How to Spend One Winter Day in Kennebunkport, Maine

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In this post I will walk you through how to spend a day in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Maine. 

I’ll share my one day itinerary as well as reasons to consider traveling to this Maine region in the winter.

The one day itinerary will include places to eat, a beautiful coastal walk, and local beaches. Plus more things to do in the Kennebunk region for those eager to see it all. 

I’ll also share tips about visiting Maine during the cold winter months. 

Overlooking the Boathouse Restuarant in Kennebunkport, Maine

Reasons to Visit Kennebunk and Kennebunkport in the Winter

The term “Kennebunks” refers to two towns in southern Maine, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. Mainers often combine them because they are so close to each other and have similar vibes. 

Both towns are known for their beachy downtown shopping areas and beautiful Maine coastline. They both offer small local beaches, walking trails, and delicious seafood. 

This region is one of the most expensive areas to visit in Maine, so visiting during the winter has huge advantages for your wallet. 

Just like other towns in Maine, you’ll find the prices and crowds considerably less in the winter months (November-March). Not to mention parking is way easier in the winter as well. 

How Expensive Are Kennebunk and Kennebunkport to Visit?

Like I mentioned above, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport tend to be one of the more expensive regions in Maine to visit. 

But that shouldn’t be a reason not to visit! 

By visiting during the winter, staying in a nearby town and day tripping over, and/or being strategic about how you spend your money, you can easily visit on a budget. 

On a recent search of accommodation options on Airbnb, I was able to find options for up to half off the price compared to the summer prices! That’s a huge reason to visit in the winter.

Downtown Kennebunkport, Maine

What is the Weather Like in Kennebunkport During the Winter?

Overall, Maine can get pretty cold in the winter. Mainer’s winter season is considered from November to April – yep, that’s 5 long months! 

According to Weather Trends, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, experience the following snowy days and temperatures per month:

  • Nov – 4 days of snow, high of 50, low of 32
  • Dec – 16 days of snow, high of 39, low of 22
  • Jan – 22 days of snow, high of 34, low of 16
  • Feb – 17 days of snow, high of 36, low of 17
  • Mar – 12 days of snow, high of 44, low of 25

Southern Maine gets snow and rain just like the rest of the state, but because they’re a little more south, it tends not to last as long. 

For more guides on visiting Maine towns in the winter check out our posts on Scarborough, Maine and Freeport, Maine.

Consider Visiting the Kennebunk Region in December

If you are thinking of visiting the Kennebunk region in the winter and love celebrating the holidays, consider visiting in December. 

The “Christmas Prelude” is a 12 day long holiday celebration that helps to raise funds for local nonprofits and small businesses. 

The Kennebunkport Business Association has put together a fabulous website with all of the event info you need to know if you come for a visit!

What to Pack for a Visit to Maine in the Winter?

It’s always recommended to be prepared for Maine’s winter weather. 

There are a few items I like to keep with me wherever I explore in Maine. 

  1. First, proper winter clothing is a must. This includes a warm jacket, winter accessories, and thermal underlayers. 
  2. I love packing a lightweight ski mask or balaclava. This is the one I got on Amazon.
  3. Having proper footwear is also essential. For really rainy or deep snow days, I’ll wear my favorite winter boats. I love mind from Muckboots. Check out prices on Amazon. I swear by these boots for all four seasons in Maine, but especially the winter.  
  4. If there isn’t much snow then I’ll wear my hiking boots instead which offer more grip than normal sneakers. 
  5. If the sidewalks and roads are extra icy I’ll bring my ice cleats like these ones.  

Read More: A Local’s Advice for Visiting Maine in the Winter

Getting to Kennebunkport, Maine

If you’re flying into Maine, the Kennebunks are located 40 minutes from the Portland International Jetport. 

If you’re driving to Maine, it’s about 1.5 hours from Boston, making it a great day trip.

You’ll definitely need to rent a car or bring your own car as there’s not a lot of public transportation in the Kennebunk area. And you’ll probably want to do some driving around or take a few day trips during your visit.

One Day Winter Itinerary for Kennebunk and Kennebunkport

If you only have one day to visit, here is how I would spend your time. Of course, you could easily spend a whole morning or afternoon walking the beaches, but here are a few of our favorite activities.

Breakfast at Boulangerie

Start the day with a trip to a “proper bakery”, Boulangerie in Kennebunk. 

Boulangerie specializes in beautifully crafted breads and breakfast pastries. They also have a few lunch options to go. 

We recently visited Boulangerie and fell in love! We tried a slice of their chocolate cake and coffee cake and were very impressed. 

It’s so hard to choose what to order, but you can’t really go wrong. 

Be sure to get here early as they close by 1:30pm. 

Boulangerie Bakery, Kennebunk, Maine

Take a Mid-Morning Walk Along Parson’s Way

After a delicious breakfast, head over to Ocean Ave for a walk along Parson’s Way in Kennebunkport.

Overlooking the Bush Compound on Parson’s Way and Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maien

As Alltrails.com suggests, it’s best to search for Colony Beach in your GPS and park there. 

This is a 2 mile, paved walk along the ocean, thus Ocean Ave;)

While visiting in the winter, there were a handful of other walkers enjoying the day, definitely not the same as the summer crowds. 

What I loved about this walk was the sightseeing it offered in a short span. 

First, there is a beautiful church, Saint Anns by the Sea Episcopal Church, sadly only open for visitors during the summer. 

Next, there are views of the President Bush Compound (on Walker’s Point) and the corresponding anchor memorial that was dedicated to President Bush. 

While overlooking the memorial, you can see the compound in the background. 

If you’re feeling extra energized, you could keep your car parked at Colony Beach and walk back into town for lunch. 

Visit Colony Beach

After your walk along Parson’s Way, you could take a detour to Colony Beach, one of Kennebunkport’s two beaches. 

Colony Beach is quite small and rocky so a great option for a winter walk vs. sunbathing in the summer. 

For some reason, I love visiting Maine’s beaches in the winter even more than the summer. You get to bundle up, breathe in the crisp air, and be grateful for every minute near the ocean. 

Lunch at Boathouse Restaurant

If you’re feeling hungry, head back to downtown Kennebunkport for lunch at the Boathouse Restaurant. 

With views of the water and a delicious drink menu, you could easily spend a few hours here. 

I loved their decor and very friendly staff. We opted for a simple salad and fried haddock sandwich, both which were delicious. 

Boathouse Restaurant, Kennebunkport, Maine

Afternoon Treat at Mornings in Paris

If you’re in the mood for a bit of dessert or post lunch coffee, head over to Mornings in Paris

They have multiple treats to choose from including tea cakes, breads, danishes, and more. 

Afternoon snack at Mornings in Paris, Kennebunkport, Maine

We chose to sample their macarons. Their Pistachio, Hazelnut, and Raspberry flavors were delicious. Admittedly, Ben wasn’t super impressed with them, but I enjoyed every bite!

Explore Downtown Kennebunk and Kennebunkport

To finish the day, stroll along the downtowns of the Kennebunk for shopping, people watching, and of course to sample more delicious treats. 

There are so many shops to wander into and corners to explore in this area. 

If the weather is nice, find a bench, and enjoy the beautiful buildings. 

Additional Things To Do in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport During the Winter

There are so many more activities to do while visiting Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. If you have more time, consider checking out these additional things to do during your visit. 

  • Check out Gooch’s or Mother’s Beach
  • Walk along Kennebunkport’s Historic District
  • Admire the local art in the many art galleries 
  • Visit the historical societies 
  • Hike the many trails of the Kennebunk Land Trust

Final Thoughts

If you’re open to a trip to the Kennubunks in the winter, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to pack your winter boots and we’ll see you there! I hope you enjoy this one day itinerary to yummy eateries, a local stroll, and adorable downtowns. 

Happy Traveling