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Beach House Inn, Kennebunkport

Editor's Pick
211 Beach Avenue
Kennebunkport , Maine
Tel: 207 967 3850's insider take:

For anyone who's ever dreamed of living in a house by the sea, the Beach House Inn makes it almost a reality. The 34-room inn overlooks Kennebunkport Beach, and at the end of a salt-sprayed, sun-kissed day, there's no better place to be than in a rocking chair on its wraparound porch, gin and tonic in hand. While not as world-class as Kennebunkport's White Barn Inn, the Beach House outranks most of the other touristy options—and has unbeatable views. Rooms have just the right balance of ocean-inspired breeziness (white linens, black-and-white photos, light-filled corners) and New England gravitas (antique furnishings). Between the morning meal (think scones and tea) and the cocktail-hour hors d'oeuvres, port, and brandy, the Beach House Inn allows guests to use its canoes and touring bikes—for the rare moments you want to actually leave your dream seaside manse.

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