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The several communities with similar names—Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kennebunk Beach—are clustered on the Maine coast and constitute one of the state's most popular vacation areas.
 
 

 

They were put on the map of the national consciousness by President George H W Bush and his family, who have a large summer home off Ocean Drive at Walker's Point.

Of the towns, Kennebunkport is perhaps the most interesting. It's been a resort for years, drawing both the well-to-do and the student crowd living on summer earnings from their hotel, inn and restaurant work.

The center of town is Dock Square, where Ocean Drive meets ME Route 9 (map). Restaurants, shops, boutiques, cafes, and the Hospitality Center are clustered here.

In summer, parking, as usual in these New England seaport towns, can be difficult.

Sometimes there are a few places on Maine Street, just east of Dock Square, but the best place to try is the fairly large municipal parking lot just beyond Dock Square: Drive through Dock Square on ME Route 9, turn left on Church Street, and the lot is a short way along on the left. The walk to Dock Square is less than five minutes.

Prices for hotel rooms and meals tend to be a bit high, but for most people the price is not so important so long as they can just find a room open in this delightful Maine town.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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Dock Square, Kennebunkport ME

The flag flies proudly in Dock Square, Kennebunkport ME.

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