|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
A ground level one-bedroom apartment steps to Cape Porpoise harbor, the "Snug" has a queen bed, kitchenette and living room with a great view. The location can't be beat - kayak out your front door from our large dock, enjoy the view from the private yard or stroll down to the pier (about 1/4 mile) for seafood take-out, fine dining or an evening at Maine's favorite pub, The Ramp.
The unit is clean but rustic. We think our rental rate reflects a great value for this waterfront location. If you're more of an adventurous traveller who isn't looking to hang around a rental your entire vacation, this is the perfect spot to use as a comfortable and convenient base.
Plenty of floor space in the living room for possible air mattresses. The bathroom is small (like you're on a boat) and has a stall shower.
Because the property is shared by several rentals, each unit is limited to one car. Non-negotiable!
We will be fixing the house up to serve as our year-round home. Until then we are renting for fun and profit!
Chuck McLaughlin purchased this apartment in 2013
This is a rare opportunity to sample life in a seaside village. Enjoy your morning coffee on the dock and watch the lobstermen get ready for the day's fishing. Walk up to the square for the paper and a muffin. Bicycle up Route 9 for a beach day at one of Maine's most beautiful beaches. Spend cocktail hour at the hottest destination bar in Maine -- The Ramp -- and you will understand why the locals are sad that it got discovered. Pick up cooked lobsters one night at Langsford Road Lobster and feast like a Mainer. By the third day you'll be giving money to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, cruising around looking at For Sale signs and checking in with realtors! It's that special.
Cape Porpoise Harbor is incredibly picturesque. Beautiful traditional Maine cottages ring its banks, a church steeple rises over the trees, wild islands protect it from the weather. Kayaking has understandably become an avid pursuit for many locals and of course visitors are eager to see the scenery from that vantage point as well. Things have gotten a little busier since I first moved to Kennebunkport in 1988, but on the whole it is still a peaceful village with lots of charm combined with true wild areas in the islands (protected by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust) and the Rachel Carson preserve, which creates an emerald necklace that weaves along Route 9 and affords dramatic views in many spots. Oh - and the shopping and restaurants in Kennebunkport proper, which is a couple of miles west on Rte. 9!!
This bright, charming apartment was the ideal home base for exploring Kennebunkport and the surrounding areas. If you're a shopper, you're close to the outlets, as well as to Portland. Amazing beaches nearby. We immediately felt at home and had one of the most relaxing vacations ever. The property itself is beautiful and inviting, and located right on one of the most picturesque little harbors. Having the dock was a bonus...to sit and watch the tides, people fishing, have your morning tea, or just to enjoy the peace and quiet. And, being pet friendly, we got to bring our little dog which made our vacation all the better. We're just home and already wanting to return next year...for a longer stay.
Cape Porpoise is a fishing village within the town of Kennebunkport. Local lobstermen still moor their boats in the harbor and unload at the Cape Porpoise Pier. The village has escaped the touristy nature of the ‘Port to a large extent. The houses are modest and there is a charming, authentic feeling. The streets are very walkable and there are lots of wonderful views along Pier Road and Langsford Road (if you get tired of the view from our dock out to the harbor islands!) Several restaurants in Cape Porpoise Square and down at the Pier are within easy walking distance of 49 Pier -- The Wayfarer and The Captain's in the square for family-style, and Nunan's Lobster House for 'lobster in the rough,' just outside the square. On the Pier are Pier 77 for fine dining, The Ramp for excellent pub-style fare and a take-out shack for picnic-style lobster rolls, fried clams, burgers and dogs. Also in the square are Bradbury’s Market, where you can grab an early morning coffee and the paper, an ice cream shop and Cape Porpoise Kitchen, owned by our friend Peggy, which has baked goods and all kinds of gourmet takeout for lunch and dinner (and better coffee!!)
Goose Rocks Beach (permit parking only -- FMI http://www.kennebunkportme.gov/Public_Documents/KennebunkportME_WebDocs/GRB_Stickers.pdf) is a pretty 5-minute drive east on Route 9. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern Maine. You will be spellbound. Further up Route 9 are Biddeford Pool and Hill’s Beach – a beautiful bike ride away!
Dock Square, Kennebunkport is 5 minutes down Route 9 in the other direction. Shops, galleries, restaurants and excursions can be found in the ‘Port. Just across the Kennebunk River bridge is Kennebunk’s charming Lower Village. From there you can walk down to Kennebunk Beach, where the little ones frequent Mother’s Beach and teens love to swim and surf at Gooch’s. A long seawall makes a brisk walk easy and safe.
Golf and tennis can be found a short drive away. The Cape Arundel Golf Course has public tee times and is famous as George Bush's home course when he's in Maine. Well maintained public tennis courts, along with a playground and basketball court, are just minutes away as well.
Cape Arundel, home to the Bush family, is an enclave of wonderful shingle-style homes. Ocean Avenue winds through this neighborhood and affords stunning views of the rocky coast and the open Atlantic. Geological curiosities such as Spouting Rock are interesting for the kids. The hilly side streets make a nice walk, especially for those interested in architecture.
Numerous marshes in the area are owned by the Rachel Carson federal conservation agency. Birdwatching is popular and Route 9 affords sweeping views across the marshes in many places throughout the Kennebunks, Wells and Biddeford. It's not uncommon to see artists set up for some plein-air work right along the road.
A well-regarded summer stock theater is located in Arundel, about 10 minutes away, and there's a very active flea market in Arundel also along with other antique shops.
South of us are Wells (known for its beaches, but Goose Rocks is your best bet) and Ogunquit, a great little town known for crowds, traffic jams, the beautiful footpath of Marginal Way, and the shops, galleries and restaurants of Perkins Cove. Ogunquit was an artists’ colony in the 19th century and a there’s a fine little museum of American Art on Shore Road.
Local excursions include sailboat rides, charter fishing and whale watching tours. Daytrips could include a 35-minute drive to Portland's Old Port for shopping and dining, or a trip on the Casco Bay Ferries out to Portland's inhabited islands. Freeport is another 25 minutes north of Portland and is best known for L.L. Bean's flagship store. Dozens of other well-known outlets can also be found.
Stuff to do
Websites abound with ideas for excursions and restaurants in the Kennebunks. We are happy to provide whatever guidance we can regarding the Kennebunkport and Portland dining scenes or specific destinations! We moved north of Portland five years ago but before that we lived in Kennebunkport and Cape Porpoise for many, many years.
Kennebunkport is about 1½ hours from Boston and 35 minutes from Portland. 49 Pier is about 15 minutes from the Wells exit off 95 and about 15 minutes from the Biddeford exit coming from the north.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 16 2016 - Jun 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
Summer: Three night minimum. We prefer to rent Saturday - Saturday but in this particular apartment we will try to accommodate shorter stays. Please see rental agreement; we require a signed copy prior to booking.