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“NOT Kennebunkport” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Wedding Cake House

Wedding Cake House
Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME
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Ranked #11 of 13 Attractions in Kennebunkport
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Owner description: Elaborately styled 19th-century house at Kennebunkport Landing.
Portland, Maine
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“NOT Kennebunkport”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Like much tourist information, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are used interchangably. They are NOT one town - but two distinct governmental entities. Kennebunk is much more af a year-round community while Kennebunkport is a summer colony for the wealthy and a tourist destination (read - shopping). The Wedding Cake House is in Kennebunk.

The original house had none of the gingerbread facade that is present now. It was a lovely traditional sea captain's house. The adornment was a later addition. Though many tourists stop to take photos (and really interfere with traffic on a 2-lane road), the structure has little identifiable architectural style and is rather ornate and ugly. Its claim to fame is tourist chat.

The good aspect is that the house is owned by two men who open the building for a specific period of time, charge a fee for a tour (which is interesting, albeit touristy), and donate ALL the money to a local charity (food bank, heating assistance, etc.). Their generosity is reflective of how Mainers care for each other. If you are here when the house is open, do go on the tour. It's not expensive, will enlighten your knowledge of Kennebunk history, and help people in need. In addition, the owners are characters and will charm you!!!

Visited September 2012
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“Beautiful!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Kennebunk has some of the most beautiful New-England type architecture.

We all pile into the car and go drive around the area The Wedding Cake House really stands out.

Visited August 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“our tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Great house. A little disappointed. We wend on the tour and found the house to be cluttered and somewhat dirty. Destroyed my dream of what the house was like all of these years. :(
Oh well. Glad I went as it benefited local food banks.

Visited October 2012
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Warwick, Rhode Island
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“Complete surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We found this house by complete accident. It looked interesting enough, so we turned around and went back to check it out. It is a private residence, so those complaining about clutter...this is someone's actual house that they currently live in. It is rarely open to the public, but happened to be so for a few weeks as a fundraiser for charity (the local food pantry). We had the privilege of meeting the owner (and his adorable dogs!) while on our tour and he is a wonderful story teller. It was nice to be able to thank him in person for opening his home, not for his own personal gain, but to raise money for charity.

Visited October 2012
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Reading, MA
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“A nice suprise tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

It was fun to tour. Its not open to often but I felt that we were treated to a special opening full of History, fun things to look at lots of Art and we were even allowed to sit down while the tour guide gave us a tour. Highly recommend this when its opened

Visited October 2012
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