Shuffleboard and croquet, and kayak and bicycle rentals
Kids' club with activities like yoga, crabbing, s'mores, and scavenger hunts
Free shuttle service within a five-mile radius
Free breakfast for direct bookings
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Only open seasonally, from mid-April to mid-December
Some Carriage House rooms are not as up-to-date
Manual elevator has to be operated by hotel staff
Nonantum Resort occupies two buildings: the historic Carriage House Inn, with Victorian-style rooms, and the Portside Lodge, which features bright rooms decorated with paisley prints. Room decor varies incredibly, and some rooms are more pleasant than others, but all feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. 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 activities-packed kids' club, small pool, and kayak and bike rentals, and can also make use of the hotel's free shuttle service that will go to any destination -- including local beaches -- within a five-mile radius.
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.
15-minute walk or two-minute drive to Dock Square, the town center
Five-minute drive to Gooch's Beach
Six-minute drive to Cape Arundel Golf Club
Six-minute drive to Nott House, a mansion built in the mid 1800s
Seven-minute drive to Mother's Beach
Eight-minute drive to Cape Porpoise, home to Goose Rocks Beach
Nine-minute drive to Webhannet Golf Club
20-minute drive to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
25-minute drive to Splashtown waterpark
40-minute drive to Portland International Jetport
1-hour and 40-minute drive to Boston Logan International Airport