Southern Maine - Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Kennebunk Beach
Southern Maine has it all. Spectacular coastal scenery and beaches, pastoral farm country, historic New England neighborhoods, a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, first-class schools, and a full lifestyle unlike any other. Each town in York County, which stretches from the New Hampshire border to just south of Portland, has its own special charm and character. All only 30 minutes from the Historic Seaside towns of Portland Maine and Portsmouth NH and only 90 minutes north of Boston!
Kennebunk and Kennebunk Beach
Characterized by magnificent coastal and inland features, Kennebunk offers the best of both worlds featuring some of southern Maine's prettiest beaches, as well as its most scenic rural countryside. There is a strong sense of community pride among the residents, who enjoy a highly regarded and nationally acclaimed school system. Numerous churches represent a diversity of faiths, and there are several civic groups and fraternity organizations that support the community. The downtown business district features a number of historic structures and architectural gems dating back to the founding of our country, including the Unitarian Church (1760) and its bell cast by Paul Revere, and the Brick Store Museum (1825). A variety of lively shops, creative restaurants, and thriving businesses line the Route 1 thoroughfare. One of Kennebunk's most famous landmarks, "The Wedding Cake House," located in Summer Street's Historic District, is said to be the most photographed home in New England. Population: 14,196.
A community rich in history, Kennebunkport is known for its scenery, lovely oceanfront homes, and picturesque harbor - a focal point for the quaint shops, inns and restaurants that attract not only those seeking a vacation destination, but retirees and young families seeking a small, close-knit community. The town's rich history is steeped in maritime lore, with shipbuilding serving as one of the primary industries in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, the pristine neighborhoods are highlighted by meticulously maintained Federal and post-Colonial homes that reflect a proud history of sea-borne accomplishment. As the home of former United States President George Herbert Walker Bush, Kennebunkport still commands national recognition. Population: 3,720.
Originally incorporated as North Kennebunkport in 1915, Arundel became a town in its own right in 1957. Known for its beautiful rural landscape and deep, rich woods, Arundel offers country living and historic homes with expansive properties. The town is also know for the antique malls and shops that line Route 1. Population; 3,571
Cape Porpoise & Goose Rocks Beach
Cape Porpoise is a small, unspoiled seaside-fishing village located midway between Kennebunkport and Goose Rocks Beach - a magnificent white sandy beach that sits on the coast just to the north of Cape Porpoise. Once the site of the original settlement of the area (1620s), the community center shifted to Kennebunk and Kennebunkport in the late 18th century, leaving Cape Porpoise to survive primarily as a fishing village. Today, Cape Porpoise is part of Kennebunkport, sharing its town government, taxes and schools. Its character, however, remains tied to its past as a small, closely knit fishing community. Part of Kennebunkport.
Wells and Wells Beach
The history of Wells is tied closely with the early history of America. Originally incorporated in 1653, Wells was founded as a mill town along the Webhannet River and, like all of Maine, was once part of Massachusetts. Frequent Indian attacks and conflicts during the French and Indian War marred the early years of the town. Ultimately, the townspeople began to rely on the sea for their livelihood. And although fishing boats still use the harbor today, tourism has become the primary industry. Route 1, which bisects the town, offers scores of hotels, antique shops, restaurants, and other businesses that attract tourists from throughout New England. Seven miles of beaches and beautiful coastal marshes provide a wonderful setting for enjoying the unique character of coastal Maine. Population: 9,400.