Ninety miles north of Boston, Kennebunkport is part of a group of seaside communities collectively referred to as The Kennebunks, which dot the rugged coastline of southern Maine, with its intricate network of tidal pools punctuated by beaches. Perhaps most famously the summer home of President George H. W. Bush, the picturesque town is a place where working lobster boats ply the waters alongside whale-watching tours, the sleek sailboats of families who have summered in the area for generations, and grand historic schooners taking visitors on a sail past iconic Maine lighthouses. Kennebunkport event venues can be found in the village, which centers on Dock Square, with its interesting blend of art galleries, boutiques, and eateries ranging from the classic Maine clam shack, to fine-dining restaurants.
Kennebunkport is 30 miles from Portland International Jetport (PWM), which offers direct flights to New York City; Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Atlanta; Detroit; Orlando; Charlotte; North Carolina, and Toronto.
Catering to small and midsize meetings, hotel venues in Kennebunkport include the graciously historic Nonantum Resort, which was established in 1883 and offers 111 guest rooms in two side-by-side buildings: The Carriage House Inn and the Portside Lodge. The resort has 5,000 square feet of meeting space that is able to accommodate up to 200 people indoors, with a variety of outdoor settings also available along the banks of the Kennebunk River.
The Kennebunkport Resort Collection features nine hotels and five restaurants. Those that work most with meetings include Hidden Pond Resort, which has 36 individual cottages and a 1,200-square-foot Event Barn that can handle a meeting for 80 people; the 49-room Kennebunkport Inn, which is located on Dock Square overlooking Kennebunk River and has a new meeting room that handle up to 20 people; and Tides Beach Club, which is located on Goose Rocks Beach and can handle a meeting of up to 20 people.
In addition, the 57-room Rhumb Line Resort, the area's only hotel with both indoor and outdoor pools, has a meeting room that can host 80 people, and the Cape Arundel Inn, with its sister property, the Old Fort Inn & Resort, set among the vintage summer estates of Kennebunkport, together offer 30 guest rooms and 300 square feet of function space.
When it comes to special event venues in Kennebunkport for off-site functions, planners most often turn to the stunning Kennebunkport coast and quintessentially Maine activities like a Maine Lobster feast or a tented dinner on the beach with fire pits. In a community well known for customizing when it comes to special events, most any outdoor location can become a venue with the energetic help of whatever hotel the planner chooses to use. One of the most popular indoor venues in the area is the Hidden Pond Resort's Event Barn.
For dining, the Kennebunkport area offers both high-end establishments and jovial casual options. Earth at Hidden Pond Resort is an upscale farm-to-fork restaurant known of its exceptional chef. Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn is a small fine-dining restaurant with an expansive ocean view. Tides Beach Club is a lively beachfront restaurant known for serving the freshest local seafood prepared in creative ways. David’s KPT at The Boathouse Hotel has a prime in-town waterfront location and can accommodate large groups. Also with a great in-town location is One Dock at the Kennebunkport Inn, which features a terrace with an outdoor fireplace and live entertainment.