceremony where the downtown is beautifully lit with thousands of lights, Kennebunkport can seem a bit hectic and not built for the crowds -- this is, after all, a small little town.  If you seek some peace and quiet, have no fear: Kennebunkport has areas of nearly perfect solitude, especially on the outskirts at the isolated stretch of beach at Goose Rocks, and Cape Porpoise with its views of Goat Island Lighthouse and the brief yet charming village mix of lobster pounds, fish markets, local stores and a few restaurants.  Kennebunkport is a special Maine destination, one that we can recommend as one of the true quintessential coastal Maine towns. 

Kennebunkport, Maine, Dock Square, Photo

Dock Square features a quaint coastal Maine look, leading to the water. Here, you will find plenty of shops and restaurants.

Kennebunkport, Maine, architectural contrasts photo
Kennebunkport often features a pleasing belend of historical architectural styles.

Ocean Drive, Kennebunkport, Maine, photo

The ride along Ocean Drive features some spectacular, classic rocky coastal Maine views.

Kennebunkport Congregational Church photo, Kennebunkport, Maine

Temple St.  features well-maintained older homes and the South Congregational Church

Goose Rocks Beach photo, Kennebunkport, Maine

Goose Rocks Beach offers a peaceful solitude should the pace of the summer downtown crowds become too much.

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