On an evening jog through Kennebunkport Maine, I took in the glorious views of a stunning coastal sunset, which made me think about the ideal spots for a scenic picnic. Whether you choose to indulge in a glass of wine or a lobster feast, there are a plethora of incredible destinations while catching the sunset.
Since Kennebunkport is known for its coastline, many of the best spots are, naturally, along the water. Recently I discovered Silas Perkins Park, a small piece of land preserved along the Kennebunk River. Just steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, this park offers benches and picnic tables, making the park ideal for a meal or just enjoying the scenery. Although it provides a great view of the water and elegant boats moored in the marinas,
looking towards Dock Square will afford you a spectacular sunset view over the water (just pick your spot carefully, because craning your neck to the right for long periods of time is not too fun). A little further along Ocean Avenue lies St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, a stunning stone edifice with spectacular gardens to match. This property, open to the public from sunrise to sunset (perfect for this situation!), also sits on what is arguably the most incredible piece of property in Kennebunkport Maine. Sticking out into the Atlantic, it provides views up the river, over to Kennebunk Beach, and out to sea. Only “w0w” will suffice. Looking to linger longer? The jetty along Colony Beach offers the next best view, but leaves a bit to be desired in terms of comfort an accessibility. That said, the rocks do make excellent natural seats for those uncomfortable sitting cross-legged on the ground.
Another personal favorite setting for a summertime picnic is Parson’s Beach, a private stretch of sands (open to the public through the generosity of the land owners) adjacent to the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge. While it mostly faces east (can you say perfect for sunrise?), the view across the dunes and inlets is out of this world – and worth the five or six minute drive. But if you are merely meandering through downtown Kennebunkport Maine, and looking for a spot to enjoy the view before dinner, the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport bridge is a great pick. Solitude and serenity it does not have, but for convenience and camera-ready-ness, it tops the charts. Bon Appetite!