Reconnecting at The Nonantum Resort
Anyone will tell you that there’s something quite magical about Maine in the summertime. The salty sea breezes, the ombre pink sunsets, and the smell of lobster rolls, fried clams, and fresh blueberry ice cream; it is quite honestly, what quintessential, all-American summer memories are made of.
As the wife of a man who has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry, I am no stranger to his high expectations. We have been lucky enough to stay at many hotels around the world, but none have been quite as quaint as the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.
Upon arrival, I immediately felt like I was on the set of a Hallmark movie. From the rocking chairs on the front porch to the grand piano in the lobby, I felt transported to a place where time stood still. At the front desk, Sherry greeted us warmly and informed us about the rich history of the property before directing us to our room.
The view from our Portside King room overlooking the lighthouse and lobster boats sprinkled along the inlet was breathtaking. From the heavenly mattress and the wood stove to the heated floor in the bathroom, it was the perfect combination of cozy and luxurious. With the doors and window open, and the salty breeze rolling in, our only option was to relax and take it all in.
Having arrived at the pool for happy hour, we were greeted by friendly staff. Katie, our server, was personable and provided stellar service. With her help, we chose to indulge ourselves with a few cocktails and items from their menu. The grilled shrimp and pretzel bites were exactly what we needed to hold ourselves over until dinner, not to mention easy to nibble on while laying on our lounge chairs listening to the band.
The Nonantum partners with Pineapple Ketch, a sailing charter offering a 90-minute sail along the Southern Maine Coast. Departing daily from the Resort, the tour can be as hands-on or as laid back as you would like; haul lines, raise sail, take a turn at the helm or just sit back and take in the beautiful views and fresh ocean air. It is also a BYOB charter. With a sunset sail, we packed up our wine and snacks and headed for the dock. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the sights along the coast. Everyone on board was friendly and despite some rocky seas, a good time was had by all!
Back on shore, we continued to indulge with dinner at Latitudes Outdoor Bar and Grill. We chose to sit upstairs under the twinkling lights just as the dusk turned to night. The food was delicious; the ahi tuna tostadas were fresh, light, and left both of us wanting more. For our main course, we decided to split the pan-roasted salmon and Henry Heckman’s double cheeseburger. Both entrees were tasty and left us feeling satisfied.