The Beach House Inn
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and evening aperitifs
- Rocking chairs on the wraparound porch
- Rainwater showers, whirlpool tubs and Molton Brown toiletries in renovated bathrooms
- Canoes, bicycles and beach chairs are free
What To Know
- Get to the beach early to reserve a chair
- A sidewalk and road separate the inn from the waterfront
- There’s no restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This lovingly restored vintage Victorian seaside resort is packed with tasteful modern luxuries and elegant finishes, making for a cozy and comfortable home base for exploring the rugged beauty of the Maine’s coastline. Located close to the water’s edge on one of New England’s most spectacular beaches, the inn feels like a personal retreat, whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend or a family getaway.
Bed & Bath
Each of the 34 guestrooms (spread across four floors) is unique, but all are decorated in calming tones of beige accented with nautical touches. The rooms have King or Queen beds with fluffy white down comforters and classic wrought iron or upholstered furnishings. The bathrooms come complete with plush terry robes and Molton Brown toiletries.
Some guests gather in the common rooms (near the roaring fire in the colder months) to chitchat; some snooze in one of the white rocking chairs that line the wraparound porch. Enjoy a free country continental breakfast each morning, as well as afternoon tea and a cheese and aperitifs reception in the sitting room every evening. When the weather’s nice, make use of the Beach House Inn’s bocce set, bicycles or canoes (available at Yachtsman Lodge & Marina).
In the Area
Hop aboard the Nick’s Chance and cruise 20 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean to view whales, dolphins and other marine creatures. Back in town, the Wedding Cake House, built in 1826 by a local shipbuilder, is a masterpiece of “carpenter gothic” architecture; there are also many examples in the Federal style in the Kennebunkport historic district. For some unrivaled seafood, make a beeline for the Clam Shack for fried clams and succulent lobster rolls (open May through October). And when beach season rolls around, there are six stretches of sand nearby (Gooch’s and Mother’s beaches are our favorites).