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Kennebunkport

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Kennebunkport is a coastal town in southern Maine. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. It is known for its shopping, atmosphere, and for providing access to Maine breaches. The Bush family, including two United States presidents, often visit their compound on nearby Walker's Point.

Understand[edit]

The predominant language of the town is English, but due to the large number of visitors from Quebec, some locals will have facility with French.

An information kiosk is open in Dock Square. It provides information free of charge, much of which is based upon the suggestions of the local chamber of commerce.

Information about upcoming events will often be made available at the local libraries: The Kennebunk Free Library [1] and The Louis T. Graves Memorial Library [2].

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Portland International Jetport is located approximately 35 minutes from Kennebunkport.

Manchester International Airport, located approximately 80 minutes from Kennebunkport.

Boston's Logan International Airport, approximately 90 minutes drive from Kennebunkport.

The region has some smaller regional airports (Sanford and Biddeford Airports), suitable for receiving small private planes.

By car[edit]

Take the Maine Turnpike (I-95). From Exit 16 (Wells), take Route 109 east to Route 1 to Route 9 east. From Exit 25 (Kennebunk), follow Route 35 east.

By train[edit]

Amtrak [3] to Boston South Station. Continuing service with Amtrak Downeaster to Wells Maine.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound bus lines service Portsmouth and Portland. From there, one must provide one's own transportation.

By rented car[edit]

Taxis are available throughout Maine, but appointments must be made by telephone. In the Kennebunkport area, expect to make the appointment at least 2 hours in advance.

Limousines are available in Maine, originating most commonly from Portland.

By boat[edit]

Kennebunkport is a busy small harbor. Docking can be purchased for short- and long-term. Many boats are stored on land during the winter months.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

The center of Kennebunkport is designed to accommodate the pedestrian. Sidewalks are spacious, crosswalks are common, and window-shopping is encouraged.

There is little opportunity to move between nearby towns via foot. Sidewalks end just outside the city centers. Roads can be poorly lit at night. In the wintertime, snow can limit the space on the side of the roads to the point where one must walk in traffic.

Pedestrians found walking along the wrong side of the road (the right-hand side, with traffic) may be stopped and corrected by police. They will not be ticketed.

By bicycle[edit]

The Eastern Trail and Bridal Path are bicycle paths shared with walkers (and sometimes horses) best used with a mountain bike. Road bikes must share the roads with cars.

The speed limits in the area range from 25 to 50 miles per hour. Car drivers are usually, but not always, conscientious about road-sharing, especially off-season.

Winter snow storms may make bicycle riding difficult from December to March. Ice storms make bicycle riding incredibly dangerous, but such storms are rare.

There is a helmet law in the state of Maine for bicyclists. Those who violate it may be ticketed.

By car[edit]

During the primary tourist season (June through August), congestion in Kennebunkport can be severe. It may take ten minutes to go from one side of downtown Kennebunkport to the other - a length of approximately three hundred meters. Off-season, this trip will take about fifteen seconds.

Outside of the Dock Square area, traffic is negligible at any time of year.

To park alongside one of the local beaches requires a permit. These can be purchased at the Kennebunk or Kennebunkport town halls or police stations. Their numbers are limited. As of 2010, they cost $10 for a day pass.

There are many places to park within a short walking distance of the beach, sometimes directly across the street, such that a permit is not required. Oftentimes these 'spaces' are at the edge of the road. They are of dubious legality, but are tolerated.

Permits are not required between September 15th and June 15th.

Cars are not allowed on the beach between 11PM and 6AM, year round.

By motorcycle[edit]

Maine is known to be friendly to motorcyclists. Coastal Route 1, which runs through downtown Kennebunkport, is a common route for motorcycle touring.

Kennebunkport does have noise regulations, but motorcyclists will rarely be stopped due to volume complaints.

By truck[edit]

Kennebunkport Bridge cannot support large loads. The tight turns in the town center prohibit the passage of large trucks. Kennebunkport maintains noise legislation which prohibits engine breaking.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Beaches - the primary draw of the region is its beach access. Kennebunkport is home to a number of public or publicly-accessible beaches. These include Kennebunk Beach, Gooch's Beach, Mother's Beach, and Parson's Beach. (All are shared with Kennebunk)
  • The Franciscan Monastery, 28 Beach Ave. [4] Year round, sunrise to sunset. Includes a place of worship, maintained grounds, and paths that follow the course of the harbor and afford fabulous views of the ships at anchor.
  • The Kennebunkport History Center, 125 North St., Phone: +1 207 967-2751. Year round. Tu-F 10AM-4PM. Maintained by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.
  • Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road, Phone: +1 207 967-2712, [5]. Daily mid May-Oct 10AM-5PM. Museum displays and rides, including the opportunity to operate a streetcar yourself (with guidance, of course). Adults $8, children (6-16) $5.50.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Nott House, 8 Maine Street, Phone: +1 207 967-2751. Seasonal. Guided and self-guided walking tours.
  • First Chance Whalewatch, 4 Western Av., Phone: +1 207 967-5507, [6]

Golf Courses:

  • Cape Arundel Golf Course, Phone: +1 207 967-3494, [7]
  • Hillcrest Pitch & Putt, 71 Western Av., Phone: +1 207 967-4661. Open seasonally.
  • Webhannet Golf Club, 26 Golf Club Drive, Phone: +1 207 967-3951, [8]. Semi-private 18 holes, 6,049 yards.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Dock Square is the center of Kennebunkport shopping. Some of the stores are closed or keep reduced hours off-season.

Art Galleries[edit]

  • Ebb Tide Gallery, Route 9, Phone: +1 207 967-4688.
  • Clay Art, 127 Ocean Av., Phone: +1 207 967-1177.
  • Compliments - Gallery of Fine American Crafts, Dock Sq., Phone: +1 207 967-2269.
  • Dayer Photography, 74 Summer St., Phone: +1 207 985-2472.
  • P. DeSantis Gallery and Studio, 77 North Street, Phone: +1 207 967-5215.
  • Goose Rocks Pottery, Wharf Lane, Phone: +1 207 967-4884.
  • Hendrikson Art Studio, 8 Western Av., Phone: +1 207 967-4482. Civil War art.
  • Nancy St.Lawrence Studio, 31 Ocean Avenue, Phone: +1 207 967-3170.
  • Ocean Winds Art Gallery, 17 Ocean Ave., Phone: +1 207 967-2823. Kinkade gallery.
  • W. Robert Paine Gallery, 42 Ocean Ave., Phone: +1 207 967-2104.
  • Rivertree Center for the Arts, 35 Western Avenue, Phone: +1 207 967-9120.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Alisson's, 11 Dock Square, Phone: +1 207 967-4841, [9].
  • Bandaloop, 2 Dock Square, Phone: +1 207 967-4994, [10].
  • Bartley's Dockside Dining, By the bridge, Phone: +1 207 967-5050, [11].
  • Cape Arundel Inn, South Maine St., Phone: +1 207 967-2125, [12].
  • Cape Porpoise Kitchen,12 Mills Rd., Phone: +1 207 967-1150, 800-488-1150.
  • Dock Square Coffee House, 18 Dock Square, Phone: +1 207 967-4422.
  • Federal Jack's Restaurant and Brew Pub, 8 Western Av., Phone: +1 207 967-4322, [13]
  • Grissini Italian Bistro, 27 Western Av., Phone: +1 207 967-2211, [14]
  • Hurricane Restaurant, 23 Dock Sq., Phone: +1 207 967-9111, [15]
  • Lobster Pot, 62 Mills Rd., Phone: +1 207 967-4607.
  • Old Salt's Pantry, Ocean Av., Phone: +1 207 967-4966, [16]. Little deli.
  • On the Marsh Restaurant, 46 Western Av., Phone: +1 207 967-2299.
  • Pier 77 Restaurant, 77 Pier Rd., Phone: +1 207 967-8500. Tu-Su lunch and dinner.
  • Port Tavern & Grille Steakhouse, One Dock Square, Phone: +1 207 967-2621, [17].
  • Stripers Waterside Restaurant, 127 Ocean Avenue (at The Breakwater Inn & Spa), Phone: +1 207 967-5333, [18].
  • The White Barn Inn Restaurant, 37 Beach Road, Phone: +1 207 967-2321, (fax: +1 207-967-1100, email: mailto:innkeeper@whitebarninn.com), [19]. The only AAA Five Diamond, Mobil Five Star Restaurant north of New York City. Menu changes daily, four course, fixed price from $91.00 per person plus wines.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in public. Open containers of alcohol will be confiscated and their owners fined.

  • Kennebunkport Brewery - also known as Federal Jack's. Phone: +1 207 967-4322. Brewery tours. Shipyard Ale.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Rhumb Line Resort, Ocean Avenue, Phone: +1 207 967-5457. Indoor & outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, complete fitness center & function room. Poolside Restaurant in summer. On Trolley Route. Kids Stay Free. Off-season packages. [20]
  • Old Fort Inn, 8 Old Fort Avenue, Toll Free +1 800-828-3678, Fax: +1 207 967-4547, [21]
  • The Welby Inn, 92 Ocean Avenue, Phone: +1 207 967-4655, Email: innkeeper@welbyinn.com, [22]

Mid-range[edit]

  • The Lodge at Turbat's Creek, 7 Turbat's Creek Road, Toll Free: +1 877-594-5634, Phone: +1 207 967-8700, Fax: +1 207 967-0528, [23]. Country location.
  • Rhumb Line Resort, Ocean Avenue, Phone: +1 207 967-5457, Fax: +1 207 967-4418, [24]. Indoor & outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, complete fitness center & function room. Poolside Restaurant in summer. On Trolley Route. Kids Stay Free. Off-season packages.
  • King’s Port Inn, Beach Av and Western Av., Toll free: +1 800-286-5767, Phone: +1 207 967-4340, Fax: +1 207 967-4810, [25]. Downtown location.
  • Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, Phone: +1 207 967-2621, Fax: +1 207 967-3705, [26]. Downtown, piano bar.
  • The Seaside Inn & Cottages, 80 Beach Av., Phone: +1 207 967-4461, Toll Free: 1-800-967-4461, [27]
  • The Beach House Inn, 211 Beach Avenue, Phone: +1 207 967-3850, Fax: +1 207 967-4719, Email: innkeeper@beachhseinn.com, [28]. Providing quality hotel lodging in historic Kennebunkport since 1891. Romantic ocean front inn offering panoramic ocean views across Kennebunk Beach. Rooms cost approx $150 - $290 per night.

Splurge[edit]

  • 82 Ocean, 82 Ocean Ave, Phone: +1 207 468-5959, [29]. Luxury 5 Bedroom House Rental with water on 3-Sides.
  • The Breakwater Inn & Spa, 127 Ocean Avenue, +1 207 967-5333, (Fax: +1 207 967-0675), Email: innkeeper@thebreakwaterinn.com, [30]. Waterfront lodging, luxury spa, fitness centre and Stripers Seafood Restaurant. Rooms cost approx $170 - $390 per night.
  • Bufflehead Cove Inn, 20 Bufflehead Cove Lane, Phone: +1 207 967-3879, Fax: +1 207 967-3879, [31]. Landscaped grounds on the Kennebunk River.
  • The Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Av., Toll free: +1 800-552-2363, +1 207 967-3331, (Fax +1 207 967-8738), [32].
  • Cottage Breeze Day spa & Boutique, 31 Western Avenue, +1 207 967-2259, (email: spa@cottagebreeze.com), [33].
  • The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Avenue, Toll Free: 1-800-552-5651, +1 207 967-4050, (Fax: +1 207 967-8451), [35].
  • White Barn Inn & Spa, 37 Beach Avenue, +1 207 967-2321, (Fax: +1 207 967-1100), Email: innkeeper@whitebarninn.com, [36]. Luxury classical Maine Inn with AAA Five Diamond, Mobil Five Star restaurant. Rooms cost approx $230 - $430 per night.
  • The Yachtsman Lodge and Marina, Ocean Avenue, +1 207 967-2511, [37]. Waterfront lodging in the heart of Kennebunkport, all inn-style rooms have a nautical theme. Marina dockage available.
  • Maine Stay Inn & Cottages, 34 Maine Street, (800) 950-2117, Email: innkeeper@mainestayinn.com, [38]. The main house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offer year round guest lodging. Families welcome in the private cottages. Rooms cost approx $229 - $319 per night.
  • The Captain Lord Mansion, 6 Pleasant Street, (800) 522-3141, (Fax: 207 967-3172), Email: innkeeper@captainlord.com, [39]. Rooms from $199 - $399. AAA 4 Diamond bed and breakfast with spa attached. Some suites have acuzzi tubs and heated floors, fireplaces.

Stay safe[edit]

During the summertime, cars that exceed the speed limit will be stiffly fined. This is especially true of cars with out-of-state license plates.

Kennebunkport limits the discharge of firearms. Other loud activities will likely be stopped by the police as disturbances of the peace.

Get out[edit]

Kennebunkport abuts Kennebunk (Maine), Wells (Maine) and Cape Porpoise.

To the south (along the coast), Ogunquit and York.

To the north (along the coast), Old Orchard Beach.

To the west (inland) are the lakes of Maine, of which the largest is Sebago

Portland and Portsmouth are the nearest cities, to the north and south respectively.



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