Maine has the most beautiful rocky coastline in the country. The fragrant sea breeze, the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks or breaking onto the shore, and the sand through your toes are Maine sensations of which we cannot get enough.
Three of our clients’ very favorite southern Maine coastal towns are: Old Orchard Beach, Wells, and Kennebunkport. All small towns, but they explode with the excitement and bustle of tourists May through October. Tourism is a staple income of the communities. It is also a welcome sight each year- we’ve made it through another winter, let’s celebrate!
Old Orchard Beach is a playful seaside town of 9,000 annual residents. You can golf at the local golf course, Dunegrass, and enjoy some Old Orchard Beach’s infamous Pier Fries at the Old Orchard Beach Pier. The Pier is a collection of shops, restaurants, and entertainment from May to October every year. The most important feature of this small but bustling town is the beach; perfect for beachgoers and families alike. But nothing beats an ice cream from Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream on a hot summer day, Palace Playland is a waterfront amusement park to entertain all age groups, rain or shine.
Wintertime returns Old Orchard to a quiet small town with a great community spirit. The beach remains the central activity center in the town. Dogs are allowed on the beach after Labor Day (and before Memorial Day). “OOB” boasts a section of the Eastern Walking Trail, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the Dunes golf course.
Kennebunkport is the sister town of Kennebunk, ME- the only town in the country so named. A small former boatbuilding village town established in the 1600’s, “The Port” has lots to do; golf at the Cape Arundel Golf Course, established in 1896, it is one of the oldest golf clubs in the state, frequented by both Bush former Presidents. There are many places to play tennis and miles of beaches in which to swim. Satisfy your palate with a choice of so many fine dining restaurants. A trip to The Port would not be complete without a stop at The Clam Shack, the standard for fried seafood. Shoppers love the boutique shops that run along the Kennebunk River in Dock Square for one-of-a-kind treasures. Summertime allows for sailing, fishing, and whale-watching tours and searching for sand dollars on the beach to your heart’s content.
With so much to do in the summer, what is left to do in the winter? Kennebunkport is also known for their holiday celebration, Christmas Prelude, which falls on the first two weekends of December each year.
Last on our stop along the southern seaside towns is Wells, Maine, a small, knit community founded in 1643. Wells is Maine’s third oldest town whose motto is “The Friendliest Town in Maine”. Wells has miles of beaches, open year round, great eateries, such as The Steakhouse, and the best doughnuts around at Congdon’s Donuts, rated number one of the top 7 donut shops in Maine. After you leave the beach to find dinner, visit the only seasonal singular Food Truck Park in New England at Congdons After Dark, where you can find something delicious for every palate each afternoon from 4pm until “after dark”,
Not only for summer activity, The Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge belongs to Wells, including miles of nature preservation trails open to the public. The trails are open in the winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing too. Wells is also home to York County Community College, one of the states fastest growing community college options. www.YCCC.edu
Check out more Southern Maine summer fun here. Come visit the southern Maine coastal area! Check out our beautiful lake region too.