June 15, 2024


The “Paint the City Pink” occasion kicks off on Saturday.

A Maine sign portrayed for 'Paint the Town Red'
A glowing signal helps have fun the “Paint the City Pink” occasion in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel Maine in February. Heidi Kim

Companies in southern Maine have a message for vacationers after final month’s damaging storms: We’re open.

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Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel are gearing up for the area’s annual Paint the City Pink occasion, a monthlong celebration that features festive decorations, retail, restaurant, and resort specials, cooking and artwork courses, wine tastings, music and comedy performances, and extra. The kick-off celebration takes place on Saturday.

Weeks in the past, the seaside communities confronted the wrath of Mom Nature. Highly effective storms introduced “historic excessive tides and large flooding” to the Maine coast in January, damaging companies, docks, roads, and extra, in line with The Portland Press Herald. Some guests subsequently cancelled resort reservations.

“It was horrible and plenty of our individuals needed to file for damages,” Laura Dolce, government director of the Kennebunk Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce, advised Boston.com in regards to the storms. “However, fortuitously, it isn’t one thing that’s impacting this monthlong occasion.”

Kennebunkport Resort Assortment, comprising 10 space accommodations, 5 of that are open year-round, has fielded cancellations within the wake of the storms, in line with Justin Grimes, regional managing director of Kennebunkport Resort Assortment.

“Regardless of encountering some cancellations, 4 of Kennebunkport Resort Assortment’s year-round accommodations and quite a few eating places are open and proceed to welcome visitors and locals,” Grimes mentioned in a press release.

The one change to this yr’s schedule is the sudden closure of The Yachtsman Resort & Marina Membership, positioned on the Kennebunk River, because of climate injury, Dolce mentioned.

The Yachtsman Resort & Marina Membership, a part of the Kennebunkport Resort Assortment, was providing as much as 15% off a two-night keep, candy treats, a bottle of bubbles, and a take-home physique scrub. Clients with reservations at The Yachtsman shall be relocated to a sister resort, in line with a consultant.

“Paint the City Pink” started 9 years in the past “to remind folks that we’re nonetheless right here, whether or not or not the seashores can be found so that you can lay on. It’s clearly not heat climate however we’ve got so many cool issues occurring presently of yr,” Dolce mentioned.

The celebration will get greater yearly, Dolce mentioned, and this yr the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce has joined the enjoyable.

The kickoff occasion on Saturday, referred to as “Frosted,” will characteristic ice sculptures, signature cocktails, a photograph sales space, and DJ at The Boathouse Waterfront Resort, one other Kennebunkport Resort Assortment resort.

“Over the previous 9 years, we’ve got labored arduous to ascertain Kennebunkport as THE February vacation spot through our Paint The City Pink community-wide programming and we’re particularly grateful to proceed to take action this yr,” Grimes mentioned, in a press release.

“We’re completely open,” Dolce mentioned. “The companies which can be collaborating are shifting forward, are excited. It’s at all times a good time of yr for us.”

Take a look at the 2024 Paint the City Pink schedule.