Looking for unique destinations for your summer or fall vacation?
Searching for unique destinations for your summer or fall vacation? We invite you to discover Kennebunkport, a truly unique destination. There are few towns in America that retain as much of their original historic character and small town charm, much of that history dating from Revolutionary War times. Kennebunkport was a prosperous shipbuilding town and still has its most of the commercial buildings and homes many of which were built in the 18th and 19th century. For example, the Captain Lord Mansion was built by a wealthy shipbuilder in 1812-1814 and is located in the residential historic district surrounded by structures of the same vintage. They are architectural treasures.
Another fine example is a private home less than a block from the inn which dates to 1784 and is called the “Cup & Saucer” house because it has custom wood trim over the windows that resembles a teacup in a saucer! Can you see it?
The buildings in the downtown area of the Port is called “Dock Square”. It is comprised of many re-purposed former warehouses from Kennebunkport’s shipbuilding time. Those structures now house fine shops, boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Kennebunkport’s shopping area is authentic and charming!
The beautifully-preserved antique homes in the residential neighborhood once belonged to the ship captains, merchants and shipbuilders. Many are now operated similar to the Captain Lord Mansion, as freshly updated Bed & Breakfast Inns. There is a seasonally-operated carriage ride through the historic area which gives you a narrated history of many of these architectural masterpieces and the families that built them or later lived in them.
One of Kennebunkport’s most prominent homes is “White Columns” owned and operated for tours in season by the Kennebunkport Historical Society.
Additionally, during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Kennebunkport was a summer destination for city folk. There were 37 grand hotels which lined the beaches and 7 trains a day bringing tourists from Boston and other Northeast cities. Of those many hotels, only the Colony and the Nonantum remain. One called the Narragansett is still located on Kennebunk beach and is now condominiums. Of course, the two still operating as hotels have been modernized!
So, if you are searching to have a vacation experience in an authentic New England seaside village with lots of character, charm and lots to do, may we suggest Kennebunkport. It’s Authentic New England! Call today to plan your unique escape; we’ll help with special packages and surprise enhancements. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield