"The Kennebunks" consist of the side-by-side villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, both situated along the shores of small rivers and both claiming a portion of rocky coast. The region was first colonized in the mid-1600s and flourished after the American Revolution, when ship captains, boat builders, and prosperous merchants constructed imposing, solid homes. The Kennebunks are famed for their striking historical architecture and expansive beaches; make time to explore both.