Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start to the tourist season and there are several activities that begin this weekend which offer you different experiences to enhance your enjoyment of Kennebunkport.
The Lobster Boat Rugosa begins giving scenic cruises along the beautiful and rugged coast. See lobster harvesting up close and personal! This weekend, the Captain Lord Mansion begins offering a special package whereby you may take this interesting cruise and then enjoy a "Lobster Shore Dinner" at Mabel's Lobster Claw restaurant.
Ride the Rails at The Seashore Trolley Museum. Just minutes from Dock Square, Kennebunkport's shopping district, the museum is a world apart, a place where history comes alive. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a bygone era as you ride restored historic electric railway vehicles and explore the world-famous international transportation collection and beautiful grounds.
Step aboard the Schooner Eleanor at the docks of the Arundel Wharf. Your trip begins with a short ride down the historic Kennebunk River, passing lobster boats and luxury yachts. Once clear of the harbor, the sails are set and the wind takes charge. A typical course will take you along the scenic coastline from Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise. Watch lobstermen at work and seabirds glide by. Learn a little local history. Help work the sails or sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh salt air. The peace and quiet of cruising under sail will put a smile on your face.
Kennebunkport celebrates Memorial Day on Monday, May 31st with an old-fashioned parade of military veterans and the high school marching band. You might see George H. W. Bush (#41) giving an address at the ceremonies. Finish your weekend by viewing this solemn celebration of the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.
We always look forward to Memorial Day as an unofficial start to the tourist season. Even though the real rush begins about mid-June, we want our gardens and rooms to be in tip-top shape. During April and May our housekeeping satff is completing a thorough "spring cleaning" of each guest room. Bev is planting the gardens; this process takes about two weks of hard labor. Our maintenance man David Hutchins and I will help her complete the task by Memorial Day weekend.