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If you dream of spending your vacation in a coastal New England town, Kennebunk checks all the boxes. With sandy beaches, charming shops, and delicious seafood, you'll soon see why it's become a popular destination. The White Barn Inn, a local landmark since the 1800s, offers an upscale rustic vibe with all the amenities you'd find in a big city hotel. The inn is also home to the only Forbes 5-star restaurant in the state and is close to Dock Square and local beaches. And just a few minutes outside town, Waterford features plenty of living space both indoors and outdoors, tucked along its own stretch of private beach.
Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, affectionately called the "The Kennebunks" by locals, are a quintessential New England vacation spot. Spend a day relaxing on one of the many beaches, or rent a kayak and paddle around on the water. Kids love whale watching in the summer months, and history buffs should take a walking tour with Museum in the Streets, a series of 25 informational panels throughout town. Dock Square has an abundance of boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries, and there is no shortage of spots to get an authentic lobster roll in this former shipbuilding and fishing village—more than 20 places in Kennebunk serve the classic meal.
Kennebunk is close to several popular beaches that are perfect for relaxing or getting in the water on a summer day. Gooch's, Parson’s, Mother’s, and Colony are a few of the popular options near town.
Originally built in Cape Porpoise Harbor in 1833, Goat Island Lighthouse was renovated in 2011. The best view is from the end of Pier Road in Cape Porpoise, or you can visit the lighthouse by boat during high tide.
Inland, the Kennebunk Wildlife Management Area is home to a variety of rare plants, birds, and reptiles. Whale watching season runs from mid-April through October, and you can spot North Atlantic puffins in the summer, too.
Due to its location on the coast, Kennebunk sees cool winters and mild, wet summers. Temperatures range from low- to mid-70s during the days in the summer and are in the low- to mid-50s at night. In the winter, daytime temperatures are typically in the mid-30s and drop to the teens at night. The area gets most of its rain in the summer and averages about five feet of snow annually.