Home during the summer to the Bush family and full of quintessential Maine charm, Kennebunkport is located on the prettiest stretch of the 230 miles of Maine coastline. The seafood is caught fresh in the morning and served fresh every evening at some of the best restaurants on this side of America. Here are five Kennebunkport hotels where you’ll be able to experience the best of New England cuisine without ever having to leave the hotel property.
Feel refreshed at this farmstead
Hang your hat at the centrally located White Barn Inn right on the Kennebunk River. Walk into the aroma of fresh flowers and lavish features of a big city hotel in a New England farmstead box. The onsite restaurant features the rustic decor of a 19th century restored barn with white table cloth service and a menu which is refreshed weekly based on local selection and the catch-of-the-day fruits of the sea.
Private beach and bonfires
The Tides Beach Club hotel sits on an enviable semi-private beach with artfully decorated suites designed by Jonathan Adler, with large windows offering unobstructed views of the Atlantic. Take a stand up paddleboarding lesson with Macio out to the islands and in the evening enjoy s’mores and a break from that nor’eastern chill by the nightly bonfire. The restaurant menu has an incredible Maine Lobster Roll and lots of specialty cocktails and local artisanal beers.
Multiple choices right on the resort
The Nonantum Resort riverfront property dates all the way back to 1883. The resort boasts not one, but three onsite restaurants from the upscale 95 Ocean to the more casual Heckman’s Pub or the poolside Latitudes Bar and Grill. Executive Chef Steve True was named Maine Chef of the Year 2014! We encourage you to get off the resort property for at least a day and try your hand at lobster fishing with the Rugosa Lobster tour. You get to bring home whatever you catch!
Say ahoy to George & Barbara
The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort is located in a 1895 Sea Captain’s House, perched on a hilltop within spitting distance of Walker’s Point, the Bush Compound — not that you’ll be allowed anywhere near the property, but you will enjoy the same 180-degree ocean view from this Kennebunkport hotel that Barbara and George do. The incredible menu at the onsite restaurant Ocean, put together by Pierre Gignac, focuses on the local fruits of the sea; there is a delectable seafood bisque, salmon and crab cakes with lemon cream for brunch.
The busiest dinner spot on the river
Located on the river in Kennebunkport, The Boathouse rooms are a window onto a stereotypical New England nautical scene. David’s KPT is the onsite restaurant, hailed for its incredible garlic knots, lobster pizza and $4 glasses of Chardonnay. Hotel guests have the advantage of actually being able to make a reservation for a table — highly recommended, since this is a busy restaurant!