The Southern Coast: Places to Explore

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Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport has been a resort area since the 19th century, but its most famous residents have made it even more popular—the presidential Bush family is often in residence in their immense home, which sits dramatically out on Walker's Point on Cape Arundel. The amount of wealth here is as tangible as the sharp sea breezes and the sounds of seagulls overhead. Newer mansions have sprung up alongside the old; a great way to see them is to take a slow drive out along the cape on Ocean Avenue. The area focused around the water and Dock Square in downtown Kennebunkport is where you can find the most activity (and crowds) in the Kennebunks. Winding alleys disclose shops and restaurants geared to the tourist trade, right in the midst of a hardworking harbor. Often called the "the Port," downtown's commercial activity continues right across the harbor bridge to Kennebunk's Lower Village. It's all seamless to visitors; many don't realize they have crossed into another town.

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