Day Trip: Kennebunkport, ME

I recently took a day trip to Kennebunkport, Maine with some co-workers visiting Boston from various parts of the world.  It was nice to slip away from the city to share a relaxing summer day in a quintessential New England town.

Cape Porpoise Harbor (tank and shorts:  J.Crew  tote:  Esprit )

Cape Porpoise Harbor (tank and shorts: J.Crew tote: Esprit)

It usually takes a little under 2 hours to drive to Kennebunkport from Boston on I-95, but in the summer, I recommend planning ahead for traffic.  We headed straight for lunch at Pier 77, a restaurant and bar with harbor views.  A narrow stairway led us to a room that made us feel like we were guests in someone's summer home, so open and airy, with views looking out to the water.

I settled on a delicious (and over-stuffed) Crabmeat Sandwich - fresh Jonah crabmeat, lemon aioli, and lettuce, on fresh slices of Portuguese bread.  Maine blueberries are at their peak this time of year, and I couldn't resist tasting the warm blueberry crumble, with a melting scoop of vanilla bean gelato on top.

Because it is a working pier, we walked down to watch some fishermen bring in their haul.

With our free afternoon, we stopped in town to do a little shopping. For drinks and people watching, we stationed ourselves on the patio at One Dock, the bar and restaurant outside the Kennebunkport Inn

On our way back to Boston, we drove along the coast, past the Bush compound (the summer home of George H. W. Bush). Now, if only every Saturday could be like this!

Marie Frei

One Carry-On is a blog managed by Marie Frei, a travel expert and photographer with a passion for exploring off the beaten path locations. The blog covers honest and personal stories about living and traveling as an American abroad, shares her global appreciation for culture and design, and promotes traveling to far-flung destinations with a carry-on as fun, affordable, and easy.