If a quaint little place on the beach sounds like an ideal vacation plan, book now and start counting down the days.
Photographer Michael Hanson
These little dollhouse cottages face a common green that opens onto the calm waters of Cabot Cove. Each cottage is individually owned and has a distinct decor, though you won’t find Victorian tea cup collections anywhere. There’s no big lodge, but somehow a breakfast basket arrives at your door each morning, and someone is always available to help launch a kayak or suggest a restaurant.
Field trip: Have the concierge schedule a trip on a lobster boat. It’s a popular activity, maybe because you get to reap the benefits in your cottage’s kitchen.
Night out: Bandaloop in downtown Kennebunkport has a slick atmosphere and a local, organic menu including such fare as wild haddock in horseradish-panko crust.
Rates: $185–$695; 877/524-2004 or