Memorial Day weekend is here! What better way to celebrate than to pack up your stuff and head out of town for a night? Last weekend we kicked off summer early by heading up to Maine for a little getaway. I’ve been to Maine many times before but usually we stay in Portland. This time we decided to try someplace new – Kennebunkport. I’m usually not a fan of really touristy places with t-shirt shops and a load of people crowding the sidewalks (walking slower than any person really should) so I was wary of heading up to this popular spot. Well it was well worth the trip!
Kennebunkport is a cute coastal town with fun shops, gorgeous views and some great places to eat. Here’s a rundown of some of my favorite things. I’m sure I missed a few goodies so those of you who know Kennebunkport should weigh in!
Where we stayed – A fantastic B&B called The Captain Jefferds Inn. This place was classic New England – white-painted house with pretty gardens, a sweeping stairwell and a big sunny patio. The location was great too – just a few blocks from town. The staff was beyond friendly, the house was meticulous and the bed was big and comfy. Definitely recommended!
Where we ate – We had our 11 -month old son with us so our dining activities were very casual. We had great sandwiches and drinks on the deck at Arundel Wharf Restaurant and enjoyed lobster fare at Mabels Lobster Claw (a favorite in the area – I guess we just missed President Bush!). We also grabbed some pizza from Atlantic pizza. We didn’t get a chance to grab anything from the famed Clam Shack (right before the bridge into town) but the line was really long which suggests only good things
What we did – We walked – a lot. It’s the perfect place to be active whether you walk, run or bike. The views are breathtaking, especially up and down Ocean Avenue. We also hit the Marginal Way in Ogunquit which is just south of Kennebunkport. It’s a beautiful ocean view walk
Shops! – I stumbled upon a few great shops while walking around town:
Day Trip Society – This was a very cool shop. It’s almost hard to explain (see interior picture to the right). A lot of eclectic gifts featuring many earth-friendly brands. The carried typical beachfront shop things like sailcloth bags and pretty coasters to great Orla Kiely bags, cashmere blankets, leather journals, and rope doormats. They also carried these great shoes by Native which are a much cooler Croc alternative. The buyers are certainly creative and the quality of everything in the shop was top-notch
Daytrip Jr. – Clearly related to the fabulous shop above, this kids shop was so cheerful and welcoming. It featured clothing from lines like Shiftmod and Patagonia and had fantastic wooden toys, children’s books, games and gifts. It’s a tiny shop but I could have stayed for hours. The best part? The vintage whale ride tucked into the corner. You can have a lot of fun for 25 cents!
Anniebells – The best word to describe this shop is “pretty.” The best phrase to describe this shop is “french guest room.” The number of pretty linens, soaps, candles and pottery in this shop overwhelmed me. It smelled so beautiful that I just wanted to sit down and take out a book (or maybe take a bath…). The owner has distinctive taste and leans towards simple beauty and clean design. With brands like Barr Co, k hall designs, Savon and John Robshaw, it was hard to leave only picking up a few things. See the mermaid bottle opener to the right – could this be any more perfect for summer? I think not
Minka – This great shop is tucked into a pretty little building right next to Ben & Jerry’s. I found it because I was looking for ice cream. Minka focuses on handmade jewels and gorgeous leather accessories as well as interesting art. If you’re into silver, this place is a dream. It’s also a great spot to pick up something unqiue for the person who has everything. Wooden watch, anyone?
Well, I’ll leave my report at that. If you haven’t been to Kennebunkport, head on over. It’s a special place