As it has long done, the venerable White Barn goes the extra mile and sets a standard to which other resorts can only hope to aspire. This is arguably the state’s best inn-style lodging, with its best inn dining (see p. ###). Upon checking in, guests are shown to a parlor and served a drink, while valets gather luggage and park cars. The atmosphere here is distinctly European, with an emphasis on service. Rooms are individually decorated in an upscale country style that’s been recently recast to reflect the color schemes of the nearby sea. Many units have wood-burning fireplaces and Jacuzzis; renovations in 2016 include new double walk-in showers and marble tubs. Suites (in an outbuilding beside the main inn) border on spectacular, each with a distinct color theme and flatscreen television, whirlpool, or similar perks. There are plenty of other amenities such as fresh flowers daily, turndown service, an attractive spa, a lovely outdoor swimming pool, and complimentary afternoon scone service. A handful of cottages, on the Kennebunk River across the road, are cozy and nicely equipped with modern kitchens and bathrooms.
- Brian Kevin