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
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!