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July 11, 2014 


love lock bridge
What girl doesn’t love to shop? If you haven’t shopped at Kennebunkport, Maine, you need to now. With its fabulous boutiques and galleries, it is no surprise this seaside village is one of the most visited destinations in New England during the summer. This week my cousin, Olivia, a lifelong resident of Kennebunkport, gave me a tour of her romantic and scenic hometown.

We were a bit famished when I arrived, so the first stop of the day was Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub. Also known as the most picturesque pub on the Kennebunk River waterfront, Federal Jack’s has award-winning hand-crafted ale and is named after one of the most famous ships built on site in 1908- the Federal Jack. In the nineteenth century, Kennebunk’s shipyards built world famous schooners known for their grace and speed. I ordered the Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich and Olivia ate the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. For an appetizer, we shared the spinach and artichoke dip, top-browned with Havarti cheese and served with artisan bread and tortilla chips, and it was too die for. 

Although we didn’t eat at the Clam Shack because Olivia doesn’t like seafood, she noted to me it has the best seafood in the state. The eatery is perched at the bridge over the Kennebunk River, and they are most acclaimed for their traditional boiled lobster, lobster rolls served on buns from the local bakery, al fresco lemonade, and sweet fried dough. The seafood had such an enticing and drool-worthy aroma, I could smell it throughout the whole shopping district.

Olivia and I visited many shops but my two favorite ones were Wendy Webster Good Fine Art and Sea Glass Jewelry Studio. What makes Wendy Webster Good Fine Art special is it’s the only place in Kennebunkport where everything is locally made. Each artwork does a vivid and beautiful job capturing the year-round scenery of the Atlantic Ocean, Western Mountains, and Maine. 

The wearable art sold at the Sea Glass Jewelry Studio are one of a kind and are made by local and international artists. The pieces range from genuine sea glass, natural freshwater pearls, precious gemstones, and sterling silver. 
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Even if you’re not a big shopper, Kennebunkport is still a must-see location. This southern Maine town also has beaches and cool historic locations, like the reportedly haunted “Wedding Cake” house, the most photographed house in the state. To me, Kennebunkport is one of those places you see characters in books and movies travel to for a life-changing summer. Now, who doesn’t dream about summers like that? 

The Bush House, summer home of George H. W. Bush. 

Federal Jack's Restaurant and Brew Pub
8 Western Avenue
Kennebunk, Maine 04043

Clam Shack
2 Western Avenue 
Kennebunk, Maine 04043

Wendy Webster Good Fine Art 
10 Ocean Avenue 
Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

Sea Glass Jewelry Studio
17 Dock Square 
Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

The Wedding Cake House 
104 Summer Street
Kennebunk, Maine 04043

Bush Compound 
Walkers Point 
Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

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