A great beach town must have a spectacular stretch of beach! Beyond that, it has to have character, local culture, pretty streets, charming shops and restaurants. These beach towns have it all!
Kennebunkport in southern Maine has been a popular seaside destination for a long time. The sandy beaches are a major draw in the summer, but this town is seaworthy year round with its quaint downtown of shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, gorgeous Fall foliage, and light-filled Christmas Prelude.
Artist and author Susan Branch, paints and writes about cooking, gardening, entertaining, nature and simplicity, inspired by living on Martha’s Vineyard island (MA).
The cozy Beach Cottages at the Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI, have their own stretch of private beach right at the foot of the beautiful hotel and restaurant that’s perched on a hill.