The Bush family compound and summer vacation home
Location: Kennebunkport, Maine
When to visit: Daylight hours
Cost: Free to view from a distance
Time needed to enjoy: 2-10 minutes
Website: NH Tour Guide description (unofficial)
Though I have strong political views, I don’t discriminate when it comes to sightseeing. When I was in Little Rock, I visited the Clinton Presidential Library, so it only made sense that while in southern Maine, I would swing by the Bush family vacation compound. (What else are you going to do in Kennebunkport, anyway?)
This is the oceanside home that George H.W. Bush (#41) inherited from his parents. He often brought his family here, including George W. Bush (#43), who spent many summers here as a kid. And there’s even more history here, because Bush #41 met with world leaders like Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev on this property.
The compound is located on a strip of land called Walker’s Point, and while you can’t visit the house itself unless you want to encounter Secret Service agents, you can see it from a distance while driving along the coast. To get there, get off Route 9 and find your way onto Ocean Avenue. Just past Henry Parsons Park, you’ll notice the estate and the large gray-ish home. Pull to the side of the road, take a couple of pics, and move on.
It’s a beautiful location. You can see why the Bushes would want to vacation here. If you’re not sure whether you’re looking at the right house, just look for the dead giveaway – the Texas flag out front. You can get close enough to see people on the property. I saw someone riding a bicycle around the driveway – maybe G.W. going for a joyride?