Dally and Dine in Kennebunkport

April 29, 2009 by seoworks  
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Kennebunkport Vacations | Dally and Dine

There is no better way to spend a weekend or vacation that to spend it dallying around the region during the day and then enjoying evenings of leisurely dining.

There are numerous choices of activities and eateries that are sure to please the preference of every visitor.

You do not need to fly anywhere or drive for endless hours to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Kennebunkport, Maine offers it all and is located just a hundred miles north of Boston and only five hours from New York City. The short distance makes it feasible to come to Kennebunkport, if only to enjoy a day of leisure followed by dinner. At times, just a change of scenery and a few hours to explore a new town is all that is needed to be rejuvenated.

Kennebunkport is a seaside community that has the coastal New England ambiance that one would expect, while also offering an array of diamond star accommodations, endless miles of beaches, eclectic boutiques, art galleries, and museums.

If you love exploring new regions and love the ocean, then you will enjoy spending a day visiting local lighthouses. Kennebunk is home to the Goat Island lighthouse, the last manned lighthouse in Maine, and the next to the last to be automated in the United States. There are at least a half a dozen more within a short driving distance of Kennebunkport.

The majestic Atlantic coastline is best viewed from out on the water, where the visitor can look back at the rugged rocks, and the sights of people walking dogs, flying kites, running and walking along the sand beaches. The region offers numerous excursions which include whale watching, short schooner sailing trips, puffin watches, and sunset cruises.

For those who prefer to enjoy the rich culture of this historic town, a sightseeing tour would be a perfect way to spend the day. The In town Trolley offers 45 minute narrated tours and visits such places as President Bush’s estate, the Franciscan Monastery and Spouting Rock. For a minimal fee, you can purchase a day pass and disembark and board as often as you like throughout the day.

There are also walking tours available. Scattered throughout the village are places to buy steaming lattes, cocoa, and coffee to enjoy while taking in the wonder of seemingly stepping back to the 1600’s. The charm of the quaint brick buildings is not diminished by the 21st Century businesses that dwell within. For those who prefer the more contemporary shopping experience, Dock Square is an excellent place to do outlet shopping. Visitors will not want to bypass the opportunity to enjoy a cone of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, made right in New England.

Many visitors will come to Kennebunkport to enjoy playing golf on one of the many courses in the region. The Cape Arundel Golf Club is favored by former President Bush and offers tee times for visitors and non-members. Webhannet Golf Club is another excellent choice for avid golfers, and is home to regional tournaments.

There are some visitors who desire to enjoy the country setting that surrounds Kennebunkport. A must see is Lightfoot Farms, just outside of town. The farm raises Alpacas, specializing in Peruvian Alpacas. Visitors will enjoy learning about the tradition and rich heritage that accompanies raising alpacas.

Some will define “dallying” as doing nothing more than reading a good book and enjoying time at a Spa. Kennebunkport offers several choices, including The Breakwater Spa and the White Barn Inn & Spa. Going to a spa offers the opportunity to select from an array of services, ranging from facials to massages. Top therapists will do deep muscle massage and relax taunt muscles, stimulate circulation and use premium products that will soften and pamper the skin. Packages and appointments can be tailored to meet your individual desires, all designed to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul!

After a day of total rejuvenation and being invigorated by the fresh New England air, choose to have dinner at one of the famous eateries as the dessert to your day! For those wanting to enjoy some of the fresh seafood that has just come off the docks, your best choice for dinner is at the famous Stripers Seafood Restaurant in Kennebunkport, where the fresh catch is cooked to order. Many visitors to Maine want to have a lobster for dinner, and Stripers in the place in Kennebunkport to enjoy one in authentic surroundings.

For those desiring to enjoy an elegant dining experience, there is only one choice. The White Barn offers dinner served in New England’s only AAA Five Diamond award winning restaurant. The finest of dining cuisine is served in two fully restored mid- 1800’s barns that offer crisp white linens, candlelight and floor to ceiling windows. Service is impeccable. Food is prepared with finesse, using only the finest of ingredients. Reservations and jackets are required.

There are numerous opportunities for after dinner entertainment in the region, with the most famous landmark being the Arundel Playhouse. It is a world class theatre with live performances throughout the summer season.

Kennebunkport is the perfect location to spend a day, weekend, or vacation dallying and dining. Choices of accommodations, leisure activities, and dining are plentiful enough to offer something for everyone…begin planning your get away today.



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