Beach House Inn
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. Its style is Victorian-meets-cottage cool, with four classes of rooms, each individually furnished. Accessed via an elevator painted with a turn-of-the-century beach scene, rooms come with one-of-a-kind pieces like wrought-iron beds and original black-and-white photographs of beachscapes. There’s no on-site restaurant, but the sunlit Sitting Room functions as the inn’s de facto gathering space, with its overstuffed furniture, giant stone fireplace, and generous morning, afternoon (tea and cookies), and evening (wine and cheese) spreads. For those content to wave-gaze, a row of rocking chairs lines the wraparound porch. More ambitious types can poke their noses around the town’s touristy hub, Dock Square, just two miles away.
Insider Tip: Kennebunkport swells can get pretty big, so if you’re willing to brave the cool water, ask the inn about its surf package, which includes lessons, lunch, and a wetsuit.
Room to Book: Lofty deluxe room No. 405 has a comfy king bed, separate seating area, and expansive Atlantic views.
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