A Thanksgiving Escape to Kennebunkport Maine

Thanksgiving in Kennebunkport Maine is a particularly lovely time, and that sentiment is always shared by our turkey day visitors. One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is getting to watch Kennebunkport prepare itself for Christmas Prelude.  This year seems to be a bit of a hoot, as the lights go up in and around our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast while the pumpkins sit atop

fall foliage in Kennebunkport Maine
Not sure these leaves are really screaming "Happy Holidays" but they sure are fun!

stoops, mums stand strong in the gardens, and simultaneously wreaths and pine boughs decorate homes.  Many of the trees still have leaves!  In fact, the Lower Village Kennebunk Fire Station has two stately trees outside, and this week the staff struggled to adorn their branches while fighting the hearty foliage. Granted, the leaves are mostly brown now, but they have still yet to hit the pavement, making this scene a riot to watch!

As you may know, I am a bit partial to Kennebunkport Maine at Thanksgiving, because it marked my very first introduction to this amazing community.  But indulge me – while checking out colleges during high school, my parents chose this classic New England village as the ideal “home base” for exploring Maine colleges.  And while I didn’t end up attending any of those institutions, we enjoyed our first Thanksgiving here so much that we planned a repeat the very next year.  It was the perfect opportunity to relax!  We sat by a gently glowing fire, reading books and playing games, enjoyed scenic walks along the ocean (yes, it is beautiful even at this time of year!), and perused the incredible shopping opportunities in town.  And, I must admit, we even hit up the outlet shops to knock off much of our Christmas shopping.  The best part, though, was getting to reconnect with each other.  So this year, whether you’re joining us solo, sans family, or with the whole clan in tow, you’re sure to enjoy a true respite.

Frankly, though, one of the best things about Kennebunkport Maine is the food, and Thanksgiving is no exception.  As usual, there are a plethora of incredible restaurants waiting to dish up an old fashioned turkey dinner with all the fixins or something Maine inspired (lobster, anyone?).  So here are some favorites that are still accepting Turkey Day reservations:

  • Pier 77 Restaurant – perfect for waterfront dining in Cape Porpoise
  • Grissini Restaurant – for Italian inspired fare in Lower Village Kennebunk
  • On the Marsh Bistro – intimate dining on the marsh, enough said.
  • One Dock – just steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast
So here’s to a Happy Turkey Day, everyone – we all hope you enjoy a restful day wherever you might be!
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