Welcome to Kennebunk
New England charm meets the rocky coast
Famed for its beautiful sandy beaches and striking architectural masterpieces, Kennebunk is a hotspot for summer crowds seeking the tranquility of a small town with pleasant attractions. Coastal trails loop around town, with charming local boutiques, galleries, and decadent food options dotting the streets. Commuters enjoy convenient access to neighboring Boston, Portland, and Saco on Amtrak, while easy freeway access puts drivers mere minutes away from these other cities.
What to Love
- Storied, scenic beach town with a relaxed pace
- The flourishing local business landscape with popular shops and fine dining
- A distinguished atmosphere beloved by high-profile residents for decades
Top political personalities return to Kennebunk over and over for its upscale and architecturally significant dwellings, in-town conveniences, and accessibility to neighboring towns. A quaint town with a spacious suburban feel, Kennebunk’s harbor is filled with boats venturing out for lobster-catching. Peruse walkable storefronts and then indulge in a taste of lobster at a seaside eatery.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
In the heart of Kennebunk’s Lower Village, the rustic-chic Old Vines invites locals for fine wine, craft beers, and cocktails served alongside small plates of fried shishito peppers, watermelon burrata, and pan-seared halibut. The Batson River Brewing & Distilling is cherished for offering guests a unique dining experience with quality and craft in an intimate setting that makes you feel right at home, especially with the fun parlor games upstairs or in one of the private fish shacks outside.
Timeless grace greets you at the White Barn Inn, an airy, refined destination offering restorative sessions at its spa, award-winning dining, and exceptional customer service. Long a beloved local landmark, the inn epitomizes coastal luxury and New England hospitality at its peak. High-end New American dishes served farm-to-fork can be enjoyed at the incredible Earth at Hidden Pond, where guests savor their plates with perfect wine cocktails and beer. Stop into HB Provisions for amazing sandwiches, espresso, and gourmet groceries, and for locals passionate about healthy eating, a meal at Live Cafe sounds just right.
Things to Do
Established in 1966 to protect salt marshes and migrating bird estuaries, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge not only preserves wildlife but has also created a scenic destination for people to take strolls and explore nature. Gorgeous nature trails wind through forested areas alive with birds and animals while sporting lookouts toward the salt flats and the ocean.
Families with kids can enjoy unmatched fun at the popular Mother’s Beach, a sandy expanse complete with a playground. Part of the trio beaches that stretch along Beach Avenue, Mother Beach lets you experience the wonders of Maine’s coastline while standing on fine sand and staring out at crystal clear Atlantic waters. Take a stroll along the black-pebbled Middle Beach for a quiet, meditative evening or bring your dog and surfing board along to Gooch’s Beach — the largest of the trio — and try on the waves of this beloved beach.
Weddings and thrilling art shows rule the roost at Vinegar Hill Music Theater, overflowing with the harmony of classical, rock, cabaret, and folk music. And if you’re looking for the perfect way to keep your kids occupied in summer, sign them up for KBIA’s enrichment and recreation program.
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