Down East

True, they're only 90 miles north of Boston, but some small villages in Maine offer a very different taste of New England life than the big city.<br>
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The Kennebunks &#8212; that's what the locals collectively call the sea-hugging communities of Arundel, Cape Porpoise, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport &#8212; are worlds away from the stresses of urban life. Perhaps that's why former <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT000856" title="George H.W. Bush" href="/topic/politics/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/george-h.w.-bush-PEPLT000856.topic">President George H.W. Bush</a> continues to maintain a mansion on Walker's Point.<br>
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"He inherited that whole piece of property," explained <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT002281" title="Jim Fitzgerald" href="/topic/sports/jim-fitzgerald-PESPT002281.topic">Jim Fitzgerald</a>, president of the local chamber of commerce. "A lot of tourists want to see the summer home of a former president."<br>
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There's plenty to see and do for folks not rubbing elbows with the Bushes. The Kennebunks are not only tourist towns but places where lobstermen still go to work in boats launched from the scenic harbors and where gracious shopkeepers take guests back to a simpler time with their warm smiles.<br>
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Work up an appetite exploring the rugged coastline, dotted with tidal pools and sandy beaches, and then feast on lobster fresh off the boat before drifting to sleep to the sound of crashing waves. 207-967-0857, visitthekennebunks.com
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( July 5, 2011 )

True, they're only 90 miles north of Boston, but some small villages in Maine offer a very different taste of New England life than the big city.

The Kennebunks — that's what the locals collectively call the sea-hugging communities of Arundel, Cape Porpoise, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport — are worlds away from the stresses of urban life. Perhaps that's why former President George H.W. Bush continues to maintain a mansion on Walker's Point.

"He inherited that whole piece of property," explained Jim Fitzgerald, president of the local chamber of commerce. "A lot of tourists want to see the summer home of a former president."

There's plenty to see and do for folks not rubbing elbows with the Bushes. The Kennebunks are not only tourist towns but places where lobstermen still go to work in boats launched from the scenic harbors and where gracious shopkeepers take guests back to a simpler time with their warm smiles.

Work up an appetite exploring the rugged coastline, dotted with tidal pools and sandy beaches, and then feast on lobster fresh off the boat before drifting to sleep to the sound of crashing waves. 207-967-0857, visitthekennebunks.com

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