How to spend the weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine
Guest post by Courtney Byrne
Say Hey to Kennebunkport
Each summer, we like to try new places along the East Coast. Last summer we had our sights set on Maine. We weren’t quite ready to travel all the way up the coast of Maine as our children were still really little and we were only going for a few days. We decided to check out Kennebunkport which is in the southern part of Maine and one of the first beach towns you hit when driving up the Maine coast. It was a wonderful week and a destination and we are already planning a trip back to!
Here’s my guide to spending a weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine:
Four things you must see and do
1.Mother’s Beach: We’ve traveled up and down the east coast and my kids have voted this their favorite beach yet. They love all of the rocks to explore. It’s totally different during low and high tide (both neat in different ways). During low tide, there are tons of tidal pools to splash in and find little creatures. There’s also an amazing playground right at the beach.
2. Goose Rocks Beach: This beach is further from the center of town but worth a visit. It’s so beautiful! The kids loved running along the coast and in and out of the water. It’s a totally different feel from Mother’s Beach and I would recommend visiting both.
3. Kylie’s Chance: If you are heading to Kennebunkport this boat trip is a must. Great price, great boat and the crew was amazing with kids. We caught lobster and they taught the kids all about catching lobsters the right way. We also saw the Bush compound and spotted seals. The highlight, however, was that the kids each had a chance to drive the boat.
4. St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery Estate: This is a beautiful place to see that we stumbled across on our way home from Mother’s Beach. It’s stunning, peaceful and there’s a neat trail to walk along the water.
Where to Shop
Dock Square: Dock Square is located along the ocean and Kennebunk River. It was settled in the 1600’s and was a long time ship building mecca. Today you can still see a lot of the historic homes and history along with the best shopping!
1. Mabel’s Lobster Claw: Delicious dinner and a very casual spot. I heard President Bush loves this place, which is why I tried it. They were great with kids and it was an overall wonderful family dinner experience. Obviously… try the lobster.
2. Allison’s: This was a fun spot right in Dock Square. Delicious food, great for kids. The upstairs is very open and for an early dinner, the kids had space to walk around.
3. H. B. Provisions: Really cool place with an ice cream window, groceries, local foods and great sandwiches. We got lunch here and had a picnic nearby on the water. I loved that the owner was the one taking my order and telling me all about the history of the place.
4. Pilot House: We had lunch here the 1st day, loved it so much we returned for dinner. Amazing staff, super friendly to kids and awesome food. It’s at the same dock as Kylie’s Chance, so good for lunch before or after your lobster tour.
Best ice cream
What weekend getaway is complete without ice cream?
1. Rococo Ice Cream: We were lucky enough to stay right across the street from this gem all week. They have the most unique ice cream flavors I have seen. Their very friendly staff lets you try the fun flavors before deciding on what to get.
2. Old Salt’s Pantry: It’s a tiny place right in Dock Square. There’s a little bench outside where you can enjoy your ice cream while watching what’s going on in Dock Square. They also have awesome breakfast sandwiches if you’re there in the AM!
Managing editor at Twist Travel Magazine, Amy Whitley has been a travel writer, editor, and columnist since 2009. Amy publishes the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids, writes monthly for US News Travel and additional national outlets, is a travel and outdoor gear reviewer and influencer, and is an editor at OutdoorsNW Magazine.