Escape to the provincial hamlets of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport for a hometown holiday. Sandy coastlines and picturesque architecture lend storybook charm to these romantic Northeast destinations, draped in seasonal finery.
Under the stewardship of innkeepers Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield for nearly forty years, The Captain Lord Mansion is the only AAA Four Diamond bed-and-breakfast in Kennebunkport. Gas-burning fireplaces, four-poster beds, and rare European paintings highlight the spacious accommodations.
From the secluded inlets of Cleaves Cove Beach to the more populous strands of Mother’s Beach, the Kennebunks boast breathtaking waterfront vistas. Drifts of snow blanket the glistening shorelines in alabaster during winter—a vivid contrast to cerulean horizons of sea and sky.
Travelers with epicurean tastes are certain to enjoy the cuisine at Kennebunk Beach’s The White Barn Inn. Along with a continental breakfast and elegant afternoon tea served daily to guests, the boutique hotel garners praise for its flagship restaurant, housed in restored stables from the 1820s.
While daylight prevails, search for treasures at Kennebunk’s The Galleries at Morning Walk, above left—a collection of eclectic New England cottages brimming with an inspiring range of creations from local artisans. When twilight descends on the idyllic villages, above right, savor the hush of evening amidst twinkling Yuletide adornments.
Discover more of the Kennebunks in “Christmas on the Waterfront in Maine,” on page 27 of the November/December 2014 issue of Victoria magazine.