Kittery, Maine Attractions, Lodging, Dining
Separating the Atlantic coasts of New Hampshire
and Maine is the Piscataqua
River. On one side lies Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on the
other is the historic, seaside village
the state's oldest community.
Just as the early settlers were drawn to Kittery,
back in 1623, by the beauty of its coastline, so too are tourists,
it's not just the dramatic waterfront that attracts visitors, it's
abundance of things to do and see in the Kittery area.
Kittery, Maine Attractions - Kittery Outlets
Undoubtedly, one of the
major attractions of the southern Maine coast is The Maine Outlet.
Most often referred to as the Kittery
...this group of discount stores extends for
nearly a mile along U.S.
alongside the Kittery, Maine Outlet stores is...
...the famous, 90,000 square
foot complex of the Kittery Trading Post,
where you will find
a treasure of outdoor gear. Whatever your hobby - fishing,
hunting, boating, camping, or traveling - you are likely to find
needed paraphernalia here.
has much more than
- sail, kayak, and canoe along
Kittery's many waterfront inlets
- take a stroll by the historic Lady Pepperell
Mansion, and the John Bray, and William Whipple homes
- on Kittery Point visit the recreational parks
of Fort Foster and Fort McClary
- explore scenic Route 103 and take detours to
visit Haley's Art Gallery and Perrin Fine Art
- swim and sunbathe at Seapoint Beach, Crescent
Beach, or at Fort Foster Park
- pass historic cemeteries as you hike the
Kittery Town Forest Trail
- visit the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum
- dine at one of the many seafood and specialty
in the area
Because of Kittery's
proximity to Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, just a short
over one of the New Hampshire to Maine bridges...
You can easily take advantage of
what that city has to offer...
- climb aboard a whale watching cruise,
or a ferry headed to the Isle of Shoals
- take the kids to Water Country, New England's
largest water park
- explore the famous Strawberry Banke Museum
- enjoy summer concerts on the waterfront at
- shop cobblestoned streets lined with unique
boutiques and galleries
- dine in historic harbor front buildings,
or at one of the many downtown restaurants and cafes
Heading in the
and the town of Ogunquit, are just a
north of Kittery. You can easily spend a few days exploring
both of these areas, or just lazing on some of their wide open, white
Kittery, Maine Lodging
Whether you are heading to Kittery, Maine on a
family vacation, or it's just the two of you, OR you are traveling
solo, in and around Kittery you will find some
great, affordable lodging accommodations and vacation rentals.
A quaint bed and
breakfast, an ocean view room, a romantic country inn?
Or, would it be a small
motel or cottage, filled with Maine charm? In the Kittery area you will
be able to find all
of these, and more.
You can step back in time
Nights Bed and Breakfast,
an 1890 Princess Anne Victorian, located at the
beginning of scenic, coastal Route 103 in Kittery.
Or, enjoy a stay at a "classic Maine motel"
like the Northeaster that also has a few rental cabins on its
"comfortable, clean, lodging" in a central location, or you may want to
stay a night at the Coachman
Inn, in the
heart of the Maine Outlet shopping.
And, if you don't mind a short drive York
with its seaside ambience, and the more cosmopolitan Portsmouth, New
are also home to some wonderful hotels, motels, inns, and B&B's.
Kittery Maine Restaurants
Is it possible to visit the seacoast without
indulging in some of the freshest seafood it has to offer? If
you are like me, the answer is NO! And you will be lucky -
there are plenty of places in Kittery, Maine to indulge, many of them
open year round.
Definitely not to be missed on U.S. Route 1 -
Bob's Clam Hut,
founded in 1956 and winner in the 2006 edition of Restaurant Business,
of the Best
of Everything Award,
for its fried clams.
As their name implies, Bob's serves a lot of
clams, but the
menu does not stop there. Scallops, haddock shrimp, oysters,
calamari are offered, as well as chicken, hamburgers and
hot dogs, for the non-seafood lovers!
And if the lines at Bob's are too long...
Right across the street is their other restaurant,
Maine Grill and Market.
Or, enjoy another Kittery landmark restaurant.
Across from the Kittery Trading Post is the Weathervane Restaurant,
the original location of this small New England chain of seafood
Will you be arriving in Kittery, Maine by boat?
which has been serving lobster, seafood, steak, chicken and other
specialties since 1940, offers 150 feet of free boat docking,
along the Piscataqua River.
If the Maine
tide permits, Chauncey
Creek Lobster Pier (one of my favorites) also has room,
for you to tie up.
Sitting hillside on
Chauncey Creek, this secluded lobster pound began
lobster pier and in the 1950's started selling simple
lobsters, and lobster rolls, to local patrons. But, it is no
just the locals that are coming here, and it's easy to understand
why. Maybe because...
It is not necessarily what Chauncey Creek Lobster
that makes it so special, it is what it doesn't have that
makes it such a great place.
On their open decks, and under a canopy, the
lobster pound simply serves boiled
(lots of it),
other very basic seafood, a few landlubber menu items, and a
handful of accompaniments. But what THEY don't serve, YOU are
welcome to bring in your own cooler, or brown bag it, with a few
of beer, or some wine.
for a little more sophistication...
You may want to try the contemporary menu of Anneke Jans, served
in a bistro
style restaurant, located in the Wallingsford Square in
You will be sure to find your own favorite -
breakfast, lunch, or dinner - as you travel along U.S. Route 1, Route
103, or any
other coastal road in Kittery, Maine.