Situated in southern Maine on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Kennebunk River, Kennebunkport is a watery wonderland that offers activities for all four seasons. Long a destination for the rich and powerful, the town also offers plenty of historic bed and breakfasts for anyone looking for a quick break just under two hours north of Boston.
When coming up with our list, we looked closely at a diverse range of inns to satisfy a broad spectrum of travelers and traveling styles. We compared over 30 bed and breakfasts in Kennebunkport on location, amenities and, in particular, on the evaluations received from guests on various review sites.
If you want to splash down in the center of Kennebunkport, consider making your home at the 34-room King’s Port Inn. It’s got a great location that lets you walk to both to the natural attraction of Kennebunk Beach — a sandy stretch of paradise situated along the Atlantic coast — and the manmade attraction of Dock Square, with its collection of shops and galleries. You get the best of a big hotel here thanks to passes to a local gym, free WiFi and a weekend cocktail bar, as well as the charm of a small B&B with a unique Pantry Sideboard Breakfast.
Not only can you choose from six stylishly appointed room at this luxury inn located in Kennebunkport’s Historic District, but you can also plan to stay in any of 11 cottage suites that offer expanded spaces in which to relax. Beds are draped in crisp, clean white linens, while warm and sophisticated color palettes create soothing, sophisticated spaces. The home once belonged to a sea captain and is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Scrumptious gourmet breakfasts get you fueled for a day of exploring while amenities like flat screen TVs, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs welcome you back at night.
It’s fitting that every room at this upscale inn is decorated in like a room aboard the finest yacht, as the hotel is situated right on the banks of the Kennebunk River. Each room has it’s own view of the river and a private patio from which to watch the watery world go by. The rooms, which are accented with mahogany and walnut timbers feature king-sized beds and come with scrumptious spa robes for lounging late into the morning. Because the hotel is also a marina, you can enjoy the sites of Kennebunkport’s plentiful array of boats while dreaming about your own someday sail away.
There’s a well-known maxim amongst the world of bed and breakfasts that seven years is about the maximum length of time an innkeeper can remain in the business. In 2014 Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield celebrated 36 years as innkeepers at The Captain Lord Mansion, which means they love what they’re doing. That’s evident in the care taken in the exquisitely decorated rooms, the hearty three-course country breakfasts and the expertly manicured “Memory Garden” where repeat guests earn an engraved stone after their tenth visit. The inn, which is the only AAA 4 Diamond one in town, also offers unique excursion options such as the Lobster Boat Cruise and Dinner Package and the Classic Lobster Roll Picnic.
If you’re travelling with your four-legged canine companion, this former sea captain’s home turned B&B would be a great choice. Dogs can be accommodated in the six rooms located in the inn’s carriage house where they’ll be welcomed with dog bowls, towels, and a personalized treat. Plus there are pet sitters available for just $10 an hour so you can enjoy a dog-free night out. Décor in all rooms is fresh, homey and modern. In the afternoons, all guests are treated to tea time with fresh-baked goods and hors d’oeuvres served in the enchanting garden room.