Welcome to The Kennebunks

Kennebunk is a modest town largely centered on US 1, with few tourist attractions beyond its lovely beaches. Just across the river, adjacent to Kennebunk's shop-lined Lower Village, is chic Kennebunkport. To call Kennebunkport preppy would be like calling Antarctica 'cold'; preppiness is the zeitgeist, the very soul of this town, which always has a scarf tied around its neck. Don't get us wrong: people here are nice and accommodating and gracious hosts. It's just unabashedly blue-blood wasp-y (white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant).

The epicenter of activity is Dock Sq, lined with cafes, art galleries and upscale boutiques. Drive down Ocean Ave to gawk at the grand mansions and hotels overlooking the surf, including the massive compound belonging to George HW Bush, set on a protected spit of land called Walker's Point.

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