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The Seaside Inn is your “home away from home” and the perfect place to stay while you’re enjoying everything the Kennebunks has to offer families! We should know, our family goes back nine generations on this prized location, the only hotel right on Gooch’s Beach. Our family has enjoyed building sand castles on the beach, jumping the waves in the Atlantic, watching the parade of boats on the Kennebunk River, and walking into town for dinner, ice cream and a little shopping. We make a great home base for all there is to do, and there is plenty. In this guide we share a few of our favorite things, and we hope you enjoy making memories with your own family!
The Seaside Inn is a great spot to bring your love and share the love of the Kennebunks together. Think cozy winter nights in our hot tub, walks hand on hand as the summer sun sets, and so many other ways in between. We know that because just last fall, our guests enthusiastically voted us as “the best spot for a romantic get-away” in our local Chamber of Commerce annual business awards. We didn’t ask for that, but we’ll take your word for it because we think our guests know best! In this guide for lovers, we share only the people, places and activities we love ourselves. We hope you enjoy them and feel the love there, too.
Live Like a Local
Vacation on a Budget
The family-owned and -operated Seaside Inn is the locals’ choice for friends and family who visit! Locals don’t always like to share their secrets, but since you’re part of our Seaside family when you stay with us, we’ll let you in on a few of our tried-and-true favorites from our own years of experience living here. Locals love the beaches. cocktails with a view and fresh-from-the-boat lobster as much as visitors do, but here we give you other options as well. Locals also know the key to making the most of a day off includes going early to beat the crowds, visiting in the off-season and to making reservations, if necessary, in advance. Armed with the inside scoop, you should go now and enjoy all the things us locals love. Just don’t tell anyone else!
The Seaside Inn is your budget-friendly “home away from home” and the perfect place to stay in the Kennebunks on a budget. As most everyone else around us has raised their rates, and most everything else in life seems to be costing more, we are trying to hold the line so our guests can still afford getting away for vacation. Some of the best things in Kennebunk are free, and we’re happy to share a few in this guide for all to enjoy. We have scouted out some of the best ways to spend a day, not your hard-earned dollars. Enjoy our complimentary breakfast, our house bicycles, our private beach access, our expansive lawn with tables and loungers, and our priceless views. You can’t put a price tag on making memories with us!
Fun for Foodies
Get a taste for the Kennebunks when you stay with us at the Seaside Inn! We’re close to the best shops, cafes, brewery, distillery and restaurants, making us a central homebase from which to enjoy it all! In this guide for foodies, we share our favorite time-tested spots where we ourselves have enjoyed an espresso, indulged in a croissant, savored the best lobster roll (you can’t go wrong here, they’re just served a little differently) and where we have enjoyed a craft cocktails and a brew. For foodies, vacations are all about the food, so we invite you to decide for yourselves — and have a little fun in the process!
The Seaside Inn is a great destination to find rest and relaxation for your mind and body! We understand it can be hard to stay on track with your diet and fitness goals when you’re on vacation. No sweat! We have compiled this handy collection of our favorite ways to enjoy vacation while still getting in your steps, enjoying a delicious healthy snack or meal, and restoring your peace of mind. If a swift run on the beach doesn’t instantly invigorate you, maybe you need a deep dose of ocean air and the sound of rolling waves to instantly relax you. Maybe a massage, or a pounding out a bucket of balls? Staying fit and healthy has never been so fun!
Rooted in History
On the Artsy Side
If you like history, we think you’ll especially appreciate the Seaside Inn — America’s oldest family-run inn! Owners Trish and Ken Mason are ninth-generation innkeepers, and boy do we have history! You can read all about it in Trish’s book, “The Seaside House,” available at the front desk, or read some highlights on our website. Throughout the inn we hope you’ll also enjoy pictures of our family, staff and guests through the years. The Seaside Inn is part of a larger maritime community full of rich history. In this guide we have compiled some area highlights that will fill your day and highlight your stay!
The Seaside Inn is your idyllic home away from home situated between the picture-perfect Kennebunk Beach and the best art galleries and studios in Southern Maine! From the seaside vista to the ebb and flow of the tides in the Kennebunk River, everywhere you look is a work of divine art. Our natural beauty inspires the artist within, and we see folks flocking to the Kennebunks to both create and enjoy art. Check out our suggestions in this guide for our art lovers, which includes our favorite galleries and also some especially artsy choices for food, drink and activities. We invite you to explore for yourself, perhaps finding a new piece along the way to forever remind you of your time in Kennebunk and the Seaside!
For the Adventurous
The Seaside Inn is the epi-center to your picture-perfect vacation in the Kennebunks! From here, everywhere you look is a postcard. Walk the beach, jump across the jetty, stroll to town, instagram your lunch, hop aboard a boat for a different vantage point, stop and smell the beach rosa rugosa, capture the gorgeous sunset. Our changing seasons also offer so many different looks, it’s quite literally never the same photo twice! Just as we love to hear our guests’ stories, we love to see your photos too! Be sure to tag your photos with #seasideinn and check in with us via facebook when you arrive. We love pretty pictures ourselves, so check out our social media — and just maybe you’ll see yourself there!
The Seaside Inn is your “home away from home” and the perfect place to stay while seeking all the thrills and adventures that the Kennebunks has to offer the brave among us! By land or by sea, adventure is all around us on Gooch’s Beach. We have the ocean for fishing and thrill rides, we have the Kennebunk River for kayaking and SUPing, and the trails for exploring and enjoying. In this guide we share a few of our favorite adventures, if you’re up for the challenge. They are mere suggestions though, not a challenge, so go at your own pace. We’d love to hear what YOU do. Let us know after you go!