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A Beach Picnic in Kennebunkport

August 7th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Because the beaches in Kennebunkport are so beautiful, one of my favorite things to do is to pack a delicious meal and enjoy a beach picnic!  And for that very reason, I often recommend the idea to folks visiting the area.  Often, though, it’s they who request location suggestions or places to pick up tasty treats.  My go to spot for a beach picnic in Kennebunkport is the glorious stretch of sand along Gooch’s beach.  Speckled with benches along the path bordering the sand, it’s a spot that allows easy parking and comfortable lap dining, but with wide stretches of sand, you can also definitely find a comfy spot to lounge (or share a romantic cuddle).  Plus, since the Maine

Who could resist a view like this during a sunset picnic on the beach?

Who could resist a view like this during a sunset picnic on the beach?

Stay Inn provides complimentary parking passes, this is a great spot that’s easy on the wallet.

But since there are so many lovely beaches just a hop, skip, and a jump away, most people are more concerned about where to find the provisions for their picnic.  A personal favorite is just a few minutes drive from the inn, in the heart of Cape Porpoise.  Cape Porpoise Kitchen is know for its upscale prepared foods, including salads and sandwiches.  They also stock a superior assortment of wines, crackers, and cheeses – all a must to complete your perfect picnic.  If you’re looking for something that’s en route to the beach, you can stop at Downeast Wine Imports for a bottle of your favorite variety and hit up Market Day, another spot known for its prepared foods – just keep in mind that their frozen selection is pretty robust, so if they’re out of what your craving, you just might have to head back to the inn to heat it up.

Sometimes, though, you’re just looking for some simple snacks, and Bennett’s store has just the thing – chips, soda, and sandwiches on hoagie rolls… and ice cream to top it off!  Just at the corner of Sea Road and Route 9, it’s the perfect stop at the last second or a quick lunchtime break from the sand.  No matter what you choose or where you choose to enjoy it, a beach picnic in Kennebunkport is always a relaxing way to spend and afternoon or evening!

Packing for a Picnic in Kennebunkport Maine

July 25th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

I have recently found that lots of folks are looking to plan a quiet, intimate picnic in Kennebunkport Maine this summer, so I have been spending quite a bit of time figuring out exactly how I would want my ideal summer picnic to go. And, of course, that means that I am going to share those plans with you!  First and foremost, I would have to pick just the right location.  Fortunately, there

A perfect evening for a picnic in Kennebunkport Maine!

are lots of wonderful spots to enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner in Kennebunkport, but one stands out to me as ideal. Located under three miles from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, the park at the end of the Cape Porpoise Pier takes the cake in my book.  Not only is it convenient for picking up great prepared foods (don’t worry, I will get to that a little later), but its proximity to three dining options , means that you can pick up any of the food items you may have forgotten.  Parking here is limited, but because a picnic is considered “recreation,” you can snag a spot at no charge (and no passes required).  The rocks and benches right at the entrance are certainly picturesque, but they tend to be a little on the louder side.  If you head down one of the narrow paths to the water’s edge, you will find countless nooks for a private moment with your hubby.  And if you hit it just right and the tide is out, you can even sit on a small stretch of sand.

What truly makes the picnic, though, is the food.  So on your way from the Maine Stay Inn to your date with Mother Nature, make sure to stop at the Cape Poropise Kitchen.  With their great variety of prepared foods, wines, and cheeses, you’ll be be on cloud nine.     So next time you are hankering for an old-fashioned picnic, look no further than Kennebunkport!