Kennebunkport Area Gas-Saving Trips!
Destinations From The Captain Lord Mansion On Two Gallons of Gas!
Don’t let pain at the pump put a crimp in your vacation fun! There are plenty of interesting places to visit and fun things to do within 2 gallons of gas, round-trip, from the Captain Lord Mansion. Here are a few out-of-the-ordinary suggestions for “day-tripping.”
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 30 years, and never cease to be enchanted by its many charms. Let us help you plan an enchanting day of your own, all on just 2 gallons of gas! We’ll provide maps and explicit driving instructions!
We suggest that you pedal past the pumps! Enjoy scenery you won’t see from a car, and get some great exercise at the same time. Bring your own or use one of our complimentary bikes. Bev and I bike whenever we can, and here are a few of our favorite trips.
Cape Porpoise and Goose Rocks Beach (Long Ride)
From the Captain Lord Mansion, head out 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 and Gooches Beach (Easy Ride)
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 (Moderate Ride)
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 (Moderate Ride on a Dirt Path)
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 (Moderate Ride on a Dirt 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