This past weekend, I had the great pleasure of staying at The Nonantum Resort on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport, Maine. It had been a long time since I visited Kennebunkport, and I was eagerly awaiting this trip as the months went by.
My husband and I pulled up to the Nonantum Resort, and we couldn’t wait to see our room and explore the gorgeous waterfront property. As we walked into our room, we were immediately captivated by the beauty of it. I felt like I was walking into a design featured in Coastal Living Magazine. It was picture perfect, which of course, was great for me! As soon as we arrived in our room, we received a call from the front desk; they were checking to make sure everything was ok with the room, and they let us know they were available if we needed anything.
Our room, Room 354 in the Portside Lodge, was a corner room looking out over the Kennebunk River on one side and the docks and Nonantum lighthouse on the other. The room was so cozy that I didn’t want to leave to go get dinner. I could have stayed there all night just enjoying the cross breeze, cuddled up, reading a good book on the soft, comfy, duvet covered bed, filled with so many pillows – a dream for me because I love pillows! The room’s nautical décor was simple, but perfect. There was artwork by local artist, W. Webster Good, displayed in both the room and the bathroom. An adorable gas wood burning stove sat in the “reading nook” area, and the room also had a Keurig coffee maker, mini fridge, desk, two chairs, Maine magazines, and a flat screen TV. I loved the touch of having the Maine magazines – Down East Magazine, Maine Magazine, and Maine Home + Design Magazine – as an avid reader, I was flipping through them when we got back from dinner that night. The bathroom was also beautifully designed with that coastal feel. I loved the jacuzzi tub, with the dispensers hung up on the wall for soap, shampoo, and conditioner; and the small octagon window above it.
The Nonantum is a green resort, participating in Clean the World, they have been named a Gold GreenLeader by TripAdvisor, and are also certified as an Environmental Leader by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. All around the property, you will find garbage bins, separated for recycling. They also use 100% organic plants on their grounds, prepare local foods, compost, and much more! There is also a focus on local businesses – their gift shop is filled with local items from Maine and New England, including books, jewelry, home decor, clothing, and other charming items.
The Nonantum offers dining on-site at the Carriage House Inn where 95 Ocean and Heckman’s Pub are located. 95 Ocean hosts live music most summer nights, and a wonderful breakfast buffet is served in the morning in the ballroom. You also have the option of ordering food for your room. I highly recommend their cheese and fruit tray – there was a sweet cheese on it that was simply delicious.
Outside, you will find beautifully landscaped grounds, a fairy garden by the entrance to the Carriage House Inn, a pool with Latitudes Bar & Grill poolside, shuffleboard, a gazebo, a lighthouse, and of course, spectacular water views of the Kennebunk River. There is also ample parking on a side lot and a lot across the street from the main entrance. The resort was fully booked and had a wedding that day, and we were still able to get a parking spot, which is great. They also offer a shuttle service to downtown, but downtown is close enough that you can walk there if you wanted to. There are also many family and kids activities at the resort starting in June. They offer kayak and bicycle rentals, sailing tours, fishing charters, lobster boat tours, and a host of other activities.
All in all, I would highly recommend this unique resort if you are heading to Kennebunkport. The resort is absolutely beautiful and the staff was amazing, friendly, and really go above and beyond to make your stay nothing short of amazing.
Have you ever stayed at the Nonantum Resort? Share what you love about it in the comments below!
Stay tuned… more from my trip to Kennebunkport is coming soon!