Friday, September 14, 2012

Kennebunkport, Maine

We spent several days in Kennebunkport, Maine, on our trip. This little village at the mouth of the Kennebunk River in southern Maine is a great little getaway. Yes, it is touristy, especially in the summer, but it is much less so after Labor Day. We stayed in a wonderful B&B on the tidal region of the river ... the Bufflehead Cove Inn. Our little cottage was named "The Hideaway" and it lived up to its name. The family owned Inn is run by Harriet and Jim along with their son Erin with help from Erin's wife Paige. Service was awesome ... and the setting was too!
The front porch of the Hideaway
Kennebunk tidal basin from our front porch
"Upside down lilies" on the porch
Flowers were everywhere!
The driveway leaving the Inn
In the room was the guest book, which we enjoyed reading. One post really caught our attention. It included beautiful handwriting (as most did), some little sketches and a drawing of the room! Then we checked the signature and it was Antoinette and Richard Ledzian, well known artists and authors. 
From Bubbles to Buffleheads and Chocolates to Chipmunks
What's a bufflehead, you may ask? It's an arctic sea duck that migrates to New England in the winter. The little cove near the Inn is Bufflehead Cove and the fancy plumed little fowl visit there every winter.
Male Bufflehead duck
On the road down to the Inn, there were a couple of lovely little ponds. One was rather murky, but was visited by ducks, herons and kingfishers, and populated by frogs and turtles. The other was covered with beautiful lily pads, blooming white and pink in the mid-day sun.
Beautiful lily pad pond
Kingfisher in the turtle pond
Kennebunkport, and the slightly larger town of Kennebunk, is studded with great old houses. Some are traditional Maine house (mansions, really). Then there is the Wedding Cake House! A bit over-the-top, I would say. And no mention of Kennebunkport houses would be complete without the Bush's summer house on Walker Point.

Kennebunk mansion
Traditional Maine house decked out with American flags for Labor Day
Another traditional house in Kennebunk
The famous Wedding Cake House of Kennebunk
The Bush summer house on Walker's Point in Kennebunkport
We return to Kennebunkport every few years. It's a beautiful place, and we love it.

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