You have to hand it to the Bush family. They discovered what 1,200 lucky residents also know: that Kennebunkport is one of the true treasures of the Maine coast. A jumble of colorful restaurants and shops centers around Dock Square, and whether you're lining up for the legendary lobster at Mabel's Lobster Claw Restaurant or reveling in artisan ice cream at Rococo, you're in a New England culinary hot spot.
All that makes for happy locals, including many who have moved here from nearby Boston—and with the additional blessing of sandy beaches, it's a miracle the whole metropolis hasn't relocated.
Where to stay: The White Barn Inn is a luxury 1820s converted farmhouse and barn that sets the mood for romance with fireplaces and fresh flowers. Rates start at $370; whitebarninn.com.