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FIRST SETTLED: 1616-17 (became a town in 1718 and a city in 1855) LOCATION: Bordered by Saco to the north, Dayton and Arundel to the west, Kennebunkport to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east AVERAGE ELEVATION: 69 feet POPULATION: 21,777 PROJECTED 2016 POPULATION: 21,159 MEDIAN AGE: 38.1 PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN AGE: 38.9 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $40,328 PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $51,502
One of the oldest communities in Maine, Biddeford is a jewel to both locals and visitors. Miles of beautiful coastline, sandy beaches and natural trails set the DID YOU backdrop for a city KNOW? with a rich culture Biddeford celebrates its and a proud histo400th anniversary this year. ry while always The first European to come looking toward to Biddeford was physician the future. Richard Vines in 1616, which No matter predates the Pilgrims’ landing where your intertour to Wood Island in Massachusetts by ests lie, you can Lighthouse and enjoyfour years. satisfy them here, ing a play at the hisfrom fishing off the toric City Theater. While Atlantic coast and hiking you’re in the city, you have in the Rachel Carson National your choice of staying in a four-star Wildlife Refuge to taking a boat hotel, a quaint motel or a rental cot-
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tage with an ocean view. And at the end of the day, you can relax with dinner at one of many fine dining establishments. With all it has to offer, it’s no wonder that Biddeford has people returning time and time again.
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ON THE WATER 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 beautiful Saco Bay. Tours are held in July and August, but visitors may make reservations beginning June 30. Reservations are required. The tours are free, but small donations are appreciated. (200-4552; woodislandlighthouse.org) If you want to take your boat, kayak or canoe on the water, the Marblehead Boat Launch is a great place to visit. Located on Route 9 along the Saco River, this state-operated site is a convenient spot for anyone trying to gain access to the Atlantic Ocean during the warm months of the year. (571-0700; biddefordmaine.org)
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HISTORIC SITES The Biddeford Mill District has become a notable attraction for not only locals but tourists as well. With the recent addition of restaurants and shops, this restored 35-acre complex can entertain visitors of all ages. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Biddeford Mills Museum for a tour
BEACHES Located only 6 miles southeast from downtown off the mouth of the Saco River, Biddeford Pool is a large tidal pool that hosts a variety of space for both vacationers and lobstermen. A popular summer destination for tourists, the pool is surrounded by tall grass and salt marshes that house a variety of wildlife. Biddeford Pool is also the site of Maine’s first recorded permanent settlement, Winter Harbor. (bit.ly/1PWYPhw)
and learn about the region’s rich past as a textile manufacturing hub. (biddefordmillsmuseum.org) Built in 1759, the First Parish Meetinghouse, 3 Meeting House Road, is the oldest standing building in Biddeford. Originally serving as the city hall and church for the Biddeford and Saco communities, the meetinghouse was one of the primary causes for the split of Saco and Biddeford, as citizens of Saco found it difficult to travel to the structure. The meetinghouse is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open for tours by appointment. (284-4181) Fortune’s Rocks Beach on Mile Stretch Road provides two miles of beautiful, sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you’re looking to swim, surf, kayak, or jog, there’s a glorious enjoyment that encompasses the true beauty of the city. A lifeguard is on duty from May to September. Parking is by permit only, but permits can easily be obtained at City Hall, 205 Main St. (284-9307; bit.ly/1S3kSU0)
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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 something to marvel at. But ask anyone who has seen a performance there, and they will tell you it attracts talent worth the ticket price too. (282-0849; citytheater.org) On the last Friday of the month from April to October, the Biddeford-Saco ArtWalk sends participants snaking through the streets of downtown Biddeford and Saco to view art exhibits at various studios and businesses. Engine, an arts-focused nonprofit founded in 2010, coordinates the walks. (229-3560; biddefordsacoartwalk.com) McArthur Public Library, 270 Main St., opened in 1863, and is one of the first public libraries in the state. The library regularly hosts events tailored to families and children. (284-4181; mcarthurlibrary.org)
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Watch wildlife while walking the 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 American woodcock, willow flycatcher, Eastern towhee, chestnut-sided warblers, gray catbirds and more. (tpl.org/our-work/land-and-water/timber-point) Walking trails, playgrounds, a dog park, a skate park, a boat launch and sledding hills beckon folks to Rotary Park, 550 Main St. Open dawn to dusk, this 72-acre park also sports a picnic grove, a swimmers' beach with seasonal lifeguards, and a sand volleyball court. (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. (sacobaytrails.org/cliffordpark.shtml)
>> FESTIVALS Held in February, Winterfest is Biddeford’s annual winter festival celebrating the city’s FrenchCanadian heritage. Spanning several days, the festival includes a chili cook-off, dancing, movies, arts and crafts, skating, sledding, snow golf and more. (284-8520; heartofbiddeford.org) The La Kermesse FrancoAmericaine Festival also celebrates the city’s FrenchCanadian heritage, but is held during the summer. Annual favorites such as a parade, a petting zoo, fireworks, carnival rides, games, food and live music draw locals and tourists alike. (lakermessefestival.com)
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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, youngsters 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) You can lace ’em up and go figure skating at the Biddeford Arena & Expo Center on Pomerleau Street from August through March. Can’t skate? Take a lesson at the York County Skating School – lessons are available for ages 3 to adults. If you would rather watch others skate, you can take in a hockey game. During the offseason, there is spring training for lacrosse, baseball and softball. (283-0615; biddefordarena.com)
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Biddeford has the largest population in York County. It is noted for its woodlands, rivers, coast and beaches as well as its downtown and mill district. The latter two are on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the First Parish Meetinghouse, pictured above.
Route 111 near the Maine Turnpike, offers a variety of Biddeford’s hisstores in a central toric downtown location, includdistrict is renowned ing Nonesuch for its eclectic selecBooks and Cards, tion of stores. Among T.J. Maxx, Kohls, the many shops are Famous Footwear, Suger, 25 Alfred St., Payless ShoeSource, which features clothMichaels, Home ing made in Biddeford; Depot, Market Blue-Eyed Boutique, Basket, Walmart 160 Main St., which and Target. repurposes vintage Five Points gowns for the modern Shopping Center, bride; La Corseterie, also on Route 111, 193 Main St., which has a wide range of has sold women’s stores to suit many lingerie since 1950; shopping needs, Lacava, 12 Water St., including Goodwill, and Trillium, 238 Main Big Lots, Sears St., both of which have Hometown Store, lots of fun, unique gift Sherwin Williams, items. 1st Class Nails and (bit.ly/23LqHcA) Olympia Sports. Biddeford (5pointsshoppingCrossing, located at center.com)
Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the area now know as Biddeford. Because of its coastal location, Europeans explored the area quite early in the country’s history. It was first mapped from 1602-06. Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Richard Vines were credited with creating the first European settlement of the area, which took place in 1616-17. In the early Colonial years, there was significant turbulence between European settlers and Native Americans, leading to numerous battles. In 1716-17, Sir William Pepperell Jr. and associates purchased property around the Saco River falls. Lumber was big business. 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 on the Maine Turnpike. If you’re looking for something smaller and more quaint, try Dallaire’s Motel & Cottages, which is also a short drive from Exit 32 at 528 Elm St. Dallaire’s offers traditional rooms and cottage-style lodging as well as an outdoor pool and playground. (Holiday Inn Express: 294-6464; America’s Best Value Inn, 2842440; Dallaire’s, 284-4100, dallairesmotelcottages.com) For those who want a room with a spectacular beach view, Maine Seaside Rentals in Biddeford Pool coordinates vacation home rentals in Biddeford’s seaside neighborhoods. Many of the rentals provide direct access to the community’s sandy beaches. (2844350; maineseasiderentals.com)
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If you’re hungry, there’s plenty on the menu in downtown Biddeford, from pizza and burgers to ethnic foods and gourmet fare. 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 in a classic railroad car-style diner. Biscuits & Company, 25 Alfred St. (pictured above), sells fresh sweet treats, artisan breads, breakfast sandwiches and other items. At Elements: Books Coffee Beer, 265 Main St., you can enjoy a cup of locally roasted coffee or a glass of local craft beer while eating soup, baked goods or tapas in a relaxed setting. (bit.ly/23LqHcA)
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FIRST SETTLED: Kennebunkport – 1610 (became a town in 1653); Kennebunk – 1620s (became a town in 1820) LOCATION: Kennebunkport – Bordered by Biddeford to the north, Kennebunk and Arundel to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east; Kennebunk – Bordered by Alfred, Lyman and Arundel to the north, Sanford to the west, Wells and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, and Kennebunkport to the east POPULATION: Kennebunkport – 3,460; Kennebunk – 10,998 PROJECTED 2016 POPULATION: Kennebunkport – 3,451; Kennebunk – 11,449 MEDIAN AGE: Kennebunkport – 51.9; Kennebunk – 48.3 PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN AGE: Kennebunkport – 53.7; Kennebunk – 49.9 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: Kennebunkport – $66,718; Kennebunk – $60,306 PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: Kennebunkport – $81,879; Kennebunk – $75,030
Full of New England charm, the Kennebunks – which include the bordering towns of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport – are one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations, offering seaside resorts, miles of nature trails, charming downtown shops and restaurants, and many historic homes. From frolicking on famous powder-sand beaches and visiting the Bush Compound – the summer home DID YOU of former President George H.W. Bush KNOW? – to enjoying a Located on Walker’s Point in burger and locallyKennebunkport, the Bush Compound With records of English made brew on a – the summer home of former and French explorers trawaterfront deck, President George H.W. Bush and versing the Kennebunk there’s something former First Lady Barbara Bush River as early as 1603, the for everyone in – has hosted several heads of state, Kennebunks are one of the these small seaside including Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail first areas in Maine that towns. Gorbechev, Yitzhak Rabin Europeans visited. and Vladmir Putin. By the 1640s, many had settled there permanently and were farming the land; farming would Dock Square in downtown Kennebunkport remain an economic driver in the is lined with locally owned shops selling eve- area for years to follow. Native rything from hand-crafted jewelry to hard-tofind hot sauce. Among the many shops are Beach Grass, 28 Dock Square, which sells home decor, books, fashion accessories and other If you’ve ever been curious about items inspired by the sea; Flaming Gourmet, how Maine’s most famous seafood 28 Dock Square, whose walls are lined with staple – lobster – is caught, First one of the largest inventories of hot sauces Chance’s Scenic Lobster Tour in New England; and Deep Blue, 8 Western is for you. The 1 1⁄2-hour boat ride Ave., which sells sea glass crafts and jewelry. also features stunning views of the (kennebunkport.org) Kennebunks’ coast and glimpses of marine wildlife. First Chance operates another boat for whale watches. Both depart from a dock at 4 Western Ave.
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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 simply to view the church, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and mouth of the Kennebunk River. (stannskennebunkport.org) With a pale-yellow brick exterior wrapped in white woodwork, the
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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. (Route 9), Kennebunk. (967-5507; firstchancewhalewatch.com) Goat Island Lighthouse, which was established in 1833, is the Kennebunks’ only lighthouse. The lighthouse is a private residence, but its owners often give tours to those who arrive by boat. The lighthouse is best viewed from the landing at the end of Pier Road in Cape Porpoise. (967-3465; kporttrust.org)
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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.
Whether you feel like dining from a picnic table or a linen table cloth, the Kennebunks have a place for you. The annual six-day Kennebunkport Festival celebrates the state’s chefs and beer and wine makers. The 2016 festival will be June 6-11. (kennebunkportfestival.com) The Clam Shack, 2 Western Ave., Kennebunk (967-3321), offers casual, traditional New England seafood fare like fried clams, clam chowder and, of course, lobster rolls. Nearby Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub (967-4322; federaljacks.com), 8 Western Ave., offers pub fare like burgers and fries as well as a long list of draft beers, including beer brewed inhouse. If you’re looking for a more upscale dining experience, check out the White Barn Inn Restaurant (whitebarninn.com), 37 Beach Ave., Kennebunk. The restaurant offers a fourcourse meal for just over $100 per person. It made headlines in 2013 for offering a $40,000 ruby-red martini served with a four-carat ruby.
Lodging options in the Kennebunks include several bed and breakfasts as well as a large selection of resorts. Bufflehead Cove Bed and Breakfast offers homey riverside digs and a seasonal breakfast. (9673879; buffleheadcove.com). The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunport (967-4050; nonantumresort. com) has provided a picturesque setting for life’s monumental occasions such as weddings and anniversaries for more than 100 years. Hidden Pond, 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport (512-1083; hiddenpond maine.com) has made Conde Nast’s Gold List: The World’s Best Hotels two
years in a row. For more options, visit kennebunkport.org.
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)
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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)
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)
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BEACHES 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 and lifeguards. 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)
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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 awe-dropping scenery. That’s what you’ll find at the Kennebunks’ selection of golf courses, including the Cape Arundel Golf Club, a semiprivate course founded in 1896 along the banks of the Kennebunk River. (capearundelgolfclub.com) COURTESY MAINE OFFICE OF TOURISM
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: 8,624 PROJECTED 2016 POPULATION: 8,472
When people think of Maine as a vacation destination, one of the first places that come to mind is Old Orchard Beach. For more than 100 years, this resort community has attracted 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 an old-fashioned boardwalk, a historic amusement park, and dozens
MEDIAN AGE: 47.7 PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN AGE: 48.9 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $43,113 PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $51,868
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of shops and dining establishments. Old Orchard Beach’s Parasail over the Atlantic Ocean, famous Palace Playland frolic in the surf, or rent a paddleamusement park was home board or jet ski for a day on the water. to the first carousel in the Venture a short ways from downtown United States. to take in a fishing excursion, play a few rounds of mini-golf 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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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. It became independent of Saco in 1884. With an old-fashioned pier, 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.
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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). Laugh Lines, 1 East Grand Ave., carries “Life is Good” products, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and water bottles, as well as other beach and gift items. (934-0525)
The name of the town is Old Orchard Beach, so you know it takes 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, an old-fashioned boardwalk, and many food and retail shops within walking distance. (oldorchardbeachmaine.com)
ON THE WATER Rippin’ Lips Charters takes passengers on four- and sixhour 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
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 Fries, 12 Old Orchard St. People have been flocking for its famous fries since 1932. Try them with ketchup or vinegar. (934-2328) 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. (934-5044; josephsbythesea.com)
Old Orchard Beach offers a number of resort-style campgrounds, including Hid’n Pines Family Campground, 8 Cascade Road, located half a mile away from downtown OOB. Amenities include WiFi, a pool, a playground and a recreation hall. (mainefamilycamping.com) Wild Acres RV 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)
Pier in Saco. (229-3845; rippinlipscharters.com) 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. Jet ski rentals are also available. (855-FLY-2SKY; oobparasail.com)
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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. (bit.ly/1q4HYOB) September’s Bikefest draws motorcycle enthusiasts for a pig roast, a lobster feast and prizes. (bit.ly/1RC0NVw) 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 Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce and COURTESY GARY CURTIS Industry. (bit.ly/1pKz8Wb)
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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 an old-style boardwalk 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)
Little Miss Paddleboards, 173 East Grand Ave., rents paddleboards from May to mid-September. 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) COURTESY LITTLE MISS PADDLEboards
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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 roller coasters and other thrill rides. During peak season, rides open at 11 a.m. on weekends and noon on weekdays; there is no set closing time. (palaceplayland.com) P i r a t e ’s C o v e Adventure Golf, 70 First St., is a piratethemed miniature golf playland with two 18-hole courses filled with caverns, waterfalls and other obstacles. (934-5086; piratescove.net)
Saco Bay Artists 2016 Summer Art Shows Monday, July 4 Saturday, August 6 Saturday, September 3 9am to 4pm for all shows (rain or shine)
On the Ocean Park Library Lawn Corner of West Grand & Temple Ave For more information:
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FIRST SETTLED:1630s. Became a town in 1762, PROJECTED 2016 POPULATION: 18,328 and a city in 1867. MEDIAN AGE: 41.8 LOCATION: Bordered by Biddeford to the south, PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN AGE: 42.2 Dayton and Buxton to the west, Old Orchard Beach and MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD Scarborough to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the INCOME: $53,332 east. PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD AVERAGE ELEVATION: 66 feet INCOME: $63,791 Data sources: 2010 Census; Esri Community Analyst POPULATION: 18,482 DID YOU
KNOW? “Family-friendly” should go-karts; and Monkey Trunks, an Saco was originally named be etched on every piece of adventure park with 48 rope chalPepperrellborough in honor of Sir Saco’s tourism literature, lenges and a zip line. William Pepperrell, who gave four because everything caters Once you’ve gotten your blood acres to the town for use as a to good, clean fun for all racing with the theme parks, you village common, a burying ground ages. Thrill seekers will be can decompress with a relaxing and a site for a new meetinghouse. in heaven with three theme day at the beach or floating down The name was changed to parks located within minthe Saco River in a kayak. Or explore Saco in 1805. utes of each other: Funtown the city’s rich history with a trip to the Splashtown USA, a combination Dyer Library and Saco Museum before old-fashioned amusement park and taking a walk around historic neighbormodern waterslide park; Aquaboggan, a hoods. High-key, low-key, and everything in water park that also offers miniature golf and between – you’ll find it all in Saco.
HISTORY 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 thriv-
ing 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.” Cutts Mansion
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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 (283-4455; barekneepointkayaks.com)
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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 seaRapid Ray's side community of Camp Ellis. (282-1642; huotsseafoodrestaurant.com)
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The Saco River Market on Saco’s RiverWalk offers a variety of fresh produce, meats, baked goods and other items from local farms and merchants, as well as handmade jewelry and art by local crafters. The market is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at 110 Main St. (facebook. com/sacorivermarket) Stone Soup Artisans, 228 Main St., is a co-op run by artists and crafters who sell JOURNAL TRIBUNE/ Liz Gotthelf items on consignment. The store offers a variety of unique gift items, jewelry and pieces for the home. (283-4715; stonesoupartisans.com)
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 midAugust. (bit. JOURNAL TRIBUNE/Liz Gotthelf ly/1UOYFZy)
Spring 2016 of Biddeford in September, features live music and food by the Saco River. The Harvest Festival in October features a variety of fun, family-friendly events in the downtown area. (sacospirit.com)
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Funtown Splashtown USA, 774 Por tland 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)
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Spring 2016 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)
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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
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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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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. DID YOU LOCATION: Bordered by Kennebunk and Wells to the south, Shapleigh and Acton to the north, North Berwick to the west KNOW? and Alfred to the east. Sanford was a town from AVERAGE ELEVATION: 262 feet 1768 until it became a city POPULATION: 20,798 on Jan. 1, 2013. PROJECTED 2016 POPULATION: 20,687 MEDIAN AGE: 40.5 PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN AGE: 41.2 Data sources: MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $42,499 2010 Census; Esri Community Analyst PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $53,364
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 summer baseball team. Stay in the same room as Katharine Hepburn did at the Oakwood Inn Town Motel, and dine inside a former mill at the Mill 67 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 Great Pumpkin Festival in September, where pumpkins will be dropped from airplanes. (If that’s not a selling point, we don’t know what is.)
Sanford and Springvale’s downtown resurgence can be seen in a number of stores, including Get Fired Up, 883 Main St., a paint-your-own pottery and glass studio, and Nuvo Art Bar, 6 Washington St., which offers painting classes and an art gallery. Rock Lobster at Springvale
Commons has a zillion flavors of homemade popcorn, and Ocean State Job Lot, 1327 Main St., carries everything from olive oil and garden seeds to sheets and towels. 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.
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HISTORY 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 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.
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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) 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; and marvel at the Pumpkin Drop from vintage aircraft during the Great Pumpkin Festival in the fall. (bit.ly/1q2MrBe)
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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)
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If you’re in the mood for food, there are several local restaurants to whet your appetite, including Bradford Block Bistro, 449 Main St., Springvale, which complements its standard menu with interesting meals such as Coquille Saint Jacques on Shrimp Risotto. (850-1155; bradfordblockbistro.com). Springvale Publick House on Springvale Commons serves up yummy pub staples like fish and chips, chicken tenders, and mac & cheese. (850-4677) In downtown Sanford, look for Mill 67 inside the Sanford Mill on Washington Street (324-6767), where you can find burgers, brisket, steak and food with a Franco flair, or Back Street Grill, 16 School St. (324-1011), where lemon chicken salad is a popular item along with steak, ribs, pasta, fish and more. There are also a number of Chinese restaurants, pizza and sandwich shops, along with chain restaurants such as Bonanza and Applebees.
parklands through the heart of the community, following the general course of the Mousam River. (mainetrailfinder. com/trails/trail/mousam-way-south) 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)
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. (324-2160; 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 trail systems wind their way through Sanford and Springvale village. The Mousam Way trail is a pathway that goes form woodlands to streets to
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Spring 2016 Sanford Springvale Art Association Gallery, 917 Main St. (490-0543; sanfordspringvaleart.org)
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If history’s your passion, look to Sanford Springvale Historical Museum, 505 Main St., for exhibits and a wealth of local historical information. (490-1028; sanfordhistory.org) The Sanford Mainers, a collegiate summer baseball team, plays at Goodall Park, 38 Roberts St., which turns 101 in 2016. 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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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
Film lovers won’t want to miss the annual Sanford International Film Festival, where upwards of 130 independent films are screened in a variety of venues. Winners earn “Tommy” awards, named for Thomas Goodall, Sanford’s late, great textile baron. (sanfordfilmfest.com) On Sept. 24, Synergize Sanford debuts the Great Pumpkin Festival with a nod to a former festival sponsored by Sanford Downtown Legacy. The festival will bring back flying vintage Russian aircraft, which will drop pumpkins on targets in Number One Pond. (synergizesanford.com) Come winter, there’s Holly Daze, complete with a Christmas parade downtown and Santa at the Christmas tree in Central Park. (sanfordmaine.org)
FIRST SETTLED:1768. Incorporated March 6, 1787, and named Waterborough. LOCATION: Bordered by Alfred to the west, Lyman and Hollis to the east, Limerick to the north and Lyman to the south. AVERAGE ELEVATION: 797 feet POPULATION: 7,693
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PROJECTED 2016 POPULATION: 8,419 MEDIAN AGE: 36.5 PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN AGE: 36.9 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $54,563 PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $60,179
Like most municipalities in Maine, Waterboro is proud of its history. DID YOU While not a seaside community, it has plenty to offer in terms of KNOW? recreation, leisure and enterMost of Waterboro, including tainment. The town’s crown the town center, burned during jewel is Little Ossipee Lake, a the Great Fires of 1947, a series pristine freshwater lake where of forest fires that swept through people can swim, boat, fish and Maine and destroyed camp surrounded by Maine’s 200,000 acres statewide. famous rustic ambiance. Travel back to the ’50s with a pair of retrothemed diners; buy locally-made food and home items; and enjoy miles of hiking trails. Friendship Park is a perfect area for picnicking and playing beach volleyball, and an ice rink provides family fun during the winter months.
Old Home Days, usually held Friday night and Saturday after July 4, 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, heilcopter rides, performances by dance groups, a balloon toss, a water race and more. The event is held on the grounds of Massabesic High School on West Road. (facebook.com/ waterboroohd)
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ON THE WATER Swimmers and boaters alike 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
Hungry? There are a few spots in Waterboro to take care of that issue, such a s Wo o d y ’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 drive-ins, go to Vandy’s on Old Alfred Road (247-2500; vandys.com). Or roll up to Blast from the Past Diner (247-8005; blastfromthepastme.com), a 1950s-themed diner where folks take part in “cruise night” in their vintage autos on Friday evenings during the summer.
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/ossipee-hill-trail) 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. (bit.ly/1RjoVdt)
also a boat launch at Gobeil Park. Those 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. (247-5875)
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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, beach volleyball, a multi-purpose soccer field and lots of space for outdoor activities. (waterborome.net/parksandrec) Come winter, there’s Carle’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 ATV’ers. Both clubhouses are located on old Alfred 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 locallymade 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.
HISTORY 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 people in town. The Old Corner section had many of the town’s firsts. The Old Corner Church was organized in 1791; the church building in 1803. In 1784, Samuel Robinson
Waterboro Grange Hall, 31 West Road, is owned and operated by the Waterborough Historical Society, and hosts musical events. It 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, preschool story hours, an adult coloring group and more. (waterborolibrary.org)
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The 1850 Taylor-Frey-Leavitt 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. 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 also hosts an annual service in August.
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 Carles 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
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 awardwinning summer musical at the famous Ogunquit Playhouse, watch a movie in the meticulously preserved 1920s Leavitt Fine Arts Theatre, or peruse the many art galleries and shops. You can also stay at the worldfamous Beachmere Inn, experience fine dining with live music at Jonathan’s, and take a kayak lesson at World Within Sea Kayaking. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find it here.
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FIRST SETTLED:1622 (Wells); 1641 (Ogunquit) LOCATION: Bordered by the Kennebunks to the north, North Berwick DID YOU to the west, York to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east AVERAGE ELEVATION: 177 feet (Wells); 141 feet (Ogunquit) KNOW? POPULATION: 9,589 (Wells); 892 (Ogunquit) “Ogunquit” is an Abanaki PROJECTED 2016 POPULATION: 9,783 (Wells); 992 (Ogunquit) Native American word that MEDIAN AGE: 48.5 (Wells); 61.3 (Ogunquit) means “beautiful place PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: by the sea.” $68,767 (Wells); $67,682 (Ogunquit) PROJECTED 2016 MEDIAN AGE: 50.2 (Wells); 62.3 (Ogunquit) MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $55,910 (Wells); $55,369 (Ogunquit)
Data sources: 2010 Census; Esri Community Analyst
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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
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; finestJOURNAL TRIBUNE/Alex Sponseller kindcruises.com)
artists’ colony and tourist destination. After many years of serving as its own community, Ogunquit became officially independent from Wells in 1980. Today, the OgunquitWells area is one of the most visited resort communities in Maine.
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)
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Mount Agamenticus, located in nearby York, has served as a great hiking and scenic location for residents of York County for years. 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 from dawn to dusk. (361-1102; agamenticus.org) Marginal Way is one of the most wellknown footpaths in Maine and all of New England. This paved shoreline path spans from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach while providing an outstanding view of the Atlantic Ocean. (marginalwayfund.org)
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 old-fashioned 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. (646-3123; leavittheatre.com)
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 show-
case 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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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. Governorselected 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 up-closeand-personal performances by the likes of Jorma Kaukonen and 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. (646-2345; maxwellspub.com)
with the latest in technological services. (646-9024; ogunquitlibrary.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 hand-crafted 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. (6469414; swampjohns.com)
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The Ogunquit Heritage Museum, 86 Obeds Lane, provides visitors with a look at the great history of the Ogunquit-Wells area from June to September. 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
The Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit boasts some of the most beautiful room accommodations a tourist 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, an exercise room and its very own bistro. (800-3363983; 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)
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The Senator John Holmes House on Main Street in Alfred was built in 1802 for Holmes, 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 15-room structure, built around an enclosed court, now serves as both a home and a dance studio. Visitors are welcome to walk by and admire its grand exterior. The historic Shaker Village in Alfred was formed by members of the Shaker religion in 1783. Although the number of active Shakers in Maine have dwindled to a number you can literally count on one hand, 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)
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As one of New England’s premiere biker destinations, Bentley’s Saloon and Campground in Arundel offers a variety of live entertainment and events, such as pig roasts and open-mic nights. The saloon is also home to a number of car shows every year, and hosts charity runs and fundraisers. The campground offers full-service on-site camping as well as motel rooms. (bentleyssaloon.com) COURTESY BENTLEY’S SALOON
With more than 120 stores to meander through – including Brookstone, Old Navy, Kittery Trading Post, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters and more – Kittery Outlets in Kittery is a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists alike. Set your GPS to 306 Route 1. (thekitteryoutlets.com) COURTESY THE KITTERY OUTLETS
Sporting a variety of animal exhibits and carnival rides, York’s Wild Kingdom in York is the only one of its kind in New England. The COURTESY YORK ANIMAL KINGDOM zoo is home to more than 60 types of species, including goats, llamas, lions, tigers, lemurs, monkeys and a variety of bird species from all over the world. The park also has batting cages and an 18-hole golf course, and is within walking distance of York Beach. (yorkswildkingdom.com) 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 SUBMITTED PHOTO the United States, and was once described by the British as “the most considerable one in America” during the Revolutionary War. Many historic ships, such as the nation’s first battleship and the world’s first aircraft carrier, were built here. Public tours are rare due to security reasons, but you can still view it from outside the gates. (1.usa.gov/22J8L0K)
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