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Guide to the Best Kennebunk and Kennebunk Beach Maine Hotels, Lodging, and Resorts

Kennebunk is a great vacation destination in any season. Its the sister town to Kennebunkport, but Kennebunk has more beaches and a rich history all its own. Summers lure visitors to Kennebunks’ fine sandy beaches, coastal boat tours, kayaking excursions along the Kennebunk River and the coast. Farmers Markets, Art Walks and festivals occur on Kennebunk’s Main Street and Lower Village with a classic New England town feel. Fall in Kennebunk is spectacular with splendid foliage of oaks, maple and birch with pine.

Winters in Kennebunk are highlighted by holiday events including the nationally recognized Christmas Prelude as well as escaping into a wonderland with a covered ice-rink, sleigh rides, brisk beach walks and cozying up by a fire at a local b’nb or indulging in a spa treatment.

Throughout the year, downtown Kennebunk and Lower Village along the River provide Maine shopping, local crafts, farm food and unique souvenirs. Maine crafts and art are often part of local outdoor concerts, hometown parades, there’s even a Farmer Market each Saturday in season.

The Kennebunk art scene has emerged in recent years as one of the best in the state. Kennebunk visitors enjoy Friday Art Walks (2nd Friday of the month in season) at over 20 galleries including Maine Art Hill with its 9 Galleries, River Tree Arts and many more.

Visitors love to explore the historic homes along Summer and Main Street, local area museums, grand beaches, nature walks, marinas, and a trendy dining scene including Maine’s only 5 star restaurant

It is no wonder the Kennebunks are among Maine’s vacation favorites. Visitors planning a vacation in Kennebunk will find grand hotelsbed and breakfastsresorts on the beach and waterfront and luxurious vacation rentals.

Seaside Inn | Kennebunk Beach 207-967-4461 | 80 Beach Ave, Kennebunk, Maine
Oceanfront Inn directly on Kennebunk Beach. Walk to Kennebunkport's Famous Dock Square shops and restaurants. Sea kayaking, whale watching, fabulous sunrises and sunsets from your room! The Seaside Inn is open year round and includes breakfast daily in the 1850 Boat House. Hot Tub. Bicycles. Oceanfront Rooms. Great values with our special Off-Season Packages in the Inn. 9th Generation Family Innkeepers since 1667. Kennebunkport's premier beachfront address. A memorable location and experience directly on the beach. Learn More
Waldo Emerson Inn | Bed and Breakfast Inn Kennebunk 207-985-4250 | 108 Summer Street, Kennebunk, Maine
A romantic colonial style inn with a rich history, located in the Historic District of Kennebunk. Guests enter directly into the keeping room dating back to 1753 with it’s hand-sewn oak timbers and a welcoming wood burning stove. The inn offers six romantic guests rooms all with ensuite bathrooms, four with fireplaces. The rooms are decorated in a traditional style with antique pieces and a touch of elegant whimsy. Let us pamper you with our gourmet breakfast. This restored shipbuilders mansion is the perfect inn for a Southern Maine getaway. Learn More
Inn at English Meadows | Kennebunk Lower Village 207-967-5766 | 141 Port Road, Kennebunk, Maine
Modern, elegant, historic inn. Your perfect southern Maine getaway! Newly updated inn offers a uniquely modern experience with superb comfort. Featuring Frette fine linens and bath robes, designer toiletries, flat screen TVs, gas fireplaces (in most rooms) and exceptional 3-course breakfast. The Inn creates an ambiance where guests feel pampered and cared for. Beautifully landscaped gardens and a lovely brick patio invite guests to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Convenient, quiet location just a short walk to wonderful restaurants, art galleries and the unique shops of Dock Square. Only one mile from Kennebunk’s beautiful sandy beaches. Learn More
Grand Hotel | Kennebunk 877-455-1501 | 1 Chase Hill Rd, Kennebunk, Maine
Sitting prominently on Lower Village Kennebunk’s Chase Hill, the Grand Hotel offers a stay experience perfect for those who enjoy a slightly urban feel. Elegantly appointed guest rooms offer contemporary yet luxurious features such as Keurig coffee makers, flat screen TVs, Waterworks and marble bathrooms, Cuddledown bedding and Turkish linens. Expansive windows and guest room balconies provide views of the Kennebunk River and bustling downtown area. Onsite gourmet deli and local Maine art gallery round out the guest experience. Learn More
The Beach House | Kennebunk Beach Inn 207-967-3850 | 211 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine
Located on Middle Beach in Kennebunk, The Beach House Inn is a charming B & B styled Inn with all the amenities of a small hotel. Elevator access to all levels, with AC, TV in each room. Charming large lobby with stone fireplace and wraparound oceanfront porch. Breakfast room is perfect for enjoying a leisurely start to the day with a Full Continental Breakfast Buffet. Afternoon tea served daily, cheese and port in the evening. Open April to December. Learn More
Seaside Houses Cottages | Kennebunk Beach 207-967-4461 | 80 Beach Ave, Kennebunk Beach, Maine
New 2 and 3 Bedroom Cottages with river and/or ocean views just 100 yard walk across dunes from sandy Kennebunk Beach. These luxurious upscale year round homes feature fully equipped kitchens, living rooms, dining areas, separate bedrooms, screened in porch and deck. Central heat and AC, Gas Fireplaces, Flat Screen TV’s and free WiFi. Sit back on your porch and relax just one mile from Kennebunkport’s famous Dock Square with its unique shops and restaurants. These cottages offer a fabulous year round getaway retreat. Learn More
Lodge at Kennebunk | Kennebunk 207-985-9010 | 95 Alewive Rd, West Kennebunk, Maine
Quiet 8-acre wooded setting adjacent to highway. Minutes to Kennebunkport. Deluxe continental breakfast. 40-foot heated pool. Game room with air hockey and 8-foot pool table. Conference room can seat 40+. Outside activities include horse shoes, volleyball, shuffleboard and playground. We also offer picnic tables and gas grills. CCTV, AC, phones, mini-fridges and microwaves in all rooms. Rooms are either: 1 king bed, 2 double beds or 2 and 3 room suites (one with a Jacuzzi tub). Pets and Smoking in designated rooms only. Learn More
Kennebunk Gallery Cottages | Kennebunk 207-985-4543 | 65 York Street, Kennebunk, Maine
Comfortable 1 and 2 bedroom housekeeping cottages with kitchenettes and motel rooms on four acres. Large swimming pool, as well as sports’ and children’s play areas. Free WiFi. All units with A/C, heat, phone, extended cable, deck or screened porch. Located within walking distance of the town of Kennebunk with dining for all budgets, shopping, antiquing, old Captain’s homes. Centrally located within an easy drive to all area attractions. Learn More
Kennebunkport Captains Collection | Kennebunkport 207-967-3141 | 6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, Maine
Located in the heart in Kennebunkport’s historic district the Captains Collection is comprised of some of the most significant historic ship captain's homes in Kennebunkport. Previously known individually as Captain Lord Mansion, Captain Fairfield Inn, Captain Jefferds Inn, and Maine Stay Inn, under the new collection name, the inns are now managed as a resort-style single entity, embodying the nautical charm of the town with the design and amenities to satisfy the desires of today’s discerning traveler. From private cottages to spacious suites and cozy rooms, the collection offers something for everyone. Enjoy landscaped grounds, warm hospitality, and professional concierge services. Learn More
Rhumb Line Resort | Kennebunkport 207-967-5457 | 41 Turbats Creek Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine
If you have kids, this is the place to be. Kennebunkport's only resort with indoor and outdoor heated pools, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and complete fitness center. Free WiFi. Deluxe accommodations in a quiet wooded setting, short walk to ocean. All rooms w/2 queens or 1 king, AC/Heat, CCTV, mini fridge, coffee maker, deck or patio. Deluxe Continental Breakfast included. On the Trolley Route. Kids 12 and Under Stay Free. Visit Web site for Internet Specials. Open Year Round. Open Feb-Dec. Learn More
AWOL Kennebunkport | Kennebunkport 207-967-2117 | 34 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine
AWOL KPT is your new retreat in Kennebunkport. Located in a pine grove and tucked into a quiet neighborhood, AWOL KPT is just a short walk to the harbor and all that is happening in Kennebunkport's Dock Square. It's a juxtaposition just like Maine—serenity amidst activity. Private but with plenty of opportunity to interact with other travelers. Isolated but central. AWOL KPT accommodations offer something perfect for whoever you are. Check out our fireplace cabin suites—some dog-friendly—or our luxurious, paired-back main house suites with various unique layouts to allow for your own expression. Learn More
Kennebunkport Inn | Kennebunkport 207-967-2621 | 1 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine
Casual elegance. Stylish guest rooms. Thoughtful amenities. Exceptional guest service. These are a few of the highlights guests rave about during their stay at the Kennebunkport Inn, the only hotel located in the heart of Kennebunkport. Perched at the top of the village center, the inn’s vista overlooks the downtown shops, restaurants, and galleries, making it an optimal choice for guests who prefer to walk to the most popular destinations in town. Design updates have respected the historic architecture while adding contemporary flair to its timeless appeal. Learn More
Breakwater Inn & Spa | Waterfront Inn and Spa 207-967-5333 | 127 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine
Located directly on the Kennebunk River with beach, ocean and sunset views. This chic historic inn offers modern spa rooms with river views, cottages hanging over the river and more. One of the most historic Kennebunkport hotels and inns with all the modern hotel comforts of today. Full service spa complex to indulge in exclusive signature spa treatments. Guests delight in innovative cuisine at Stripers Waterside Restaurant, taking pleasure in the freshest seafood, lobster and shellfish from the New England Maine Coast. Learn More
Sandy Pines Campground | Campground 207-967-2483 | 277 Mills Rd. , Kennebunkport, Maine
Less than a mile from Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, Sandy Pines offers a relaxing vacation experience for every type of camper. Whether you prefer the simplicity of your own tent, the comfort of your own RV or the luxury of one of our Glamp Tents, Cottages, Hideaway Huts or Unique Retreats, we have accommodations for both couples and families. The cleanest, most modern bathhouses in Maine. Unwind in our heated, saltwater pool or enjoy a paddling adventure from our private boat launch. Learn More
1802 House Bed and Breakfast | Kennebunkport 207-967-5632 | 15 Locke St, Kennebunkport, Maine
Discover one of Kennebunkport's finest historic Inns. Understated, casual luxury and modern comforts coupled with traditional New England charm. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood a short stroll from bustling shops, restaurants and art galleries in Kennebunkport's Dock Square. Our 6 guest rooms are well appointed with queen beds, private bathrooms, 5 with fireplaces and 3 with 2-person spa tubs. A three course breakfast is prepared fresh each morning using local and organic ingredients. Coffee and hot drinks are available 24 hours a day and fresh baked cookies are offered in the afternoons. Learn More
Legacy Properties Sotheby's Rentals | Kennebunkport 207-370-5479 | 9 Arlington Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine
Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty is proud to present to you, 9 Arlington Avenue in Kennebunkport. Luxury finishes throughout this impressive, architecturally significant property. Five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms across 3 floors, central AC, smart home enabled with a sound system and an elevator. Easy walking to Colony Beach and has access to a nearby heated pool area for a daily fee. Private chef and Sommelier services may be available. Learn More
The Lady Mary Inn | North Berwick 207-676-2133 | Elm Street, North Berwick, Maine
Comfortably familiar and welcoming, elegant and classic, down to the tiniest detail, while still offering every convenience the modern traveler expects. Welcome to the Lady Mary Inn. Surround yourself in Victorian romance. Experience the grandeur of this 25-room mansion while you enjoy all the Southern Maine Seacoast Region has to offer! Stretch out in one of our spacious guest rooms with beautiful private baths. Full gourmet breakfasts are artfully served. Conveniently located in North Berwick, Maine, just 6 miles from I-95 and 15 minutes from miles of white sandy beaches. Learn More

More About Kennebunk Hotels And Motels

Even seasonal visitors to the Kennebunks believe they are vacationing in Kennebunkport when in fact, they are in Kennebunk. Indeed, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are two famous seaside towns often regarded as synonymous. While Kennebunkport gets more accolades, it’s Kennebunk that has the most beaches, and there are a plethora of great lodging properties and plenty of fun restaurants and shops in both downtown Kennebunk and Lower Village just across the Kennebunk River from the more famous Kennebunkport.

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Lodging in Kennebunk is just as varied as you’ll find in the neighboring Port, from b&bs, cottage rentals, hotels and motels offering something for families and friends and couples. Some Kennebunk hotels are waterfront, or near the Kennebunk River, some are conveniently located on Route 1 or out near the turnpike.

When staying at a hotel or motel in Kennebunk, visitors can enjoy amenities like outdoor pool areas, easy access to main highways, play areas for the kids, or gas grills for bbq and outdoor dining, some even offer waterfront locale with views of the Kennebunk River or the Ocean.

For those on a vacation budget, staying in a motel or motor inn in Kennebunk is certainly a more affordable lodging option. If you are traveling with kids and larger parties, staying in a Kennebunk hotel or motel can be more accommodating than an inn or bnb.

Kennebunk is a family friendly town, endowed with many nearby parks and amusements, horse drawn carriage rides, blueberry picking at the Nature Conservancy Blueberry Barrens, and 3 beaches including Mother’s Beach, Middle Beach and Gooch’s Beach—Mother’s Beach being a family favorite for its kid-friendly gentle surf and beachfront playground.

Seaside Inn

The Seaside Inn is located directly on Kennebunk Beach with motel style lodging, direct beach access and an outdoor hot tub with ocean views making this a special place that has been in the same family for nine generations. You can even stay at the Franciscan Guest House on the Kennebunk River; this affordable lodge offers modest guest rooms on the monastery grounds.

There are more options for historic hotels and modern resorts in Kennebunkport, however hotels in Kennebunk are well-located and appointed. The Grand Hotel, for example, is located just before the bridge crossing over to Kennebunkport and within walking distance to the popular shopping of Dock Square, as well as quaint shops, art galleries and restaurants within Kennebunk’s Lower Village.

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The Lower Village is an ideal place to find lodgings with close proximity to the ocean and beach, and usually walking distance to wine bars, pubs, upscale and casual dining, and shopping. Vacationers interested in remaining close to downtown Kennebunk’s shops and restaurants may also consider lodging on Rt 1, like Kennebunk Gallery Motel & Cottages where there are a plethora of antique shops, cafes, and several art galleries, and while being just a few miles from the beach.

If you are looking for a quieter Kennebunk atmosphere away from the hubbub of town, motels like Shorelands Guest Resort, near the Wells Wildlife Reserve on Rt 9 or the Lodge at Kennebunk on Rt 35 should suit the bill and your budget. Both are situated toward the outskirts of town away from market places, but still located on main highways.

Kennebunk – Kennebunk Beach Area Lodging Inns – Bed and Breakfasts – Hotels – Motels

Beach House Inn l Kennebunk Beach

The Inn at English Meadows l Kennebunk/Lower Village | 207 967 5766

Franciscan Guest House l Kennebunk Lower Village | 207-967-4865

Grand Hotel | Kennebunk | 877-455-1501

Kennebunk Gallery Cottages l Kennebunk | 207-985-4543

Kennebunker Cottages l Kennebunk | 207-967-3708

King’s Port Inn l Kennebunk/Lower Village

Lodge at Kennebunk l Kennebunk | 207-985-9010 | 877-918-3701

Seaside Inn | Kennebunk Beach | 207-967-4461 | 866-300-6750

Seaside Houses Cottages | Kennebunk Beach | 207-967-4461 | 866-300-6750

Shorelands Guest Resort l Kennebunk | 207-985-4460 | 800-992-3224

Waldo Emerson Inn Bed and Breakfast l Kennebunk | 207-985-4250

White Barn Inn and Spa l Kennebunk Beach

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