Surfing the Maine Coast at The Wanderer Cottages
Nestled amidst the picturesque coastal town of Kennebunk, Maine, The Wanderer Cottages offer an idyllic escape for those seeking a taste of classic New England charm infused with a laid-back surf shack vibe. This adults-only retreat comprises 17 quintessential white clapboard cottages, each adorned with surf-inspired décor and thoughtfully appointed amenities.
A Coastal Haven for Creative Souls
The Wanderer Cottages attract a discerning clientele of East Coast creatives seeking a tranquil coastal getaway. Picture yourself playing bocce ball on the manicured lawn, sipping craft beers around fire pits, or simply lounging in Adirondack chairs, basking in the serene ambiance.
Each studio and one-bedroom cottage bears a charming name, like “Love Shack” or “Surf Shack,” reflecting the property’s laid-back aesthetic. Interiors feature vintage black-and-white surf photography, nautical-themed antiques, and custom rope-wrapped surfboards crafted by local artisans.
The cozy 200-square-foot studios are ideal for those who plan to spend most of their time exploring the nearby beaches. For those seeking more space, the one-bedroom cottages offer double the square footage and include a separate living room. All cottages feature mini-fridges, wet bars, and most are dog-friendly. For extended stays, consider booking the two-bedroom guesthouse, complete with a fully equipped kitchen.
Dining Delights and Local Gems
While there’s no on-site restaurant, mornings begin with complimentary breakfast bags delivered to your cottage door, filled with fresh fruit, yogurt, and orange juice. The Wanderer’s staff is always happy to recommend their favorite local eateries.
Just across the street, Bennett’s Sandwich Shop is a local institution, renowned for its colossal cheesesteaks. A mile away, the bustling Dock Square offers a plethora of dining options, including Batson River, a three-level brewpub from the hotel’s founders. Halfway between the hotel and Dock Square, the acclaimed newcomer Wandby Landing is a must-visit for discerning palates.
Prime Location and Easy Exploration
The Wanderer Cottages’ prime location on a leafy street, just a mile from Kennebunkport’s vibrant Dock Square, allows guests to bypass the hassles of summer traffic and parking. Utilize the complimentary cruiser bikes to explore downtown’s lobster shacks, bars, and boutiques. Mother’s Beach is a mere half-mile away, while other popular beaches like Parsons, Kennebunk, and Gooch’s are a short drive away. Kayaking enthusiasts can launch their adventures at Mousam River, approximately a mile from the cottages.
Insider Service and Local Connections
The Wanderer Cottages’ service is intentionally low-key yet highly personalized. The knowledgeable staff is deeply connected to the local scene and can arrange surf lessons at Gooch’s Beach with the renowned Aquaholics surf school, boat outings with First Chance Whale Watch, and reservations at top restaurants. They’ll even share insider tips, like which bartender to ask for at local watering holes.
While the hotel’s eco-friendly initiatives are still in their early stages, there’s a commitment to reducing environmental impact. Eliminating plastic water bottles and utensils is a step in the right direction.
Accessibility and Additional Notes
The Wanderer Cottages offer one accessible cottage with a roll-in shower and grab bars. The cottages are spaced approximately 10 feet apart, ensuring privacy.
An interesting tidbit: the 1965 Land Rover Defender parked outside the property once belonged to a California professor who traveled to over 300 countries across all seven continents. Inspired by his nomadic spirit, Wanderer designer Mark Cotto transformed the vehicle into a stationary art piece adorned with surfboards, providing a perfect backdrop for Instagram-worthy moments.
With its blend of classic New England charm, surf-inspired ambiance, and convenient location, The Wanderer Cottages offer a unique and memorable coastal getaway for those seeking a tranquil escape amidst the beauty of Maine’s shores.
The Wanderer Cottages
195 Sea Rd, Kennebunk, ME 04043