We love summer in Kennebunkport, with beautiful beach days, sunset sails, and meals on patios overlooking the water. But all the summertime visitors mean that there can be a lot of traffic in this seaside village. Our summertime traffic solution? Ditch the car and explore Kennebunkport on two wheels. Here are our tips for biking in Kennebunkport, from best bike shops for rentals to scenic rides by the ocean.
If you need to rent a bike in Kennebunkport, head to Coastal Maine Kayak & Bike at 51 Western Ave. in Kennebunk. This shop is conveniently located in Lower Village, so you can easily walk there from our Kennebunkport boutique hotel Captain Fairfield Inn. Ride right from the shop to the beach or explore the village by bike. Tandem bikes and tag-a-long bikes for kids are available too. If you're looking for a wider selection of rental bikes, the Kennebunkport Bicycle Company is your go-to. From fat bikes to mountain bikes, road bikes and hybrids, this full-service bike shop will have it. The staff can also give great recommendations for bike routes, as they are all avid riders themselves.
Once you're ready to ride, choose whether you're looking to explore a coastal route or inland through the Kennebunk plains. A good, easy ride to the beach is out Beach Ave. to Kennebunk Beach. Ride past the Franciscan Monastery (no bikes allowed on the grounds, but great walking trails) and out to the beach. Extend your ride on the Kennebunk Land Trust's Bridle Path, which follows the Mousam River on an old rail bed. Pick up the Bridle Path where it crosses Sea Rd, across from the golf course. Or else head out Ocean Ave. to Cape Porpoise for more coastal views. Pass Walkers Point, the home of the Bush family, and take a right on Wildes District Rd. into the village of Cape Porpoise. Explore this quaint fishing village and enjoy lunch at Nunan's Lobster Hut or Musette. Biking in Kennebunkport is one of the best ways to beat the traffic and to see the town from a new perspective.
Photo courtesy of Solé Bicycles