Top Area Activities, Attractions & Events.
There are so many great things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine and the immediate area that we cannot possibly include them all on our website. However, we are happy to recommend those activities that are personal favorites and those that our guests have found to be particularly enjoyable during their stay. Some of the annual events listed will, of course, fall on different days during different years.
Please feel free to call the inn to find out specific upcoming dates or check out our Maine travel blog for more information on the latest happenings in the area! Read on to discover the best things to do in Kennebunkport, ME.
Spring & Summer
Maine Coast Marathon
May brings the Maine Coast Marathon, organized by the Marathon Sports Runners Club. This point-to-point course between Kennebunk High School and the University of New England in Biddeford offers plenty of gorgeous views during its traditional 26.2-mile length.
Kennebunkport Food Festival
At the start of June, Maine Magazine and Maine Home+Design Magazine bring food, wine, and art to our shores. The event features some of Maine’s best chefs, wine and beer makers, musicians and artists to town for a weeklong celebration. Members of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, including 1802 House Bed and Breakfast Inn, hold the Historic Inns Garden Party featuring a Taste of Maine. The gathering features hors d’oeuvres by each of the inn’s chefs, Maine wines, and the musical backdrop of the Food Festival.
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Autumn & Winter
From September through mid-October, all of New England is awash in beautiful fall color. Set out on a drive through the New England countryside and take in the gorgeous scenery. In addition to all of the wonderful colors on display, fall also means pick your own farm shops, and we have some great ones near our bed and breakfast for you to explore. Enjoy wandering the fields, eating fresh crisp apples and load up on locally grown, fresh Maine produce as you do.
Voted the #2 Christmas Town in America, Kennebunkport lights up the first two weekends of each December with Christmas Prelude. During this event, the entire community celebrates by lighting up buildings, boats, and trees, holding arts and crafts fairs, offering meals and food, caroling, sponsoring programs, and bringing Santa to town on the Lobster Boat. The second weekend will also include fireworks, which are a fantastic display to behold. In addition, the Historic Inns host Walk to Bethlehem and Inn Tours each year.
February is for Lovers
Every February, the entire town of Kennebunkport celebrates “February is for Lovers.” Despite the cold and chill that can be found here in the northeast, the area heats up with romantic carriage rides, dining specials and much more. No matter when you visit in February, you’ll receive a warm welcome here in southern Maine.
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Favorite Activities & Attractions
Goose Rocks Beach (parking passes required) and the Kennebunk Beaches are the closest to the inn. 1802 House Bed and Breakfast Inn offers chairs and towels for our guests’ use.
There are several area bike trails for riding, and residents are tolerant to riders on the street. If you did not bring your own bike, rentals are available during your stay through local outfitters.
Kayak on Grist Mill Pond, the Kennebunk River, Mousam River, Cape Porpoise, and more. Take a guided tour or rent boats to explore on your own!
Schooner Eleanor offers two-hour sailing trips aboard a traditional 55-foot, gaff-rigged schooner. Join Captain Rich for a sail along Maine’s scenic coastline.
Join Captain Bob and his crew aboard the Rugosa, a classic New England lobster boat. On the short 1.5-hour trip, tour the Kennebunk River, see the beautiful coastline, and watch the crew haul lobster traps. Sit back and watch or roll up your sleeves and join in the fun!
From traditional seafood or quintessential Maine lobster shack, to eclectic and vegetarian, to food trucks and locally made ice cream and desserts, Kennebunkport and the surrounding area boasts 39 eateries to tempt your taste buds. Ask us about our favorites!
Kennebunkport features a wide variety of independently owned shops offering art and collectibles, books, jewelry, home goods and a wide variety of unique gifts and goods. Looking for something in particular? Your innkeepers will be happy to help you find it!
Galleries and Museums
With a rich history and a number of talented area artists, Kennebunkport features more than a dozen galleries and museums. Be sure to visit Maine Art Hill and check out their gallery, studios, shows, and wind sculptures.
A few minutes’ walk from the inn and perfectly positioned on the main street overlooking the river is the Hurricane Restaurant. Winner of the Open Table Diners Choice award in 2016 and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2019, this elegant restaurant is the perfect Maine dining experience. Serving the freshest seafood and lobster, meat lovers and vegetarians alike will find dishes to delight and satisfy.
Just a few minutes’ drive away in Kennebunk’s Lower Village is Pearl. Rebecca Charles, the owner/chef is famous for taking the lobster roll to Greenwich Village. Her family have summered at Gooch’s Beach since 1917 and she has fulfilled an ambition of opening a restaurant in Maine. Pearl offers a unique menu featuring oysters on the half shell, steamers and other seafood alongside chicken and steak.
Located in picturesque Kennebunk is a perfect Bistro style restaurant with an American slant The owners have an established relationship with local farmers and it shows in the menu which is comprised of local fish and produce and features dishes such as pasta, burgers and excellent fish and chips. Cooking and cocktail making classes are also offered at this comfortable and friendly establishment.
A favorite local spot for fine wine, craft cocktails, local beer, and a fresh take on Maine cuisine. Food is served tapas style and made for sharing. There is a of items from flat bread pizza and delicious meatballs to fajita and everything in-between. Something to suit everyone.
In the heart of Dock Square a few minutes’ walk from the inn, Alissons is a staple of Kennebunkport. Family owned and operated since 1973 it offers among other things quality seafood and excellent burgers and sandwiches. Running alongside its excellent menu are 22 beers on tap to savor while taking in a game or taking part in the weekly quiz.
Mabels Lobster Claw
A short drive away on Ocean Avenue is Mabel’s Lobster Claw. Serving Maine seafood since the 1950’s Mabel’s is a Kennebunkport Institution. A favored haunt of the Bush family and recently voted the “Manliest Meal” by Men’s Health Magazine and Rachel Ray for it’s Lobster Savannah, it was also runner up in the “Best Seafood Restaurant in America” by USA Today Readers Choice Award. Fresh seafood and of course lobster delivered straight from the fishermen each day can be enjoyed on the covered porch.
Located in the heart of Dock Square, this enchanting bistro offers delicious food and excellent service. A new addition to Kennebunkport’s culinary experience it pairs a relaxing and comfortable environment with mouthwatering dishes and delightful cocktails.