Kennebunkport, Maine: The Jewel of New England
On the lower eastern Atlantic shores of Maine lies the town of Kennebunkport, a little over 80 miles northeast of Boston. Part of metropolitan Portland, the town is a popular summer resort location that is one of the wealthiest communities in the state of Maine. Kennebunkport was originally established as a shipbuilding and fishing village in the 17th century but is now a tourist haven for the upper class.
Things To Do In Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport has a humid continental climate with distinct temperature variations characterized by very warm and humid summers and cold winters. The area is known for its fishing, so many varieties of saltwater fish and seafood are easy to catch through the Atlantic Ocean waterways. In the summer, boating and other water sports are popular activities and in the winter, skiing and snowboarding are both common also.
The Bush Compound at Walker’s Point – The summer home of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, is located on Walker’s Point, an estate area of Kennebunkport. The compound was purchased by Bush’s great-grandfather, David Davis Walker, in the late 19th century and has been the home to the Bush family since then. Most commonly referred to by locals as “The Summer White House”, the compound has nine bedrooms, a four-car garage and full resort- style amenities housed in 12 buildings.
Seashore Trolley Museum – One lone open trolley car, No. 31 from the Biddeford & Saco Railroad Company, helped to establish the Seashore Trolley Museum in 1939. Three businessmen (Ted Santarelli, John Amlaw, and Gerald Cunningham) who were railfans decided to purchase Car No. 31 after discovering that Biddeford & Saco was replacing trolleys with buses. Over the years, the trio had acquired and preserved trolley cars from all over the country, and later created a mass transportation information gallery for the museum.
The Beaches (Colony and Goose Rocks) – Colony Beach has the rocky landscape that fishermen, boaters, and hikers appreciate. This 150-foot stretch is located at the mouth of the Kennebunk River and is named after the resort Colony Hotel, the epitome of New England charm and elegance. Goose Rocks Beach lies beyond Cape Porpoise and is the most scenic beach in the region. Unlike Colony Beach, the sands of Goose Rocks are soft and flat, ideal for relaxing and quiet strolls.
Dock Square – After shopping for the one-of-a-kind gift from that quaint shop in Dock Square, enjoying a mouth-watering seafood feast with some local beer at a nearby restaurant is a good way to wrap up the day. New England’s only 5-star, 5-diamond restaurant, The White Barn Inn, is located in Dock Square.
Boat Tours – Whale watching, deep-sea fishing, and lobstering excursions are always available at Kennebunkport. Scenic sailing cruises travel along the coastline and several rental places allow visitors full access to kayaks, canoes, boats, bikes, and scooters by the hour or by the day.
Kennebunkport, Maine is truly the perfect vacation spot for people of all ages and interests year-round.