Spring 2014, Southern Coast of Maine vacation activities!
Six Great Destinations Drive-able From The Captain Lord Mansion On Two Gallons of Gas or Less!
Don’t let pain at the pump put a crimp in your vacation fun! There are plenty of interesting places to visit on the Southern Coast of Maine and lots of fun vacation activities within 2 gallons of gas, round-trip, from the Captain Lord Mansion. Here are a few out-of-the-ordinary suggestions for “day-tripping” and enjoying Southern Coast of Maine vacation activities.
Cape Porpoise Just two miles east of Kennebunkport on Route 9 lies the working fishing village of Cape Porpoise. This off-the-beaten-path area boasts excellent seasonal restaurants such as Nunan’s Lobster Hut, the Captain’s Restaurant, the Cape Pier Chowder House as well as year-round choices of Pier 77, The Ramp and the Wayfarer. Bev and I never tire of driving or biking to the Pier and as we crest the hill overlooking the harbor and we catch sight of weathered lobster boats lined up like sentinels, their images reflecting off the shimmering water in the bright sunlight. Along the way to the Pier, take some time to visit the Wright Gallery; Charlie has an excellent selection of art from local artists. Once in the heart of the cape, near the fish pier you can see the Goat Island Lighthouse in the distance. It has been rescued and restored by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. Take some time to get out of your car or off your bicycle and explore the pier, the rocky outcrop overlooking the harbor and stay for lunch at either The Ramp or Chowder House.
The City of Portland
Just 30 minutes north of Kennebunkport, this bustling seaside city offers so much to see and do. Stroll the streets of the wonderfully restored Old Port, with its eclectic selection of shops, galleries and restaurants. Perhaps take a short boat cruise out to Peak’s Island. Visit the Victoria Mansion, one of the finest restored Victorian House Museums in New England. Visit the Portland Museum of Art – its main building was designed by I.M. Pei – and the McClelland House annex, a fabulous Federal Mansion that has all of its beautiful, original architectural interiors.
Oqunquit & Marginal Way
About 20 minutes south of Kennebunkport. Park your car at the entrance to Perkins Cove and lunch at the legendary Barnicle Billy’s, while watching the boats come in and out of the Cove. Then take a leisurely walk along the Marginal Way ocean-side walking trail. On your way back, stop in town and explore the many unique shops that vie for your business!
Ten miles north of Kennebunkport is a large tidal pool, as well as the scenic village that surrounds it. Site of Maine’s first recorded permanent settlement (1616), it hosts both resident lobstermen and summer The East Point Sanctuary (Audubon Society) is one of the premier birding spots on the northeast coast. Bev and I enjoy hiking in the Sanctuary because it borders a beautiful golf course and wanders along the rocky shore. Historic Wood Island Light is clearly visible just off shore.
Cape Neddick Light
Better known as the Nubble Light, it is just a few minutes south of Ogunquit, off beautiful York Beach, on a rocky island or “Nubble.” It is considered one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. First lit in 1897, it continues to guide mariners today. It is one lighthouse that you can see up close; it is only a stone’s throw off shore across a narrow channel of water.
Kittery Shopping Outlets
If your idea of a fun vacation day is shop ’til you drop,” then head south on Rte. 1 or the Maine Turnpike about a half hour, to the famed Kittery Outlets. In about a two-mile stretch of Rte. 1, you’ll find everything from Crate & Barrel, Liz Claiborne and Brooks Brothers, to Bass Shoe, Lenox China and dozens more. Why, you could get all your holiday shopping done in just one visit to Kittery!
Although Bev and I are “transplants” from “away,” we have lived in this part of New England for 35 plus years, we never cease to be delighted by the many charms of the Southern Coast of Maine. Let us help you plan an enchanting day of your own, all on just 2 gallons of gas! We’ll provide maps, GPS coordinates and explicit driving instructions!
Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper