Rick’s Gas-Saving Tips #2

5 Scenic Bike Trips – ZERO Gas!

3_bikersPedal past the pumps! Enjoy scenery you won’t see from a car, and get some great exercise at the same time. Bring your own, use one of our complimentary 18-speed bikes, or rent one from the friendly folks at Cape-Able Bikes on Arundel Road. Bev and I bike whenever we can, and here are a few of our favorite trips.

Cape Porpoise
From the Captain Lord Mansion, head north on Ocean Avenue, past former President Bush’s Walker’s Point estate, on out to the tiny seaside village of Cape Porpoise. Stop for an overstuffed lobster roll at The Ramp, at the very end of Pier Road, then continue on to Goose Rocks Beach, past a sheep farm with great views over the pasture to the ocean. circle back into town along Rte. 9 (School Street).

Franciscan Monastery
Cross the bridge at Dock Square and head south on Beach Avenue to the beautiful and expansive grounds of the St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery. Bike along paths with scenic views of where the Kennebunk River meets the ocean. Be sure to wear good walking shoes, as there are several wooded trails to follow. From the Monastery, it’s an easy ride down to Gooches Beach and Mother’s Beach.

Laudholm_farm_2Laudholm Farm
Follow Rte. 9 west from Kennebunkport about 3 miles to Laudholm Farm, part of the Wells National Estuarine Preserve, a haven for land and marine life, as well as native birds and plants. Here you’ll find extensive biking and hiking trails in a peaceful setting.

Old Trolley Line
In the good old gaslight days, a trolley took travelers from Arundel to Cape Porpoise. Now, a section of the old line is a secluded, wooded path, running from the intersection of North Street and Log Cabin Road – just a short distance from the Mansion – into Cape Porpoise.

Bridle Path
Bikers, hikers, and (in winter) cross-country skiers have replaced the horses that used to follow this trail from just outside Kennebunk, along the Mousam River, down to Kennebunk Beach. When our girls Dana and Stacia were young, this was a favorite family outing, usually ending with a picnic on the beach!

So, do something good for the environment, the economy – and yourself! Leave the car behind and see the sights from a bicycle instead. You’ll work up a great appetite for one of Kennebunkport’s outstanding restaurants! See any of us in the office for all the detailed maps and directions you’ll need for a fun, healthful and zero-gas day! And if you want, we can even arrange a delicious picnic lunch for you to take with you!

Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

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