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The Kennebunks are full of iconic bed and breakfasts, historic inns and places to hide away for a long weekend. Whether you’ve jaunted up there for a romantic weekend or brought the family along for a summer trip, you’ll certainly find a place that fits the bill.
Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks of the best places to stay in these coastal Maine villages:
The White Barn Inn. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is perched on the banks of the Kennebunk River, and just minutes from Kennebunkport’s boutiques and restaurants. The White Barn Inn is also home to the Five-Star eponymous restaurant, as well as a Four-Star spa that uses the nearby Kennebunk River as inspiration for treatments.
Hidden Pond. This Kennebunk resort brings arts-and-crafts to life amid 60 acres of nature. You’ll cuddle up in your own cottage and have access to the hotel’s Sand Bar Grille and Back Porch Bar. Enjoy dinner at Earth, the open-air restaurant created by Boston chef and restaurateur Ken Oringer. Unwind at The Tree Spa, which is built into the canopy of the forest, immersed in nature in its purest form.
The Grand Hotel. Kennebunk’s newest luxury hotel is located in Chase Hill in Lower Village. Beautifully appointed guest rooms have balconies with unrivaled views of the town and the Kennebunk River. It’s new, but The Grand Hotel has the feel of a classic New England property with its chic furnishings and coastal architecture.
The Tides Beach Club. Located on Goose Rock Beach in Kennebunk, The Tides Beach Club is one of the few resorts in the area. The recent renovation restored the hotel’s interior, adding softer touches to guest rooms and luxurious amenities throughout the hotel. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant or take in the nightly social scene at the bar, where the muddled fruit cocktails are the talk of the town.
The Breakwater Inn & Spa. The Breakwater Inn & Spa was originally built in the 1880s, making it one of the more historic Kennebunk hotels. Located in Kennebunkport on the Kennebunk River waterfront, The Breakwater Inn is a great choice if you want ultimate luxury in the heart of the action.