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