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About Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport is an atmospheric little port town close to some of Maine’s most beautiful beaches. Its combination of historic charm and natural beauty makes this a popular destination all year round, which also means it can be a fairly expensive place to visit. But most of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Kennebunkport are priced at around £100 per night, so they’re also ideal for those on a budget. The best places tend to be within strolling distance of Dock Square, which is where you’ll find many of the best cafes, restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. But there are also some picturesque, smaller B&Bs and converted houses on the outskirts of town.

What Not To Miss

  • Kennebunkport is a great place for sailing, whale watching, cycling and strolling. Everything here is done peacefully and at a leisurely pace.
  • The other thing Kennebunkport is known for is being popular with the Bush family of presidential fame. They’ve a compound here on Walkers Point.
  • Enjoy a tranquil moment at Saint Ann's Church with a charming seating area overlooking the ocean. The interior is also lovely with an assortment of stained glass windows and historic stonework.
  • Drive the stunning Ocean Avenue route - unsurprisingly providing visitors with dramatic views of the ocean in one direction and a collection of impressive houses worth seeing in their own right on the other.
  • Kick back and relax on Kennebunk beach with no shortage of golden sand for visitors to soak up the sun on.

If you want to be sure of a room in one of the best places to stay in Kennebunkport, do yourself a favour and plan well ahead. Alternatively come during the quieter months, when you'll be able to really enjoy the small town atmosphere without the crowds.

The best places to stay in Kennebunkport

To relax

  • The Captain Fairfield Inn is a charming old home in the heart of the maritime Kennebunkport which has been artistically converted into a very reasonably priced nine room hotel. The decor is bold and there’s a beautiful garden.
  • The Inn at English Meadows is a luxurious B&B with 11, immaculate bedrooms. You’re just a short stroll from the main square with its charming boutiques and restaurants.

For romance

  • Grace White Barn Inn is a converted barn house, close to the Kennebunk River with lovely views and 26 rustic, traditional rooms. There’s also a brilliant restaurant and an excellent spa.
  • Tides Beach Club is an adults only property just out of town. Rooms are super stylish and the restaurant serves gourmet seafood.
  • Hidden Pond is a luxurious rural retreat with romance written all over it. Accommodation is in New England style cottages, plus there's a Tree Spa and farm to fork outdoor dining.

For excellent value

  • Breakwater Inn & Spa offers stylish nautically themed rooms at great prices, from just $149 per night.
  • The Beach House Inn is one of the town's oldest establishments, and now offers Victorian charm accompanied by all mod cons and all from just $109 per night.

For families

  • The Colony Hotel enjoys a fabulous location overlooking both ocean and river. There's lovely gardens leading down to its private beach and a wealth of activities for all ages.

For a luxury B&B

  • Captain Jefferds Inn is located right in the centre of town. It's a gorgeous period property with four poster beds, flower filled garden and a three course breakfast!
  • Captain Lord Mansion is another great option if luxury B&B is what you're after. There are four poster beds, opulent furnishings and gourmet breakfast is included in the price.

For an apartment or cottage

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a range of properties perfect for a relaxing escape.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Portland International Jetport located 40km (25 miles) from Kennebunkport with a range of flights across the U.S and Internationally to Canada.
  • Alternatively, catch a train with Amtrak rail links to Boston.
  • If you want to rent a car to explore some of the scenic drives and coastal routes - for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit - the Summer from June to August for pleasant temperatures and a bustling atmosphere in the town.

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Best Hotels in Kennebunkport

  • Kennebunkport Inn Kennebunkport 7 rooms from CA$157

    Boutique  -  Once a tea merchant's mansion - now chic boutique - expect a stylish take on nautical design and luxurious touches throughout
    Active Holiday  -  Each of the four seasons offer a diverse range of activities. Think: snowshoeing, horse riding, or even surfing
    Kayaking  -  The hotel has its own kayaks for rent
    Restaurant  -  The Burleigh
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    Once a tea merchant's mansion, this elegant property has been beautifully renovated. The building's original features remain but now the feel is boutique chic. Expect fine-dining, plenty of space for outdoor seating, and atmospheric rooms (the best have gaslit fires) - a unique stay. See More

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  • Mabel's House Kennebunkport 12 rooms from CA$170

    Beach Life  -  There are beaches that suit everyone; family-friendly Mother’s Beach, Gooch’s Beach for walks & Colony Beach just five mins away
    Local exploring  -  Beaches, restaurants, galleries and shops are just minutes away, yet the waterside surroundings feel peaceful and relaxing
    Groups  -  The Luxury Suite and Coveside Cottage offer two-bedroom units with kitchenettes and living / dining areas
    Sailing  -  To experience local life cruise down the Kennebunk River in a traditional wooden lobster boat helping fisherman with their catch
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    Historic inn facing a tidal pond, walking distance to the beach. Polished and spacious rooms with fresh nautical colour palettes feature stylish contemporary furnishings and modern art; some have balconies and kitchenettes. Fabulous local seafood restaurant next door. Offers a quiet & relaxing stay. See More

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  • The Beach House Inn Kennebunkport (Kennebunk) 34 rooms from CA$170

    Great walks  -  From woods and wetlands or seashore beaches and rugged coastlines, the Kennebunk, Maine area has it all.
    Sights nearby  -  Maine Maritime Museum, Kennebunkport Brick Store Museum, Kennebunkport Trolley Museum.
    Sailing  -  Soak up the sun and salt air on our daily sailing excursions.
    Surfing  -  Nearby Gooch Beach is renowned for surfing.
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    Dating back to 1891, The Beach House is one of the oldest Bed & Breakfast, oceanfront hotels in Maine. The seaview bedrooms are light, crisp and elegant. The house maintains its original Victorian charm, while providing all modern conveniences. The perfect New England getaway! See More

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  • Breakwater Inn & Spa Kennebunkport 35 rooms from CA$196

    Sights nearby  -  Kennebunkport and the Maine Coast abound with many fine art galleries, featuring local and world-renowned artists.
    Fishing  -  Pull up a few lobster traps and learn what a real lobsterman does on the Kylie's Chance Lobster Tour.
    Local markets  -  The village of Kennebunkport offers a multitude of fine shops selling locally made products.
    Kayaking  -  Take an exciting three-hour guided kayak tour to Porpoise Point with Coastal Maine Kayak.
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    This 19th century boutique Inn maintains its New England coastal style. The rooms are plush to say the least and follow a crisp blue and white nautical theme. Pamper yourself in the spa, or sit on the deck, glass of wine in hand, and admire uninterrupted views of the Atlantic. Total relaxation! See More

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  • The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel Kennebunkport 25 rooms from CA$196

    Romantic Break  -  Pick one of the rooms with a terrace and ocean views for a relaxing and secluded stay for two
    Active Holiday  -  Get out and enjoy the Atlantic whether it be on a whale watching, sailing, or fishing trip
    Fishing  -  Fish for striped bass, Bluefish, sharks and Bluefin tuna
    Restaurant  -  The Boathouse Restaurant serves 'classic Maine' dishes
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    A small hotel boasting an enviable spot on Kennebunkport's pretty port. Simply decorated, elegant rooms with modern bathrooms look out onto the ocean, and the best feature large balconies. A seafood-centric restaurant serves seasonal produce while cocktails are served on the wrap-around porch. See More

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  • Captain Fairfield Inn Kennebunkport 9 rooms from CA$209

    Active Holiday  -  Explore the town on foot, trek along the 50-mile coastline that is a National Wildlife Refuge, or kayak down the Kennebunk river
    Beach Life  -  The beaches in Kennebunkport are some of the best in Maine
    Country Escape
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Historic home in maritime Kennebunkport that has been artistically renovated. The rooms feature bold colours and patterns, striking wallpaper and modern furnishings. There is a beautifully manicured garden with outdoor lounge and firepit, and it is located close to some of Maine's best beaches. See More

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  • Colony Hotel Kennebunkport 125 rooms from CA$217

    Restaurant  -  Two ocean view restaurants specialise in New England food with lobster available year round.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby museums, theatres, lighthouses, the lobster tour, the trolley tour...
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor saltwater pool
    Local markets  -  Weekly farmers' market
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    A picturesque family friendly hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Kennebunk River. Private beach, expansive lawns and gardens, large outdoor pool. Endless activities from surfing and kayaking to berry picking. Ideal for both a relaxing and active retreat in beautiful surroundings. See More

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  • The Nonantum Resort Kennebunkport (Maine) 109 rooms from CA$218

    Families  -  Kids will enjoy roaming the gardens, games and campfire sing-alongs. Parents can relax with on-site Kid's Club and babysitting
    Beach nearby  -  The resort offers rentals on all the beach equipment you will need for a day at Colony Beach, making packing light no problem
    Active Holiday  -  Find someone for everyone here: beach days, kayaking, paddle-boarding, sailing, walks, golf and exploring the beautiful area
    Weddings  -  With a scenic water-front lawn, atmospheric fire-pits and plenty of room for marquees, this is ideal for a family wedding
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    Family resort located on the water in Kennebunk, Maine. A former captain's home, the property became a hotel in 1883. Spacious nautical-themed rooms are split between the 19th-century Carriage House and a newer block; many have river views. There are 3 restaurants, Kid's Club, pool and garden. See More

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  • Grand Hotel Kennebunkport 19 rooms from CA$236

    Active Holiday  -  Kennebunkport is all about the ocean - choose to cruise along the coast by bike, sail, or whale watch - the choices are endless
    Local exploring  -  just steps from bustling downtown Kennebunkport, find restaurants, galleries and boutiques all within walking distance
    Minimum Stay  -  During peak season there is a 2 or 3 night minimum stay
    Kayaking  -  Kayak rentals at Kennebunkport Marina (seasonal)
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    An elegant boutique well-positioned to stroll into downtown Kennebunkport. Bright rooms and suites feature french doors, cream hues, ikat fabrics, and plush Matouk linens. Expect friendly service, New England architecture, and an on-site art gallery. A smart base to explore the coastal town from. See More

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  • The Inn at English Meadows Kennebunkport (Maine) 11 rooms from CA$236

    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of Kennebunkport Village with its many historic properties
    Birdwatching  -  Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
    Local markets  -  Dock Square
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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    Luxury bed and breakfast in a fine New England house. Bedrooms are immaculately decorated in a contemporary style with large beds and fine linens. The Inn feels homely and intimate and is just a short walk to the Dock Square, Kennebunkport - which has a number of restaurants and small shops. See More

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  • The Lodge on the Cove Kennebunkport 30 rooms from CA$266

    Families  -  From a retro games room to s’mores around the campfire and then, of course, the pool - this is a very family friendly stay
    Groups  -  Rooms sleep up to five making this a great choice for small groups/families
    Restaurant  -  The all-American restaurant offers adult and children menus
    Swimming Pool  -  The gated outdoor pool is designed to be safe for kids
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    A family-friendly hotel occupying a peaceful location in Kennebunkport. The four lodges channel a subtle retro-chic vibe set in airy spaces with plenty of light. Room sizes vary to accommodate families. Expect activities galore from evening bonfires to board games, movie nights, and kids' crafts. See More

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  • Captain Jefferds Inn Kennebunkport 15 rooms from CA$275

    Great walks  -  Explore the salt marshes and estuaries of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of Wood Island Lighthouse.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Outstanding location
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    This cosy B&B, in the heart of Kennebunkport, is steeped in local history. A former Captain's house with antique furnishings, contemporary comfort and style. You'll be truly spoilt with a fabulous breakfast and any number of pointers for a great day out. See More

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  • Tides Beach Club Kennebunkport 21 rooms from CA$275

    Back to Nature  -  Explore salt marshes and esturies on the Nature Walks - home to coastal birds, crabs, and other marine life
    Sights nearby  -  Dock square is just a fifteen minute drive away, full of art galleries and world class dining
    Kayaking  -  $25.00 per person, per hour (the same for paddleboarding)
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only property
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A luxurious boutique hotel. Ideal for seaside relaxation in style. Stellar ocean views onto Goose Rock Beach, and a vibrant bar & dining. Smart, charming rooms with plush furniture and marble bathrooms. Stargazing, bonfires, kayaking, cycling, paddle-boarding. An idyllic beach resort. See More

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  • Captain Lord Mansion Kennebunkport 20 rooms from CA$283

    Kayaking  -  Rent a kayak to explore the harbour, coastal inlets, islands and rivers near our southern Maine Coast Inn.
    Fishing  -  Charter boats are available for deep-sea trips to search for blues, stripers, tuna and grouper.
    Sailing  -  Book passage on either a classic style schooner or a modern sailboat.
    Spa  -  On-site professional spa facilities.
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    This historic B&B is decorated in the most opulent fashion; fourposter beds, antique furnishings, plush linens, exuberant wallpapers as well as every modern comfort. Prepare for the ultimate indulgent getaway with spa facilities, an extensive wine cellar and lavish three course breakfast! See More

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  • Waldo Emerson Inn Kennebunkport (Maine) 6 rooms from CA$288

    Minimum Stay  -  2 night min during peak season and 3 night min during major holidays
    Great walks  -  There are lots of great trails in the surrounding countryside
    Sights nearby  -  5 mins drive from downtown Kennebunkport
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12 allowed
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    An historic inn, ideally located for outdoors types or beach lovers. Interiors are traditional with many original features including polished pine floors, hand-painted wedgewood tiles and exposed beams. Gourmet breakfasts come as standard. A cosy, atmospheric property that oozes period charm. See More

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  • 1802 House Kennebunkport 6 rooms from CA$288

    Beach Life  -  Goose Rocks Beach and the Kennebunk Beaches are the closest to the inn. The inn offers chairs and towels for guests
    Local exploring  -  With beaches, kayaking, stunning autumn colours and incredible food options, the inn is the perfect base
    Sailing  -  Schooner Eleanor offers two-hour sailing trips aboard a traditional 55-foot, gaff-rigged schooner
    Kayaking  -  Kayak on Grist Mill Pond, the Kennebunk River, Mousam River and Cape Porpoise
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    A charming, colonial inn, in the heart of the southern coastal town, Kennebunkport. Rooms are elegant and spacious with four-poster mahogany beds, antique furniture, fireplaces and whirlpool baths. three-course breakfasts are made with local and organic ingredients. A cosy stay. See More

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  • Cape Arundel Inn & Resort Kennebunkport 30 rooms from CA$301

    Romantic Break  -  This adult only stay is ideally suited to couples. Imagine: evening fireside cocktails, beach walks, and fine dining
    Foodies  -  Fine New England dining with spectacular coastal views at Ocean Restaurant - worthy of a visit alone
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool
    Restaurant  -  Ocean Restaurant
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    A traditional New England inn occupying an enviable spot overlooking Walker's Point. Elegant rooms feature wooden fans, antiques, and the best have fireplaces and balconies. The large coastal garden has a pool while Ocean Restaurant is a NE delight. Adult-only, this is a romantic escape. See More

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  • Hidden Pond Kennebunkport (Maine) 36 rooms from CA$325

    Kayaking  -  Paddle boarding and kayaking on Goose Rocks Beach.
    Great walks  -  Nature Walks on the Hidden Pond Nature Trail.
    Back to Nature
    Outstanding location
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Rural New England cottages in stunning forest land with kitchen, roaring fires, private balconies and outdoor rain showers. Rooms are modern and comfortable, quiet and intimate. Earth offers farm-to-fork outdoor dining. The Tree Spa has a range of treatments and back to nature activities for all. See More

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  • The Cottages at Cabot Cove Kennebunkport 16 rooms from CA$354

    Romantic Break  -  Perfect romantic weekend getaway material: cost cottages, a secluded setting, and even row boats available!
    Active Holiday  -  Kennebunkport is a real activity hub from the beahes to watersports, cycling to forest walks.
    Restrictions on children  -  The environment is quiet and it is suggested that it may not be suitable for children under 15
    Minimum Stay  -  Two night minimum stay most weekends and three nights during the holidays
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    A collection of cute cottages offering complete privacy for a perfect hideaway. Each cottage is individually styled but the feel is very New England with vintage fittings, gingham fabrics, and pine furniture. Everything has been thought about from baked goods delivered each morning to cruiser bikes. See More

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  • Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club Kennebunkport 30 rooms from CA$379

    Local exploring  -  The fab location means that beaches, galleries, restaurants and boutiques are all within walking, cycling or sailing distance
    Active Holiday  -  Being on the water means that outdoor activities are part of each day, enjoy swimming, fishing, surfing and paddle-boarding
    Total relaxation  -  Views over the tidal river and pool immediately get you into beach holiday mode. End the day with a cocktail on the lawn
    Beach Life  -  The area offers endless beaches from mile-long public beaches to hidden patches of sand known only by locals
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    Fun and laid-back water-front property with a marina, floating barge pool and river-facing rooms. Boutique bungalows blend classic white shiplap walls with contemporary magenta, mango and sky-blue decor; all lead out onto terrace and gardens. Guests have access to a private bar, bikes and kayaks. See More

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  • Grace White Barn Inn Kennebunkport 26 rooms from CA$382

    Back to Nature  -  In an area famed for beautiful landscapes, the estate sits on the Kennebunk River minutes from some of Maine's best beaches
    Active Holiday  -  Kennebunkport is ideal for hikers, swimmers and those wanting to fish, canoe, horse-ride or paddleboard
    Country Escape
    Total relaxation
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux

    Charming inn on the Kennebunk River, an area famed for picturesque landscapes, close to some of Maine's best beaches. The rooms are rustic and traditional, many with fireplaces and marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. The 140-year-old barn houses a brilliant restaurant, and the spa is excellent. See More

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