Throughout New England, the third Monday in April marks a very important day – Marathon Monday! In Massachusetts, this day is a state holiday (not for the Marathon, but to commemorate the battles of Lexington and Concord during the Revolutionary War as “Patriots’ Day”), and this holiday pops up on many calendars throughout the nation. But here in New England, folks find themselves glued to the screen watching the course of the Boston Marathon. And while we in Kennebunkport will also be watching, the forecast tells us that it will be perfect for hitting the streets and trails for a run or walk in this neck of the woods.
While there is a stunning Maine Coast marathon course that brings runners through the streets of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Biddeford Pool each May, our usual recommendations are just a touch shorter. Fortunately, there are countless routes to enjoy the Maine Coastline from the Maine Stay Inn, but here are some personal favorites:
- The Ocean Avenue Loop: Take a left out of the front door of our Maine bed and breakfast until you reach a fork at the Wildwood Fire Station, where you can head right. Turbat’s Creek Road blends into Ocean Avenue and you’ll find some incredible ocean views both before and after the Bush Estate. A path known as Parson’s Way Walk brings you back toward Dock Square. Head through town and back up Spring Street to the Nott House and bear right – the Maine Stay will be on the left. Want to shave off a few tenths? Take a right up at the Village Green up Green Street and the Maine Stay will be right ahead of you. Runners or ambitious walkers will clock about 5 miles.
- The Beach and Back: Head right out of the Maine Stay like you’re going to town, but instead of getting sidetracked by ice cream shops and cute boutiques, continue across the bridge to the light and turn left. This road will take you along the three Kennebunk beaches. Turn back when you’re ready!
- Nature Loop: Hop in the car and travel along Route 9 to the Rachel Carson Nature Preserve. Here you’ll find a 1.5-mile loop with beautiful views and shady spots.
- Windy Wildes: Turn left out of the Maine Stay and stay straight at the Wildwood Fire Station and Wildes District Road will bring you into the heart of Cape Porpoise. Stay right at the bend in Route 9 to bring yourself to the Cape Porpoise Pier and views of Goat Island Light. Depending on whether you explore some of the cute coves, this run clocks in at about 6 miles.
But no matter how you spend Patriots’ Day and Marathon Monday, it’s sure to be a beautiful day here in Kennebunkport Maine – Spring has arrived!