• Within walking distance to beaches, restaurants, and bars
  • Beautiful pool that blends with the surrounding landscape
  • Great spa with wonderful treatments
  • Classic, elegant rooms with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Most rooms have big soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers; some have fireplaces and/or patios
  • Outstanding restaurant housed in a gorgeous restored barn
  • Free continental breakfast, afternoon tea, and Wi-Fi
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  • Lower-level rooms are small (starting at 200 square feet) and lack bathtubs
  • Some may find the decor in the May's Annex junior suites a bit fusty
  • The waterfront cottages are in a separate compound a long walk from the main building
  • Some rooms have very little storage space
  • No elevator
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Bottom Line

This renowned inn is one of the premier luxury options in Maine, and offers a true boutique experience in charming Kennebunk. It is housed in a historic building, and so its 26 rooms vary greatly in size. However, they all feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, and classic, elegant decor. The much-acclaimed restaurant serves outstanding (and pricey) seasonal cuisine in an 1820s restored barn, and the spa is arguably one of the best in the region. The waterfront cottages are quite a trek from the main building, so make sure you book a guestroom instead if you want to be closer to the property’s great amenities.

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  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pool
  • Spa

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White Barn Inn


In Kennebunk, a coastal summer retreat with wonderful sandy beaches

The White Barn is closer to the attractions of Kennebunkport than those in Kennebunk, the city to which it officially belongs. It has a great location close to some wonderful beaches, and a nice walk or short drive to most restaurants and bars in the area.

First settled in 1621, Kennebunk is now a popular summer destination in Maine for the well-heeled. This tiny town is famous for its beautiful historical architecture, as well as for the great sandy beaches located southeast of the city center. The village is easily explored on foot, but if you feel like driving a few minutes, Kennebunkport, a neighboring but independent town, offers good dining spots and some historic buildings worth seeing.

Summer Street is the main thoroughfare in Kennebunk, and was Maine’s first Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it is still one of the busiest roads in town, with wonderful houses and well-tended lawns on both sides. The downtown area is centered around Main Street (which turns into Summer Street), where you will find several small restaurants and stores, but little more. Don’t come to Kennebunk hoping for a hopping nightlife or endless cultural activities -- this is the perfect spot for a quiet getaway.

  • 40-minute drive to Portland International Airport
  • 1-hour-40-minute drive from Boston International Airport
  • 10-minute walk or 1-minute drive to the beach
  • 2-minute drive to downtown Kennebunkport
  • 5-minute drive to the Wedding Cake house on Port Road
  • 5-minute drive to Webhannet Golf Club
  • 5-minute drive to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
  • 8-minute drive to The Brick Store Museum
  • 9-minute drive to the Tom’s of Maine store
  • 17-minute drive to Goosefare Bay
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  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Pets Allowed

  • Pool

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

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