Kick it in Kennebunkport

The name Kennebunkport might make you think of the Bush family compound. However, a small but growing resort group has been slowly and quietly changing the scene here over the past few years, and they have done quite a good job at it.  The Kennebunkport Resort Collection owns a number of hotels in the area, each with a different feel.  They seem to have achieved the perfect blend of sophistication and simplicity in all of their properties and restaurants.
Take, for example, Hidden Pond.  If you want a sleepover camp feel with luxury boutique hotel amenities and you don’t have much of a budget, this may be your best bet.  If you’re looking for Jonathan Adler meets New England with a twist of St. Barth’s, then consider The Tides Beach Resort.  For a more classic feel near the center of town, check out the Kennebunkport Inn.  The list goes on.
Each of Kennebunkport Resort Collection’s hotels has a unique touch and offers transportation to a “partner” property of theirs so you get to sample Kennebunkport in multiple settings.  The people behind the Nantucket Resort Collection have also brought in chefs from some of the top New England restaurants. At Earth Restaurant (located at Hidden Pond), James Beard award winner Ken Oringer sources the finest, local ingredients to create simple, delicious meals.  For lobster rolls, the beachside restaurant at The Tides awaits you.   If you are craving an ethnic meal, the award-winning One Dock at the Kennebunkport Inn serves up Asian- and Spanish-inspired fare.
I don’t know about you, but the idea of beautiful beaches, delicious food and barefoot luxury accommodations definitely resonate with me as I begin to dream up my ideal summer vacation.  Be sure to visit to check out details on all of their hotels and restaurants.

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