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Nonantum Resort 3.5

Kennebunkport, Maine, United States

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  • A nice outdoor pool and deck
  • A restaurant with weekly live music, a poolside grill, and a pub
  • Nice grounds and beautiful views
  • Free breakfast and free Wi-Fi
  • Portside Lodge rooms are up-to-date with bright, homey decor, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers
  • Shuffleboard and croquet, and kayak and bicycle rentals
  • On-site kids' club
  • Trolley stop comes right by the front door


  • Only open seasonally, from mid-April to mid-December
  • Some Carriage House rooms are not as up-to-date (tube TVs)
  • Manual elevator has to be operated by hotel staff

Bottom Line

Nonantum Resort occupies two buildings: the historic Carriage House Inn, with Victorian-style rooms (that lack modern amenities like flat-screen TVs), and the Portside Lodge, which features bright rooms decorated with paisley prints. Room decor varies incredibly, and some rooms are more pleasant than others. A popular wedding spot, the hotel is on a beautiful piece of land overlooking the water, but visitors are given a limited window to enjoy the resort -- the hotel closes for four months during the off-season. During the summer, families enjoy the kids' club, the small pool, and the kayak and bicycle rentals.

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Overlooking the water in Kennebunkport

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Originally settled in 1610, Kennebunkport was a small fishing village that experienced an economic boom during the shipbuilding era. But it wasn't until after the Civil War that Kennebunkport became what it is today: a summer retreat for wealthy families. In fact, George W. Bush's great grandfather's compound, Walker's Point, is located in Kennebunkport, and both he and his father have hosted foreign dignitaries at the summer home.

The beaches are the area's main draw. Activities like kayaking, whale-watching, golfing, and fishing are also popular pastimes that can be enjoyed during the summer; Kennebunkport clears out during the winter, and many hotels close for the off-season. Dock Square is the center of town, where art galleries, shops, and restaurants can be found.

Nonantum Resort overlooks the water in Kennebunkport. About a 15-minute walk from Dock Square, the hotel is a short drive from most attractions in Kennebunkport, like a golf course and nearby beaches.

  • 40-minute drive to Portland International Jetport
  • 1-hour and 40-minute drive to Boston Logan International Airport
  • 15-minute walk or 2-minute drive to Dock Square, the town center
  • 5-minute drive to Gooch's Beach
  • 6-minute drive to Cape Arundel Golf Club
  • 6-minute drive to Nott House, a mansion built in the mid 1800s
  • 7-minute drive to Mother's Beach
  • 8-minute drive to Cape Porpoise, home to Goose Rocks Beach
  • 9-minute drive to Webhannet Golf Club
  • 20-minute drive to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
  • 25-minute drive to Splashtown waterpark

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95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks 04046, United States

Room Types

  • Carriage Inn Doubles Room
  • Carriage Inn King Suite
  • Carriage Inn Queen Room
  • Carriage Inn Water View Doubles Room
  • Carriage Inn Water View Queen Room
  • Carriage Inn Water View Queen Room W/ Jacuzzi
  • Portside Lodge Water View King Room
  • Portside Lodge Water View Queen Room
  • Portside Water View King Room
  • Portside Water View Queen/Twin Room

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