This last weekend, we visited Kennebunkport, Maine for a little coastal Christmas fun before we settle in our home to enjoy the holiday. Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is the first two weeks of December and we visited right after to fit in a little pre-Christmas fun. Prelude is definitely a wonderful time to stay here, but if you don’t want the crowds the weeks right before Christmas are so festive too. The town is something right out of a Hallmark movie. Every storefront, home, and inn is dressed in holiday style. Here are the details from our December stay…
The Kennebunkport Inn
We stayed at the charming Kennebunkport Inn right in the heart of Dock Square. Location, location, location! It’s steps from the Dock Square Christmas Tree and all the shopping and restaurants you can walk to from this location. It has on-site parking, a lovely restaurant and bar, and charming rooms with nods to coastal Maine. They offer a Continental Breakfast for guests each morning and there are several cafes and coffee shops to nearby if you want to go out for breakfast one morning too.
New Suites at The Kennebunkport Inn
This fall, the Inn unveiled its new suites and we stayed in The Griffin Suite. This is one of the larger suites with two rooms. It has a king bed in the spacious bedroom. The marble bathroom has a large walk-in shower. The bedroom also has plenty of closet storage, a TV, and a countertop space with a sink, fridge, and Keurig. The adjoining room has a pull-out sofa and another TV which is perfect if you are traveling with younger kids or in our case our 13-year-old. I’d say perfect for a family of four with young kids. The rooms can be closed off with a pocket door for more privacy too.
During the holiday season this year, the Inn’s restaurant, The Burleigh, is transformed into a magical Tinsel Bar. The menu has special holiday cocktails and warm comfort food and seafood offerings. On weekends, you can enjoy live piano music and seating at the bar fills up fast. It was a festive and lively scene. If you are planning ahead, be sure to make a reservation if you’d like to dine in the restaurant. Also, there is cozy seating around the fire next to the bar. On drier winter nights, there is outdoor seating on the deck with fireplaces.
Private Dining at The Boathouse
This December and winter season, The Boathouse Restaurant has transformed their waterfront deck into The Coastal Lighthouse Village. Inspired by the Maine Coastline, this private dining experience has four heated dining spaces to choose from: The Lighthouse (seats up to 4), The Lightkeeper’s Cottage, (seats up to 8), The Sail Loft (seats up to 6), and The Lobster Shack (seats up to 6).
Offering a spirited cocktail menu, a holiday menu with favorites and seasonal fare including comfort food, and friendly and attentive service. We loved dining in The Lighthouse and we all recommend the chowder, salads, and short rib mac & cheese.
We loved our pre-Christmas December visit to Kennebunkport this year! It’s a great place for families and couples to enjoy the season. We loved it so much we are booking for Prelude next year. It was hit for everyone.
This post is in partnership with Destination Kennebunkport. I’d like to thank The Kennebunkport Inn and The Boathouse Maine for making our stay extra special. All opinions are mine. Travel featured on this blog, is heavily researched and vetted before we showcase destinations and hotels. We only spotlight the places and properties that we love staying at and regions we enjoy visiting the most.