Kennebunkport + The Southern Beaches

Hotels in Kennebunkport + The Southern Beaches

This single-level, yellow and green inn operates from May through the first week of December on the eastern shore of the scenic Kennebunk River, a half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean in southeast Maine.

It’s no surprise that Maine’s top-rated Relais & Châteaux hotel is located in the toniest summer community of them all—Kennebunkport—and just two minutes as the gull flies from the Bush family compound on Walker’s Point.

The majestic white hotel on Kennebunkport beach has a sister property on South Florida’s Gold Coast, at Delray Beach to be exact, that operates year round. The northernmost Colony overlooks the Atlantic from its scenic promontory location and is open from mid-May through late October.

Our Place is a grey, wood-paneled compound from Marnelle and Gordon Bubar that resides on the island of North Haven, a ferry ride away from Rockland on Maine’s central coast.

Situated directly on York Harbor, this family-owned inn is housed in a white clapboard cottage built in the 1890’s, with covered porches overlooking the water and the sloping front yard.

At the 20-room Captain Lord Mansion, a pale yellow 1812 folly with Federal-era antiques and stately fireplaces, sip iced tea in the shade of the chestnut trees.

Set on a rocky bluff between York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, the Stage Neck Inn is designed in an old New England style, with shake roofs, white-trimmed windows, and beachfront gardens.

In Kennebunk, Maine, the 10-room Inn at English Meadows is that perfect mix of luxe amenities (Frette linens; Vera Wang mattresses; Malin + Goetz toiletries) and cozy New England touches, such as gas fireplaces.

This 1891 inn, a sister property to the nearby White Barn, is set right on Mother’s Beach overlooking the steel-blue waters of the Atlantic. Purchased and overhauled in 1999, it has the same level of studied luxury as its award-winning sibling—but feels much more informal.

The allure of this southern Maine hotel just north of Kennebunkport is the setting—and the food.

Hidden on an island just south of picturesque Wiscasset, away from Vacationland's tourist crowds, this relaxed Maine inn is a world unto itself—and that's a good thing.

This recently revamped hotel feels like a traditional Maine cottage, though its 34 cozy rooms are totally up-to-speed: free Wi-Fi, pillow-top mattresses. The pebbly beach is lined with Adirondack chairs that overlook the mouth of the Kennebunk River.