KENNEBUNK, Maine – And here it is, the Maine attraction: Sunsets, bare feet, lobster dinners, and enduring charm.
The Tides Beach Club
254 Kings Hwy., Kennebunkport; +1-855-632-3224
A renovated, turn-of-the-century Victorian inn transformed into a boutique beach getaway with ocean views and access to one of Maine’s best secrets: Goose Rocks Beach. Nifty beach tenders ensure your comfort with a cozy chair, fresh towels, and a cooler full of icy waters.
Snug Harbor Farm
87 Western Ave., Kennebunk; +1-207-967-2414
Green thumb or not, you won't want to miss this enchanting nursery and gardening shop if simply for the fairytalesque photo ops. Aisle upon aisle of topiaries potted in hand thrown terracotta line the gracefully aged greenhouses, while miniature ponies frolic in the field, and friendly chicken and geese roam the grounds.
Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd., Kennebunk; +1-207-967-2310
A breezy evening or summer storm is best spent in this cozy renovated barn with a cocktail or glass of wine. The simple small plate menu includes cured olives, Marcona almonds, and flatbread pizza.
4 Dock Sq., Kennebunkport; +1-207-967-4440
Skip the tourist shops and opt for a non-traditional souvenir, like a bag made from recycled sails or a beautiful hand-loomed throw from Swan's Island blankets.
Antiques On Nine
81 Western Ave., Kennebunk; +1-207-967-0626
Old and new treasures decorate the walls, floors, and ceiling of this two-storey, 12,000 square foot antique and home design store with a nautical twist.
LOBSTER TIME (The Real Deal)
2265 Post Rd., Wells; +1-207-646-4441
Lobster pie, lobster roll, lobster salad, lobster mac & cheese – the list is endless at this longtime favorite of locals and visitors alike.
58 York St., Kennebunk; +1-207-985-6249
Pick up a couple of two-pounders and plan your own backyard lobster bake. Their private label soda in vintage-style glass bottles make for a sweet chaser.
The Clam Shack
2 Western Ave., Kennebunkport; +1-207-967-3321
Often referred to as the best lobster roll in Maine – this downtown spot won't disappoint. Nor will the charming little shack it serves from.
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Inset Photos (from top): Courtesy of The Tides Beach Club; courtesy of Old Vines Wine Bar