Picture this: It’s a gloriously beautiful day in New England. The sun is shining, and you’re on the hunt—exploring shop after shop filled to the brim with charming antiques. This isn’t a vintage-lover’s dream, but in fact a very real place located on the sleepy southern coast of Maine. Kennebunkport and its nearby towns are together considered one of the top antiquing destinations in New England, known for all-American ephemera, nautical knicknacks, and furnishings with classic East Coast style. Read on to discover more about the scene (and start planning your trip!), then see how to bring the look home with some of our favorite Maine-inspired spaces.
Get situated. Kennebunkport is one of the many towns situated along Route 1, a 30-mile stretch from Arundel to Kittery known as one of the top antiquing destinations in New England. You’ll want to make a day (or a weekend!) of it: From salvage yards to jam-packed antiques malls, there are more than 50 shops to browse—and endless opportunities to unearth your new favorite find.
Delight in the New England charm. Preppy seaside spirit, pristine beaches, classic American architecture, famous lobster rolls: Kennebunkport has nearly everything you associate with quintessential New England style. Bring home a piece of that East Coast charm with landscape paintings, plaid textiles, and cast-iron accents.
Discover the rich history. A former shipbuilding and fishing village, Kennebunkport teems with historical sites. Visitors can tour Colonial, Greek Revival, Federal, and Victorian homes, including the beautifully preserved mansions of former sea captains, then pick up antique finds that capture these bygone eras.
Take in the beauty of the sea. Much of life in Kennebunkport centers on the water. Locals flock to spots such as Goose Rocks Beach, a three-mile stretch of coastline with soft silvery white sand, and historic lighthouses are a common sight. Also frequently spotted? Nautical treasures such as rope-wrapped furnishings, colorful antique buoys, and salvaged anchors.