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A 2017 comprehensive guide to the history and attractions in each of York County's communities
BEACHES • ON THE WATER • HISTORIC SITES • CULTURE • LODGING
FESTIVALS • FOR FAMILIES • SHOPPING • DINING • RECREATION
Biddeford One of the oldest communities in Maine, Biddeford is a jewel to both locals and visitors. With miles of beautiful coastline, sandy beaches and natural trails and an increasingly-urbanized downtown core, Biddeford has a rich culture, a proud history and
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First Settled:1616-1617 Average Elevation: 69 feet Population: 21,159
Spring 2017 an exciting future on the bars or dine in style at one horizon. of many regionally-recogNo matter your internized fine dining restauests, all can be satisfied rants. in Biddeford. Go fishing With all it has to offer, off the Atlantic coast or you’ll come to learn why take a hike on the Eastern Biddeford calls itself a Trail. Go on a boat tour to “proud city rising where Wood Island Lighthouse, the water falls.” or stay inside and catch an award-winning show at the historic DID YOU City Theater. Rent a cottage with a KNOW? seaside view, Biddeford is named after the relax with a historic English port town of cocktail at one Bideford, which is located of several local
Median Age: 38.9 Median Household Income: $51,502
Data sources: 2010 Census; Esri Community Analyst
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a walk along and over the Saco River on the Biddeford RiverWalk. (biddefordmillsmuseum.org) Built in 1759, the First Parish Meetinghouse, 3 Meeting House Meetinghouse Road, is the oldest standing building in Biddeford. Originally used as Biddeford’s and Saco’s first City Hall and church building, the meetinghouse was one of the primary causes for the two communities to split as Saco residents found it difficult to travel to the structure. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the space is open for tours by appointment. (284-4181)
The Biddeford Mill District has become a noteworthy attraction to both residents and tourists. With a number of shops and restaurants recently established, this restored 35-acre complex can entertain visitors of all ages. Visitors are encouraged to schedule tours of the sprawling facilities at the Biddeford Mills Museum. Take a walk through the Pepperell Mill and learn about the region’s rich past as a textile manufacturing hub. And when it’s over, take
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Wood Island Lighthouse in the Biddeford Pool area has been a popular tourist destination for years. A 90-minute round-trip boat tour takes patrons to the island, where they can walk the half-mile boardwalk, explore the 42-foot-tall lighthouse and enjoy a view of sunny Saco Bay. Tours run in July and August, but reservations begin June 30, and are required before making the trek. Tours are free, but small donations are welcome. (2004552; woodislandlighthouse.org) If you want to take a tour of the bay in your own boat, kayak or canoe, Marblehead Boat Launch is the place to go. Located on Route 9 along the Saco River, this state-operated site is a convenient spot for those wanting to access the Atlantic Ocean. (5710700; biddefordmaine.org)
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Located just six miles from downtown, off the mouth of the Saco River, sits Biddeford Pool, a large tidal pool that plays hosts to a number activities for commercial fishers and vacationers alike. A popular summer destination for tourists, the pool is surrounded by tall grass and salt marshes home to a variety of wildlife. It’s also the site of the city’s — and the state’s — first recorded permanent settlement, Winter Harbor. (http://bit.ly/1PWYPhw)
Just down the way from Biddeford Pool lies Fortune’s Rocks Beach, a full two miles of beautiful, sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re looking to swim, surf, kayak or jog, Fortune’s Rocks provides a setting like none other, a true Biddeford gem. A lifeguard is on duty May to September. The beach is located on Mile Stretch Road, and parking is by permit only, but permits can easily be purchased at City Hall, 205 Main St. (284-9307; bit.ly/1S3kSU0). SUBMITTED PHOTO/Courtesy of Alan Casavant
West Brook Skating Rink, operated by the Knights of Columbus and the Masons, has been part of Biddeford’s winter line-up since the 1920s. Back in the day, kids used to speed skate and barrel jump at the rink. Located off Pool Street, the rink is open (ice permitting) every day except Monday during the winter. (284-9652)
Downtown Biddeford has blossomed with culinary allure in recent years. If you’re hungry, grab a burger at The Hamburger Stand, 138 Elm St., or go down to Cowbell Burger Bar, 140 Main St., then head across the street for a glass of wine at Uncorked Wine Bar, 137 Main St. Head
You can also lace up and go figure skating at the Biddeford Arena & Expo Center on Pomerleau Street from August through March. Don’t know how to skate? Take a lesson at the York County Skating School — lessons are available for ages 3 to adults. Don’t feel like skating? Watch a hockey game. During the off-season, there is to Custom Deluxe, 140 Main St., offers upscale versions of American Classics. Palace Diner, 15 Franklin St., serves up a fresh twist on traditional diner fare. Its classic car-style diner has made
spring training for lacrosse, baseball and softball. (283-0615; biddefordarena.com) Cozy up with movie-themed pub fare and cocktails while you watch the newest releases at Smitty’s Cinema, located at 420 Alfred St., #190. Enjoy a special screening or a sports event in the comfort of big, plush chairs in one of the chain’s only five locations. it a destination for locals and tourists. At Elements: Books Coffee Beer, 265 Main St., you can enjoy a cup of locally roasted coffee or a cold pint of local craft beer while eating a hot cup of soup, baked goods or charcuterie in a relaxing setting. JOURNAL TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO/ALAN BENNETT
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Downtown Biddeford is renowned for its eclectic selection of stores. Check out Suger, 25 Alfred St., for comfy-chic clothing made right downtown; La Corseterie, 193 Main St., which has sold women’s lingerie since 1950; Lacava, 12 Water St., and Trillium, 238 Main St., both of which have fun, unique items. (bit.ly/23LqHcA) The Shops at Biddeford Crossing, located on Route 111 just off the Maine Turnpike, can satisfy all your shopping needs in one convenient
The City Theater, adjacent to City Hall at 205 Main St., has been a Biddeford staple for more than 120 years. Designed by famed Maine architect John Calvin Stevens, the theater’s architecture itself is an object of beauty. But ask anyone who has seen a performance there, and they will tell you it attracts talent more than worth the price of a ticket. (282-0849l citytheater.org). McArthur Public Library, 270 Main St., opened in 1863 and is one of the first public libraries in Maine. The library regularly hosts family-oriented events. (282-4181; mcarthurlibrary.org)
Watch wildlife while walking the beautiful Biddeford coastline at
Timber Point, a 98-acre preserve that was until recently owned by the same family for 80 years. The property became part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in 2011, and is home to number of migrating birds. Closer to intown Biddeford is Rotary Park, 550 Main St., where folks can enjoy walking trails, playgrounds, a dog park, skate park and boat launch in addition to sledding hills. Open from dawn to dusk, this 72-acre park also sports a picnic grove, swimmers’ beach with seasonal lifeguards, sand volleyball court and a teen center. (bit. ly/1R6uAnr) Clifford Park, located off Pool Street, sports several trails and provides 140 acres to relax, hike, jog, bike, cross-country ski and more.
location. In the complex you’ll find T.J. Maxx, Famous Footwear, Michaels arts and crafts, Nonesuch Books & Cards, Market Basket and Target, among others. Five Points Shopping Center, just down Route 111, features a number of stores to suit your everyday shopping needs. You’ll find Goodwill, Big Lots and a Sears Hometown Store, among others. If you’re feeling sporty, get some athletic wear at Olympia Sports and head next door to Planet Fitness to put it to work. (5pointsshoppingcenter.com)
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Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the area now known as Biddeford. Because of its coastal location, Europeans explored the area quite early in the country’s history. It was first mapped from 1602-1606. In 1616-1617, Sir Ferdinando Gorges and
Richard Vines were credited with creating the first European settlement of the area. Things weren’t always peaceful, however. In the early Colonial years, there turbulence between European settlers and Native Americans led to numerous battles.
Winterfest, held annually in February, draws children of all ages and their parents into the snow-covered streets of Biddeford. The festival, which honors the city’s French-Canadian Heritage, spans several days and features sledding, skating and snow golf, arts and crafts, dancing and a chili cook-off. (284-8520; heartofbiddeford.org) Held in the warmer months, the La Kermesse FrancoAmericaine Festival is also a celebration of the city’s heritage. Annual favorites such as a parade, petting zoo, fireworks, carnival rides, games, food and live music draw hundreds to Biddeford’s downtown areas for a week of good, oldfashioned, family fun. (lakermesse festival. com) Top: A team of dogs from Ultimate Sled Dog lead a sled around the corner of a temporary track in downtown Biddeford. Above: A Minion mascot greets Harry, the Biddeford Police Department’s canine during WinterFest.
In 1716-1717, Sir William Pepperell Jr. and associates purchased property around the Saco River falls. The first textile mill was built in the 1840s and 1850s. The mills would lead to an influx of numerous immigrants, particularly French-Canadians, who would help grow the city.
The Holiday Inn Express and America’s Best Value Inn are both less than a mile from Exit 32 off the Maine Turnpike, making them ideal for those stopping in for a short time. If you’re looking for something more scenic, Dallaire’s Motel & Cottages, 528 Elm St., is also a short drive from the highway. With traditional rooms and cottage-style lodging, this quaint spot offers an outdoor pool and playground for those looking to relax and have fun. (Holiday Inn Express: 294-6464; America’s Best Value Inn: 284-2440; Dallaire’s: 284-4100; dallairesmotelcottages.com) If you’ve set your sights on a beach view, Maine Seaside Rentals in Biddeford Pool coordinates vacation home rentals in the city’s seaside neighborhoods. Many of the rentals provide direct access to the community’s sandy beaches. (284-4350; maineseasiderentals.com)
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Full of New England charm, the From frolicking on famous powder-sand Kennebunks — which include the bordering beaches and visiting the Bush Compound towns of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport – the summer home of former President — are one of the state’s most visited tourGeorge H.W. Bush – to enjoying a bite and ist destinations, offering seaside locally-made brew with a waterfront resorts, an abundance of nature view, there’s something for trails, inviting downtown everyone in these quaint DID YOU shops and restaurants, and seaside towns. KNOW? many historic homes. Located on Walker’s Point in FIRST SETTLED: Kennebunkport, the Bush Compound Kennebunkport – 1610 – the summer home of former (became a town in 1653); President George H.W. Bush and Kennebunk – 1620s former First Lady Barbara Bush (became a town in 1820) – has hosted several heads of state, LOCATION: including Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Kennebunkport – Bordered Gorbechev, Yitzhak Rabin and by Biddeford to the north, Vladmir Putin. Kennebunk and Arundel to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east; Kennebunk – Bordered by Alfred, Lyman and Arundel COURTESY MAINE OFFICE OF TOURISM to the north, Sanford to the west, Wells and the ON THE WATER Atlantic Ocean to the south, and Kennebunkport to If you’ve ever been curious about how the east. Maine’s most famous seafood staple POPULATION: Kennebunkport – 3,460; – lobster – is caught, First Chance’s Kennebunk – 10,998 Scenic Lobster Tour is for you. The PROJECTED 2016 POPULATION: Kennebunkport 1 1/2-hour boat ride also features stun– 3,451; Kennebunk – 11,449 ning views of the Kennebunks’ coast and MEDIAN AGE: Kennebunkport – 53.7; glimpses of marine wildlife. First Chance Kennebunk – 49.9 operates another boat for whale watches. MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: Both depart from a dock at 4 Western Ave. Kennebunkport – $81,879; Kennebunk – $75,030 (Route 9), Kennebunk. (967-5507; firstchData sources: 2010 Census; Esri Community Analyst ancewhalewatch.com) Goat Island Lighthouse, and breakfasts as well SHOPPING which was established in 1833, is the as a large selection of Dock Square Kennebunks’ only lighthouse. The lightresorts. Bufflehead in downtown house is a private residence, but its ownKennebunkport is lined Cove Bed and ers often give tours to those who arrive Breakfast offers with locally owned by boat. The lighthouse is best viewed homey riverside digs shops selling everyfrom the landing at the end of Pier Road in and a seasonal breakthing from hand-crafted Cape Porpoise. (967-3465; kporttrust.org) fast. (967-3879; bufflejewelry to hard-to-find headcove.com). The hot sauce. Among the Nonantum Resort, many shops are Beach Restaurant and Brew Pub (967DINING 95 Ocean Ave., Grass, 28 Dock Square, Whether you feel like dining from 4322; federaljacks.com), 8 Western Kennebunkport (967which sells home Ave., offers pub fare like burgers a picnic table or a linen table cloth, 4050; nonantumresort. decor, books, fashion and fries as well as a long list of the Kennebunks have the right com) has provided a accessories and other draft beers, including beer brewed place for you. The annual six-day picturesque setting items inspired by the in-house. Kennebunkport Festival celfor life’s monumental sea; Flaming Gourmet, If you’re looking for a more ebrates the state’s best chefs and 28 Dock Square, whose occasions such as upscale dining experience, beer and wine makers; paired with walls are lined with one weddings and annicheck out the White Barn Inn an array of acclaimed musicians, versaries for over 100 of the largest invenRestaurant (whitebarninn.com), the festival is a can’t-miss experiyears. Hidden Pond, tories of hot sauces 37 Beach Ave., Kennebunk. The ence. The 2017 festival will be from 354 Goose Rocks in New England; and restaurant offers a four-course meal June 5-10. (kennebunkportfestival. Road, Kennebunkport Deep Blue, 8 Western for just over $100 per person. It com) (512-1083; hiddenAve., which sells sea made headlines in 2013 for offering The Clam Shack, 2 Western glass crafts and jewelry. pondmaine.com) has a $40,000 ruby-red martini served Ave., Kennebunk (967-3321), offers made Conde Nast’s (kennebunkport.org) with a four-carat ruby and has been casual, traditional New England Gold List: The World’s named one of Travel & Leisure’s seafood fare like fried clams, clam LODGING Best Hotels, two years “World’s Best” for the last five years chowder and, of course, lobster Lodging options in a row. For more straight. rolls. Nearby Federal Jack’s in the Kennebunks options, visit kennebinclude several bed unkport.org.
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Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is the ultimate seaside holiday celebration, drawing thousands to the area. Visitors come from all over the world to take part in festive activities for all ages over a 10-day period. (967-0857; christmasprelude.com)
Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church is a historic seaside chapel at 167 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, just over a mile from Dock Square. People of all faiths, from near and far, come to the 1887 chapel for Sunday worship or to simply view the church, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and mouth of the Kennebunk River. (stannskennebunkport.org)
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Less than two miles from downtown Kennebunkport, Kennebunk Beach includes separate sections of well-protected coastline. The largest part of Kennebunk Beach, along Beach Avenue, is known as Gooch’s
Beach. This stretch of powdery sand offers portable toilets, lifeguards and the utmost relaxation. Parking stickers are required, and can be obtained at Kennebunk Town Hall, 1 Summer St. In Kennebunkport, Goose Rocks Beach has nearly three
miles of wide sandy shoreline. Parking is available on King’s Highway, and parking permits are available at Kennebunkport Town Office, 6 Elm St. There are no facilities or lifeguards at Goose Rocks Beach. (kennebunkport.org/ beaches.htm)
With records of English and French explorers traversing the Kennebunk River as early as 1603, the Kennebunks are one of the first areas in Maine that Europeans visited. By the 1640s, many had settled there permanently and were farming the land; farming would remain an economic driver in the area for years to follow. Native American uprisings, which lasted through the mid-18th century, slowed but did not stop European settlement. The harvesting of local timber eventually gave rise to what would become the area’s most notable industry: shipbuilding. Shipyards were established along the Mousam River in the 1700s, and eventually moved to the more navigable Kennebunk River. Shipbuilding continued in the Kennebunks until 1918.
Maine has been known as an artists’ haven for more than a century, and you can find a lot of them in downtown Kennebunkport’s art galleries. You can find everything from fine art and crafts to handmade quilts and jewelry, all within walking distance of each other. (kennebunkport.org/galleries_museums.htm) If you’re interested in what made the Kennebunks such a popular vacation destination, a visit to the Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk, is in order. The museum’s permanent collection of historic artifacts in complemented by rotating exhibits highlighting the area’s rise from a small farming community to the tourist magnet it is today. (brickstoremuseum.org)
First opened in 1939, the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport is the oldest and largest electric railway museum in the world, featuring transit vehicles from nearly every major American city that had a streetcar system. (967-2800; trolleymuseum.org)
Walking the 4.8-mile Parson’s Way Trail in Kennebunkport is a perfect way to spend a relaxing day outdoors while taking in breathtaking cliffside ocean views, including blowholes right off the shore. (visitkennebunkport. com/beaches.html) For avid golfers, there’s nothing better than 18 holes on a pristine course surrounded by aweinspiring scenery. That’s what you’ll find at the Kennebunks’ selection of golf courses, including the Cape Arundel Golf Club,, a semi-private course founded in 1896 along the banks of the Kennebunk River. (capearundelgolfclub.com)
With a pale-yellow brick exterior wrapped in white woodwork, the Wedding Cake House, 104 Summer St., Kennebunk, looks like – you guessed it – a wedding cake. Built in 1825 by shipbuilder George Bourne, the historic home is said to be the most photographed house in Maine.
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Old Orchard Beach
For many years, Old Orchard Beach has been a popular summer destination. The resort community attracts visitors from around the world with its combination of historic charm and fun in the sun. At the heart of OOB is seven miles of sandy beach flanked by the famous pier, a historic amusement park, and dozens of
shops and dining establishments. Parasail over the Atlantic Ocean, frolic in the surf, or rent a paddleboard for a day on the water. Venture a short way from downtown to take in a fishing excursion, play a few rounds of minigolf or camp in style at a resort campground. When it comes to fun for the entire family, Old Orchard Beach created the mold.
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Old Orchard Beach’s famous Palace Playland amusement park was home to the first carousel in the United States.
A number of events are held annually at The Pier, an iconic landmark located on the beach that stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean. Beerfest, held in May, features beers “from all over” and live entertainment. September’s Bikefest draws motorcycle enthusiasts for a pig roast, a lobster feast and prizes. Also in September, you can watch custom hot rods and classic cars cruise through the downtown — or drive one yourself — during the annual Old Orchard Beach Car Show, held by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (oldorchardbeachmaine.com) An annual Scottish festival brings bagpipers, highland dancing, food, fiddlers and other festivities to Veterans Memorial Park. (00b365.com)
FIRST SETTLED: 1657 LOCATION: Bordered to the south and west by Saco, to the north by Scarborough and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean AVERAGE ELEVATION: 80 feet POPULATION: 8,472 MEDIAN AGE: 48.9 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $51,868
Data sources: 2010 Census; Esri Community Analyst
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Palace Playland, located right on the beach in the heart of downtown, offers a large selection of rides, from classics like a carousel and a Ferris wheel to a roller coaster and other thrill rides, as well as an aracade. During peak season, rides open at 11 a.m. on weekends and noon on weekdays; there is no set closing time. (palaceplayland.com) Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, 70 First St., is a pirate-themed miniature golf playland with two 18-hole courses filled with caverns, waterfalls and other obstacles. (934-5086; piratescove.net)
Old Orchard Beach offers a number of resort-style campgrounds, including Hid’n Pines Family Campground, 8 Cascade Campground Road, located half a mile away from downtown OOB. (mainefamilycamping.com) Wild Acres RV Resort Resort, 179 Saco Ave., has 30 acres of undeveloped wilderness, trails and a zip line in addition to pools and playgrounds. Camp sites and rental units are available. (sunrvresorts.com)
Pirate’s Cove provides family fun in Old Orchard Beach.
Earliest records of Old Orchard Beach date back to 1653. In 1657, the first settler, Thomas Rogers, established what he named “Garden by the Sea.” The town was later named Old Orchard Beach in reference to an apple orchard Rogers planted, which was a landmark for sailors for many years. Rogers was driven out of town by Native Americans in 1667. Patrick and Mary Googins became the first permanent settlers around 1737. Old Orchard Beach became independent of Saco in 1884. With food stands, shops, carnival rides and miles of beach, OOB has long been a tourist destination. During the Big Band era of the 1920s and ’30s, famous performers such as Duke Ellington and Guy Lombardo played at The Pier Casino.
Take a stroll in the downtown and you’ll find a number of beachthemed and specialty shops selling clothing, souvenirs, gifts and novelty items. Cottage Décor, 57 Saco Ave., specializes in items suited for New England cottages. The store carries painted vintage furniture, accent pillows, historic photographs and other decorative pieces. (934-1700; cottagedecormaine. com) For the young and young at heart, Dickinson’s Candy, 42 Old Orchard St., has a variety of items to satisfy any sweet tooth, including salt water taffy, fudge and nostalgia taffy. (934-7507)
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The name of the town is Old Orchard Beach, so you know it takes its beach-going seriously. A seven-mile stretch of sandy shore is the jewel of OOB, and provides a perfect getaway for people of all ages. Lifeguards are on duty every day during the summer, and there are carnival rides, games of chance and many food and retail shops within walking distance. (oldorchardbeachmaine.com)
Ocean Park Soda Fountain, 14 Temple Ave., serves premium ice cream, breakfast and lunch in a classic soda fountain setting. Their Lime Rickeys are a local favorite. For many, a day at the beach isn’t the same without a stop at Pier French Fries, 12 Old Orchard St. People have been flocking for its famous fries since 1932. Try them with ketchup or vinegar. (934-2328). Not in the mood for fries? There are a number of food stands nearby selling pizza by the slice (like Bill’s Pizza, next door to Pier French Fries), ice cream, hamburgers and other treats. For upscale dining or a romantic dinner, try Joseph’s by the Sea, 55 West Grand Ave. Relax and enjoy seafood, steak or a variety of other items with a water view
The Harmon Museum and Historical Society, 4 Portland Ave., features artifacts and exhibits about the town’s rich past. A fire room chronicles some of the town’s most devastating fires, and a transportation room features such displays as a former “dummy railroad” and Charles Lindbergh’s famous 1927 landing on the beach. (934-9319; harmonmuseum.org) You can’t visit Old Orchard Beach without checking out The Pier, an OOB icon since 1898. Stroll down the board-
walk that jets out over the ocean and visit souvenir shops, or stop for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants. Lindbergh Landing, at the end of The Pier, features dining with a view, live music and other entertainment. (oobpier.com) The Temple at Ocean Park, 14 Temple Ave., features interdenominational Sunday services, music, education and other programming during the summer months. The Temple building, built in 1881, is on the Nation Register of Historic Places.
(934-5044; josephsbythesea. com); and The Landmark Restaurant, 28 East Grand Ave. (934-0156)
ON THE WATER
Old Orchard Beach Parasailing and Jet Ski takes parasailers 1,200 feet above the waters of Old Orchard Beach. Captains are Coast Guard-certified, and have many years of parasailing experience. Personal watercraft rentals are also available. (855FLY-2SKY; oobparasail.com)
Little Miss Paddleboards, 173 East Grand Ave., rents paddleboards from May to midSeptember. You get a free stand-up paddle board lesson with every rental. Little Miss also rents out yard games such as bocce, horseshoes and croquet. (934-5680; littlemisspaddleboards.com)
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Saco Bay Artists 2017 SHOWS Tuesday, July 4th Saturday, August 5th Saturday September 2
On the Ocean Park Library Lawn Corner of West Grand & Temple Ave For more information:
Call Kathy at 937-2125 www.sacobayartists.org Courtesy of Gary Curtis
P.O. Box 7100, Ocean Park, ME 04063
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Spring 2017 Thrill seekers will be in their glory with three theme parks located within minutes of each other: Funtown Splashtown USA, a combination old-fashioned amusement park and modern waterslide park; Aquaboggan, a water park that also offers miniature golf and gokarts; and Monkey Trunks, an adventure park with 48 rope challenges and a zip line. Once you’ve gotten your blood racing with the theme parks, you can decompress with a relaxing day at the beach or paddling down the Saco River in a kayak. Or explore the city’s rich history with a trip to the Dyer Library and Saco Museum before taking a walk around historic neighborhoods. High-key, low-key, and everything in between — you’ll find it all in Saco.
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FIRST SETTLED: 1630s. Became a town in 1762, and a city in 1867.
Saco was originally named Pepperrellborough in honor of Sir William Pepperrell, who gave four LOCATION: Bordered by Biddeford acres to the town for use as a to the south, Dayton and Buxton to village common, a burying ground the west, Old Orchard Beach and and a site for a new meetinghouse. Scarborough to the north, and the The name was changed to Atlantic Ocean to the east. Saco in 1805. AVERAGE ELEVATION: 66 feet POPULATION: 18,328 MEDIAN AGE: 42.2 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $63,791 Data sources: 2010 Census; Esri Community Analyst
Saco was originally part of Biddeford. Crossing the Saco River to attend church services and government meetings proved to be a hardship to some, so settlers on the eastern bank of the river separated in 1762. The city became a thriving textile manufacturing center in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and some of the former mills are still standing. “Saco” is attributed to the Abenaki word for “flowing out” or “outlet,” and to the word “sawacotuck,” meaning “mouth of the tidal stream.” COURTESY PHOTO
Park goers at Funtown Splashtown USA enjoy the many rides at the amusement park.
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Funtown Splashtown USA, 774 Portland Road, features Maine’s only wooden roller coaster and New England’s longest, tallest log flume along with a large selection of thrill rides, family rides and kiddie rides. An adjacent water park offers a swimming pool and family-friendly water rides as well as those for the more daring. (funtownusa.com) Located near Funtown, Aquaboggan Water Park, 980 Portland Road, features a giant wave pool, a toddler splash pool and a variety of water slides. There is also a miniature golf and a go-kart track. (aquabogganwaterpark.com)
The Saco Drive-In,, 969 Portland Road, has been providing families with entertainment for nearly 80 years. Gates open at 7 p.m., and shows start at dusk. Carloads of four or more get a group rate. (thesacodrivein.com) Cinemagic & IMAX Saco, 779 Portland Road, is an all-year, all-weather option for movie buffs. (282-6234; cinemagicmovies.com/location/7695/ Cinemagic-and-IMAX-in-SacoME-Showtimes) COURTESY PHOTO Courtesy photo
Saco/Old Orchard Beach KOA welcomes visitors to the familyfriendly campground.
Camp in style at the Saco/Old Orchard Beach KOA, 841 Portland Road, which features full hook-up and tent sites as well as basic and deluxe cabins. Amenities include WiFi, a pool, a hot tub, a playground and a shuttle to the beach. (282-0502; koa.com/campgrounds/saco) The Saco Ramada, 352 North St., has 83 rooms and three suites. This pet-friendly hotel has a free breakfast bar, a seasonal pool and a complimentary gym pass to Saco Sports and Fitness. (286-9600; sacohotel.com)
Rapid Ray’s has been an institution for decades, beginning in 1953 out of a bread truck. Today, the family-owned restaurant serves hot dogs, hamburgers, clam cakes and other fast-food items at 189 Main St. (282-1847; rapidrays. net) The Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery, 100 Main St., serves pub-style food along with a variety of freshly brewed craft beer. The pub also hosts trivia nights and live music. In the summer, you can sit outside on the deck with a view of the Saco River. (571-9648; www. therunofthemill.net)
Huot’s Seafood Restaurant is a third-generation, family-owned business that’s been serving up its famous clam cakes and other seafood delights since 1935. It’s opened seasonally at 29 Eastern Ave. in the seaside community of Camp Ellis. (2821642; huotsseafoodrestaurant. com)
on consignment. The store offers a variety of unique gift items, jewelry and pieces for the home. (283-4715; stonesoupartisans.com)
ON THE WATER
Trina Lynn Fishing Charters takes passengers into Saco Bay for a day of fishing or a scenic cruise. Trina Lynn offers sport fishing excursions, deep sea fishing excursions and children’s fishing trips. (284-2352; trinalyn.com) Bare Knee Point Kayak Rentals offers solo or tandem kayak rentals for a relaxing paddle down the Saco River. Bare Knee also offers private charters on the Banks Rambler II, a Coast Guardlicensed, 20-passenger vessel. (283-4455; barekneepointkayaks.com) Rippin’s Lips Charters takes passengers on four- and six-hour fishing excursions, as well as shark and tuna fishing excursions that last for a full day. Two-hour children’s excursions are also available. Tours take off from the Camp Ellis Pier in Saco. (229-3845; rippinlipscharters.com)
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Nabos, 266 Main St., has a fun collection of unique gifts, locally made items and upscale women’s clothing. (494-8626; nasbosinc.com) Stone Soup Artisans, 228 Main St., is a co-op run by artists and crafters who sell items
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The local economic development group Saco Main Street hosts several events throughout the year. During the Sidewalk Arts Festival in June, the downtown is lined with booths from local artists. RiverJam, held in conjunction with Heart of Biddeford in September, features live music and food by the Saco River. The Harvest Festival in October features a variety of fun, familyfriendly events in the downtown area. (sacomainstreet.com) COURTESY OF SACO MAIN STREET
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Monkey Trunks, located on Waterfall Drive, is an adventure park with a ropes course and zip lines. There’s a kids' course and an adventure course; 48 challenges include swinging beams, tightropes, cargo nets and hanging tires. Participants begin with a ground school and safety instruction. (monkeytrunks.com) Pepperell Park, 75 Beach St., has been a recreational area since 1885. There is a children’s playground and a fenced-in dog park. A water tower, built in 1887 and no longer in use, still stands at the park. Cascade Falls, off U.S. Route 1 on Cascade Road, has been a popular outdoor recreation area for more than 100 years. A short walk leads to a spectacular view of a beautiful waterfall. (sacobaytrails.org)
Ferry Beach State Park, 65 Bay View Road, offers 100 acres of nature trails and sandy beach. There is also a nature center, guided nature programs, a picnic area and changing rooms. The park gets its name from a former ferry crossing at the nearby Saco River, which served vacationers before highways were common north of Boston. (maine.gov/ ferrybeach) Bay View Beach and Kinney Shores Beach offer seashore and sand off Route 9. The city maintains lifeguards from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week from late June to mid-August. (sacomaine.org/departments/ parks_and_recreation/beaches.php)
The Main Street Walking Tour is a historic
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Cascade Falls park, located on Cascade Road in Saco, offers trails to the scenic waterfall.
walking tour of Main Street. Park at the museum, 371 Main St., Begin at the James Fenderson House at 384 Main St. and follow informative panels noting local history from the museum to the train station.
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The Dyer Library and Saco Museum, 371 Main St., has an ongoing schedule of events and activities, including lectures, children’s programming, historical displays and art exhibits. The museum’s Colonial Revival building was designed in 1926 by noted Maine architect John Calvin Stevens, and boasts a renowned collection of Federalist furniture. The library has thousands of documents and books relating to Maine history and genealogy. (283-3861; dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org)
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Spring 2017 Sanford is a city with a small-town feel, a tight-knit community that sports a community theater troupe, a local arts association and a collegiate sumDID YOU mer baseball team. Stay in the same KNOW? room as Katharine Hepburn at the Sanford was a town from Oakwood Inn Town Motel, and dine 1768 until it became a city inside a former mill at the Mill 67 on Jan. 1, 2013. restaurant. The downtown is experiencing a resurgence, as evidenced by a multitude of specialty shops and restaurants. If you get tired of swimming in the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean, you can take a warm summer dip in the Mousam River. And you won’t want to miss the International Film Festival Oct. 18 to Oct. 22.
Sanford & Springvale
FIRST SETTLED: Sanford was called Phillipstown in its early years; its first settler was Samuel Wilson in 1739. Sanford was incorporated as a town in 1768 and as a city in 2013. LOCATION: Bordered by Kennebunk and Wells to the south, Shapleigh and Acton to the north, North Berwick to the west and Alfred to the east. AVERAGE ELEVATION: 262 feet MED. HOUSE. INCOME: $42,499
Whether you’re looking for a novel spot for a birthday party or want to feel accomplished, Get Fired Up, 883 Main St., a paint-your-own pottery shop can fulfill those wishes. In Springvale Village, Rock Lobster at Springvale Commons has many flavors of homemade popcorn, and Ocean State Job Lot, 1327 Main St., carries everything from olive oil and garden seeds to sheets and towels and dozens of other items. The Center of Shopping, 1364 Main St., features an array of chain stores, and further down Main Street is Tractor Supply, Walmart and Lowe’s.
Although the history books credit Samuel Wilson as the first Sanford settler, another of the first dozen settlers of Phillipstown, later named Sanford, was James Chadbourn of Kittery, who purchased 130 acres on what is now Elm Street on May 1, 1739. At that time, Maine was part of
POPULATION: 20,798 MEDIAN AGE: 40.5
Massachusetts. The Phillipstown Proprietors empowered Jeremiah Moulton to find settlers for Phillipstown, which was then nothing more than a wilderness, at a meeting held in Boston on January 23, 1738. The Phillipstown Proprietors were descendants of William Phillips, a lumberman who owned several mills along the Saco River. Phillips purchased large land tracts from Indian chiefs Fluellin and Rogomock that encompassed what became Sanford and neighboring Alfred. The Royal Exchange Tavern where the Proprietors met in 1738 played an important role in American history, having been witness to the Boston Massacre and a meeting place of the Sons of Liberty.
ON THE WATER
Springvale Recreation Area off Route 109 in the village of Springvale is on the Mousam River, and is a popular swimming and picnicking area. (bit. ly/22wAeWT)
For family fun, play a few frames at Bowl-A-Rama, 1217 Main St., pick apples in the fall at McDougal Orchards on Hanson’s Ridge Road, or check out Pine Hollow Little Par Three Golf Course or Mountain View Golf Range. From May 1 to Columbus Day, you can drop by Sanford Farmer’s Market for food, plants, and more Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings at downtown’s Central Park. (sanfordbowl.com; mcdougalorchards.com; pinehollowlittlepar3.com; mountainviewgolfrange.com) Number One Pond near Sanford’s downtown is where folks gather for fireworks on July 3, ushering in Independence Day; take in water ski shows throughout the summer; enjoy the Great Pumpkin Festival in the fall.
If you’re in the mood for food, there are several local restaurants to whet your appetite. In downtown Sanford, look for Mill 67 inside the Sanford Mill on Washington Street (3246767), where you can find burgers, brisket, steak and food with a Franco flair, or Back Street Grill, School St. (324-1011), where lemon chicken salad is a popular item along with steak, ribs, pasta, fish and more. Springvale Publick House, located at Springvale Commons, serves up yummy pub staples like fish and chips, chicken tenders, and mac & cheese. (850-4677). For a delicious, homemade morning or afternoon snack, check out Dirty Dozen Donuts, where owner Kelsey
Quint makes the doughnuts, daily. Dirty Dozen Donuts is at 913 Main St., and at 459 Main St. in the Springvale village section of Sanford. There also are a number of Chinese restaurants, pizza and sandwich shops, along with chain restaurants.
The Sanford Mainers, a collegiate summer baseball team, plays at Goodall Park, 38 Roberts St. While much of the park was restored after a fire in the 1990s, taking in a game brings you back to baseball’s early days; Babe Ruth once played there in the 1920s. (sanfordmainers.com) A number of local buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places or with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, including the 1871 home of former textile baron Thomas Goodall at 938 Main St. The Second Empire-style home is privately owned and not open to the public, but may be viewed from the street.
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in a variety of venues Oct. 18 to Oct. 22. Winners earn “Tommy” awards, named for Thomas Goodall, Sanford’s late, great textile baron. (sanfordfilmfest.com) In September, Sanford hosts Great Pumpkin Festival. Come winter, there’s Holly Daze, complete with a Christmas parade downtown and Santa at the Christmas tree in Central Park. (sanfordmaine.org)
On July 4, Sanford hosts a grand Independence Day parade, one of a handful left in York County. The event is widely attended. Film lovers won’t want to miss the annual Sanford International Film Festival, where upwards of 130 independent films are screened
Where to stay when you’re in Sanford? There are a few options, like Oakwood Inn Town Motel, 945 Main St. Ask for Room 120, where Katharine Hepburn stayed for two weeks each summer for many years while visiting in the area. (3242160; oakwoodinntownmotel. com). Other choices include the brand-new Springvale Village Bed & Breakfast, 550 Main St. (206-1020; springvalevillagebb.com); Sanford Inn, 1591 Main St. (324-4662, sanfordinn.com); and Super 8
Motel, 1892 Main St. (324-8823; super8.com/motel)
Three trails systems wind their way through Sanford and Springvale village. The Mousam Way trail is a pathway that goes form woodlands to streets to parklands through the heart of the community, following the general course of the Mousam River. (mainetrailfinder. com/trails/trail/mousam-waysouth) The Rail Trail is a multi-use trail open to motorized vehicles built on an old rail bed. It’s used
by hikers, bicyclists, joggers, ATVs enthusiasts, snowmobilers and folks on horseback. For a more leisurely stroll, take an urban walk using pedestrian routes along the streets of Sanford and Springvale village past historical homes and landmarks.
Sanford Springvale Historical Museum is a museum, to be sure, But the former Sanford Town Hall, 505 Main St., is also a venue for live music, from classical ensembles to bluegrass. (sanfordhistory.org)
Also in Springvale Village is Nasson Little Theater, 457 Main St., home of Sanford Maine Stage productions as well as other theater groups such as the Nasson Youth Theater. (nassoncommunitycenter.com/little-theater) Movie buffs may enjoy a film — plus pub food and alcohol - at Smitty’s Cinema, located in south Sanford at the Center for Shopping (smittyscinema. com). And Art lovers can check out the Sanford Springvale Art Association Gallery, 917 Main St. (490-0543; sanfordspringvaleart.org)
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FIRST SETTLED: 1768. Incorporated March 6, 1787, and named Waterborough. DID YOU LOCATION: Bordered by KNOW? Alfred to the west, Lyman Most of Waterboro, including and Hollis to the east, the town center, burned during Limerick to the north and the Great Fires of 1947, a series Lyman to the south. AVERAGE of forest fires that swept through ELEVATION: 797 feet Maine and destroyed POPULATION: 8,469 200,000 acres statewide. MEDIAN AGE: 36.9
Waterboro’s crown jewel is Little Ossipee Lake, a pristine freshwater lake where people can swim, boat, fish and camp surrounded by Maine’s famous rustic ambiance. Travel back to the ’50s with a pair of retro-themed diners; buy locally-made food and home
items; and enjoy miles of hiking trails, including Ossipee Hill. Friendship Park is a perfect area for picnicking and playing volleyball, and an ice rink provides family fun during the winter months.
ON THE WATER
Swimmers and boaters enjoy Little Ossipee Lake, which the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program has deemed has “exceptional” water quality. There are two swimming areas: Gobeil Park off Route 5 and Bob Fay Memorial Park off Webber Road. There’s also a boat launch at Gobeil Park. Those
The 1850 Taylor-FreyLeavitt House Museum, located in the “V” intersection of Old Alfred Road and Route 5, is open 1-3 p.m. Saturdays from late spring through Columbus Day. Exhibits in the ell and barn depict scenes of antique cobbler, optician, barber and blacksmith shops.
with a Maine fishing license can fish for perch, pickerel, sunfish, large- and small-mouth bass and trout. (littleossipeelake.org) Little Ossipee Lake Campground on Route 5 offers 85 campsites and lots of activities, from a playground to a private 3-acre fishing pond – and the lake itself is just across the street. The Old Corner Church at the corner of Federal Street and West Road dates to 1804. One service a year – usually in August – is typically held. The Elder Gray Meeting House on Chadbourne Ridge Road, was built in 1806, and hosts an annual service in August.
Waterboro Grange Hall, 31 West Road, owned and operated by the Waterborough Historical Society, hosts a number of events, form historical presentations to musical evenings. The hall was built between 1948 and 1950 after a devastating fire swept through York County in 1947, leveling the existing Grange Hall. (waterboro-me.net/historical) Waterboro Public Library, located on Route 202 in a former elementary school, boasts a lot of books in a small space. Activities include a Minecraft group, knitting group, preschool story hours, an adult coloring group and more.
Waterboro – founded as Waterborough – was first settled by Capt. John Smith in 1768. Within two years, seven families had joined him. The settling of the town was slow because of the Revolutionary War; in 1784, there were 184 Waterboro people in town. Town Hall The Old Corner section of town, at the intersection of West Road and Federal Street, had many of the town’s firsts. The Old Corner Church was organized in 1791; the church building in 1803. In 1784, Samuel Robinson opened the first school in a barn. In 1790, the Court of General Sessions was moved to Waterborough south of Old Corner, before it moved to Alfred 15 years later. The second and largest settlement was known as Carle’s Corner. John Carle was Hayward and Fence Viewer at the first town meeting. His son, Peter, built the first tavern. The town continued to prosper in the early 1800s due largely to logging, farming and the local sawmills. — Source: waterboro-me.net
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A two-mile hike beginning off McLucas Road leads to the top of Ossipee Hill, where hikers can ascend to a tree-filled summit or visit the Waterboro Fire Tower, which is manned periodically during dry months. (alltrails. com/trail/us/maine/ossipeehill-trail)
Old Home Days, usually held the Friday night and Saturday following the July 4 holiday, returns this year with a parade and what are said to be the area’s best fireworks on Saturday night. Other events in past years have included a talent show, remote control aircraft tryouts, helicopter rides, performances by dance groups, a balloon toss, a water race and more. The event is held on the grounds of Massabesic High School campus on West Road.
Hungry? There are several spots in Waterboro and close by to whet your appetite, such as Flippin’ Good, 236 main St., East Waterboro ( 499-7715); Woody’s Sports Grille on West Road (247-4471); Cozi Corner Café & Catering (247-5222; cozicornercafe.com), a breakfast and lunch spot at the intersection of Goodwin’s Mills Road and Route 202; and Waterboro House of Pizza (247-8900; waterborohouseofpizza.com), at the intersection of Route 202 and West Road. For a retro dining experience reminiscent of the old driveins, roll up to Blast from the Past Diner (247-8005; blastfromthepastme.com), a 1950sthemed diner where folks take part in “cruise night” in their vintage autos on Friday evenings starting in May.
Bob Fay Memorial Park off Webber Road offers trails and a picnicking area. Waterboro Barrens features trails through a boreal pine barrens sporting pitch pine and scrub oak. The 2,475 acre preserve was established in the early 1990s, and can be reached by taking Buff Brook Road off Newfield Road.
Cornerstone Country Market, 1045 Main St. (Route 202) carries just about every baking supply imaginable as well as candies, nuts, dairy products, grass-fed beef and Pennsylvania Dutch pickles and jams, along with locally-made candles and other items. (247-7668) Abbott’s Power Equipment on Route 202 can fill your order for that chainsaw, ATV or snowmobile. (247-5278; fmabbott.com) From late spring to Columbus Day, the Farmer’s Daughters Farm Stand on Route 202 carries fresh corn, tomatoes, cukes and zukes and a whole lot more.
When the weather is fine and the temperatures are moderate, Friendship Park on old Alfred Road offers picnic areas, a Little League field, horseshoe pits, a playground, a basketball court, volleyball, a multi-purpose soccer field and lots of space for outdoor activities. (waterboro-me.net/parksandrec) Come winter, there’s Carll’s Corner Ice Rink, located on the Taylor House Museum property in the “V” intersection of Route 5 and Old Alfred Road. Love snowmobiling? The Ossipee Mountaineers Snowmobile Club (ossipeemountaineers.com) has been maintaining local trails since 1974. ATV fans can check out Ossipee Mountain ATVers. Both club houses are located on old Alfred Road.
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Wells & Ogunquit
Ogunquit’s name says it all. The Abenaki word for “beautiful place by the sea” has been luring people to its shores for centuries to view such famous natural landmarks as Ogunquit Beach, Perkin’s Cove and Mount Agamenticus. Artists began flocking to the area in the late 1800s, and today, the Wells-Ogunquit community practically screams culture. Catch an award-winning summer musical at the famous Ogunquit Playhouse, watch a movie in the meticulously preserved 1920s Leavitt Fine Arts DID YOU Theatre, or peruse the many art galleries KNOW? and shops. You can also stay at the “Ogunquit” is an Abenaki world-famous Beachmere Inn, experiNative American word that ence fine dining with live music at means “beautiful place Jonathan’s, and take a kayak lesson at by the sea.” World Within Sea Kayaking. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find it here.
In the fall, the Ogunquit community holds its annual Ogunquitfest, usually on Columbus Day weekend. The festival lasts all weekend, and includes activities such as a town-wide scavenger hunt, geocaching and a scarecrow contest. (visitogunquit.org) Each December, Ogunquit hosts its Christmas by the Sea festival in the center of town. Local businesses showcase their products, restaurants offer discounts, and pet shops offer fun activities for family pets. The festival concludes with a tree lighting and a concert by local performers. (visitogunquit.org)
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FIRST SETTLED: 1622 (Wells); 1641 (Ogunquit) LOCATION: Bordered by the Kennebunks to the north, North Berwick to the west, York to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east AVERAGE ELEVATION: 177 feet (Wells); 141 feet (Ogunquit) POPULATION: 10,073 (Wells); 912 (Ogunquit) 2016 POPULATION: 9,783 (Wells); 992 (Ogunquit) MEDIAN AGE: 51.1 (Wells); 59.9 (Ogunquit) 2016 MEDIAN AGE: 50.2 (Wells); 62.3 (Ogunquit) MEDIAN INCOME: $55,910 (Wells); $67,399 (Ogunquit) 2016 MEDIAN INCOME: $68,767 (Wells); $67,682 (Ogunquit)
ON THE WATER
World Within Sea Kayaking, 17 Post Road, Wells, not only hosts kayak lessons, it provides tours of the beautiful Ogunquit River, which flows into the Atlantic. There are tours for beginner and intermediate paddlers, and private instruction is available upon request. World Within also rents and sells kayaks. (646-0455; worldwithin.com) If you prefer to tour Maine’s waters while enjoyed a comfortable ride, sign up for a cruise by Finestkind Scenic Cruises. Located in Perkins Cove, the cruise takes visitors along the Ogunquit shore to watch lobstermen at work, view the beautiful Nubble Lighthouse in York, and partake of cocktails in the evening. Reservations are not necessary, but are encouraged. (646-5227; finestkindcruises.com)
The Ogunquit Heritage Museum, 86 Obeds Lane, provides visitors with a look at the great history of the Ogunquit-Wells area from June to October. Originally the house of Capt. James Winn, the circa 1780 structure helps the museum educate its guests while preserving and protecting local history. (646-0296; ogunquitheritagemuseum.org) It’s hard to miss Ogunquit Memorial Library, 166 Shore Road. Besides being located in the center of town, this famous building is renowned for its beautiful stone exterior surrounded by lush walkways. Although the interior retains an old-time feel, it’s outfitted with the latest in technological services. (646-9024; ogunquitlibrary.com)
Ogunquit was the first village in what is now the town of Wells. It was primarily a shipbuilding and fishing community until the late 1800s, when it became a popular artists’ colony and tourist destination. After many years of serving as its own community, Ogunquit became officially independent from Wells in 1980. Today, the Ogunquit-Wells area is one of the most visited resort communities in Maine.
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Since its creation in 1933, the Ogunquit Playhouse has served as one of the most notable summer theater venues in the country. Famous names of stage and screen, from Lillian Gish to Clay Aiken, have acted on the Playhouse stage, and
every year brings award-winning musical productions to local audiences. The playhouse also hosts smaller-scale shows that include area school plays. (646-2402; ogunquitplayhouse. org) Built in 1923, the Leavitt Fine Arts Theatre, 259
Main St., Ogunquit, is an oldfashioned movie theater that also boasts modern technology to entertain film
buffs, young and old. The cinema has preserved its old-time feel with its balcony seating and wooden floors while utilizing top-of-the-line digital cinema technology. (6463123; leavittheatre.com)
Ogunquit’s Main Street is filled on both sides with shops selling unique items. One of them is On the Main, 234 Main St., which is filled with unique handcrafted pieces by local
artists as well as artists from throughout New England and eastern Canada. (646-9280; onthemain.com) Swamp John’s, 106 Perkins Cove Road, is another local gift shop that boasts incredible works of art from many talented artists, from wall art and handblown glass figures to birdbaths and seaglass art. Swamp John’s also offers online shopping. (646-9414; swampjohns.myshopify.com)
The Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit boasts some of the most beautiful room accommodations a tourists could ask for – including fireplaces, kitchenettes, private balconies and patios – while providing a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. The inn also offers an on-site spa, exercise room and its very own bistro. (800-336-3983; beachmereinn.com) Ogunquit’s Grand Hotel, 276 Shore Road, has been a popular getaway spot for years, providing various accommodations while taking pride in offering affordable deals. Perhaps the most attractive part is its central location – it’s close to the beach and the center of town, and is just minutes from The Kittery Outlets. (646-1231; thegrandhotel.com)
Mount Agamenticus, located in nearby York, has served as a great hiking and scenic location for residents of York County for years. Mount Agamenticus is preserved by state and local landowners, and has attracted many with its 10,000 acres that includes a vast trail system, wildlife habitat and recreation areas. The mountain is open year-round dawn to dusk. (agamenticus.org) Marginal Way is one of the most well-known footpaths in all of New England. This paved, shoreline path spans from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach with an outstanding view of the Atlantic Ocean. (marginalwayfund.org)
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Ogunquit Beach is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in southern Maine. Stretching 3.5 miles along the coast of Ogunquit and Wells, it not only provides a beautiful view of the ocean, it’s a great spot to find shells and driftwood. There’s abundant parking and shops right off the sand for all your beach-going needs. (visitogunquit.org) Long a hot spot for fisherman and lobstermen, in recent years, Perkins Cove has also become a popular tourist destination that sports many shops and restaurants. Perhaps the most attractive piece of the cove is a large footbridge, which allows guests to get a view of the water while watching lobstermen and fisherman at work. (visitogunquit.org)
The primary goal of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve is to gain a better understanding of Maine’s coast and estuaries while teaching visitors about the natural and environmental elements of the state. Governor-selected scientists are on site as well. (wellsreserve.org)
Ogunquit Trolley Tours begin in June and typically run until October. These step-on, step-off tours circulate throughout the town of Wells, giving participants a first-hand looks at the scenes, architecture and neighborhoods of this historic area. (visitogunquit. org)
Jonathan’s of Ogunquit offers fine dining in an intimate setting reminiscent of the classy jazz clubs of the 1930s and ’40s. Jonathan’s also has large banquet rooms for parties, and hosts upclose-and-personal performances by the likes of Paula Poundstone. (646-4777; jonathansogunquit.com) For casual dining, visit Maxwell’s Pub & Grille, 243 Main St. Located in the heart of downtown Ogunquit, this small pub is the perfect spot to enjoy a low-key meal or a pint of beer while watching a sports game on TV. (6462345; maxwellspub.com)
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Other Places of Interest
The historic Shaker Village in Alfred was formed by members of the Shaker religion in 1783. While the number of active Shakers is in serious decline, you can still visit this site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Alfred Shaker Museum, located at the gatehouse of the former village, hosts a variety of exhibits and artifacts depicting the
Shaker lifestyle. (alfredshakermuseum.com) The Senator John Holmes House on Main Street in Alfred was built in 1802 for Holmes, who was one of Maine’s leading politicians. It was once known as the “Bow and Arrow” house for the distinctive balustrade motif it once supported, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 15room structure, built around an
WESTERN YORK COUNTY
Every fourth Sunday in March is Maine Maple Sunday in these parts. During the annual event, nearly 100 sugar houses across the state open their doors for the public to explore, and York County is home to a baker’s dozen of them. Visitors to the houses can enjoy freshly-made syrup, candy and other confections and syrup-making demonstrations, and several locations have other activities including petting zoos and face-painting for youngsters. Local favorites include Chase Farms, 1488 N. Berwick Road, Wells, which showcases its wood-fired maple syrup on a free pancake breakfast, and takes patrons on sugarbush tours on traditional draft horses. Others love Harris Farm Farm, 280 Buzzell Road, Dayton, for its maple doughnuts and horse-drawn sleigh rides. A complete list of York County’s maple sugar houses is available online. (mainemapleproducers.com)
enclosed court, now serves as both a home and a dance studio. Visitors are welcome to walk by and admire its grand exterior.
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Bentley’s Saloon and Campground in Arundel is one of New England’s premiere biker destinations. The space offers a variety of live entertainment and events, such as pig roasts and open-mic nights. The saloon also hopes a number of car shows every year, and regularly hosts charity events and fundraisers. The campground offers fullserve, on-site camping as well as motel rooms (bentleyssaloon.com)
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With more than 120 exciting stores, including Brooks Brothers, Adidas, the Kittery Trading Post, J. Crew and Jockey, the Kittery Outlets in Kittery has something for everyone and is a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists. Set the GPS to 306 US. Route 1 and get shopping. (thekitteryoutlets.com)
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With an array of animal exhibits and carnival rides, York’s Wild Kingdom in York is one of the only one of its kind in New England. The zoo is home to more than 60 types of species, including goats, llamas, lions, tigers, lemurs, monkeys and a number of bird species the world over. The park, located within walking distance to York Beach, also has batting cages and an 18-hole golf course. (yorkswildkingdom.com) Courtesy of York’s Wild Kingdom
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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. Rich in history, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is located on the southern boundary of Maine near the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Still in use, it’s the oldest shipbuilding yard in the United States, and was once described by the British as “the most considerable one in America” during the Revolutionary War. The nation’s first battleship and the world’s first aircraft carrier were built here. Public tours are rare for security purposes, but it’s still viewable outside the gates. (1.usa.gov/ 22J8L0K) SUBMITTED PHOTO
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