16 years ago our family enjoyed a special Thanksgiving Getaway in Kennebunkport Maine, where we got into the holiday spirit as the town transformed into a winter wonderland and we spent time together indulging in delicious meals and walking on the shoreline. It was a magical time to experience Kennebunkport for the first time, and called for a repeat the very next year! Little did we know, but Kennebunkport Maine called to us, and now we’ve been here for almost 11 years!
So Thanksgiving really holds special memories for our family, and we love to share this incredible destination with visitors joining for the first time… or the fifth! Each year we at the Maine Stay Inn begin our holiday decorating process in the days before Thanksgiving (mostly because it is quite the endeavor to prepare for Christmas Prelude!) and watching the area transform into a winter wonderland never gets old!
This year we are probably still going to be raking leaves as we hang the wreaths, because the fall foliage lasted so late into October, but the temps are dropping and the frost has been so thick on a few mornings that we thought there had been a dusting of snow! But the holiday season is quickly approaching and it is time start planning your first getaway of the holiday season with a Thanksgiving trip to Kennebunkport.
Just like we did all those years ago, you’ll enjoy the area’s historic homes decked out in holiday finest, breathtaking ocean views, and charming shops where you can get a head start on your holiday shopping. During the peaceful season, you can curl up by the fire in the evening or try your hand at a puzzle or game of checkers – old fashioned fun is a hallmark of the season… and a stay at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.
Best of all, you can tuck into an amazing Thanksgiving supper without any of the hassle, because there are lots of excellent area restaurants serving up Thanksgiving dinner this year. Others might choose to spend the day with friends or family and then join innkeepers and guests in the evening for a light supper at the inn before turning in for the night. We’re looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving in Kennebunkport Maine and hope to celebrate with you!
Throughout the nation, people look forward to enjoying a very special Thanksgiving dinner, and fortunately there are lots of amazing restaurants in Kennebunkport Maine to enjoy over the holiday period. In addition to indulging in an incredible meal, one of the best things about a Thanksgiving getaway in Kennebunkport is watching this charming village transform into a Christmas wonderland in preparation for Christmas Prelude and the holiday season.
Coincidentally, my very first memory of Kennebunkport was at Thanksgiving. I think we may have visited sometime before, but a special Thanksgiving getaway sparked my love for this beautiful town on the Maine Coast! I remember enjoying strolls through the historic district (with a dusting of snow) as the twinkling lights glimmered and the smell of pine boughs wafted through the air. We took in the brisk ocean breeze and meandered through town, stopping in for warm cups of cocoa and steaming clam chowder. But it was the moments sitting by a glowing fire, reading books, and doing puzzles that allowed my whole family to reconnect and relax – just what the doctor ordered during a busy holiday season! But I’ll never forget the incredible Thanksgiving dinner we enjoyed – and best of all, everyone got to order what they like best. Guess what? No one got turkey! So this year, whether you’re joining us solo, sans family, or with the whole clan in tow, you’re sure to enjoy a truly relaxing getaway.
Frankly, though, one of the best things about Kennebunkport Maine is the food, and Thanksgiving is no exception. As usual, there are a plethora of incredible restaurants waiting to dish up an old fashioned turkey dinner with all the fixins or something more Maine inspired. So here are some favorites that are accepting Turkey Day reservations:
- On the Marsh Bistro – this year’s holiday menu looks divine and the intimate setting is perfect for a quiet meal on the marsh
- Pier 77 Restaurant – perfect for waterfront dining in Cape Porpoise
- Ocean Restaurant for an elegant meal with a breathtaking view
- Stripers Restaurant – where fine dining meets coastal living at the mouth of the Kennebunk River
- Ports of Italy – true Italian fare meets the Maine Coast