Katahdin Inn, York Beach
Only a sliver of road separates the Katahdin from Short Sands Beach. Owners Rae and Bob LeBlanc call their homey operation a bed and beach. No breakfast, but it’s only a five-minute stroll to restaurants. Almost every room has an ocean view, and each has a refrigerator. The sunshine yellow inn is decorated with comfy Victorianesque furnishings, lacy curtains, and nubby white bedspreads. Perks include Wifi, coffee, and parking. To keep it under $100, you’ll have to share a bath, but with this location, even the pricier rooms are a deal.
Franciscan Guest House, Lower Village, Kennebunk
One of the least pricey lodging options in the Kennebunks actually has one of the most primo locations. The nonprofit Franciscan Guest House is situated on the 200-acre, riverside grounds of the St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery, within walking distance of both Kennebunk Beach and Dock Square. The rooms, spread between a main lodge in a renovated high school and a few smaller cottages, are classic 1970’s décor. Rates include a hot buffet-style breakfast; an inexpensive buffet dinner is usually available, too. Frills include a seasonal saltwater pool and Wifi. What’s the catch? Fresh linens are available, but there is no daily maid service.