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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!

Kennebunkport Sunset Picnic Locations

August 17th, 2011 by avadmin

On an evening jog through Kennebunkport Maine, I took in the glorious views of a stunning coastal sunset, which made me think about the ideal spots for a scenic picnic.  Whether you choose to indulge in a glass of wine or a lobster feast, there are a plethora of incredible destinations while catching the sunset.

A view of St. Ann's

Since Kennebunkport is known for its coastline, many of the best spots are, naturally, along the water.  Recently I discovered Silas Perkins Park, a small piece of land preserved along the Kennebunk River.  Just steps from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, this park offers benches and picnic tables, making the park ideal for a meal or just enjoying the scenery.  Although it provides a great view of the water and elegant boats moored in the marinas,

Parson's Beach Kennebunkport Maine

Summer sunset over Parson's Beach

looking towards Dock Square will afford you a spectacular sunset view over the water (just pick your spot carefully, because craning your neck to the right for long periods of time is not too fun).  A little further along Ocean Avenue lies St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, a stunning stone edifice with spectacular gardens to match.  This property, open to the public from sunrise to sunset (perfect for this situation!), also sits on what is arguably the most incredible piece of property in Kennebunkport Maine.  Sticking out into the Atlantic, it provides views up the river, over to Kennebunk Beach, and out to sea.  Only “w0w” will suffice.  Looking to linger longer?  The jetty along Colony Beach offers the next best view, but leaves a bit to be desired in terms of comfort an accessibility.  That said, the rocks do make excellent natural seats for those uncomfortable sitting cross-legged on the ground.
Another personal favorite setting for a summertime picnic is Parson’s Beach, a private stretch of sands (open to the public through the generosity of the land owners) adjacent to the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge.  While it mostly faces east (can you say perfect for sunrise?), the view across the dunes and inlets is out of this world – and worth the five or six minute drive.  But if you are merely meandering through downtown Kennebunkport Maine, and looking for a spot to enjoy the view before dinner, the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport bridge is a great pick.  Solitude and serenity it does not have, but for convenience and camera-ready-ness, it tops the charts.  Bon Appetite!