I’ve got the best family resort in New England for you;
And now, no, I have not actually visited all of the family friendly resorts in New England in order to make this proclamation that The Lodge on the Cove is the best of them all, but I guarantee you that I don’t even need to visit them all to know, because you’d be hard pressed to find a hotel that covers family vacation perfection as grand as The Lodge on the Cove.
Whew. That was a mouthful.
This is just one of the resorts in the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, and they’re all on my dream list of vacations, just look at how perfect they all are!!!
We were so graciously invited to spend a few nights with our new best friends, (I say best, because we will be seeing them again because The Lodge on the Cove is not somewhere you only want to go once). This place is straight up magic. Every detail is curated to perfection. Where shall I start……Probably the whoopie pies hanging off of the milkshakes at The Dory, their onsite restaurant. But, I’ll start elsewhere because it’s not always wise to start with dessert.
The Lodge on the Cove has been renovated and the rooms are in perfect condition, not run down like a lot of seaside Maine lodges still tend to be. They have a selection of different room sizes and have adjoining rooms to accommodate larger families like ours (6). A clean room is very important to me. I can’t stand feeling like the hotel room is the last place I want to be on my vacation, and these are very comfortable! We especially love the fact that The Lodge still uses real house keys for the rooms’ front doors. A little old holiday charm still in place on a property that has added some wonderful modern touches.
The Lodge on the Cove has a heated pool, with a wide first step, perfect for families with young toddlers or babies who wish to get in the water and just have their young ones wade around in the shallow. The pool area has towels, floats and beach balls. The pool sits right out front of the The Dory, so if you need to grab food or those popular milkshakes while poolside, you can. But, if you want to grab food inside the restaurant, each table has a card game waiting for you and your family to play while you eat. We thought this touch was so fun! The property has been well thought out as well, they have Corn hole and a fire pit where they lay out all of the makings for s’mores so you can come and go and make your own each evening.
They have a Clubhouse for the kids with books, games, movie nights and arcade games. Basically, if you stay here, you’ll never need to plan activities to do in the area because your kids will just want to stay here.
oh, and also! I almost forgot that they have bikes that you can ride around the property or ride into town, so bring your helmets! You just have to ask for a bike lock at the front desk and then you’re good to go.
I think I’ve messed up, I really should have started with the front desk and the lobby. It’s perfection. I immediately wanted to redo my whole house after we hung out in here. In the mornings they have muffins waiting for guests and, again, so many little tables with games on every surface. The amount of encouragement for you to sit down and do something with your children is so very special. The thoughtfulness behind each game and children’s book does not go unnoticed by you or your children. My kids have stayed in a lot of places, but The Lodge on the Cove spoke to them, in a way that would be really hard for a “hotel” to do. This place is just so, so special.
We met so many families staying here (labor day week, so the crowds were down as children in Maine are back to school then) but every family we met there had stayed at The Lodge on the Cove before. Some for several years in a row. This isn’t because of the affordability or the convenience into Kennebunkport, but for the details and the staff. It’s priceless, really. If you can’t book a stay during the summer months, try their shoulder seasons. The place will be quieter, but the charm will still be there. And, hey, maybe I’ll see you there too, because I know we will be back.
Kennebunkport itself is such an adorable town
and while staying at The Lodge on the Cove you’ll be just a few minute drive from the downtown area, or you can easily walk or bike downtown. Parking is easy to find, they have car lots where you park and pay when you leave. The area called Dock Square is charming to walk around and shopping in the little boutiques is always a fun afternoon. We especially recommend stopping into the children’s shop Daytrip Jr. and it’s larger shop Daytrip Society. We are small shop owners ourselves and well made children’s toys are really important to us. Daytrip Jr. has a great selection to browse and see some brands that you can’t find in your typical toy shop. Don’t forget to try a lobster roll, we highly recommend Mabel’s Lobster Claw Restaurant and the famous Clam Shack, before you leave Maine. And do yourself a favor and make sure to have a whoopie pie (Auntie’s House) and at least one slice of Blueberry pie. Rococo Artisan Ice Cream is a Kennebunkport novelty with really grand ideas of what ice cream flavors should be.
Other ideas for your families in Kennebunkport are-
- Seashore Trolley Museum
- Kylie’s Chance Scenic Lobster Tour
- A drive along Ocean Ave, where you can see the summer home of former President Bush
- Mother’s Beach – there’s a playground and during low tide there is tidal pools to explore.
- Goose Rocks Beach
If you’re feeling up for some small day trips that are easily done from Kennebunkport, here are our 4 favorites.
- Old Orchard Beach- if you just want to have some carnival rides on the beach and some pier fries; this is your place. It’s a fun atmosphere that your kids are sure to love.
- York’s Wild Kingdom– we go every year, this place isn’t extraordinary, but it is really fun. They do have the amusement park, which has carnival style rides, fried pickles and cotton candy. But they also have the Wild Kingdom which is a great little zoo. They have tigers, lions, an awesome butterfly exhibit. They even have deer that you can feed out of the palm of your hands.
- Nubble Lighthouse- York Beach has a wonderful, child-friendly beach area and playground on the sand, as well as a bowling alley; and it’s just a short drive to the picturesque Nubble Lighthouse.
- Wells Reserve at Laudholm – This wildlife reserve offers seven miles of hiking trails and walkways through marshes and wetlands and out to the ocean.
If you’re asking me for two tips of advice for a vacation in Maine, I will tell you this; Make sure to stay in Kennebunkport and wash down all of that fresh seafood with a blueberry soda. Enjoy!
The biggest thank you in the world to The Lodge on the Cove and the KRC for hosting our stay. They gave us the dreamiest family vacation.