Kennebunkport, Maine quickly became one of my favorite places when we visited in the fall. When I heard about their Christmas Prelude, my heart was set on attending…so much so, I went by myself!
I flew into Portland, Maine and had a quick drive over to Kennebunkport. This little town is full of charm year-round but is especially magical at Christmas!
I felt like I’d been transported into a Hallmark movie-I kept waiting to be needed to save a local store or solve some drama.
A few of my favorite stores in Kennebunkport are Scalawags Pet Boutique (of course all the pups had to have a treat), Apres Sea Maine, Daytrip Society, The Best of Everything and The Candyman Shop.
I’ve stayed at The Kennebunkport Inn during both short visits. I love that it’s within walking distance to Dock Square’s restaurants and shops.
The Inn was so cozy and quaint! It was so Christmasy with decorated trees, wreaths on each room’s door, toasty fireplaces in the sitting areas and pastries delivered each morning.
The outdoor patio’s twinkly lights made me want to sit outside in Maine’s winter color and drink hot cocoa.
One thing I’ve learned about visiting Kennebunkport during the off-season is that many restaurants are closed. But thanks to Alisson’s, I had creamy lobster bisque both nights of my trip!
H.B. Provisions became my go-to for coffee (The Christmas Prelude blend was my favorite), soup and sandwich for lunch and everyday essentials like a charging cord.
The Historical Inns hosted a progressive Christmas tea that was truly the highlight of my trip! The first stop was at 1802 House for scones and pastries.
A group of the sweetest ladies befriended me and included me throughout the three stops! They said they wanted to show me some “northern hospitality” and called me their “southern sister”. I loved spending the day with them.
The Inn at English Meadows was our next tea destination serving tea sandwiches.
And we ended our tea with all the sweet treats at Waldo Emerson Inn.
The most fun day that I’ll never forget how these women made me feel included and a part of their group.
Find a cuter library than Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise, I’m not sure it’s possible.
And this lobster trap Christmas tree is so very Maine!
I can’t pass by Snug Harbor without stopping! I wish I could’ve transported their fresh wreaths and greenery home with me!
Dear Kennebunkport, even though my time with you is never long enough, you’ve definitely charmed me with your coastal New England ways.
Add Kennebunkport to your Christmas bucket lists! Christmas Prelude also includes a boat parade with Santa, fireworks, Bavarian market, gingerbread decorating and many other special events. Now…I want to go in the summer…You can read about our fall visit here.