Written by Jacqueline Newell
After my surf lesson on Tuesday, I managed to capture one of the 20 or so coveted parking spots in downtown Kennebunk and spent my afternoon exploring the small seaside town. Cape Elizabeth is also a small seaside town but it lacks a lot of the charm that Kennebunk provides, stores filled with local knick knacks, handmade jewelry, and clothes (including a lot of Lilly) and restaurants every couple of blocks. There are two towns, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport that are really only separated by a rusty, old, green bridge but to everyone not from the Bunk, it all runs together.
The two towns bring together a mix of preppy style, touristy necessity and surfer ease. Aquaholics, the surf shop where I took a free lesson the other day, is on the Kennebunk side. A taco shack is across the street and features old surf boards nailed to the fence to bring a more casual vibe to the restaurant.
Around the corner, I found the most glorious accessories shop in the world – The Best of Everything. If you know me at all, you know that I live for Francesca’s buy one get one half off of for $5 sales that happen all the time. But, this shop doesn’t even need that kind of sale because everything is relatively inexpensive, often nautical themed and colorful. The photo at the top of this post is from this shop.
I moved on to a few touristy shops and found plenty of Kennebunkport Spirit Jerseys, Maine sweatshirts, Christmas tree ornaments and lobster claw art. Not exactly your typical Maine souvenir but you would be surprised how frequently I encountered them around town. In short, my exploration led me to the conclusion that the Bunk/Port area is like a more simplified Old Port. With a lack of parking and an influx of tourists coming to see former President Bush’s current residence, the town isn’t exactly easy to maneuver. But that hasn’t stopped anyone yet.