Kennebunk, Maine is Home to the Oldest Inn in the Country
If you're planning a trip to Kennebunk, Maine, why not stay somewhere that has seen hundreds of years of history? If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, book your stay at the Seaside Inn in Kennebunk, Maine.
Thrillist assembled a list of the oldest surviving business in every U.S. state and Maine had one of the oldest in the entire country coming in at #5 for Seaside Inn in Kennebunk, Maine. The Thrillist list notes that they opened in 1667 but according to the family that has run the inn from day one, it may be even earlier.
According to the Seaside Inn website, the inn has been around since at least 1660, just 40 years after the Mayflower arrived.
To add to their impressive stats, The Distracted Wanderer notes that the Seaside Inn is the 46th oldest family-run business in the world.
The current innkeepers are Tish and Ken Mason. Seaside Inn has been in their family since 1756, that's an impressive 9 generations dating back to Trish's great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Jedidiah Gooch. And yes, that's the family Gooch's Beach was named after.
According to The Distracted Wanderer, John Gooch (a relative of Jedidiah, perhaps an uncle) was the OG Gooch. He was asked by an agent for King Charles II to assist ferry travelers across the Kennebunk river and since the travelers oftentimes needed a place to lay their heads the Inn was born.
Want to learn more and book your stay? Check out their website here.