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Visiting Kennebunkport Maine In September

September 3rd, 2012 by Judi Hauer

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is already upon us, but fortunately September is a fabulous month in Kennebunkport Maine!  Honestly, September is the forgotten month of summer up here, and while the evenings may be a tad cooler (and who doesn’t love throwing on a cardigan or sweatshirt for a post-dinner stroll?), the days are basically indistinguishable from those of August.  So don’t pack away that swimsuit yet, because there is plenty of fun in the sun to be had this month!  But the beauty of taking your

Check out this quiet beach in Kennebunkport!

“summer vacation” in September is that since most kiddos are back in school – or at least will be this week – the sand is much less populated and far more peaceful.  Did I mention that the water is warmer now than ever?  Yep, it’s true – September brings the warmest water temperatures of the year in Kennebunkport Maine.  But if you’re like my mother, not even that fact will persuade her to take a dip, however, the solitude you’ll find along the shore is still ideal for resting, relaxing, or catching up on some great reading.  Forgot your book?  Take a peek at some of the titles in our miniature library of beach reading or hit up the never ending book sale at the Graves Memorial Library just down the street from the Maine Stay Inn.  Plus with titles starting at just fifty cents, you can stock up on some new reads!

Fortunately for my prone-to-imitating-a-lobster skin, there are oodles of fun things to do in the area that don’t revolve around soaking up some rays.  As always, the galleries have some incredible exhibits up that are just begging for perusing, and the restaurants are in full swing to keep you fueled for exploring the area.  And after an August with lots of sunshine, you’ll find that more and more Kennebunkport restaurants will be featuring local produce on their menus.  But as you know, Kennebunkport is full of fun activities, so stay tuned for updates and upcoming events.

Visiting Kennebunkport’s Cape Porpoise

August 14th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Kennebunkport has long been the home of sea-faring folk, and for many years, the district known today as Cape Porpoise was home to fishermen and their families.  Today, while their boats remain moored in Cape Porpoise Harbor, few can afford the McMansions and breathtaking views, which characterize the area.  Don’t get me wrong, though, there are plenty of historic homes and adorable cottages, but some of the most stunning locations feature spectacular, yet tasteful, new construction homes.

Goat Island Lighthouse

A distant view of Goat Island LIght on a beautiful summer day

Nevertheless, the Cape Porpoise area retains a vastly different feel than the historic district of Kennebunkport, and it certainly earns its spot of my top five must-visit list.

So whether you choose to spend the day or just a few moments there, it is well worth the short trip from the Maine Stay Inn and Cottages.  The pier at the tip of (aptly named) Pier Road remains a working destination for fishermen bringing in their haul.  It’s always fun to watch them pull in their traps, unload  the boat, and weigh their catches.  But Cape Porpoise is also known for being home to Goat Island lighthouse, which sits just off shore.  You can easily see the now restored facade from the mainland, but if you wish to get closer (and not just by upping the zoon on your camera), renting kayaks is a great option.  Plus, if you’re an anxious paddler, you can contact one of the touring companies to design and accompany you on your trip.   And new this summer, you can even enjoy a trip to and tour of the lighthouse on the boat The Porpus.

And while picnicking on at the small park at the tip of the pier is a personal favorite activity, three restaurants sit right there, just for the non-picnic sort.  But even if you have packed a lunch, the idea of picking up a Hoodsie or two is the idea way to cap off an afternoon.  Fortunately, Cape Pier Chowder House has got you covered!  So whatever your mood, be sure not to miss a visit to Kennebunkport’s Cape Porpoise.

This Weekend in Kennebunkport Maine

June 22nd, 2011 by avadmin

Though tomorrow’s forecast looks a little on the wet side, the upcoming weekend predictions for Kennebunkport Maine look bright.  So while many visitors and locals are likely to hit the beach or explore the amazing outdoor activities that abound (can you say paddleboarding, surfing, sailing or kayaking?), others might like a little help picking out some distinctly Maine activities to leisurely structure their days.  With that in mind, here’s a peek at some of the awesome events going on in town and in neighboring communities!

Kennebunkport Maine Beaches

Relax on the beach or get out and explore!

  • Tomorrow night marks the start of Old Orchard Beach’s weekly fireworks display.  Don’t dine too late in Kennebunkport Maine, or you might miss ‘em! 9:45 pm next to the pier.
  • La Kermesse Franco-American Festival at Mechanics Park in downtown Biddeford begins Friday afternoon and concludes on Sunday.  This celebration of Franco-American culture welcomes everyone and provides fun and excitement for the whole family.  Enjoy the plethora of food vendors (including a beer fest), parades, music, and games to help top off an amazing weekend!
  • Looking to stay a little closer to home?  Check out the Maine Playwright Series at River Tree Arts, just over the Kennebunkport Maine bridge.  This week’s reading is Volcanic in Origin and your feedback to the playwright will help in the final production of the play – how cool is that?!  Tickets are $12 at the door.
  • Outdoorsy folks are sure to enjoy the vernal pool and wetlands walk at Mt. Agamenticus in York on Saturday.  From 10 to noon (perfect timing for after breakfast!), learn about the endangered species that are home to this area and explore the highest concentration of vernal pools in all of Maine.
  • Love the animal pastels that grace the walls of Cottage Suite 6?  Then head over to Santora Fine Art in Kennebunk for her 5th annual open house.  Enter for a chance to win one of her incredible paintings!
  • On Sunday, make sure not to miss the 11th annual Wells Antique Show and Sale at Laudholm Farm.  75 exhibitors are sure to bring incredible works from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries – shop away!
    Options about for making your weekend getaway extra special, whether its just relaxing with your family or special someone or taking part in any of the great festivals in the area.  But with summer just beginning, there are more amazing things in store in Kennebunkport Maine!