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Read the latest news and media coverage of the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel community and our Chamber members.

APRIL 2016

10 Ways to Vacation Like a President  April 26, 2016 /
“I do think we have a lot in common with the genuine, warm community depicted in that movie. We have a lot of characters of our own here,” says Laura Dolce, Executive Director of the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce. “However, I’d like to think President Bush was a little savvier when he came here after his Presidency than Gene Hackman’s ‘President Monroe’ was.” 



How to "Vacation Like a President" in Kennebunkport  Aug. 21, 2015 /
Just a few hours away from New York City and Boston, in the southern coast of Maine is a small, quaint town called Kennebunkport. Kennebunkport is a small town with a lot of history from early British history to current presidential history, to be exact.

In Kennebunk, Shakespeare campers say show must go on  Aug. 17, 2015 / Portland Press Herald
A unique program run by MaineStage Shakespeare connects professional actors and local children for a summer of outdoor theater. “Without this, I’d be just another sophomore trying to figure out my place in the world."

Our Weekend in Kennebunport was Almost Presidential / The Examiner  Aug. 1, 2015
For our weekend vacation, we decided to follow in Bush footsteps and do what the Bushes do --within reason --when they're playing in their favorite summer town. We decided to vacation like a President. ..."


JULY 2015

The Clam Shack's twist on the popular Maine lobster roll / Men's Journal July 2015
"A lobster roll is pure gluttony if it's done right. There are technically two versions of a lobster roll, cold lobster salad with mayo or warm lobster with butter. What inspired my lobster roll was going to Kennebunkport, Maine and eating at The Clam Shack. The lobster roll is served on a hamburger bun and they ask if you want butter, mayonnaise or both. I always say both!" says Chef Roy Wohlars, Executive Chef at HARBOR, in Montauk.

Kennebunkport’s 10 Best Restaurants for Local Flavors / July 2015
The picturesque seaside town of Kennebunkport is not only one of Maine’s most popular vacation spots – it boasts a stellar dining scene too where laidback joints sit comfortably along upscale eateries. We take in some of the town’s best local food, from legendary lobster dishes at a long-standing seafood restaurant to exquisite farm to fork fare at a luxury boutique hotel.

Bush family compound in Kennebunkport is campaign gold / Portland Press Herald, July 12, 2015
"Kennebunkport has again become a key venue for presidential politics, just as it was when Jeb’s father and brother ran and served as leaders of the Free World. Walker’s Point, the touchstone for America’s most successful political dynasty, even has a new cottage nearing completion, Jeb’s own two-story, 3,000-square foot home, suggesting the former Florida governor expects to spend time here. ... "

Reporter's Notebook: At the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, Maine / New York Times, Juy 13, 2015
"My job was to find out as much as I could about what was being said, promised, and planned behind those closed doors. I flew into Portland, Me., early Thursday, rented a car and drove down to Kennebunkport, a beautiful seaside town with New England-style cottages and mansions set along a rocky coastline. ..."

Summer's Maine Event: Portland and Kennebunkport make memorable New England get-aways Denver Life Magazine / July 2015
" ... But Kennebunkport is still a salt-of-the-earth, hard-working village at heart, with an active marina, squawking seagulls and catch-of-the-day restaurants." This month in Denver Life magazine, Hidden Pond, the Rugosa Tours?, the Clam Shack, the White Barn Inn and the Ogunquit Playhouse get the love!

How to Eat Your Way through Coastal Maine (Stop in Kennebunkport, of course!)
"Here are the places that made us pull over on the way up — and detour on the road back down — coastal Maine: The Clam Shack, Rococo Artisan Ice Cream, Five Acre Farm Stand and Goose Rocks Beach, among them! ..."

Travelin' Mainers: Captain Jefferd's Inn marries history and modern comforts
"Eric and Sarah are personable hosts and the staff is very friendly. We also admired how the five historic inns of Kennebunkport work together. The innkeepers are actually close friends. The week after we were there, Eric and Sarah celebrated their 10th anniversary as innkeepers and all the other innkeepers attended the celebration. .."

Kennebunkport: A Transformation is Underway in This Village / Napa Valley Register, July 5, 2014
"Sooner or later, you’ll end up at Dock Square in the heart of the village. In a sense, Kennebunkport seems like one of those animated scenes in Macy’s window at Christmastime, as though someone switches it on at dawn and turns it off at night. You can almost “hear” the quiet at midnight. ..."

Maine ranks #2 state as best in the nation
In an overall ranking by the website Thrillest, Maine ranks just under Michigan for the top spot as the definitive best "State in America." So why did we get the coveted number two spot? Well, according to the website, it's because Portland is now the NEW Portland. We'll take it.



JUNE 2015

12 Bucket List Things to do in Kennebunkport
What's #1 on Annette's list? Eat a lobster roll. Check out the rest and try 'em all yourself!

What's up with all those Adirondack chairs?
"Take a step in any direction in Kennebunkport and you will find that it is a photographer’s dream. Quaint colonial architecture, seaside charm, lush green lawns, flowering trees… the list goes on! The Adirondack chair ... has a very distinguished design and can be found absolutely everywhere in Kennebunkport! ..."

The perfect coastal Maine road trip starts in Kennebunkport / Huffington Post, June 29, 2015
Kennebunkport stands out for its picturesque small town charm, turn of the century captain's homes and active harbor with trendy restaurants and shops. You have to love a town with both a harbor and a river running through it, guaranteeing ample glistening water views.

The Clam Shack among the tops in Maine for lobster rolls / Yankee Magazine, June 2015
Fresh-daily, soft shell lobsters creates a freshness of flavor unmatched anywhere. Served on toasted, buttered hamburger-style buns from a local bakery, the Clam Shack’s cold-meat rolls may be had with mayonnaise or warm butter

Come to Kenneunkport for Instagram moments
Kennebunkport is where people take Instagrams that make all their friends jealous – it’s just that beautiful of a place. There are no shortage of beautiful bed and breakfasts, activities, shops, eateries and spots to take in the natural surroundings. Pack your bags this summer!


APRIL 2015

A Stylish Adventure in Kennebunkport / Boston Herald, April 30, 2015
"Kennebunkport is one of my favorite vacation destinations in New England. It's quaint and quirky, charming and welcoming, and best of all, super dog-friendly. ..."


MARCH 2015

The Kennebunks named one of "the best places to live in Maine"
Top schools. Beautiful scenery. Community involvement. All three were noted when Down East magazine named the Kennebunks - Kennebunk and Kennebunkport — one of the eight Best Places to Live in Maine in its March edition.

Unexpected Destinations for Family Vacations 
"... With stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, hiking, beaches, deep sea fishing, whale watching and more, there's so much for families to do in Kennebunkport."  ~ Tripology



Winter Wonderland
Kennebunkport has been named one of the Top 10 most beautifiul towns in America during winter. Who would disagree?

Loving Kennebunkport in February
There are still plenty of reasons to visit Kennebunkport, even now, in the middle of winter.

10 Reasons to Visit Kennebunkport Right Now
Kennebunkport is always a beautiful seaside town to visit. But most folks think of K’port as a summertime town. It turns out, February is a very festive month in the town. Check out 10 reasons to go to Kennebunkport right now.

Kennebunkport is Painting the Town Red This Month
Seeking a little romance? Want to cross-country ski or snowshoe by the sea and without the crowds? Red lights are twinkling throughout Dock Square, in Kennebunkport, which is staking its claim as New England's Most Romantic Town by painting the town red not only with lights, but also with lodging, dining, and shopping specials throughout February.

Valentines Gifts That Pamper
The Kennebunk Inn and their awesome lobster pot pie feel the love!



Laura Dolce takes over helm at The Chamber
The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director at the helm, but she’s a familiar face around town. Laura Dolce, former editor of the York County Coast Star, took over the position earlier in January, and is eager to make her mark and serve the community in her new role.

Kennebunkport Riverside Restaurant a Top Wedding Venue Option
David’s KPT at the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, a sleek 200-seat restaurant, which opened in spring 2013, boasts maritime-blue banquettes, mahogany furnishings, and a curved wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto a wraparound deck overlooking the pretty-as-a-picture view of the boat-filled harbor. The hotel’s 25 guest rooms, perfect for the couple and wedding party, offer similar views and decor.

The Knot Names Nonantum Best in Maine   
Readers rate and review their wedding vendors to determine The Knot's annual list of the best- and most-rated vendors.

All Aboard in Kennebunk
Did you know the last time the train stopped at the station on Depot Road in Kennebunk, Lyndon Johnson was president? Well, plans are in the works to open the stop once again along the Amtrak Downeaster's route.

Three (very good) reasons to #gokennebunks
A winter weekend in Kennebunk for killer pastrami, ice skating and antique home improvement shopping ...

Local Schools Among Top Picks in Maine
This is great news for Arundel-Kennebunk-Kennebunkport because our schools are such an important part of this community! Out of 414 Maine elementary schools:
Mildred ML Day School, Arundel #11
Sea Road School, Kennebunk #12
Kennebunk Elementary School #16
Consolidated School, Kennebunkport #30.

18 Essential Maine Restaurants
Kennebunk's White Barn Inn, 50 Local and Back Bay Grill Chef/Owner Larry Matthews (from Kennebunk) make the list!


Top 200 Healthiest Banks
Norway Savings Bank ranks #162 among DepositAccounts' 2014 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America

Yankee Magazine
Best Haunted Hotels and Inns in New England
Boo! Yankee Magazine has listed the Kennebunk Inn among its Best Haunted Hotels in New England. Read on ...

York County Coast Star
Train service to roll into Kennebunk
The Board of Selectmen take first step in returning passenger rail service to Kennebunk, unanimously approved spending $180,000 to purchase property at 11 Depot Street.

Maine Restaurant Association
Tina Hewett Gordon takes on new role
The Nonantum's General Manager named Maine Restaurant Association chairman of the board



Safe Choice Security
7 Safest Cities in Maine
Kennebunk ranked as the #1 safest city in the state.

The American Bus Association
Christmas Prelude sponsored and managed by the Kennebunkport Business Association named in "Top 100 Events in North America"

Vancouver Sun
Kennebunkport: Fun to say, fun to stay

5 Kennebunkport Hotels Bringing Foodies to Maine

3 New England off-season getaways

Andrew Harper
Reader's Choice 2014: Top 20 United States Hideaways
Hidden Pond named one of the best hotels and resorts across the United States with 50 rooms or fewer.

USA Today
10Best Explores the Scenic Beauty of Maine

Lowell Sun
Down East destination: Southern Maine is thriving and just a short drive away


Yankee Magazine
10 Prettiest Coastal Towns in New England
Kennebunkport included in the list.

Boston Herald
The Travel Guy: Ride the Amtrak Downeaster along Maine's Coast

Maine Public Broadcasting
Maine Museum Preserves Relics from Golden Age of Public Transport
Seashore Trolley Museum in MPBN's summer side trip series.

Five Kid-Friendly Places to Stay in Maine
Lodge on the Cove and Nonantum Resort noted for their kid-friendly accommodations.

Hartford Courant
Revamped Kennebunkport Lodge Geared To Families

Maine Today
5 Dog-Friendly Things To Do In Kennebunkport Before The End Of Summer

Five Great Fall Trips
Kennebunkport featured as a fall destination.

Leavenworth Times
Taste of Travel: 5 weekend escapes

6 Foodie Day Trips Around Boston

The Columbus Dispatch
Kennebunkport visitors enjoy lobster and maybe a former-president sighting

Down East Magazine
Kennebunkport and Goose Rocks Beach listed in "Maine's Scenic 60".

Yankee Magazine
10 Best Seaside Inns in New England
The Tides Beach Club included in the list.

Maine Magazine
The 48 Hours Guide features 48 hours in the Kennebunks.

JULY 2014

Reader's Digest
10 Food Festivals Worth a Pit Stop
Kennebunkport Festival mentioned as a unique summer food festival.
The Top 5 Bed and Breakfasts in Kennebunkport

FOX News
Best Ice Cream Parlors in the U.S. Ranked by TripAdvisor Users
Rococo Artisan Ice Cream ranked #6.

10 Reasons to Drive to Kennebunkport

Boston Globe
The Kennebunks fill your every stop

Boston Globe
Formulas for great Maine day trips

Montreal Gazette
Checking In: Kennebunkport's Colony marks 100 years

The Huffington Post
Nautical Stripes and Boat Shoes: 5 Great New England Towns

Portland Press Herald
The Ultimate Farm-to-Table Restaurants
Earth at Hidden Pond and Joshua's recognized for their commitment to local food.

Travel + Leisure
World's Best Awards 2014
Tide's Beach Club and The White Barn Inn & Spa ranked in list of Top Inns and Small Lodges in the Continental U.S.

FOX News
Taking the Kids - to 6 new places and experience a special July 4th
Experience the 4th of July in the Kennebunks

Portland Press Herald
Dutch Elm Golf Club in Arundel Thriving

JUNE 2014

Portland Monthly
A Streetcar Named Narcissus
The Narcissus car that transported Theodore Roosevelt between Lewiston and Portland can be seen at the Seashore Trolley Museum.

The Huffington Post
12 Great Things to Do in Kennebunkport, Maine

Getaway Mavens
The Kennebunks ME: Presidential Perfection

Forbes Travel Guide
One-On-One Time With Maine's Only Five-Star Chef
Interview with Chef Jonathan Cartwright from The White Barn Inn Restaurant

Travel Channel
The Dish on the Kennebunkport Food and Wine Festival

MAY 2014

Huffington Post
15 of New England's Most Picturesque Towns
Kennebunkport ranked in the top 15.

Maine Home + Design
Vintage Tourism
The Lodge on the Cove featured as a motor lodge with retro flair.

Yankee Magazine
Yankee Magazine Names Local Maine Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
Bufflehead Cove, Best Riverside Inn
Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn, Best Ocean View
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Best Museum Inside & Out

Portland Monthly
Cape Porpoise, Southern Fried
The Wayfarer featured as a down-home, delicious roadside tavern.

APRIL 2014

Boston Herald
Travel Guy: Kennebunkport Festival Offers a Full Menu of Food, Music and Art
Kennebunkport Festival featured as an annual celebration of the best food, wine and art.

Mainetoday Magazine
Lobster Shack Season: 20 Authentic Places To Eat Maine Seafood
Cape Pier Chowder House and The Clam Shack listed in the top 20.

Seacoast Online
A Cut Above The Rest
Chef Stephen True of 95 Ocean at the Nonantum Resort awarded Maine’s Chef of the Year.

HGTV Magazine
Hotels’ Most-Asked-About Features
The Cottages at Cabot Cove shares the decorating guests love.

U.S. News & World Report
Best High Schools
Kennebunk High School ranked fifth in the state.

MARCH 2014

Payscale College ROI Report
Payscale Ranks University of New England Number One Return on Investment in Maine

Eater Maine
Readers’ Choice: 20 Places For Maine’s Best Pizza
Abbondante named one of Maine’s best restaurants for pizza.

Mainetoday Magazine
25 Can’t-Miss Spring Events In Maine
Kennebunkport Festival listed as one of the top spring events.

24 Small New England Towns You Absolutely Need To Visit
Kennebunkport listed as #19.

Down East Magazine
Best Places To Live In Maine
Arundel featured as one of the best places to live in Maine.


New England Inns & Resorts
5 Best Honeymoon Destinations in New England
Southern Maine Beaches nominated as the best honeymoon destination in New England.

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