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Sep 4, 2006 02:43 PM

Southern Maine Coast - Best place to stay to eat well?

We're visiting the southern Maine coast for the first time in mid-October. Only have three days, so would like to find a charming inn, park, and not drive again.

What town should we stay in to have the best choice of great eating WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE (say a mile radius) - casual and charming preferably, but we'll take all suggestions.

We're considering an inn in York Harbor, but are not sure about great food possiblities there.

Picturing a classic Maine coatal town, no t-shirt shops.


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  1. White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport? One of the best restaurants in New England, and a beautiful inn as well. Of course, it's not exactly cheap.

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    1. re: Bostonbob3

      We've looked at it and it sounds wonderful, but too pricey for this trip. Do you suggest Kennebunkport for walkable food places, though? We can look for other inns there.


      1. re: Bostonbob3

        BTW, another very good Kennebunkport restaurant is at The Cape Arundel Inn, right on the water. Still quite pricey for accomodations, but along with the White Barn Inn restaurant, a must try for fine dining.

      2. Well, I'd say the very best dining in southern Maine is in Portland (some would argue that stretches the limits of the word "southern," but whatever). There are a number of wonderful restaurants there, all within walking distance. That said, there is also a fair amount of T-shirt shops and such.

        I'd say Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are a mix of quite good (yet typical lobster shacks) and very high-end dining. If you're looking for quaint with a fair amount of great food and a few GREAT selections, go with the Kennebunks. If you're looking for a plethora of wonderful restaurants in a more urban setting (but still with beautiful views), try Portland.

        1. Kennebunkport is probably your best bet for mid-October. Fall color will be at or very near peak, quaint village atmosphere. Plenty of good restaurants within walking distance. Lots of shopping places. Granted there will be a t-shirt shop or two.

          1. If you end up in Kennebunkport, be sure to try Bartley's Dockside for the greatest blueberry pie on the face of the earth. Seriously, it's amazing. October will be bordering on just-out-of-season, but I'm sure they'll have some peak summer pies frozen for our blueberry pleasure.

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            1. I think you would love Portsmouth New Hampshire. Fabulous restaurants, nice shopping and walking, close to Kittery, Ogunquit, York, etc.