Seaside Inn

80 Beach Avenue P.o. Box 631, Kennebunk Beach, Maine 04046
Innkeeper(s): Ken & Trish Mason
  • Introduction

    Seaside Inn - Kennebunk Beach, MaineOceanfront Inn directly on quiet section of Kennebunk Beach. 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.

  • About the Inn

    The Seaside Inn is located at the head of the Kennebunk River directly on Kennebunk Beach. Owned and operated by the same family for 9 generations, on your first visit you will know you have discovered a truly special place. View Inn history

    The Seaside Inn is a 22 unit Oceanfront Inn, located directly on a beautiful stretch sand beach. It is the ONLY Inn located directly on Kennebunk Beach. This fabulous getaway or vacation retreat is open year round. An extended Continental Breakfast in the 1850 Boathouse Room is included for all guests of the Inn. The Inn is smoke free.

    Guests of the Inn can even order from our Lunch on the Beach menu in season.

    All guests enjoy our ocean view hot tub and free WiFi Access. Guests of the Seaside receive free access to the local Fitness Center featuring all of the latest fitness equipment.

    In 2010 we expanded the 2nd floor deck providing spectacular ocean views for all Inn guests to enjoy. Plus added new large hot tub on the deck with stunning oceanviews. We also added a new outdoor lounge area with lounge chairs with new misting machines for cooling off! Plus we now have six bicycles for guests to use.

    Want to get married 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 civil services (up to about 20 ppl) for Inn guests and your friends can stay with us too!

  • History of the Seaside Inn

    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. 

    John 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.

    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**

  • Area Attractions

    Area Spas

    Cottage Breeze Day Spa & Boutique – 31 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine 967-2259

    The Spa at Rivers Edge – 83 Portland Road Kennebunk, Maine 207-985-3400.


    Ocean Recreation

    Lobster Boat Tours, Whale Watches, Deep Sea Fishing, Kayaking, Canoeing…

    Whale Watch – By the Kennebunkport Bridge behind Mobil Station, Lower Village, 967-5507

    Scenic Lobster Boat Cruise - 1 ½ hour scenic cruise departs from next to bridge – Kennebunk River, 967-5507

    Rugosa Lobster Boat Tour – classic New England lobster boat tour of Kennebunk River and Walker’s Point, see seals, haul lobster traps, friendly Captain & crew. Departs daily from Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave. Kennebunkport. 207-967-5595

    Scenic Lobster Boat Cruise – 1 ½ hour scenic cruise, 967-5507

    Schooner Eleanor – Sailing Trips – Arundel Wharf, Ocean Ave Kennebunkport, 967-8809

    Kayak Excursions -Southern Maine Kayak Tours and Kayak Rentals. Full service Kayak Company based in Kennebunkport, Maine, and serving Southern Maine from York to Portland. Kayak rentals delivered to your choice launch location. And Guided Tours departing from your choice location.

    Manta Ray Adventures – Fishing Charters aboard the F/V Manta Ray, a 36 foot Northern Bay out of Kennebunkport Maine providing ready access to many of the Gulf of Maine’s famous and productive fishing grounds. United StatesCoast Guard licensed captain, Capt. Jon Manter. 207-752-0536.

    Captain Greg Metcalf - Sight-seeing and Sport Fishing Charters – Kennebunkport Harbor

    Libreti Rose II Fishing Charters -  Captain Bruce Hebert Cell 207- 432- 4349, Home 207- 247- 4349

    Tidewater Fishing Charters – Guided Saltwater light-tackle and fly fishing charters aboard a 23″ SeaCraft Center Console. 229-0201


    More Southern Maine Ocean Activities

    Finestkind Scenic Cruises – Perkin’s Cove. Scenic lobster, lighthouse, sailing and cocktail cruises. May through October. 646-5227

    Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing – Perkin’s Cove. Half & Full Day Trips 646-2214.

    Ugly Anne – Deep Sea Fishing – Perkin’s Cove. Half & Full Day Trips 646-7202.

    Deborah Ann Whale Watching – Perkins Cove Ogunquit, ME 03907 Phone: 207-361-9501.

    Perkins Cove Lobster Tours – Perkins Cove Ogunquit,  646 7413.


    Rip Tide III – Private Charters by Captain Dick O’Brien, 646-2011.


    Excursions – Coastal Maine Outfitting Co., 1399 US Rte. One, Cape Neddick, 363- 0181.

    Gone with the Wind – Kayaking Rentals, Lessons, and Equipment, 283-8446.

    Harbor Adventures – York Harbor, 363-8466.

    Eldredge Brothers Fly Shop - Cape Neddick, 363-9269.

    Bigger’n Better Sportfishing – York, 800-526-8172.

    Seabury Charters – York, 363-5675.

    Shearwater Charter Fishing – York, 363-5324

    Tidewater Charters - Cape Neddick, 363-6524

    World Within Sea Kayaking – 746 Ocean Ave. Wells,  646-0455

    Casco Bay Lines – Year-round narrated cruises on Casco Bay. Daily ferry service to five Casco Bay Islands. From Casco Bay Ferry Terminal at Commercial and Franklin Streets, Portland, 774-7871


    Amusements Parks

    FUNTOWN/SPLASHTOWN USA – Theme and amusement park, RT 1 Saco, 284-5139

    Palace Playland - rides, waterslides, and amusements, on the beach Old Orchard Beach 934-2001

    York’s Wild Kingdom – Zoo and Theme Park, RT 1 York, 363-3883


    Golf Courses

    Cape Arundel Golf Course – Kennebunkport, 967-3494

    Webhannet Golf Club – (Semi-Private) Kennebunk, 967-3951

    Dutch Elm Golf Course – Brimstone Road, Arundel, 282-9850

    Biddeford/Saco Country Club – Old Orchard Road, Saco, 282-5883

    Dunegrass at Old Orchard Beach Country Club – 49 Ross Road, – Old Orchard Beach, 934-4513

    Cape Neddick – Shore Road, Cape Neddick, 361-2011

    The Ledges – Ledges Drive, York, 351-3000

    The Links at Outlook – Route 4, Berwick, 384-4653

    Merriland Farm – Coles Hill Road, Wells, 646-0508

    Sanford Golf Course – Country Club Road, Sanford, 324-5462

    Wentworth by the Sea – New Castle, NH (603) 433-5010

    Point Sebago Golf Resort – Casco, ME 655-2747


    Driving Ranges

    Hillcrest Golf – Driving Range and Mini Par 3 Pitch & Putt – 71 Western Ave. Kennebunk, 967-4661

    Tee Shot Golf Range – North Berwick Road, Wells, 646-2727

    Golf Lessons and Clinics - Click Here


    Miniature Golf Courses

    Wonder Mountain Golf Course – RT 1 Wells, 646-9655

    Wells Beach Mini-Golf – RT 1, Wells, 646-7570

    Sea Vu Mini-Golf – Post Road, Wells, 646-7732

    Schooners Mini-Golf - 58 Ocean Park Road, Saco, 284-6174

    Pirates Island - Old Orchard Beach, 934-5086



    Dock Square – Kennebunkport – shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.

    Lighthouse Depot – Largest collection of lighthouse gifts in the world. Route 1, Wells,  646-0608.

    Antique Shops and Auctions – All along Rt 1 in Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, York & Kittery.

    Tom’s of Maine – natural living store, factory outlet store, Downtown Kennebunk 985-3874

    L.L. Bean – World famous and open 24 hours, 365 days per year. 1 hour north in Freeport. Freeport also offers over 100 outlet stores. 865-1212.

    The Maine Mall – Over 135 stores including restaurants, theaters and more. 364 Maine Mall Road, So. Portland. 774-0303.

    The Old Port – Portland’s Historic District offers over 158 shops, 65 restaurants, 28 galleries, and numerous pubs. All located in  a charming five block area lined with cobblestone streets on Portland’s historic waterfront. 400 Congress St., Portland. 772-6828.

    Portland Public Market – An indoor market of vendors showcasing fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and many other specialty items. Daily entertainment and activities.

    Kittery Outlets – Just 20 minutes south of Ogunquit. Over 120 outlets and the Kittery Trading Post with savings of 20-70% daily. This shopping mecca is often referred to as “America’s Maine Street for Outlet Shopping.”  1-888-KITTERY.


    Things to do & Area Sight Seeing

    166 Port Road Kennebunk, ME 04043 207-967-8650
    Aquaholics Surf Shop

    Guided Tours of the Kennebunks. Intown Trolley

    Walking Tours of Kennebunkport – 1 hour Historic walking tours from the Nott House 967-2513 or 2751

    Nott House – Greek Revival  House 6/10-10/7, $3, 967-2513 or 2751

    Seashore Trolley Museum – Log Cabin Road – Kennebunkport, 967-2800

    Kennebunkport Brewery Tours – Federal Jacks – Lower Village  Kennebunk, 967-4322

    Architectural Walking Tour – 1 ½ hour walking tour of Kennebunk Historic District, 985-4802

    Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farm: 1600 scenic acres of research reserve including a 19th century saltwater farm, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge area, Laudholm Farm Visitors Center, exhibits, and seven miles of spectacular marsh walkways and trails along marshes, fields, and wetlands.  Open year round.  342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. 646-1555, 646-4521.

    Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve, Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Rt 9 Kennebunk/Wells Town line. 646-1555.

    Scenic Walk – Marginal Way – Ogunquit one mile path along coast.  Ends in Perkins Cove

    Nubble Light – Soiher Park, York

    Goat Island Lighthouse – Built in 1834. Viewed from Cape Porpoise Pier.

    Scarborough Marsh Nature Center – Maine’s largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Guided and self guided canoe tours. Abundant shorebird sightings. Nature center offers slide shows, exhibits. Rt. 9, Scarborough. 883-5100.

    Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum – 58 Fore St, Portland 207-828-0814.

    Maine Wildlife Park – Moose, Bear, Deer, Cougars, Eagles and more. Nature Trail and Displays. Rt 26, 56 Game Farm Road, Gray, 657-4977


    Other Recreation

    Bike Rentals – Cape Able Bike Shop – Now with 2 locations. The main (and original) shop at 83 Arundel Rd, Kennebunkport. And “The Outpost” – perfect for in-town bike rentals, this new seasonal shop is conveniently located downtown in the Lower Village Yellow Building next to the Chamber.  967-4382

    Hayrides – Rockin’ Horse Stables – 245 Arundel Road, Kennebunkport, 967-4288

    Vacationland Bowling & Recreation Center – RT 1 Saco, 284-7386

    Twentieth Century Lanes & Sports Bar – Biddeford, 284-0980

    Surfboards, Bodyboards, SkimboardsWheels & Waves, RT 1 Wells, 646-5774

    Airplane Rides – Sanford Airport – 324-0905

    American Helicopter – Photo Flights & Scenic Rides, Sanford Airport, (800) 261-2022

    Happy Wheels Skate Center – Roller Skating Rink, Scarborough, 883-3713

    Hot Air Balloon Rides, 17 Freeman St., Portland, ME Phone: 207-772-4730, 800-952-2076


    Summer Theatre

    Arundel Barn Playhouse – Arundel/Kennebunkport, 985-5552

    Ogunquit Playhouse – Stock Summer Theatre Rt 1 Ogunquit, 646-5511

    City Theater – Biddeford Maine’s Historic Opera House. Shows March – October. 205 Main Street, Biddeford, Maine. 282-0849.


    Art, Entertainment, & Museums

    Brick Store Museum – Ship Models, Historic Displays, Rare Antiques, Paintings, Decorative Arts. 117 Main St, Kennebunk, 985-4802.

    Walking Tours of the Kennebunkport – 1 hour Historic walking tours from the Nott House, 967-2513 or 2751

    Kennebunkport Historical Society – 135 North St, Kennebunkport, 967-2751

    Guided Tours of the Kennebunks. Intown Trolley – Stops are our door  in season

    Heart of the Arts – 22 Exciting Arts Destinations in Southern Maine

    Nott House – Greek Revival  House – Open Mid June to Mid-October, Dock Square, Kennebunkport, 967-2513 or 967-2751

    River Tree Center of the Arts – 967-9120

    Seashore Trolley Museum – Largest collection of trolley cars in the world. Countryside rides on historic rides. Log Cabin Road – Kennebunkport, 967-2800

    Ogunquit Museum of American Art – P.O. Box 815, Shore Rd. Ogunquit, ME 03907 Phone: 207 646-4909

    Meeting House Museum – Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit. 207-646-4775.

    Old York Historical Society – 207 York St., York, ME 03909 Phone: 207-363-4974

    Comedy Connection – 6 Custom House Wharf, Portland, 774-5554.

    Portland Concert Association – Dance, opera, musical theater, jazz, & more. 1-800-639-2707.

    Portland Symphony Orchestra – Concerts year round. 30 Myrtle St. Portland, 773-8191.

    Portland Museum of Art – 7 Congress St, Portland, 775-6148.

    Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine - 142 Free Street, Portland, Maine 207-828-1234.

    Strawbery Banke Museum – Marcy St, Portsmouth, NH 603-433-1100



    Goat Island Lighthouse - Built in 1834. Best viewed from Cape Porpoise Pier. Get on Route 9 into Cape Porpoise, where Route 9 makes a 90-degree left hand turn, go straight. Drive 1/2 mile to end/Pier and park.

    Cape Elizabeth Light/Two Lights State Park– Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off Rt. 77 in Cape Elizabeth. Directions: Take Route 1N to into Scarbourgh. Take a right onto Route 207 (traffic light at Oak Hill). Take Route 207 (Black Point Road). Follow almost to the end and take a left onto Route 77. Follow Route 77 to Two Lights road on right.

    Portland Headlight & Museum – Maine’s oldest lighthouse. Commissioned by George Washington in 1791. Adjacent to Fort Williams Park. Large grounds with picnic facilities and museum on the premises. 1000 Shore Rd. (off Rt. 77) Cape Elizabeth. 799-2661. Directions – Option One: Follow directions to Cape Elizabeth Light continuing beyond Two Lights Road on route 77 to Shore Road/Portland Headlight. Option Two: Take I-95N to I-295N to Port/Waterfront Exit and stay to left. Take Danforth Street thru 3-4 traffic lights. Take right on State Street and cross over Casco Bay bridge onto Broadway Street. Take right at second traffic light (Cottage Road) to Shore Road. Headlight is on left. On a clear day, you can see six area lights.

    Wood Island Lighthouse – Get on Route 9 thru Cape Porpoise and past Goose Rocks Beach. Take a right at traffic light (Pool Road/Route 208). Follow Route 208 to end. Take left on Route 208 thru Biddeford Pool and lighthouse is on right.


    Sporting Events

    Beech Ridge Motor Speedway - Auto racing every Saturday night. Holmes Road, Scarborough. 883-5227.

    Portland Pirates Hockey - AHL affiliate of NHL Washington Capitals. Play in Cumberland County Civic Center. Regular Season: October to early April. 775-3458.

    Portland Sea Dogs Baseball - AA Farm Team for the Boston Red Sox. Home games held at Hadlock Field, Portland, from late April through early September. 879-9500.

    Scarborough Downs - Seasonal harness racing, Rt. 1, Scarborough. 883-4331.


    Fitness Centers

    Fitness Nuthouse – Rt 1, Kennebunk – Shoppers Village.

    Biddeford YMCA Northern York County – Alfred Road (Rt 111), Biddeford 283-0100

    Saco Sport & Fitness – 329 North Street, Saco 284-5953

    Body Works Health and Fitness Center – 644 Main St, Saco 284-9924


    Winter Recreation

    National Estuarine Research Reserve of Wells – Laudholm Farms spectacular seaside strolls and cross country ski trails. 646-4521

    Vacationland Bowling Center – 812 Portland Rd, Saco 284-7386.

    Kennebunkport Brewery – Brewery tours. Shipyard Ale, Federal Jacks Brew Pub, 967-4322.

    Rockin’ Horse Stables – Horse Drawn Sleigh/Carriage/Wagon Rides! 245 Arundel Road, Kennebunkport, 967-4288.

    Harris Farm Cross County Ski Center – 40 Km of groomed x-c trails and snow shoeing.  Rentals and lunch available, ice skating pond.  Maple sugaring in March. Minutes from the coast just off Rt. 35, 30 minutes from Kennebunk. 252 Buzzell Rd Dayton, 499-2678.

    Your Body Works – Therapeutic massage & spa center with 2 locations, Shore Rd Ogunquit & Rt 1 Wells.  Offering 6 types of therapeutic massage & several spa treatments. 1-800-479-1322.

    Biddeford-Saco Ice Arena Open to the Public Friday night 6:30-8:30PM 207-283-0615

    Maine Rock Gym Indoor Climbing Gym – 127 Marginal Way Portland. 207-780-6370.

    Southworth Planetarium - Shows for children and adults including laser concerts. University of Southern Maine’s Science Building. Portland 780-4249.



    Advent Christian Church – Sea Road, Kennebunk, 985-3319

    Kennebunk Baptist Church – Main Street, Kennebunk, 985-2332

    Village Baptist Church – Main Street, Kennebunkport, 967-3240

    Franciscan Monastery – (Catholic) Beach Road, Kennebunk, 967-4865

    St. Monica – (Catholic) Portland Road, Kennebunk, 985-6252

    First Congregational Church – North Street, Kennebunkport, 9673897

    St. Ann’s by the Sea – (Episcopal) Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, 967-8043

    Church on the Cape – Langsford Road, Cape Porpoise, 985-4494

    St. Andrew’s – (Presbyterian) Portland Road, Kennebunk, 985-4303

    South Congregational Church – Temple Street, Kennebunkport, 967-2793


    Nearest Medical Attention & Hospital

    Kennebunk Diagnostic and Therapy Center – US Route 1, Main Street, Kennebunk. 207-467-6999

    Southern Maine Medical Center – Rt 111 in neighboring Biddeford. 283-7000

    Wells Regional Medical Center (Service of York Hospital) – Route 9 (114 Sanford Road), Wells, Maine. 207-646-5211


  • Handicap Accessible

    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.