Kennebunkport, Maine is the longtime summer retreat of George H.W. Bush and family. When the warm sun shines and the refreshing ocean breezes blow, the Bushes take up residence at Walker’s Point.
Visitors also flock to Kennebunkport in the summertime for the gorgeous water views and coastal charm. One of our most frequently asked questions is: how do I get to Walker’s Point?
No visit to Kennebunkport would be complete without a leisurely jaunt out Ocean Avenue to Walker’s Point – the Bush compound. It’s an easy drive, or half hour walk, or brisk morning jog, or bicycle ride, from The Nonantum Resort at 95 Ocean Avenue. Or you could hop aboard a narrated InTown Trolley tour, which departs hourly right from our doorstep! (Memorial Day to Columbus Day)
First, head in the opposite direction of Dock Square. And don’t forget your camera! Pass the picturesque Kennebunk River Club, a private social and boating club founded in 1889. Next, see if you can spot the little red lobster coop – where real Maine lobster men still haul in their fresh daily catch, which you can buy just across the street at Port Lobster Co. Next door to the fish market / take-out stand, Mabel’s Lobster Claw is a popular sit-down spot for tourists and a favorite haunt of George and Barbara, who all come to enjoy a traditional Maine lobster dinner and blueberry pie.
Continue past (or stop and take in the view at) Colony Beach and the breakwater, where the Kennebunk River meets the Atlantic Ocean. A few more windy turns along Ocean Avenue, past blooming beach roses and spouting ocean spray, you’ll spot the stone steeple of St. Ann’s Church, an historic seaside chapel where the former President and First Lady often attend Sunday service.
You’re almost there! Keep your eyes peeled to the right. (Though I’m sure you’re already gazing longingly at the crashing surf and rocky coastline of our beautiful stretch of Maine coastline). Suddenly, you’ll spot Walker’s Point – a peninsula which juts out into the ocean.
Pull off to the right immediately following at the scenic overlook. Here you can stop, take in the view, and take some pictures. If you spot the Maine, Texas and U.S. flags flying, you’ll know the first family is in residence. (The Secret Service agents manning the gatehouse, and the black SUV’s and boats occasionally whizzing by, may also be telltale signs).
Smell the salty air, hear the surf crashing on the rocks and the seagulls cawing, and you’ll soon understand why the first family comes back year after year. Kennebunkport offers a relaxing and refreshing escape that feels a world away.
~Nicki Noble Bean
For a more intimate look at the Bush family’s longtime love affair with Kennebunkport, as well as their influence on the area, be sure to visit the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s First Families Museum at White Columns. (www.kporthistory.org)
For more information on area attractions, trolley tours, bicycle rentals, and directions, contact our Guest Services Manager, Michael, at email@example.com or 207-967-4050. We’re happy to help you plan your visit, and look forward to welcoming you to Kennebunkport!