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
- 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
My family visited this week and LOVED this resort. It is the perfect spot for families. Many thanks to their wonderful staff members, including their waitstaff and the activities team (Devyn, Eliza, Laura, Thomas, etc). They were all fantastic and contributed greatly to our wonderful week!!
Nestled in the Town of Kennebunkport there lies a Resort of such enchantment that it is truly a “footprint on the sands of time” where the forlorn and weary traveler “may take heart again.”
An inter generational resort, full of activities for the young and old alike. A place where moms and dads will have such fun with their children, and where grandparents, singles and couples without children can find a solid anchor to a busy vacation area. It’s transport will take you to the beaches, shops and eateries around Kennebunk-Kennebunkport, but in its own right it stands as its own self contained paradise with an unmatched serenity and beauty as striking as any in the region.
It is called the Nonantun Resort. Nonantum we are told is an Algonquin name for “Rejoice”.
The rooms are clean in a classically Maine summer resort manner.
My wife and I stayed in the original resort, with charm but so well maintained age does not mean wear or decay.
Our only regret is that we had not heard of this resort earlier.
It’s the sort of spot you look forward to returning to.
Whether it’s the many land or sea activities, the well stocked bar, the breakfast, lunch or dinners, or the fine piano music in the lobby lounge near the enclosed porch, you will never regret a stay at the Nonantum Resort.
We stayed 2 nights on a tour around New England. This was one of our favourite hotels. The location is great, right on the water with an easy walk to the beach or the town. We travelled with our 2 daughters.
The bedroom was lovely with lots of cosy finishing touches, it was however on the small side for 4 people with one of the double beds being right up against the wall. The soundproofing was not great as we heard every movement of whoever was in the room above us who seemed to be stampeding about all the time. However the turn down service with little meringues and the gift of the small picture in the room were lovely.
The resort itself was very nice and family friendly. Lots of activities for children particularly if they are younger. Our 9 year old loved the crabbing and the evening campfire sing a long with toasted marshmallows was great. There is also a kids buffet at dinner which was fantastic especially for fussy eaters as there was something to keep everyone happy.
The breakfast was delicious and good value. We ate lunch in Heckman’s bar which was very good and enjoyed complimentary drinks during happy hour. We also enjoyed dinner in the restaurant and the salmon was the tastiest meal I’d had on the 2 week holiday. All in all the resort was great, really friendly and family focused. I didn’t give a 5 because of the size of the room which was the smallest we had encountered. I would have preferred to give 4.5!
One word of warning, anyone visiting take your mosquito repellant.
1) First clue should have been when there were ear plugs on each nightstand, walls were so thin we could hear someone snoring in the room next to us. Seriously?!?
2) WiFi was dreadful. In this day and age, totally unacceptable.
3) the one meal we ate on site was dreadful. Lobster Roll was awful, a crime in the land of lobster! Pretty sure lobster was frozen, had zero flavor whatsoever
4) Rooms AND bathrooms need to be majorly upgraded, improved, and brought up to date
We left a day early and forfeited payment on addt’l one night stay.
Overall, the Nonantum provided above average accommodations and excellent service. We had gone to the annual Fourth of July lobster bake several times and decided to stay at the resort overnight instead of our usual hotel down the road. The common areas definitely need a refresh. Specifically, the hotel entrance and great room area are dated and the first impression based on the hotel lobby is not the best in comparison to the other accommodations in the area (we have stayed at many of the other area inns and hotels). The desk team, however, was very welcoming and provided quick check in and check out. The elevator carpet was dirty the entire duration of our stay and the common areas in general should be cleaned more often throughout the day. For instance, the side and coffee tables in the lobby often had empty glasses from the bar sitting for long periods of time. The guest rooms in the main building are cute and charming, with original hard wood floors and period details. Guest room bathrooms have unique tile flooring but the rest of it needs a complete overhaul. It just is not as updated and luxurious as area competitors. The beds are comfortable and I really appreciated the many extra pillows supplied. The restaurant dinner and included full breakfast were wonderful! I would definitely recommend the Nonantum!