The small town of Kennebunkport, population 3,500, has earned a reputation as a first-class vacation destination for New England’s most discriminating travelers–including both Presidents Bush, who make Kennebunkport their summer home. If you can’t afford your own seasonal dwelling here, it’s a time-honored activity to gawk at houses on a stroll through town.
Shopping is another of Kennebunkport’s main draws, and its downtown is jam-packed with upscale shops and galleries. Or, if you’re searching for a beach in the area, you can’t do any better than lovely Goose Rocks Beach on the edge of town.
One of the best times to visit Kennebunkport is in the fall, when New England’s famous autumn colors burst into view.
From Portland, head south on I-295. After seven miles, merge onto I-95S. Seven and a half miles later, merge onto I-195E toward Saco/Old Orchard Beach. Two miles later, take exit 2A to merge onto Maine St./US-1S. Take a slight right on Elm Street a mile later and continue on US-1S for another 6 miles. Then take a left at Log Cabin Road, and follow it four miles into Kennebunkport.