Kennebunkport, Maine is always a beautiful seaside town to visit. But most folks think of K’port as a summertime town. It turns out, February is a very festive month in the town. Check out 10 reasons to go to Kennebunkport right now.
Red, Red Everywhere:
Local Kennebunk and Kennebunkport innkeepers, restauranteurs, and shop owners have “Painted The Town Red’’ this month with sparkling red and white lights, hearts, and special romantic offerings. They have transformed this lovely seaside hamlet into a midwinter night’s dream.
The Photo Opps:
Have your picture taken by the big heart made of lobster buoys in front of the Kennebunkport Inn. Walk through Dock Square, all decorated in red and white lights and hearts. And visit the heart adorned boutiques and shops for “Red Tag’’ specials inside.
A Love Map:
Download the “Book of Love’’ and map with a scavenger-hunt-style list of romantic suggestions, like where to find “Red Plate’’ dining deals and seductive cocktails in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.
A Hot Tub With an Ocean View:
You can walk the beach all year round. In winter, Kennebunk Beach is beautiful; watch the cool surfers riding the winter waves (brrr) and enjoy the contrast of snow and sand along the shore. Even better, stay beachfront at The Seaside Inn, you just might fall in love with the ocean-view outdoor hot tub.
A Cozy B&B:
Lavish your loved one in “50 Shades of Red’’ at the Captain Lord Mansion. Your overnight at this elegant Kennebunkport B&B in a fireplace suite includes a split of sparkling wine, freshly-baked chocolate-chip cookies, a $20 dining certificate, chocolate-covered cherries, and a multi-course breakfast the morning after. The rest is up to you.
The Wedding Cake House:
Drive by the beautiful Wedding Cake House – legend has it the sea captain had to leave his bride before the wedding cake – so he built this mansion as a romantic gift. Then go sledding at the old Kennebunk dump! How romantic does that sound? Seriously, The Sea Road Dump is no longer trashy, the town now has a spiffy new transfer station. The Sea Road sledding hill on the old landfill is well pitched for snow sliding. BYOS – Bring your own sled.
You Could Win a Free Trip:
Share your fun February photos on social media with the hashtag #LoveKpt, and you could win a return trip to Kennebunkport. One winner will receive a two-night getaway “Dine, Stay, and Play’’ package. Kennebunkport’s cupid atmosphere draped in hearts, sparkling lights and snow should defrost even the chilliest of relationships. If not, at least you will meet a friendly Maine lobster or two.
Can’t escape for a romantic weekend without the kids? Rhumb Line Resort, Kennebunkport’s affordable family resort, has the solution. Book a room for you and your sweetheart, and you can get an extra room for the kids for just $20. Rhumb Line Resort has an indoor pool and hot tub, plus an outdoor hot tub, a fitness room, free WiFi, a continental breakfast, and you’re just a few miles from Dock Square and the beach.
Free Ice Skating:
Kennebunkport is a winter wonderland with all this snow. Instead of shoveling, come enjoy skating on Kennebunk’s new Waterhouse Pavilion, a free public covered ice rink in downtown Kennebunk. Or go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at nearby Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm on its 7 miles of beautiful trails.
Reserve a romantic room overlooking the Kennebunk River at Kennebunkport’s Breakwater Inn and Spa. Its “Winter Retreat’’ package includes lodging for two overlooking the Kennebunk River, a continental breakfast, afternoon tea and snacks, and gift certificates to Stripers Restaurant ($50) and Breakwater Spa ($150) – both on the premises.