Intro

Maine is beautiful, and we hope that those making the trip out here will make the most of the holiday weekend. While nothing beats Kennebunkport in the summer, we also encourage you to explore more of the state if time allows. 

Here are some of our top suggestions on what to do in the area. If you have any fun plans or want more ideas, let us know!

A more comprehensive list can be found here: https://www.visitmaine.net/things-to-do-in-maine-attractions/.

Kennebunkport

We're starting off the list of fun things in Maine with Ephraim's hometown of Kennebunkport. Pictured here is Ephraim with his best man, Garnet, at the Sea Star Grille, a restaurant our family ran in the early 2000s. 

Dock Square - the "downtown" of Kennebunkport and just a 5 minute walk from the wedding venue. Dock Square is the center of town and is filled with great options for shopping and exploring. It has a wine bar, ice cream parlors, Irish pubs, a wide range of sea food options, gift shops and two candy stores. 

Cape Porpoise - a small village just a few miles north of Dock Square, and still technically within the town of Kennebunkport. We suggest driving out to the pier to grab a bite to eat or just to catch a glimpse of Goat Island Light, an operational lighthouse that still guides the lobstermen back to the harbor. 

Kennebunk - The "downtown" of Kennebunk is a few miles inland and nestled against the Kennebunk River. Main Street in Kennebunk is home to Garden Street Bowl, the Kennebunk Inn, a Saturday morning farmers' market, and Boulangerie (our favorite place in Maine to get fresh pastries). 

Local Beaches

While Maine may be known for its rocky coastline, there are plenty of sandy beaches in the southern portion of the state. We included a short summary of our favorite four local beaches; all a short walk or drive away from the wedding venue. 

Colony Beach – Kennebunkport (0.5 mile from The Nonatum) -  At the mouth of the Kennebunk River lies this 150-foot beach is on the Kennebunkport side of the river. Refreshing swimming beach. It's a fun spot to watch the boats come and go out of the breakwater. Limited parking. No lifeguard. (2 minute drive from the Nonantum or a 10 minute walk)

Goose Rocks Beach – Kennebunkport - Very soft sand. At 3 miles long, it's great for walking. This is the beach Ephraim spent the most time at as a kid. Scenic and stunningly beautiful with views of the bay and Timber Island. Parking meter required. No facilities or lifeguard. (15 minutes by car from The Nonantum. 5 minutes by car from Friday welcome drinks and Sunday brunch)

Mothers Beach - Kennebunk - A short sandy section of perfect sand beach which is well protected. A very family friendly beach – hence the name Mother’s. At low tide, there are tidal pools for ocean creature exploration! Playground. No facilities or Lifeguard on duty. (10 minutes by car from The Nonantum)

Gooch’s Beach –  Kennebunk -  Popular for walking to the Breakwater, and for surfing when the waves are breaking just right off Narragansett Point. At high tide, there is not much sand for beach chairs or sun-bathing. Dogs on leash are allowed early morning and evening. Download the Parking Passport App to park along the beach boardwalk. No snack bar. Portable toilets. Lifeguards on duty in season. (7 minutes by car from The Nonantum)

More information on the beaches can be found at this link: kennebunkportmainelodging.com/beach/



Camping

Feeling very adventurous? 

Some of Ephraim's favorite places in Kennebunkport are the islands just off the coast. Many camping spots can be reached by walking across to the islands around low tide or are otherwise only accessible by boat. If you bring your own tent, these can be a great place to camp overnight. 

Camp sites can only be booked up to 7 days in advance and should be booked through: kctislands.org/

Food in Portland

Portland

45 minutes north of The Nonatum is Portland, the largest city in Maine. Although small for cities with a population of 70,000, it more than carries its weight when it comes to restaurants with the most restaurants per capita of any city in the country. If you have the time, we recommend making the trip up to Portland. Just be sure to make reservations well in advance. 

A few of the great ones include:

Scales - fun, upscale seafood on a terrific working waterfront wharf

Eventide - fresh oysters

Central Provisions - world-class tapas

Fore Street - Ephraim's favorite

Pai Men Miyake - the best pork buns and ramen in Maine

Portland's "Yeast End" - not one restaurant, but a collection of breweries in the east end of Portland. With great summer weather, we highly recommend exploring this walkable stretch of breweries. 

Funtown / Splashtown

In the mood for an amusement park?

About 30 minutes north of Kennebunkport is Funtown/Splashtown USA. The combination amusement park offers a wooden roller coaster, bumper cars, waterslides, and other fun activities. It's a great way to cool off. 

Kayak / Paddle Board

There are a lot of ways to explore the coastline in Kennebunkport. While boats can be rented or hired out for a tour, Ephraim's favorite is to get around by paddleboard. Services are available to rent for 3 hours and delivery options exist. 

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