The Southern Coast of Maine
The first week of November Nick and I took a trip out east and absolutely fell in love with Maine. I highly recommend a trip to the Ogunquit/Kennebunkport area of Maine as either a family trip in the summer or a romantic get-a-way in the spring or fall. We lucked out by having gorgeous and unseasonably warm weather and were able to enjoy the outdoors.
We stayed in Ogunquit at a cozy inn called Terrace by the Sea. Our room had a huge front porch on it and massive fireplace….it was perfect for relaxing and listening to the ocean. The hotel was right in town, but also overlooking the coast, as is most of the businesses and hotels in this area. The great thing about this area, even in the off-season, is that you don’t have to have anything planned to enjoy yourself. Walking around and stopping in various shops and restaurants is easy to do. I would even recommend taking a drive and just getting ‘lost’ in the beauty of the area. We spent a couple hours one day just looking at amazing homes and landscapes.
During our drive one day we went into Kennebunkport. This is another quaint town just north of where we stayed. We spent the afternoon looking at more amazing homes and walking around the town. We sampled some various foods by having a cup of chowder here and splitting a fish sandwich there. At one point we pulled over to the side of the road and were walking around boulders at the sea’s edge when another car with tourists stopped and asked if ‘that’ was President Bush’s home across the water. Well, it was and we hadn’t realized we had been hanging out near it (luckily we must not have looked too much like intruders trying to make our way in!).
Beautiful coastline, ports, and forests provide tons to see and do in the area. I do plan to revisit Maine with my family in the summer when the beach and area is in full swing. There really is something for everyone – great restaurants, fresh seafood, hiking, shopping, swimming, etc. I highly recommend the area!
http://www.ogunquit.org/ http://www.terracebythesea.com/ http://kennebunkport.org/