What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
We enjoyed our recent 2 night stay. Beautiful grounds and lovely staff. The room was clean and decent although I think the mattress was due to be replaced. A bit lumpy. Loved that you could flip a pillow and they were so cool on the other side! The only other thing I felt needed refreshing was the elevator carpet. Seems to have been beat up for quite awhile. LOVED the sound of the elevator pendulum as it went to each floor. We loved lounging and listening to the man playing the piano.
The breakfast buffet was fantastic!! The best we’ve ever experienced, with fresh fruits, hot foods, cereals, etc. We also had dinner the second night and my husband loved the chicken dish. I had the gnocchi and it was amazing! The blueberry cheesecake was like no other. We decided it was the best meal we had while on vacation for 7 days! Overall wonderful stay.
Wow! Ashley and her team are the absolute best. We had a great time and were dazzled by the attentive and enthusiastic service we received by each member of the team. Highly recommended! Thank you for a great stay!
The experience was excellent. The staff very helpful. Mid-week was perfect as the resort and town were not too crowded. The location was perfect to explore the beaches and coastline. Was able to walk to the various points of interest. Sightseeing bus picked us up right at the front door.
Travelled in September 2018 with my family for 4 nights at the Nonantum. We chose the hotel due to the good reviews, family activities and we wanted to experience some coastal Maine whilst we travelled through New England, and I am please that it lived up to expectations.
The hotel is very welcoming, and it as hard to find a member of staff above the age of 30 who wasn't either related to the owners or had worked there for more than 10 years which is a great sign!
We were upgraded when we checked in which we were thankful for, and the room was pleasant with a separate living area where the sofa converted into a bed for our daughter. The bathroom was disappointing considering the rest of the room as it seemed old, and the shower was frustratingly set at a fixed height that was perfect for those of you who are 5 foot tall but that’s a minor gripe.
The hotel does so many things well - the kids club is wonderful with a programme of activities through the day to keep the children occupied including crabbing, crafts, games etc. In the evening you can pay a small fee and the kids eat together and have a tresure hunt, and my 5 year old thought that this was fantastic.
In the evenings there was a campfire and a singer who was a real laugh, I learned what a s'more was after years of wondering and it was great to sit by the fire, have a few drinks and watch the sun go down over the estuary.
The breakfast was good and we ate twice in the restaurant in the evening and the food was very nice.
It is a nice short walk into the small town and there is plenty of parking available.
This family run establishment is without pretense and a great base for some coastal New England action.
We enjoyed our stay at the Nonantum. The staff was friendly and kind, quick to accommodate a change of room at my mid-stay request. Both rooms were very clean, well appointed and comfortable. We used the free shuttle into town which was very easy both ways and the driver also very helpful and kind, always less than 5 minutes away. We booked direct through their website therefore received breakfast free during our stay, it was hot, delicious and there was a large variety, something for everyone. I enjoyed reading the dedication wall of photos and memorabilia to #41, President Bush. The Nonantum was a resting place for much of his staff staff during his time in office while at the summer White House.
Overall this was a great choice for our time in Kennebunkport, we were very happy with everything.