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Fireworks explode in Old Orchard Beach.
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Something for everybody in Vacationland
elcome to the Vacationer, a publication of the Journal Tribune that provides a comprehensive list of summer events, activities and places to go. Whether you are interested in beaches, concerts, live theater, golf, fishing or all of the above, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in southern Maine. Summer is high season in Vacationland, and our guide provides a handy way to make good use of its long days and full evenings. If you are ready for an afternoon at the beach, a concert under the sky, amusement park entertainment or a few hours of peace, the opportunities are listed here. These pages point the way to York County’s seasonal pleasures, as well as some paths that lead away from it all. Find your way to the shore, where miles of beaches, headlands, quiet marshes and busy harbors offer a wide variety of
saltwater experiences. Explore lakes and nature paths, visit community museums and gardens at their peak, or window shop on Main Street. Summertime means festivals, and there are plenty to be had in York County. Celebrate Biddeford’s French heritage with the La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Festival, pick up some unique items at Saco’s Sidewalk Arts Festival, or take in more than 100 independent films from around the globe during the Sanford International Film Festival. You can also sample Maine’s booming craft beer industry during Beerfest in Old Orchard Beach, or celebrate July 4 with an historical flavor at Old Home Days in Waterboro. To the south, Ogunquit shines as a bright spot on the summer horizon. It was one of Maine’s first summer colonies, thanks to the picturesque charm of the village and the artists who were drawn to
Perkins Cove and the shore. Visitors throng to Ogunquit Beach during the day, saving their strength for long evenings at shops, restaurants and theaters that stay open long after dark. During peak traffic periods, trolleys move beach-goers and shoppers from Point A to Point B. Wells also offers trolley service to and from every major beach, hotel, restaurant and recreation center between Ogunquit and Kennebunk. A family-oriented beach town, Wells is also home to a wildlife refuge and the Wells Estuarine Research Reserve. On Route 109, there is a station for the Downeaster, Amtrak’s passenger train between Portland and Boston. The train also stops at Saco and Old Orchard Beach. In Kennebunk, ship captains’ houses overlook treelined streets, and restaurants and stores prosper on Main Street, where the Brick Store Museum keeps a window open on the past. Prosperous and beautiful Kennebunkport encompasses scenic Cape Porpoise as well as the many pleasures of Dock Square. Biddeford and Saco have a selection of restaurants, movie theaters, health care facilities and other services. Accessible downtown districts are home to libraries, banks, churches, stores and restaurants. Both also have growing, renovated mill districts with new restaurants and other offerings, including river walks on each side of the Saco River, connected by a new pedestrian bridge. Each community has unique offerings downtown, but also cherish the countryside. Biddeford Pool and Ferry Beach provide coastal access, as does the cities’ great-
est shared resource, the Saco River. Saco also boasts the Saco Heath, a raised, coalesced bog that is accessible through a one-mile trail and boardwalk. Biddeford’s Route 111 provides access to a growing number of large-scale stores and restaurants. Or take the road out of Saco’s historic downtown, and you will find more restaurants and markets, and eventually come upon waterslides, roller coasters, zip lines and other thrills. Old Orchard Beach is, of course, known for its magnificent beach – an ideal place for swimming and sunbathing. Bright lights, fast food, local baseball and entertainment are readily available, and Old Orchard’s historic pier still survives, well into its second century, as a coastal curiosity that is abuzz with live bands and unique shops. Escaping the summer crowds can be as easy as turning west. A trip inland brings you to hills and farmland of the northwest corner of York County, extending to the foothills of the White Mountains, less than an hour from the coast. For cyclists, there is challenging, hilly terrain, and the winding roads are also attractive to motorcyclists. Fishermen will find the county’s ponds, lakes and streams offer boating with an abundance of black bass and trout, and even land-locked salmon for the astute angler. If you prefer deep-sea fishing, there are a number of local charter services that will take you out angling in the Atlantic Ocean. No matter where you are in this part of Vacationland, there’s plenty to enjoy during the summer months.
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