All you have to do is check into this renovated motor lodge in Kennebunkport, they’ll take care of the rest.

On-site restaurant, The Dory, is famous for its lobster sliders.

On-site restaurant, The Dory, is famous for its lobster sliders.

Webster defines adventure as “an exciting or unusual experience.” For the average parent then, a day’s worth of vacation activities that don’t require hours of planning, prep and packing certainly qualify. There’s certainly the kids club option, or the all-inclusive route, but for those unwilling to invest the time or money the alternative is often a getaway filled with intense schlepping. Lodge on the Cove however, offers a happy medium of DIY hanging out with family-friendly concierge-like extras. Checking in to this mid-sized hotel in Kennebunkport is like an idealized trip to the grandparents house. If said grandparents had mod meets classic taste in interior design, a heated pool and hosted regular cocktail/mocktail parties in the evenings, family yoga and water aerobics most mornings.

Another perfect day poolside at the Lodge on the Cove

Another perfect day poolside at the Lodge on the Cove. Saturday morning yoga for kids is held nearby on the lawn.

It doesn't get more Americana than Kennebunkport, site of the summer home of George Bush Sr.

Kennebunkport, site of Bush Sr.’s summer compound is a perfect spot to celebrate the 4th.

Overlooking the cove and within driving or shuttle distance to Kennebunk Beach, Lodge on the Cove seems to have been created with the needs of families in mind. Craving a relaxing day enjoying the sand and surf? They’ll set you up with chairs, towels and parking permits. Available room add-ons—like the “Junk Food Junkie” enhancement: Choose two DVDs from their library and a bucket of junk food for an easy movie night in ($35)—are supremely manageable and a treat for the entire family, not a hassle for mom for the sake of entertaining the kids. Package deals are also built around fun that’s not too ambitious. A regional favorite is the Lodge’s  “Pick Your Own Berries” package that includes two nights stay, berry picking supplies and map, complimentary cleaning and a bowl of ice cream to enjoy alongside the fruits of your berry-picking labors. Add to it interiors with tons of character but without a ton of breakables. The only downside is that you can only check in, not move in.

Guests of the lodge can use any of the on-site cruisers for free.

Guests of the lodge can use any of the on-site cruisers for free.

Rooms are cozy but well laid-out and feature mini-fridges, micros, coffeemakers and AC

Rooms are cozy but well laid-out and feature mini-fridges, micros, coffeemakers and AC.

Image credits: Pool image courtesy Taking the Kids

 

 

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