I have been asked many times by clients, particularly by those who have re-located from other parts of the country, for suggestions of weekend trips outside of Boston. A perfect suggestion would be Kennebunkport, ME.
Located approximately 85 miles from Boston, it’s an easy trip to spend a couple of nights away in a quaint Maine town. Historically a shipbuilding and fishing village, for well over a century the town has been a popular seaside tourist destination. Kennebunkport has a small district of souvenir shops, art galleries, seafood restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. Its reputation as an upscale community comes from the numerous large seaside estates along Ocean Avenue and other coastal thoroughfares. In the summer months, many wealthy people from across the Northeast vacation in Kennebunkport and nearby Goose Rocks Beach. It is regarded as one of the most expensive vacation areas in the Northeast. During the fall, Kennebunkport is a frequent stop for tour buses showing visitors the famous New England fall colors.
Also known as the location of the summer home of former U.S. president George H. W. Bush, father of former U.S. president George W. Bush. First built by Bush’s grandfather George Herbert Walker, it has been a family home ever since, and has been owned by Bush since shortly after he became Vice President in the 1980s. During his presidency, Bush often invited world leaders, from Margaret Thatcher to Mikhail Gorbachev, to Kennebunkport. In 2007, his son George W. Bush invited Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Sarkozy.
Two great options for hotels are the White Barn Inn, and the Breakwater Inn & Spa. The White Barn Inn was voted one of the Top 20 Hideaways in the United States in the Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report 2008 Readers’ Choice Survey and has been described by Condé Nast Traveler as “One of the great places to stay and eat in the world”. The Breakwater Inn & Spa is one of the most historic Kennebunkport hotels and inns with all of the modern hotel comforts, located right on the Kennebunk River waterfront. Many of the rooms have tremendous views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Care to shop? Take a drive North 51 miles to Freeport, ME. This town is a shopper’s paradise that began in 1911 with the opening of L.L. Bean’s store in Downtown Freeport. Now, Freeport boasts over 200 retail shops and businesses including some of the biggest names in retail and outlet stores as well as charming and eclectic small shops and specialty boutiques.
At night try Grissini for dinner. A warm atmosphere with a huge fireplace, wooden beamed ceilings and great food, this place is high on my list.
Overall a great, quick getaway that you’ll be sure to enjoy!