Kennebunkport sums up the Maine Coast in one glance; it’s quaint, cozy, and full of eclectic shops and restaurants. The ocean water weaves through inlets and islands, and classic wooden ships are anchored along the land line. It’s one of the best places to experience Maine’s nautical, classic, sea-life feel.
Coastal Maine Kayak takes adventurists into the coves and nooks of ocean surrounding the Kennebunks. Anyone can do it; it does take a little arm strength, but nothing too crazy. Everyone gets a life jacket, but the kayaks feel nice and stable. You are in the open ocean, and it can get windy, but the choppy waves are pretty fun to paddle through.
We stopped at Goat Island, a piece of land only accessible by boat. An old lighthouse, complete with a museum, is basically the only thing on the island. However, the old bell tower still sits on the rocks, and beautiful rose hip bushes are scattered around. Our guide brought a small picnic to enjoy during our break.
Kayaking is a great way to more deeply explore the area, and our guide was awesome.
The Clam Shack
Simple seafood is the center of Maine’s culinary scene; traditional, straight forward foods are what you want to eat. Clams; you either want them in the shell with butter on the side, or lightly fried…the whole bellies. At the Clam Shack, we ordered a huge container of bellies…nothing else. They don’t need sauce in my opinion. Each morsel is light, crisp and full of unbelievably fresh flavor.
My personal goal was to eat as much New England clam chowder as possible, and that I did. We went to local hotspot, Allison’s, which was more affordable than other Kennebunkport restaurants. The steamed clam entree was okay, but the chowder was awesome. I had so much great chowder in Maine, and this ranked at the top.
The Nonantum Resort
We stayed at The Nonantum; it was cozy, eclectic, and right on an inlet. Our balcony had a breathtaking view of the back lawn and water.
If you don’t stay here, at least come eat here. The breakfast buffet features elaborate egg dishes, seasonal pastries, a variety of pancakes or French toast, fresh fruit, smoked salmon, baked beans (yes, because you’re in New England) and perfect side dishes. But if you are a guest at the resort , breakfast is included.
We didn’t eat lunch or dinner, but heard great things. However we did try a couple of their blueberry cocktails which were light and filled with fruit. With a slushy consistency and sparkling water, I fell in love with their drinks.
Rococo’s Ice Cream
Rococos offers the most insane artisan flavors, like whiskey, fig and goat cheese or molasses, ginger snap. Blackberry, goat cheese and wine was available at Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery; Rococo ice cream can only be found at a few other locations besides their Kennebunkport shop. Even the cones are amazing, especially the salted pretzel and dark chocolate ones. The pretzel cone paired great with the molasses flavor!
See the Bush Estate
You can see our former president’s home when taking the walking path that loops by the Nonantum. If you aren’t interested in the house, it’s still a beautiful waterfront walkway.
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