Seaside Inn

80 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk Beach, Maine 04043
Innkeeper(s): Ken & Trish Mason
  • Introduction

    Seaside Inn ocean view

    Seaside Inn sits directly on quiet section of Kennebunk Beach in Maine. The only Kennebunk Inn directly on the Beach! Walk to Kennebunkport's Famous Dock Square shops, boutiques and restaurants. Sea kayaking, lobster boat tours, whale watching, fabulous sunrises and sunsets from your room! Surfing, wake boarding and kayaking right out your door. Ocean view Hot Tub. Bicycles.

    The Seaside Inn is open year round and includes breakfast daily in the 1850 Boat House. Great values with our special Off-Season Packages in our Oceanfront Inn. View live beach cam on our web site. 9th Generation Family Innkeepers since 1667. Kennebunkport's premier beachfront address. A memorable location and experience directly on the beach. Maine Environmental Leader award.

    All guests enjoy our private beach, lighted shuffleboard, manicured croquet court, playground and children's sandbox facilities, all just one mile from Kennebunkport's Dock Square.

    All of the 22 spacious rooms in the Inn have two queen-size beds, private deck or patio, air-conditioning, cable TV, mini-refrigerator, full bath with a shower-tub combination, and a phone. The Inn includes a continental breakfast in the 1850 Boathouse room and is open year round.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ken & Trish Mason for sharing their secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    The Seaside Inn has an awesome Oceanfront location. Located near the mouth of the Kennebunk River, you can watch the comings and goings of the boats. The Seaside is the only inn directly on Kennebunk Beach, just .7 miles from Kennebunkport's famous Shopping and Dining.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our oceanfront setting is just steps to the Beach! Breakfast in the 1850 Boat House room is amazing. Also, we take pride that Seaside Inn has been in our family for 9 generations, we are America’s oldest running family run business.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Kennebunkport is one of the most scenic and fun seaside villages in Maine, with beautiful beaches, great restaurants and boutique shopping, and a vibrant art community.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The Seaside Inn rooms are spotless and immaculate. The breakfast muffins are outstanding.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The town of Kennebunkport has year round charm, fall is splendid with the foliage against the dramatic ocean colors. Staying at Seaside in winter on the beach is amazing and romantic, and spring is calm and quiet.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    With the Seaside Inn as home base, there are so many great things right here in the Kennebunks:

    Day one, take a Lobster Boat Tour, pull up some traps.

    Day Two, visit the classic Maine fishing village of Cape Porpoise and view Goat Island Lighthouse, have a fresh Lobster at the end of the Pier.

    Day Three, take a Schooner Boat ride/tour and enjoy the River and open ocean. Then return to Dock Square for some shopping and dining.

    Day Four, walk Parsons Way Footpath along the ocean past President George Bush's Walkers Point Estate.

    And we did not even get to time on the beach, soaking in our outdoor hot tub, a kayak paddle on the river, a bike ride on Ocean Ave, a Goat Island Lighthouse Tour, take photos of the Wedding Cake House, a whale watch tour, the Seashore Trolley or Brick Store Museum, visit the First Family Museum. Not to mention day trips to the Old Port in Portland, or outlet shopping in nearby Kittery or Freeport. Clearly you are going to have to spend a week or two!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The beach is just steps from the Seaside Inn. Kennebunkport's Dock Square is only 7/10 of a mile walk. You can walk to two other beaches easily too.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are so many great restaurants in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport these days. Some of our favorites are Bandaloop, Pedro’s and David’s.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Go to www.kennebunkportmainelodging.com for tips on Boat Tours, Beaches, Museums, and events in Kennebunkport all year round.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    The Seaside Inn has 22 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not allow pets, see this list of Pet Friendly hotels nearby: http://www.visitmaine.net/tag/3/lodging-by-category/36/pet-friendly-lodging

  • Seaside Inn Amenities

    Seaside Inn is open year round!

    Seaside Inn 2nd floor deck and hot tub

    The Inn is located directly on a quiet section of Kennebunk Beach. An extended Continental Breakfast in the Boathouse Room is included for all guests of the Inn.

    All of the spacious rooms in the Inn have two queen-size beds and a private deck or patio. Rooms are air-conditioned and have cable TV hidden in a Queen Anne highboy. Each room has a small mini-refrigerator in the bar/vanity area, phone and full bath with hair dryers and a shower-tub combination.

    All guests enjoy our shuffleboard and playground facilities. All guests get free access to the local Fitness Center featuring all of the latest fitness equipment. Plus Inn guests enjoy Wireless Internet access - free Guests of the Inn can even order from our Lunch on the Beach menu in season. The Inn is open year round with fabulous off-season getaway package values.

    Inn Details and Amenities included with Rates:

    • 12 Ocean view and 10 Terrace view rooms
    • Direct beach access just steps from each unit
    • Ocean view hot tub on 2nd floor deck
    • The Inn is a smoke free building
    • Special off-season packages
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Handicapped accessible rooms may be requested
    • New Outdoor Lounge Area
    • Extended continental breakfast in the 1850 Boathouse Room
    • Misting Machine Access
    • Use of Six Bicycles
  • Weddings

    Seaside Inn outdoor space that is great for weddings

    Want to "tie the knot" in our spectacular oceanfront location? Our Innkeeper Ken Mason is a Notary, which in Maine means he is a Justice of the Peace! Ken is happy to perform small civic services (up to about 20 ppl) for Inn guests and your friends can stay with us too!

  • History of the Seaside Inn

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    Trish and Ken Mason are America’s only 9th Generation Innkeepers. Trish’s family has been innkeepers at The Seaside since 1756, nine generations going back to her great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Jedidiah Gooch who bought the inn from a cousin.

    As was the custom at the time, the Inn was passed down for generations to the first-born son. Four generations ago, the property passed down to a daughter and we saw the first name change from Gooch. Another name change occurred when Trish’s grandmother inherited the property. Today, the family name at the Inn is Mason, for Trish’s married name, her husband Ken Mason keeps the inn with Trish and carries on the family tradition.

    Truth be told, Innkeeping on the Seaside actually dates back to sometime prior to 1660, when ferrymen where asked to reside on this oceanfront peninsula at the mouth of the Kennebunk River to ferry travelers across the River. 1660 is the oldest recorded document we can find of an Inn being located on the property.

    Seaside Inn generations of innkeepersJohn Gooch arrived in Maine in 1637, at the request of Fernando Gorges, agent for King Charles II to help settle Maine as a colony. John Gooch, Trish’s 9th great-grandfather (so in reality the Trish is a 12th generation Mainer) established the Gooches as central figures in what were to become known as the Kennebunks.

    Trish first realized how deeply established her family innkeeper roots in Kennebunk were while she was in High School. She was reading “Arundel,” by Kenneth Roberts, and recognized several of the characters and her family’s property. “It was eerie,” recalls Trish.

    While Ken was serving in the US Coast Guard, stationed in Jonesport, Maine, Trish’s parents, Mike and Sandy Severance, asked Trish if she and Ken would be interested in running the inn upon their retirement. Having grown up at the Inn, Trish knew the hard work entailed in running an Inn, but it was the warm childhood memories of life at Kennebunk Beach and sea that convinced her. The family legacy compelled her and Ken to continue the innkeeper heritage at the Seaside as well.

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    This unique and unrivaled story of nine-generations at The Seaside Inn also prompted Trish to write a book, The Seaside House, on the history of the Seaside Inn and her family’s stewardship of this special Maine Inn.

    Ken and Trish now have two (future Innkeepers) children of their own and are proud to be keepers of The Seaside Inn and are proud to be Maine Green Environmental Leaders.

    • An Inn Since 1660 (at least)
    • Oldest Inn in the Country (to our knowledge*)
    • Oldest Inn in Maine & New England (if above is true)
    • Oldest Family Run Inn in the Country**
    • Fifth Oldest Family Run Business in the United States**
    • Forty-Sixth Oldest Family Run Business in the World**
  • Handicap Accessible

    Seaside Inn room

    Handicapped accessible rooms may be requested at the Seaside Inn. All of the spacious rooms in the Inn have two queen-size beds and a private deck or patio. Rooms are air-conditioned and have cable TV hidden in a Queen Anne highboy. Each room has a small mini-refrigerator in the bar/vanity area, and full bath with a shower-tub combination, and a phone.

  • Seaside Cottages and Homes

    Seaside Inn-Cottage

    There are several Cottages and Homes adjacent to our property that we rent for the individual owners. Each fully-equipped seaside cottage has either an ocean view, a harbor view or both. Cottages are available for weekly and monthly rentals. These year round homes all have a living room with cable TV and full kitchen facilities; a microwave, pots/pans, linens, and towels are provided. Most have decks. Units are immaculate upon arrival but housekeeping is not included in our cottages during your stay.

  • Area Attractions

    Please check out our website for more details and contact information.

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    Below is a list of variety of things to do nearby:

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    • Bike Rentals
    • Shopping
    • Area Spas
    • Ocean Recreation
    • Lobster Boat Tours
    • Whale Watches
    • Deep Sea Fishing
    • Kayaking/Canoeing
    • Sailing Trips
    • Scenic Cruises
    • Amusements Parks
    • Golf Courses/Golf Lessons and Clinics
    • Driving Ranges
    • Walking Tours
    • Surfboards
    • Airplane Rides
    • American Helicopter Rides
    • Roller Skating Rink
    • Hot Air Balloon Rides
    • Summer Theatre
    • Hayrides/Horse Stables
    • Bowling
    • Museums
    • Symphony Orchestra
    • Lighthouses
    • Fitness
    • Winter Recreation
    • Churches
    • Medical Attention & Hospital

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