The summer is coming to an end and if you're still seeking a last minute getaway, continue reading. Just a few hours away from New York City and Boston, in the southern coast of Maine is a small, quaint town called Kennebunkport. Kennebunkport is a small town with a lot of history from early British history to current presidential history, to be exact.
When in Kennebunkport, you might catch a glimpse of George H.W. Bush (or his family) at his favorite restaurant, Stripers. Or maybe you'll end up at a favorite spot of Kennebunk locals and Barbara Bush, Gooch’s Beach. This is only a small percentage of what you can experience in Kennebunkport/Kennebunk. Again, if you’re seeking a last minute getaway fit for a president, continue reading for the best the town offers - in 72 hours.
Where To Stay in Kennebunkport
If you’re seeking a fine stay fit for a president, yet will make you feel right at home - stay at Inn at English Meadows. In the lower part of Kennebunk, the greek revival house is managed by the inn-keepers Kate and David. You will get delicious fresh breakfast in your room or the patio, refreshments 24/7 and you will feel right at home. From the inn's decor which includes a classic, yet modern design and the location - this inn is perfect for solo travelers and couples. The inn is also minutes away from a yoga studio, Parisian inspired cafe, restaurant and the center of town. The inn includes five suites, five rooms and two common areas each designed and adorned with art, good reads, information about the best things to do in Kennebunkport during your stay.
Kennebunkport other historic inns, includes 1802 House, The Colony (Pet-friendly), Captain Lord Mansion, Maine Stay, The White Barn Inn, and Captain Jefferds. For more information, on Inn at English Meadows in visit englishmeadowsinn.com.
Getting Around in Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport is a walkable town, however, if you prefer just hop on a trolley. You will stop at Kennebunkport/Kennebunk's most prized landmarks, such as The First Family Museum, Ganny’s Garden, The Bush Compound (Walker’s Point) and Dock Square. You also may spot a distinctive, yellow house called The Wedding Cake House, considered the most photographed house in the state of Maine.
First Families Museum. If you seek to learn about the history of Kennebunkport and its most affluent residents - past and present? First Families Museum is a Greek revival house where you will learn about the lifestyles of Charles and Celia Perkins, notable residents during the 1940s shipbuilding era of Kennebunkport. In addition, you will hear stories about sea captains and former President George Herbert Walker Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush along with their family.
Ganny’s Garden. If you visit Ganny’s Garden at Village Green. The garden was given as a surprise gift from her seventeen grandchildren who call her 'Ganny'. There are seventeen trees surrounding it, which reflects her love for family and her favorite momentum, such as a bronze plate of her favorite book “Pride and Prejudice” written by Jane Austen.
Shop Like A President In Dock Square
Dock Square located in the center of town and is one of the best places to grab a lobster roll, support and shop Kennebunk indie designers and more - all in one place!
If you find nothing in Dock Square, which is a slim chance to none, visit the newest shopping destination in Kennebunkport: Farm & Table in Cape Porpoise. Farm & Table is a cute gift shop comprising of even more indie-designed items and goods by artisans from the Kennebunks to the five Boroughs.
Dine Like A President
For a wholesome breakfast, take it from First Lady Bush, coffee along with a breakfast sandwich is a perfect way to start your day at HB Provisions. The store is the definition of variety, consisting of a generous selection of wine, foods, clothing and witty souvenirs. If you’re seeking a more upscale environment for breakfast visit David’s KPT for a delicious egg benedict and gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean while you dine.
For lunch, if you are a seafood lover, the Kennebunks will be your heaven on Earth. It’s impossible not to find a place in the Kennebunks that do not have lobster roll included on their menu. However, the best lobster roll in the Kennebunks is...it’s very hard to decide, but locals favorites include the infamous, award-winning Clam Shack and Port Lobster.
If you want to dine in for lunch, stop at a Bush’s favorite for all things seafood, Stripers Waterside Resturant. Dine inside the elegant restaurant or lounge outside in the Adirondack chairs with a breathtaking overlooking the water.
For dinner, your best bet is The Nonantum Resort’s 95 Ocean which has a wide variety of Maine seafood favorites, such as mussels and lobster. In addition, The Nonantum Resort also hosts the annual highlight of Kennebunkport, The Fire & Ice Festival. Experience fine cuisine, stay or play at the Nonantum Resort. Another exquisite dining option is the award winning restaurant in Kennebunkport called On The Marsh. Try the pan-seared sea scallops or the vanilla crème brûlée - all dishes are created by Chef Jeffrey Savage.
Presidential experiences in the Kennebunks
Food Tours. If you are a total foodie, the Maine Foodie Tour is a must when visiting the Kennebunks. Experience a half-mile tour full of taste! Visit various artisan shops while trying lobsters, chowders, cheeses and more. The tour offers many other tours, such as a tour for your pooch or the same food tour, however, on a motor coach.
Kayaking or Biking. Choose your adventure with Coastal Maine Kayak - the go-to place for bike and kayak rentals. Experience a guided kayak tour to Porpoise Point or take a self-guided bike tour around the Kennebunks.
Schooner Eleanor Sail Tour. Experience this two-hour up the Kennebunk River and then sail the scenic coastline from Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise. Also, catch the best views of the Bush Compound.
One Dock. Taste, learn, celebrate. Stop by the Table at One Dock and take one of their various tastings and mixology classes from the best of the best chefs/mixologists in the Kennebunks. Learn about Bourbon or make Prelude cocktails to lift your spirits during the Holiday season! In addition, to learning how to mix up awesome cocktails, it’s also recommended to sample off their delicious appetizer menu. One Dock is part of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection which includes The Tides Beach Club, Earth, David’s KPT, Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort and The Dory.
Gooch’s Beach. A few miles away from Dock Square is Gooch’s Beach - a local and First Lady Barbara Bush’s favorite.
Federal Jack’s: Visit the town’s brewery, catch live music (on Friday and Saturday), and taste award winning ales at Federal Jack’s.
Other nearby experiences in The Kennebunks
Sister Act at Ogunquit Playhouse: If you visit the Ogunquit Playhouse, watch the newest production of this year, Sister Act. This play is a favorite pastime for the Bush family, who often visit the playhouse in the Summer and get the VIP experience of meeting the all-star cast!
The best time to visit the Kennebunks
As mentioned, the Kennebunks are a highlight for the Bush Family where they often reside in their summer homes, and reportedly, on some occasions celebrity spottings have been reported, including Quentin Tarantino, Taylor Swift, and others.
It’s recommended to visit the town during high peak season, the Summer or even during the Winter when the popular town event Christmas Prelude takes place. According to HGTV, Kennebunkport is the best town to visit during the Holiday season.
It’s for sure no matter when you visit, you will be charmed by the town and will wish to return for an experience fit for a president.
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