Book passage on either a classic style schooner or a modern sailboat. Either will provide an entertaining time of feeling the wind in your face, smelling the tangy scent of salt air and viewing the rockbound coast, magnificent “cottages” and relaxing!
Artists find the beauty of the Kennebunkport area perfect for creating paintings of many styles. You can find excellent paintings in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oils. There are sculptors and jewelers at work here, too. During the last decade, Kennebunkport has become a major center for the arts. There are gallery openings and shows on a regular basis.
New England is famous for the availability of antique furniture and collectibles. There are many antique shops, a few auction galleries and several old bookstores located in the area. Almost every weekend offers you the chance to purchase a treasure at an estate sale or auction.
Kennebunkport, its sister town, Kennebunk and the fishing village of Cape Porpoise offer a variety of shops for all tastes and budgets, from those offering souvenir items to fine galleries for glass, art and gifts. There is a selection for all!
Lighthouses are of great interest to both photographers and historians. Capture the romance of these sentinels of the shore with your camera or visit them to imagine the heroic lifesaving duties rendered on dark and stormy nights. There are several lighthouses to be seen within a short drive of our romantic Kennebunkport Inn. Picnic lunches can be arranged.
During the late 1700’s and 1800’s, the Kennebunks were important shipbuilding centers. Significant numbers of wooden sailing ships were built in the many ship yards along the shores of the Kennebunk River. Today, the Landing School of Boat-building and Design, located in nearby Arundel, teaches the traditional skills and craftsmanship necessary to build quality wooden boats. Tours can be arranged.
Fish from the granite breakwater by the Colony Hotel or from the Mousam River Bridge for sea bass as they feed in the changing tides. Charter boats are available for deep-sea trips to search for blues, stripers, tuna and grouper. Also, there are several expert guides who will show you the best places for fly-fishing. Your innkeeper at our historic Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast can help you schedule a fly-fishing trip to a nearby river.
Bring your own or rent one (or a canoe) to explore the harbor, coastal inlets, islands and rivers near our southern Maine Coast Inn.
- Scenic Cruises
Enjoy a scenic harbor and coastal cruise to view the many sights including seals basking on sun-warmed rocks, lighthouses, yachts, sailboats, lobster boats and rugged rock formations as well as beaches. Also, there are “reality” cruises where you learn about the challenges and dangers aboard a working lobster boat.
Here are Rick and Bev’s recommendations for the most memorable experiences in culinary taste, atmosphere and service near our romantic Inn in Kennebunkport Maine.
Cape Arundel Inn (207) 967-2125 – The Cape Arundel Inn offers five star creative New England dining where every table gives one the feeling of being on a ship. When not engrossed by the play of breaking waves on the rocks or a rainbow shimmering above the water, ones eyes can linger on breath-taking ledge gardens. And yes, Cape Arundel Inn has dramatic views of Walker Point – the summer compound of the Bush’s.
Joshua’s Restaurant (207) 646-3355 – Joshua’s opened in July 2004 and rapidly became a favorite of local residents. It is a family affair with Joshua working his magic in the kitchen; his mother, Barbara creating a comfortable atmosphere in the three dining rooms and cozy bar; and his father, Mort, growing the vegetables in the summer and working the rest of the year to help find the freshest ingredients possible. All food is prepared to order from scratch. The bread is baked fresh daily, and desserts are made on premises including homemade ice cream. Serving dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm. Closed Sundays. Reservations required.
Hurricane Restaurant (207) 967-9111 – 5-star dining. Spectacular water views and only the freshest seafood. Steak and chop lovers will find something to tempt them and we have several vegetarian choices. Award-winning wine list, full bar. In-house pastry chef. Daily menus. Lunch & dinner, 7 days a week, almost all year round. Major credit cards. Reservations suggested.