As I drove toward our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfastfrom Boston, it struck me how much changes in 86 miles. Yes, that major metropolitan area lies less than an hour and a half away, but it’s worlds apart. The pace here is noticeably slower and the stars brighter. Now I could go on and on about why Kennebunkport Maine is so different from city life, but that’s a matter for a separate blog. But, nevertheless, on my short drive I realized just how many great things there are to do and places to nosh on the trip to
Kennebunkport. So I started to make a mental note of some of the favorite things guests might enjoy doing to kill some time before 3 pm check-in.
Now, you’re barely out of the city (and the vehicle volume on Route 1 confirms this), when you hit Saugus, home to Karl’s. It’s been a destination in itself for as long as I can remember, but this summer the traditional German sausage kitchen is moving a few doors up and little off the beaten path for a much needed expansion. So this summer, as you cross over the Peabody line, be sure to stop for some cold cuts (they’d be perfect for some picnic lunches at the beach – if they last that long!), or a full lunch at their new location, complete with prepared foods and a traditional German menu. But keep in mind that noshing too much now might mean spoiling your appetite, which comes in handy a few miles further north when you hit Portsmouth. This New Hampshire city has seem a tremendous revitalization over the last few years, and now the Strawberry Banke is known for (no, not the fruit) its wonderful assortment of shops and restaurants.
But mere minutes closer to Kennebunkport lies the well known shopping town of Kittery, ME. Home to a plethora of outlets, Kittery is prime territory for retail therapy. And after some great eats earlier on the trip, the opportunity to stretch your legs is often well received. Plus, guys like my father are often perfectly content to browse at places like the Kittery Trading Post while the girls and I check out our favorite shops. But no trip to Kittery is complete without a stop at Yummies, a candy store with more inventory and variety that any shop I have ever encountered – and if you know my sweet tooth at all, that’s an accomplishment in itself!
Still looking to kill some time before checking in to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast? Choose a leisurely path up Route 1, and consider stopping at some personal favorites like When Pigs Fly Bakery or the Stonewall Kitchen. Once you hit York, Woods to Goods is a must see, with most products made on the inside to enjoy on the outside – but you won’t find any stonework here, because, after stories like those from Shawshank Redemption, there’s only wood to be found in the penitentiary workshops. Who knows? You might even find a great present or two! And while the towns of York and Ogunquit are great for exploring, there’s often not a more welcome sight than the bridge into Kennebunkport. Your vacation to a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast has arrived!