Waterfront location near Dock Square’s famed boutiques and restaurants, and Colony Beach
The Family Activities Program hosts children’s activities, plus canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals
Small heated outdoor pool, with a bar and grill
What To Know
Rooms vary widely; most have been renovated and updated with contemporary seaside decor
Expect weddings on weekends, especially in the summer
Rooms are spread out over two buildings, the 1884 Carriage House Inn and the 1987 Portside Lodge
Parking on site
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Classic New England full-service resort, with a raft of family-friendly activities and views of Kennebunk River
Amid Kennebunkport’s B&Bs and boutique inns, the full-service, family-owned Nonantum stands out. Within walking distance of Dock Square and the beach, the classic New England-style resort has views across sailor-favorite Kennebunk River. Nonantum takes full advantage of its riverside position, with a full schedule of planned and family-friendly activities, an alfresco grill restaurant and a small outdoor heated pool.
Bed & Bath
No two of the 109 rooms are alike. Over the years they’ve been renovated and updated, with ongoing renewals replacing Victorian florals and wall-to-wall carpeting with a soothing sea-influenced color scheme and hardwood floors. Rooms in the Carriage House have a traditional style, while those in the separate Portside Lodge show off a more contemporary look and have views of the river. All have air conditioning and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs.
On a bend near the mouth of the Kennebunk River, the property’s manicured lawns and gardens include an elaborate fairy garden and Family Activities Program, which has everything from crafts sessions to campfire s’mores and singalongs. Elsewhere, guests can dine on-site at the 95 Ocean restaurant, where there’s light entertainment during dinner on most nights; Heckman’s Pub, famed for its blueberry BBQ ribs; and Latitudes, the poolside bar and grill. And the activities list is a mile long, with options such as kayaking tours, ice cream socials, shuffleboard tournaments, cooking demos and guided bicycle rides.
In the Area
Nibble and sip your way through Kennebunkport on a culinary walking tour with Maine Foodie Tours. Taste craft brews, chowder, crab cakes, artisanal cheeses, Maine-made condiments and other local flavors. Ice cream aficionados should head to Willa Scoops for special flavors including salt caramel, hog wild and maple walnut. Experience a classic slice of New England during a hands-on 90-minute lobstering cruise aboard the Rugosa, which departs from the Nonantum’s dock. For a dose of culture, few museums have as stunning a location — or view — as the oceanfront Ogunquit Museum of Art, which houses a distinguished permanent collection of American art, including works by Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent and Thomas Hart Benton.