As one of the 10 least populous states in the country, Maine specializes in secluded getaways surrounded by nature’s splendor. Relax amongst the wandering Atlantic Ocean, the towering pines, and the fresh coastal air. If you truly wish to enjoy this New England escape, visit during the off-season.
There’s no better stay than The Nonantum Resort, a tranquil lodging set on the breathtaking coast of Kennebunkport, Maine. From May to June and late October through November, the crowds are low but the activities are high. Come experience all Maine has to offer at a portion of the price.
Vacation in May or June and rates start at $99-199 as opposed to the $249-449 summer rates. With some extra coin cash in your pocket, why not explore the nearby Dock Square? This shopping experience showcases art galleries, antique shops, and unique boutiques. These independent shops offer something special not found at chain stores. Stop by these shops in the fall and find those holiday gifts before the snow falls.
"Late October through November is a great time to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping," said Nicki Bean, Director of Marketing at The Nonantum Resort. "Kennebunkport's Dock Square and nearby Lower Village in Kennebunk are filled with unique, independent shops and boutiques so you can shop for local crafts, art, Made in Maine products, nautical memorabilia, and gifts. You can even visit The Nonantum for 'Breakfast with an Artist' and take home a piece of local art to remember your Maine vacation."
After getting it all, get away from it all with a quiet stroll on the beach, a scenic hike, or a bike ride. Walk or bike scenic Ocean Avenue. Or Hop in the car and set off on a scenic drive with all of the sights and none of the traffic.
"Come to Kennebunkport in the spring or late fall, and you'll avoid the crowds but still enjoy the gorgeous scenery," Bean said. "Photo opps abound - don't miss Walker's Point, St. Ann's Church, Cape Porpoise, Goose Rocks Beach, or Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk, and of course sunsets over the river and The Nonantum's lighthouse."
All of this sightseeing can make you hungry. Luckily, the area abounds with appetizing options. Savor gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings at Maine-ly Drizzle, locally-brewed Shipyard beer tastings and tours at Kennebunkport Brewing Co., and sample wine sat Down East Wine Imports. When it’s time for the main course, head to Bandaloop, Hurricane, Salt & Honey, Pier 77, or an abundance of local favorites. For a hands-on culinary experience, visit Jillyanna's Woodfired Cooking School for an authentic Italian pizza or pasta-making class. Or hop aboard a Progressive Dinner via Trolley tour! The series runs May through December 2015 and features different dining venues for each date. (Visit www.nonantumresort.com/dining-entertainment/progressive-dinners for more details).
Offering a tranquil atmosphere, a bounty of off-season options, and reduced rates, The Nonantum Resort is Maine’s premier stay for May to June and October to November vacations.