The question that I am continually asking my parents, now that we share custody of our family pup is, “well can we just meet halfway?” Kennebunkport is our new common ground, our meeting place that is halfway. And I am so glad it is!
Recently my sister and I had the pleasure of staying at The Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club, which was recently renovated and had their grand re-opening in May. We have stayed in our fair share of boutique hotels, but this one is a notch above. We decided what made this particular spot so appealing, was that we didn’t feel the need to rush out of the room and find something to do. The plush bedding and doors that opened up to our own private patio on the water, encouraged a relaxing Maine morning.
On the property is a Marina Club which offers up cocktails for every taste, including a nice sparkling rosé if your taste is similar to mine! The sunset sessions by the fire pit make you feel like you are away at summer camp, which is exactly the nostalgic feeling you long for while on vacation. The decor consists of wide cabana stripes, known to me as summer camouflage (see photo above). Being just a quick walk into town, you truly get to experience a weekend in Kennebunkport while staying here.
Some dining options we loved in town were The Boathouse and The Burleigh, both boasting a beautiful patio space and delicious menus. I am always tempted (by a good time and…) when I see a tuna poke bowl on the menu, and the one at The Boathouse was phenomenal. A casual night in close by Cape Porpoise at The Ramp Bar and Grill gave us an excuse to get out of town for a bit, and catch some of the most spectacular views (the lobster spring rolls accompanied by strawberry chile sauce didn’t hurt either!).
One of the things that we noticed, but didn’t surprise us is now friendly everyone we encountered over the weekend was. When you are from Maine and move away, you expect everyone to always greet you with the same friendliness you experience at “home” (because any good Mainer refers to the whole state as home), and let me tell you… it does not happen.
This trip in particular was a mission partially to see “my dog”, cleverly disguised as a Father’s Day Celebration. There was a park close by and we were able to pack a lovely picnic with some goodies from H.B. Provisions and enjoy a nice sunny afternoon snacking, and playing with the pup. We encouraged her to go swimming, but even for this little pup the water was still too cold. Spending the day with my family in this perfect little town made me crave living back in Maine in a way I have not yet experienced!
One of our best finds of the weekend was Snug Harbor Farm, a truly special place. The nursery is full of varieties of plants I have never seen, every corner of the shop has the perfect item to pick up as a gift, and the peacocks on the property leave you wondering, what is this magical place?!
When it came time to throw in the towel on the weekend, nothing gave me the “Sunday Scaries” more! This weekend was as perfect as the pictures look, and that is what keeps me so in love with discovering parts of my home state. I am proud to be from Maine, and proud that so many people love to visit. There’s just something about this place!
Until next time, stay gangster.