Looking for a quiet place to take a stroll and experience a real New England town? Look no further than downtown Kennebunk, Lower Village, the residential areas and rural area of West Kennebunk. With its roots firmly embedded in centuries of history but planning ahead for a vibrant future, the community and its town officials are embracing change with new businesses and initiatives. You’ll appreciate the benches, flowers, and pedestrian plaza (a perfect spot to eat breakfast or lunch outdoors!) while strolling along past unique shops, numerous eateries and lovely parks.
Downtown Kennebunk is where you’ll find the thriving Farmers Market from spring to fall, numerous events from May Day to Old Home Days to Winterfest, and ice skating at the Main Street rink in the winter. During the summer months, a shuttle runs from downtown to Lower Village, for residents and visitors alike who wish to take in all that the area has to offer without having to worry about parking. And speaking of parking, free municipal parking is available at the former Garden Street Market parking lot and behind Perfecto’s and Frameworks at the corner of Main and Grove streets.
Heading north up Main Street, past the beautiful Kennebunk Free Library on your left and Kennebunk Town Hall on your right, bear right onto Summer Street is where you’ll find the gracious sea captain’s homes of days gone by, as well as the most photographed home in Maine, The Wedding Cake House, on your left. Or you can head out to West Kennebunk from the downtown, to walk or bike the Eastern Trail, stop for a bite to eat or drive through the countryside.
Lower Village boasts a vibrant section of town, located just a stroll across the bridge from Dock Square. You can find shops offering everything from souvenirs, jewelry, clothing and find collectibles, to surf boards and fabulous eateries specializing in cuisines from all over the globe. The accommodations range from upscale inns to comfortable hotels to private bed and breakfasts and rental homes. Pause for a picture in front of the Kennebunk River Basin, or stroll the grounds of the serene Franciscan Monastery before heading farther down Beach Avenue to Kennebunk’s world-renowned beaches. During the summer, a shuttle runs between Lower Village, the beaches and downtown Kennebunk.