The Kennebunks

Situated on the Atlantic coast of southern Maine, Kennebunk is a seaside town oozing with New England’s natural charm and blueblood money. You can take splendor in the various outdoor activities; sailing, whale watching, hiking, canoeing, biking and enjoying the beaches are all local pastimes. And since this is Maine, eating lobster is de rigueur here, especially at the fish shacks dotting the town, ranging from fancy to modest. Head into neighboring Kennebunkport for excellent boutique shopping, fine dining and quaint cafés.

Though the Kennebunks change with the seasons — just like any New England destination — the most popular time of year to visit is in the summer. The coastal area is only 90 minutes from Boston and 20 minutes from Portland, making daytrips an easy option when you feel like exploring someplace new.