Kennebunk’s Franciscan Guest House: The Secret Garden

Summer, Fall: One of my favorite spots in Kennebunk I actually discovered by accident. This gem is amidst the hustle of this quaint oceanside town. The Franciscan Guest House is situated on the beautiful 60 acre Franciscan Monastery Estate and Retreat Center. Here you will find a very affordable family vacation spot close to all the amenities of Kennebunkport village. The guest house offers visitors 65 guest rooms, suites, a dining room, meeting rooms and a salt water pool. The best part of all though is the amazing walking trails on Kennebunk River. Along the trails you will find gorgeous floral and fauna as well as rare outdoor Lithuanian shrines and statues. There is an open air chapel and a large open sanctuary yard for prayer and meditation. The surroundings exude a wonderful, peaceful atmosphere. Each morning guest enjoy breakfast which is included with their stay. Just a short distance from Kennebunk Beach makes this the perfect family retreat center at a very reasonable price. It is worth checking out this gem of a spot even if you don’t plan to spend the night. The grounds are open for visitors who just want to enjoy the beauty of this spot or may be interested in attending one of the specially scheduled events that take place during the summer and fall months.