Cheap Sleeps: Southern Maine coast, budget-friendly lodgings in York Beach & Kennebunk

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Lodging can by pricey on Maine’s Southern Coast, but these budget accommodations provide a good night’s rest.

Franciscan Guest House, Lower Village, Kennebunk
img_7648One 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. In peak season, lowest rate is around $110.