What it Feels Like to be in Kennebunkport, Maine
by Eric Hurwitz. Page updated on 11/09/16
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Kennebunkport receives a great deal of travel press,
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
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.
Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport
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