Get Out of Your Comfort Zone With Kennebunkport Sea Adventures!
One Kennebunkport Sea adventure we highly recommend is taking a Whale Watch on the First Chance. Bev and I believe that First Chance Whale Watch is the premier company for whale watch tours off the Maine coast leaving from Kennebunkport, Maine. Whale Watch trips begin about Memorial Day in late May and continue until about mid October, weather permitting. We have enjoyed this full day adventure trip and do suggest it as an option for our guests. You may call our office to have us book a trip for you.
If your passion would be a shorter scenic tour along the rocky coast, Kennebunkport offers three different choices. The Schooner Eleanor is a delightful way to unwind and relax while listening to the waves slip by the beautiful hull of this classic schooner. Hand-built by the boat’s owner and captain, Rich Woodman, he and his crew make an exciting hour and a half sailing trip by first traveling out the Kennebunk River and then sailing near to shore so guests may see the summer “cottages” and the “Bush Compound”. Romantic sunset cruises as well as day trips are offered by a second boat named The Pineapple Ketch. Set sail aboard the Pineapple Ketch, a lovingly restored 38’ Downeaster Ketch. With distinctive tanbark sails and a shiny blackhull, the Pineapple paints a familiar sight on the Kennebunkport horizon — many refer to it as the Port’s “Pirate Ship.”.
A third opportunity for a shorter scenic trip along the coast is to take an educational Lobster Boat Cruise on the Rugosa. The Rugosa’s crew also takes you out the Kennebunk River to the ocean to demonstrate hauling lobster traps while explaining the nature of “lobster harvesting”. As with the sailing trip, you will enjoy viewing the scenic coastline, summer homes and “Bush Compound”.
If your adventure interest is to be more active and participatory, may we recommend kayaking, paddle-boarding or canoeing. Bev and I enjoy kayaking and canoeing on the Kennebunk River. Traveling along the river from the bridge between Kennebunk and Kennebunkport one passes lovely water-front homes, the Cape Arundel Golf Course, the old river locks and Picnic Rock. The locks date to the time when Kennebunk and Kennebunkport were a shipbuilding centers. Then, some ships were built up-river behind the locks. After one ship was built that was too large to pass the locks, they were demolished, ending shipyards that far up the river. Today, this tidal river is basically recreational. Canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming are the primary activities. For example, many young folks enjoy jumping off Picnic Rock and swimming in the river. A new sport which is available here in Kennebunkport is Stand-up Paddle Boarding. We have to be honest, we’ve not tried this sport yet! However, we recommend Coastal Maine Kayak as the place to rent canoes and kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. We recommend watching the tides and going up river with the incoming tide!
Deep Sea Fishing is another of Kennebunkport Sea adventures. Several fishing outfitters will provide you an exciting day on the water seeking stripped sea bass, tuna, blues and mackerel, all of which are found in these fecund Maine waters. Here are links to three sport fishing charter we recommend: Castaway Fishing Charter is captained by Niels Jacob, a registered Maine Guide. Captain Paul J. Rioux offers terrific trips with Stone Coast Anglers. Last but not least, Captain Bruce Hebert has been featured on National Geographic channel’s “Wicked Tuna” and offers trips on Libreti Rose II to catch these challenging fish.
We hope you’ll consider a trip to Southern Maine for your summer or fall vacation this year and allow the staff at the Captain Lord Mansion to make reservations for you for one of these “Kennebunkport Sea Adventures”. Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield, Your innkeepers