St. Anthony's Monastery and Franciscan Guest House

#8 in Best Things To Do in Kennebunkport
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Key Info

26 Beach Ave.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Parks and Gardens, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

An active monastery, St. Anthony's serves as a popular rest stop for travelers, as well as a religious retreat for the devout. More than 60 acres of lush gardens and walking paths are open to the public year-round. And visitors are welcome to stay overnight in St. Anthony's Franciscan Guest House next door. Art fans can find a collection stunning pieces here as well, including a few slabs of stained glass created by Lithuanian architect and artist Vytautas K. Jonynas in the chapel. There's even a saltwater pool by the guest house if you're up for a dip.

Recent travelers said the grounds are peaceful, offering a beautiful place for solitude and reflection. Visitors who stayed in the guest house said it was humble, yet comfortable, and many suggested stopping by the gift shop.

You'll find St. Anthony's Monastery less than a mile south of Dock Square, off of Beach Avenue. The monastery’s grounds, with walking paths, gardens and outdoor chapels, are open to visitors from sunrise to sunset daily. Visitors must be dressed in appropriate attire to see the grounds (men are required to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants, and women must wear long skirts, long-sleeve blouses and scarves). Mass is held several times during the week. For additional information on the monastery, Mass times, visiting and more, check out the monastery's website. For information on the guesthouse, visit its website.

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This little working fishing village, considered part of Kennebunkport, is a few miles from Dock Square and offers a scenic outing. Visitors can watch fishermen hauling in traps and coming in and out of the harbor in their boats at the Cape Porpoise Pier, just as they have done for years. Other activities include shopping in the quaint general store called Bradbury Bros. Market and browsing through the handful of shops and galleries. Goat Island Light, one of Maine oldest lighthouses, is also located in Cape Porpoise.

Recent visitors said the village is quite picturesque but warn if you want photos of the lighthouse, you'll need a camera with a zoom lens. Travelers also said the village is home to several seafood shacks, where the food is as fresh as it gets. Favorites include Musette, Pier 77 and Cape Pier Chowder House.

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