Area natives, local residents (otherwise known as “transplants” like me!) and visitors alike have known for ages that Kennebunkport is a truly incredible place, one that really takes you back in time. Yes, this quaint little village is the kind of place where kids still play outside, ride bikes along the beach, and people leave their doors open and the keys in their cars. Strangers smile and wave as though you’re an old friend they encountered along tree lined streets and walking paths by the ocean. It’s such a happy place and that’s why we all love it (and the gorgeous beaches, the cute shops, the amazing restaurants, and the great galleries certainly don’t hurt either!). But this week, Coastal Living Magazine nominated Kennebunkport, Maine as one of the happiest seaside towns in America. It’s such an honor! The list of nominees from all around the nation is quite the collection, so even being nominated says a tremendous amount about this charming town. Now the fun begins – collecting enough votes to win, because we all know that Kennebunkport really is the happiest place in the country! So we need some help – between now and February 28 you can cast your vote here (and hopefully many of them) in support of Kennebunkport as America’s Happiest Seaside Town!
Posts Tagged ‘kennebunkport beaches’
January 14th, 2013 by Judi Hauer
November 7th, 2012 by Judi Hauer
Boy, has Mother Nature been kind to us in Kennebunkport today! Although it was a pretty chilly morning, we awoke to bright, cloudless skies and sun pouring into our kitchen windows. You do know this isn’t going to be a political blog entry, right, folks? So anyhow, after breakfast we each headed out to do our civic duty on this, the first Tuesday of November, and cast our votes in state and national elections. But even when you’re an innkeeper, you need to play a little hooky now and again, so a quick trip to the beach seemed like just what the doctor ordered! And the Kennebunkport beaches sure did not disappoint. We took a moment to
appreciate just how gorgeous the Maine coastline was and how lucky we are to get to share our favorite spots with visitors to the area. But, because it was election day, we also took a second to note that despite being associated with one famous Presidential family, we’ve never had to wrangle with voting hassles, since the Bush family typically migrates south around the middle of October. Now, you may or may not know that before moving to Kennebunkport, we lived in Belmont, MA, home to presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. After talking with friends from our old home, we were really counting our blessings, because apparently the lines to vote were unfathomable and the traffic horrendous. Just another reason we’re so happy to be at the Maine Stay Inn! Now, most people don’t have the opportunity to hit the beach on their way to the polls, but when you’re ready for your salt air fix, we’ve got you covered. No matter what happens in tonight’s races, we are so fortunate to have enjoyed another spectacular day in Kennebunkport and look forward to sharing this incredible area with you!
August 2nd, 2012 by Judi Hauer
Every day at least one guest at our Maine bed and breakfast asks which is the best beach in Kennebunkport, and that is never a question I can answer! The problem is simple – they are all lovely! But fortunately, each is “best” for something. So here’s my attempt at explaining them and why they are so excellent:
- Colony Beach: Less than a half mile from the inn, this beach is definitely walkable, which is a huge perk for folks who want
to stay out of their car on vacation, eat that extra scoop of ice cream, of just want to check out a scenic spot.
- Gooch’s Beach: The area’s largest stretch of sandy beaches, this beach can sometimes lose 100% of its coastline, as an extremely high tide can relegate swimmers to the sea wall. Fortunately, it’s a high wall, providing excellent vista.
- Middle Beach: Mostly full of flat, smooth rocks, this stretch is ideal for quietly reading or skipping rocks.
- Mother’s Beach: Families, this one’s for you. With easy access to a playground and clear boundaries on either end, it is ideal for someone to keep tabs on their little ones.
- Goose Rock’s Beach: A gorgeous spot, that’s for sure, but with very high rates to park your car, it’s best feature is that fresh sand dollars.
We’re very lucky at the Maine Stay Inn to have such a fabulous assortment of beaches, and are so pleased that Mother Nature has made such scenic vistas across the area.
August 24th, 2011 by avadmin
Yesterday was another spectacular summer day in Kennebunkport Maine, so I headed to the beach – something that you can take for granted when living in vacationland. But I soaked up every moment! With the selection of incredible
beaches in the area, it can be difficult to select which beach to spend the day at – or perhaps you’ll split the attention between a few. Gooch’s, Mother’s, and Middle Beaches allow you to easily walk between three very different feeling stretches of coastline, while Colony Beach (closest to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast) sits conveniently near the scenic Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock. Goose Rocks Beach, while a bit of a drive, is definitely worth it, especially with its iconic rocks poking out of the top of the water. Laudholm Farm’s protected sands and meandering paths were definitely tempting, but, alas, didn’t win out. Parson’s Beach, just over the border from Kennebunkport Maine, seemed like the perfect pick – convenience and solitude.
Miraculously, though, I found a parking spot! During prime beach time! With parking for less than two dozen cars, privacy is almost guaranteed, but snagging one of those coveted places is pretty darn tough, unless you’ve arrived early or late in the day. Nevertheless, luck was on my side, and I quickly made my way to a warm, sunny spot on the sand. Before settling in to my new book, I took a moment to savor the salt air, admire the butterflies gliding through the dune grass, and the gulls dawdling in the rivulets leading to the surf. Glorious. As always.
Kennebunkport Maine is honestly spectacular in any season, but the joy of families at the beach in summer is absolutely contagious! Several bottles of water, ample snacks, a good novel, and oodles of sunscreen allowed me stay on the beach all day, reminding me, once again, of why Maine is perfect for a summer vacation (or anytime vacation)!
June 10th, 2011 by avadmin
Kennebunkport Maine is a wonderful town to visit at any time of year, especially once the weather has warmed. And with temps reaching into the high 80s this week, June is certainly one of those times! Granted, I might be a little biased, but there are millions of reasons that Kennebunkport Maine is the ideal spot for a getaway. Here’s a peek at my top ten:
10. June means lower rates and better deals. Our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast offers incredible reduced rates during the entire month (with the creation of a new “Shoulder Season” starting at just $169 per night), and many area activities and restaurants offer incentives to travelers (and residents) – follow us on Twitter for retweets of the best deals around.
9. Cool nights, and I don’t just mean fun! In June, evenings are generally a little cooler than they are in July and August, which is great, because that means you’ll be very comfortable when snuggling with your special someone in front of your gas fireplace. Plus, it’s the perfect temperature for shorts and a light sweater – my favorite!
8. Restaurants are less crowded, which is always a win-win situation. Smaller crowds mean better service and shorter (or non-existent) waits at your favorite Kennebunkport Maine restaurants.
7. Parking at Parsons Beach. With barely a dozen spots to park, we only dare to send summer guests on bikes, early in the morning or near sunset. But in June, you’ll be able to claim that primo location.
6. Soft-shell lobsters. While the restaurants might tell you that hard shell lobsters are the thing to choose, I find that the soft-shell variety tend to have sweeter meat. Plus they’re easier to break into – no crackers required!
5. Great flowers. It might not seem like an important thing, but when all the gardens in Kennebunkport Maine are in bloom, there’s no prettier sight!
4. Nunan’s Lobster Hut and the Clam Shack are open! ‘Nuff said.
3. Breakfast on the porch. There’s nothing more relaxing that dining on our wraparound porch each morning, listening to the birds chirp and the horse-drawn carriage clop by.
2. Peaceful beaches. There’s ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sands that grace Kennebunkport Maine shorelines, and in June there’s little risk of tripping over abandoned sand toys.
1. It’s beautiful! And I mean spectacularly beautiful. But you will just have to visit and see for yourself, and, of course, create your very own “Tope Ten” list!