Locals Only: Kennebunkport, Maine

New England summer trips are the quintessential reason we dream of balmy nights dancing on the beach. The past weekend a great group of girls ventured up the East Coast to the small sleepy town of Kennebunkport, Maine to celebrate my best friends Annie’s birthday. A quaint beachfront cottage in Wells Beach housed the bunch and day trips to Kennebunkport & Ogunquit were in order. While there was an array of fantastic experiences, here are my top picks:

Hidden Pond:

A luxury retreat that is nestled in the forest, these bungalow cottages serve up the perfect balance of privacy, serenity and accessibility. It reminds me of grownup summer camp with a specialization in Indian herbalogy.  The restaurant Earth, is a farm to table concept with a focus on well-balanced dishes and utilizing herbs & plants found on the property. After dinner cocktails around the blazing bonfire is one surefire way to reach your inner wild child.

Earth outside patio

The Clam Shack:

When it comes to the perfect Lobster roll there are a few different schools of thought. The Clam Shack has a holistic approach to this summer staple. Simply put, one pound of freshly steamed lobster placed between a perfectly toasted roll. Drawn butter & mayonnaise is served on the side with some coleslaw. You design the perfect balance yourself and the result is pure magic. Drenched in butter with a slather of mayonnaise was the perfect way to kick off my stroll around downtown Kennebunkport.

Ultimate Lobster Roll

Daytime Society:

One of the cutest beach lifestyle stores I have seen in a while. An array of nautical inspired home wares, apparel, jewelry & books makes this every jet setting travelers dream trading post. Check out the online store as well!

Perkins Cove Cruises

The rustic marina holds a few seafood restaurants and serves as the departure points for the cruise charters. Scenic Breakfast cruises, Cocktail sunset cruises or try your hand at catching a lobster or two on the Lobstering Trip. There’s nothing like freshly caught seafood for dinner!

Don’t mind the fanny pack crowd, as your first seal sighting will make the ughh, tourist trap completely worthwhile.

The Tides

Situated a stone’s throw away from the sand this beach club features 21 Jonathan Adler inspired guest rooms and a boutique restaurant. Perched on the patio sipping Rose in a rocking chair is the epitome of a great getaway!

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