Tag Archives: Maine

Maine Beach Getaways in Winter

The true beauty of the southern Maine coast is you can walk the beach year round. Southern Maine is legendary for its long sandy stretches of pristine, picture perfect beaches, from York to Wells, Ogunquit to Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach to Portland! While everyone comes for a Maine beach vacation in the summer.

Spring, fall and winter on the Maine coast are undiscovered gems for long beach walks, finding smooth beach stones, sea glass and shells, even the occasional lobster pot after a storm out to sea. What’s especially enjoyable about the southern Maine coast is that the Atlantic Ocean provides warmth in colder weather, with the sea temperature averaging in the 40’s. So seaside towns are more temperate often than inland and toward the Maine mountains.

The other bonus of a winter Maine beach vacation is great off-season lodging rates at the best waterfront inns and hotels, not to mention free available parking by the beach.

Here are some great oceanfront resorts, steps to beaches  – ideal for a winter getaway:

York Harbor Inn  in York Maine – a romantic BnB walking distance to Harbor Beach, with a cozy Ships Cellar Pub for happy hour.
Ogunquit Resort Motel in Ogunquit – near Footbridge Beach and Town, affordable and friendly lodging.
Cliff House Resort and Spa– which just underwent a complete renovation in Cape Neddick near Ogunquit.
Misty Harbor Resort in Wells is a short walk to Wells Beach Maine – with suite lodging and an indoor pool and spa too!
Village by the Sea in Wells is not far from the beach, and has an indoor pool and condo style lodging!
Seaside Inn in Kennebunk is steps to the a beautiful sandy beach, with an outdoor ocean view hot tub,  and its a nice walk to Kennebunkport.
Breakwater Inn and Spa is right on the river with ocean views, a short walk to a beach, shops and restaurants,  and a pleasant stroll to President Bush’s Walkers Point home on scenic Ocean Ave in Kennebunkport. Stripers Waterfront Restaurant is on site with a great happy hour, sunsets and lobster specials!
Rhumb Line Resort in Kennebunkport has an indoor pool and spa, plus an outdoor hot tub, and is great for families, in Kennebunkport, a short drive to several sandy beaches.

Sea Cliff is located directly on 7-mile Old Orchard Beach, open in winters with great rates and the sound of waves from your suite at night.

In Portland Maine, stay in town in the Old Port at Portland Regency and you’re a short drive to Portland Headlight and beaches, best of all you walk around Portland’s great boutiques and bars from the hotel.

So make plans for a Maine beach break – this winter! Stroll the beach, save on lodging with off season special, walk in to your favorite restaurants for lobster and enjoy local happy hour specials at some of Maine’s best restaurants…  it’s a shore cure for cabin fever and winter blues, and sure easier and less expensive than flying to a tropical island.

See more at Southern Maine Coast Lodging Guide , Visit Maine Lodging Directory, and Kennebunkport Maine Lodging Guide.

Southern Maine Coast Blog Facebook Southern Maine Coast Google Plus Southern Maine Coast

Copyright SouthernMaineCoast.com.  Text and photos property of IMS-21.net.

Shore Signs of Spring In Maine

Spring has arrived in Maine…sometimes its slow to arrive, with snow in April and skiing til May at Sugarloaf. Maine winters can be long, cold and snowy – skiers and snowmobiler love it but some folks just long for spring. Longer warmer days, beach weather and beautiful flowers. Cheers – spring is here!

Here are 7 shore signs of Spring in Maine:
Flowers popping their tender heads out of garden beds… the bright yellow daffodils, purple pansies, regal red tulips and golden forsythia buds busting forth – say that 3 times!

Shrink wrap ripping of boats as trailers and hauls drop boats into the water – well not literally dropping the boats – that would be a bad start to the yacht season!

Shorts – As the barometer peaks over 70, bold brave eager Mainers shed their long LL Bean layers and don shorts for the first time since September. Beware the bright white legs that have been under rap all winter.

Decks at your favorite Maine restaurants on the water are opening up faster than you can say “let’s get a drink down by the water.”

Portland’s Sea Dogs are playing ball. Nothing says spring in Maine like a home opener of baseball at Portland’s Hadlock Field with Slugger the Sea Dog and the Boston Red Sox Double A Team.

Lawns – the purr of lawnmowers returns as homeowners greet and groom the green grass they have missed  – buried under a winter coat of snow.

Lobster – yes it’s the season to start cracking into Maine lobster again. Here’s praying for a plentiful yield of crustacean this year. Maine lobstermen have set and exceeded their records for the biggest catch for seven straight years… insert clap of claws here.

Cheers to spring in Maine! Get in your short, get on a boat, go to the beach, catch a ballgame, enjoy a beer on a waterfront deck, and enjoy some Maine lobster.

For Maine lodging, visit Southern Maine Coast Lodging Guide , Visit Maine Lodging Directory, and Kennebunkport Maine Lodging Guide.

Southern Maine Coast Blog Facebook Southern Maine Coast  Google Plus Southern Maine Coast

Copyright SouthernMaineCoast.com.  Text and photos property of IMS-21.net

The Patriots are coming to Ogunquit this Spring

The beautiful coastal town of Ogunquit was established in 1686. To this day, Ogunquit carries a proud heritage of sea faring, coastal art and seafood. The “beautiful place by the sea”, Ogunquit’s translation in Abenaki, celebrates its seaside vibrancy with festivals.  perhaps the biggest event is Ogunquit’s Annual Patriots Day Weekend celebration April 21-23!

The entire ocean front communities turns out and celebrates with historical characters walking the streets, musterings, and fife & drum concerts, craft fairs, Colonial treasure hunts, and a Chefs’ taste of the Town. this year marks the 27th Annual Patriots Weekend in Ogunquit with some extra fun events like a Pooch Pageant, Washington Crossing the Delaware, and Maine Street – Ogunquit’s biggest nightclub – celebrating 17 years with a big Friday night party. For lodging during this fun festive weekend, see our Guide to Ogunquit’s best lodging.

Ogunquit’s Annual Patriots Day Weekend Events:
All Weekend Long
TREASURE HUNTS:
 Complete your Patriots Day booklet to the Chamber at the Main Beach tent, and be entered to win a prize! As a bonus, answer the question on the entry card correctly, and we will double your prize!

HISTORICAL BUILDING HUNT (throughout Ogunquit) Patriots Day celebrates Ogunquit’s history. Draw at least six of the following the most historic buildings and landmarks in your Patriots Day booklet and be entered to win a prize: Ogunquit Memorial Library, Ogunquit Heritage Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit Playhouse, Marginal Way Lighthouse, Perkins Cove Bridge, Footbridge (at Footbridge Beach), pedestrian bridge (at end of Wharf Lane)

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017
9:00am-5:00pm: LIBRARY BOOK SALE (Ogunquit Memorial Library) Used book sale, with proceeds to fund the Ogunquit Memorial Library.

5:00pm: FUNDRAISING FRIDAY (Bintliff’s Restaurant, 335 Main Street). 

6:50pm-7:10pm: HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE, December 25, 1776 (watch from Sea Chambers or the Main Beach Parking Lot) You’ve seen the painting – now see it come to life! asked that read to all of his soldiers. Hear George Washington excerpts from this reading of Thomas Paine’s December 23, 1776 The American Crisis before Washington crosses the River.

7:10pm-7:20pm: FIFE & DRUM PARADE (starting at Sea Chambers and ending at Ogunquit Baptist Church) March with historic characters to authentic revolutionary music to a fife and drum concert at the Ogunquit Baptist Church!

7:30pm (or directly following the parade): FIFE AND DRUM CONCERT (upstairs at the Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Learn about our colonial heritage of song as the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo play traditional songs and teach us about the instruments themselves and the signals revolutionary fifers and drummers gave to the soldiers in the heat of battle.

8:00pm: MAINESTREET CELEBRATES 17 YEARS (Mainestreet). – Free hors d’oeuvres and red carnations (the flower for 17th anniversaries) at Ogunquit’s biggest wildest night club. Free limited edition MEST pint glass koozies (come early-while supplies last). Fun music videos playing on our multiple TV screens in our newly renovated main lounge. 21+.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY:
OGUNQUIT STOCKS, AND  PHOTO OPS (Main Beach Parking Lot & Perkins Cove) Selfie photo opportunities for the whole family! Don’t worry, the stocks don’t lock, but they will be available all weekend for photo opportunities. Another fun photo opportunity available with a life-size cut-out stand-up where you can take a photo of yourself dressed in old-time bathing suits, as Uncle Sam, and more!

COLONIAL FLAG TREASURE HUNT (under the tents at the Beach) Find all of the flags at the craft fair. Using the page in your brochure, draw each flag in the appropriate colony’s box. Don’t worry, you aren’t being judged for artistic talent! We may throw in some other Colonial-era flags in to throw you off the trail! Turn in your solution at the Ogunquit Chamber table under the tent, and be entered to win a prize.

GUESS THE WEIGHT OF THE TEA CHEST (under the tents at the beach) How much did a tea chest weigh? Look at the chest and guess what it would have weighed when full of tea. No, as a safety precaution, you will not get to lift the box! As a bonus, answer the question on the entry card correctly, and we will double your prize! 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 
9:00am – 4:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR ( Kennebunk Savings Bank tents at the Beach parking lot) Over 50 vendors will sell their wares under the tent! We’re collecting donations of non-perishable food for York County Shelter Program, and pet food for the Animal Welfare Society.

9:00am-5:00pm: OGUNQUIT MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOK SALE (Ogunquit Memorial Library)

9:30am – 10:15am: COLONIAL CHILDREN’S GAMES AND CRAFTS (Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Play games from the colonial era, and make your own to take home and play later! Make your own Bilbo Catcher, Button Whirligig, or Toothpick Top, then learn how they work. Learn about the crafts of the colonial times, then make your own doll of yarn. Learn about the fashions of colonial times – make paper dolls and appropriate outfits for you to dress them in!

10:15 – 10:45am: BOOK READING AND SIGNING (Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Local author Brenda York Goodale will read her new children’s book, The Pride of Perkins Cove, the tale of a boy’s quest to find a lost carved boat, loosely based on Perkins Cove history, that adults as well as children will enjoy. Appropriate for children ages 5-10. Books available for sale and signing by author after the reading.

10:45-11:30am: MAKE A PATRIOTS DAY SCRAPBOOK (Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Nowadays, it seems like everyone has a Kindle. But real books were all the fashion in colonial days. Learn how to make a book using a fold and cut method and a sewing method. Then use our art supplies to start decorating the book. Use it to record your Patriots Day Weekend adventure! Appropriate for ages 9 and up.

10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES (Main Beach Parking Lot0 $5 per person.

12:00 noon: AMERICAN PIE CONTEST (downstairs at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street) Submit one home-made pie in an “American” flavor to our “celebrity judges”. Pies will be judged during Taste of the Town in the following categories: theme, appearance, and taste. The grand prize winner will receive $50 in Gift of Ogunquit gift certificates, and the recipe will be featured in the next edition of our Ogunquit cookbook. Of course the best prize is the bragging rights for having made the best pie in Ogunquit! Winners will be announced after Taste of the Town.

12:00 – 2:30pm: “TASTE OF THE TOWN” (Dunaway Center, 23 School Street) A variety of Ogunquit restaurants’ top Chefs will serve up their special dishes for you to try out! Buy tickets at the door or ahead of time under the tent at the beach. AGAIN THIS YEAR: You can choose to eat only at the Taste of the Town at the Dunaway Center, or buy an expanded “Touring Taste of the Town” ticket. Tickets for the traditional event at the Dunaway Center are $10. Tickets for “Touring Taste of the Town” are $15, and include admission to the event at the Dunaway Center as well as tasting portions at establishments during their business hours.

6:30pm: RE-ENACTMENT OF THE BOSTON TEA PARTY (Perkins Cove) Watch our colonists from the dock as they throw chests of tea off the Bunny Clark.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017
10:00am – 3:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR (at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tent at the Main Beach parking lot) See Saturday description.

10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES (Main Beach Parking Lot. Weather permitting.) $5 per person.

10:30am: CUB SCOUT DUCK RACE (Ogunquit River) Buy your tickets for the Duck Race under the tent prior to the race. You need not be present to win.

11am: RE-ENACTENT OF THE FLAG RAISING AT IWO JIMA (Marginal Way) While the flag raising at Iwo Jima did not take place during the Revolutionary War, we take a moment to remember and give thanks to all of those who have fought for our freedom throughout our history. Weather permitting.

12:30pm: PATRIOTIC POOCH PAGEANT AND FASHION SHOW (Liquid Dreams parking lot, 696 Main Street. Weather permitting.) Dress your dog in costume, or just come to watch the show! Two costume categories: Patriotic(red, white, and blue) and Favorite American (any Abe Lincoln wannabe’s out there?) Prizes will be awarded for most patriotic costume and best costume impersonation. Animal Welfare Society will be there to feature some of their adoptable dogs.

2:00pm: OGUNQUIT PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS FREE FILM – “THE PATRIOT” (Dunaway Center, 23 School Street) See “The Patriot”, starring Jeff Daniels as George Washington. Free parking! Free movie! Free popcorn!

5:00 – 8:00pm: MARGINAL WAY FUNDRAISER – MEATLOAF CONTEST (Bintliff’s Restaurant, 335 Main Street). Prizes! Raffle! Silent Auction! Lots of yummy meatloaf! All to help preserve the Marginal Way, one of Maine’s greatest treasures.

See more Southern Maine Coast events and festivals, like the Kennebunkport Festival, and visit Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport and Portland Maine soon.

For Maine lodging, visit Southern Maine Coast Lodging Guide , Visit Maine Lodging Directory, and Kennebunkport Maine Lodging Guide.

Southern Maine Coast Blog Facebook Southern Maine Coast  Google Plus Southern Maine Coast

Copyright SouthernMaineCoast.com.  Text and photos property of IMS-21.net.

Maine Summer Concerts and Theatre

wells-so-beach3Summer on the Maine coast means more than just beaches, lighthouse beacons and breaking into a fresh Maine lobster. You can add some culture to that side of Maine crustacean… after all summer stock theatre on the southern Maine coast is classic, and some of the best bands and performers come to the coast to host concerts and performances. Let’s just say it a good gig for the audience as well as the band.

ogunplayHere are the top theaters and concert venues on the southern Maine coast:
The Ogunquit Playhouse got its start in 1933, in a garage, during the depression when Walter Hartwig brought the Manhattan Theatre Colony to Maine.  In 1937, the playhouse moved to its current location on Maine Street, Route 1. In 1951, John Lane took the reins, before Bradford Kenney. The Ogunquit Playhouse brings top off Broadway productions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
2016 is Ogunquit Playhouse 84th season and with the following productions:
Let It Be May 18 – June 11, a celebration of the music of the Beatles
Anything Goes June 15 – July 9 – a Cole Porter Classic
Hunchback of Notre Dame July 13 – August 6 –Victor Hugo’s medieval novel
Priscilla Queen of the Desert  August 10 – September 3 – a Broadway Musical Classical
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers  September 7 – October 1
Million Dollar Quartet  October 5 – November 6 – a musical of the Fathers of Rock n Roll

kennebunkport-festival-singerHackmatack Playhouse in Berwick was founded in 1972 as a classic summer stock theatre in a 1716 barn, the old Gupthill farm in pastoral south western Maine. The following plays fill the Hackmatack summer 2016:
“Noises Off” June 17 – July 2
“On the Town” July 6-23, 1944 – a NYC story of three sailors
“Once Upon a Mattress” July 23- Aug 13 – The Princess and The Pea version play
“Almost, Maine” August 17 – Sept 3 – a romantic comedy on a mythical Maine town.

dine-kennebunk-innVinegar Hill Music Theatre is Maine’s newest music venue, in the old Arundel Barn Playhouse near Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.  The new name Vinegar Hill pays tribute to the history of this area in Arundel and the Smith Sister’s Farm. Tim Harrington (also of  Kennebunkport Resort Collection) is the man behind the scenes as Vinegar Hill’s managing partner, with Broadway experienced George Dvorsky as Creative Director. Vinegar Hill will be more music venue than playhouse. Here are the big name music groups and talents to perform his summer at Vinegar Hill:
Four C Notes June 25
Deep Blue C Orchestra June 29
Liz Callaway
July  1 famous actor and singer of film songs.
Comedian Justin McKinney July 2
Frank Santos
July 7 – Comic Hypnotist
James Montgomery Band July 7  – a legendary local 70s rock & harmonic band
Debbie Gravitte July 9 – Tony Award singer
John Davidson Roots, Roles, Rhythym July 10
Joel Known Trio July 12
Venus Mars Project  
July 13 – Boston pop rock band
Carolyn Rhea Live July 14 – Comedienne
Evan Goodrow Band July 15
Emily Skinner
July 16
Juice Newton Trio July 20
The Quebe Sisters
July 21 – a fiddling sisters trio from Texas
Elliott Yamin July 22 – American idol star
Well-Strung
July 23 Men’s Quartet playing Beethoven to Madonna
Paula Cole
July 24 Grammy Award winner for “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?”
Terry Sylvester July 27
Adam Ezra Group July 28  – Boston based awarded band, Ragtop Angel & Takin off
Joe Louis Walker July 29 – Blues Hallof Famer
Linda Eider July 30 – Broadway singer
Livingston Taylor Aug 2
Medium Lauren Rainbow Aug 3
Frenchie Davis Aug 5 – American Idol & The Voice star
Evening with Ronan Tynan
Aug 6 – one of the Irish Tenors
Howie Day Aug 11
John Ford Coley
Aug 12  – the “I’d really love to see you tonight” wonder
Comedien Lenny Clark Aug 13
Sugar Blue Aug 18 Grammy award winning Harmonica
Evans Halle Salon Soiree
Aug 19
Larry Gatlin Acoustic
Aug 20 Catlin brother country singer
Sherry MacArthur
Aug 24 PBS musician
Joe Scarborough
Aug 26
Sally Mayes
Aug 27 – Tony award singer
Johnny Winter All Star Band
 Sept 3
Jennifer Porter
Sept 9 – Opera singer
Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders
Sept 16
Heather Maloney
Sept 30  -“Making Me Break” music fame
All About Elvis Oct 1

portland-headlight

Portland Maine State Pier brings in top shelf bands in summer, open air with a view of the ocean. For 2016, Maine State Pier will host Jackson Brown June 9, Bare Naked Ladies June 24, Beach Boys July 7, George Thorogood, Goo Goo Dolls,

At the Cross Insurance Center in Portland, aka the Portland Civic Center, summer rock concerts include Phish July 6, Bonnie Rait Aug 19, and ZZ Top Sept 4

Kittery Star Theatre and Community Center is another cool venue for music, productions and theater camps.

kennebunkport-festival-tentSo there are just a few fun performances and plays to mix in with your time at the Beach in York, Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach and Portland Maine! May your summer be full of fun, music and theatre.

See our Southern Maine Coast lodging guide  for lodging in Portland, Kennebunkport, Wells, Ogunquit, Kittery and York.

Photos by Greg Burke, see more at Southern Maine Coast Lodging Guide , Visit Maine Lodging Directory, and Kennebunkport Maine Lodging Guide.

Southern Maine Coast Blog Facebook Southern Maine Coast Google Plus Southern Maine Coast

Copyright SouthernMaineCoast.com.  Text and photos property of IMS-21.net.

Best Events on the Southern Maine Coast

wells-so-beach3There are so many fun events in Maine from Kittery to Kennebunkport and Portland Maine. You just have to “sea” some of these zany vibrant foodies fun festivals to appreciate how Maine does things, fun parades, parties, and celebrations …”The Way Life Should Be”!

Every Saturday in Kennebunk is a Farmers Market from 8-1pm. Fridays throughout Southern Maine.Art Walks occur every Friday evening  in Maine – the 1st Friday in Portland, 2nd Friday is the Village Art Walk in the Lower Village Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, and 3rd Friday Art Walk in downtown Kennebunk.

The Padpaddle-boarder2dle Battle at the river front Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport is August 2– this third annual race of canoes, paddleboards and kayaks on the Kennebunk River starts at 1:30,  register for the race here.  Food, music and fun are part of the event for non-paddlers too on this Father’s Day.

Southern Maine Fireworks DisplayFireworks at Old Orchard Beach every Thursday night  on the beach next to the Old Orchard Beach Pier all summer June 25 – September 3rd.

July 4th  fireworks on the coast at Maine Beach Towns including York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk Old Orchard Beach, Portland.

pineapple-ketchThe Tallships Parade Comes to Portland Maine  July 18-20 2015  – Portland Harbor will hosts 8 historic tallships on their final stop of the 2015 Tallships Challenge . The highlight, the Tallships Parade, sails into Portland Harbor at 1pm July 18

Nonantum Resort Kennebunkport has live entertainment and riverfront dining Monday – Thursday all summer 6:30-9:30.

Stripers Waterside Restaurant stripers-lobster-bakeat the Breakwater Inn in Kennebunkport has an authentic  Maine Lobster Clambake every Monday night at 6pm served outside on the river with beautiful sunset views.

Aug 29, 2015 is Wells Annual Chilifest at Wells Harbor – a Mexican fiesta in Maine as Wells best restaurants compete for the best chili title.

breakwater-river-view7Laudholm Summer Solstice Nature Crafts Festival in Wells is the 1st Weekend after Labor Day featuring 100 artisans, jewelers, and crafts people display at Wells Laudholm Farms.

MaineStage Shakespeare presents outdoor Shakepeare theatre in the park every Wednesday-Saturday at the Colony, Lafayette Park and River Green in Kennebunkport.

portland-headlightMaine Open Lighthouse Day is September 12 with free admission to Maine lighthouses along the coast

Maine Lobsterman Triathlon in South Freeport is September 12

cape-neddick-yorkFor lodging on the Southern Maine Coast during any of these events and festivals, go to our Lodging Deals Guide.

For a list of Events throughout Maine, see our Maine events page.

Winter in Maine – Southern Coast Events

Snow TreesWinter in Maine brings snow and a sparkling blue color on the ocean. The best way to enjoy Maine winters is to get outdoors – snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. Southern Maine hosts a profusion of winter recreation and events from holiday festivals and shopping to sleigh rides, skating and cross country skiing. The Southern Maine  region embraces the spirit of the holidays in the winter months, but you can still walk the beach all year round.

Lobster Trap Christmas Tree: Saturday after Thanksgiving: York, ME, Lighting of the Nubble For some York locals, the Holiday Season doesn’t start until the annual Lighting of the iconic Nubble Lighthouse. In Sohier Park, there can be music, hot cocoa, cookies and while Santa makes an appearance. At dusk, the Nubble will be illuminated as testament of the coming Holidays.

Lobster Trap Christmas Tree1st two weeks of December: Kennebunkport, ME  HGTV noted Kennebunkport as the nation’s 2nd most spirited Christmas Town with respect to its holiday inspired events, tree lightings, entertainment, shopping, craft fairs, caroling, a Fire and Ice Bar at The Nonantum Resort on the River, and Santa in a lobster boat in its Annual Christmas Prelude Celebration.

1st two weeks of December: Ogunquit, ME Enjoy Ogunquit’s Annual Christmas By the Sea Celebration with  holiday decorations, caroling,  parade, races, shopping, craft fairs and more!

December 14: Watch holiday-themed characters, ornamented vehicles, and marching bands in the Southern Maine Christmas Parade in Wells.

January 1: Daring individuals take the Polar Plunge in Portland, Old Orchard and Kennebunk Beach to start the New Year with a dip in the cold Atlantic water annually at Maine beaches benefiting various charities. Old Orchard Beach hosts the annual Lobster Dip – same concept.

Winter BeachFebruary is For Lovers in Kennebunkport: All month the seaside town of Kennebunkport Paints The Town Red with lights, a lobster trap shaped heart, horse drawn carriage rides and romantic red tag sales and red plates dinner specials. Book a lodging package with chocolates, Champagne and flowers and see why Kennebunkport is New England’s most romantic town.

Whether you’re visiting Southern Maine for the holidays on a winter vacation or family gathering, you’re welcome to indulge in our winter festivals!

No better deals than November

water_goat_island_lightNovember is a hidden gem in Maine, the leaves are falling, so are the lodging prices. Our peak season has passed, but you can still come walk the beach, enjoy the shops, coastal drives and dinner at Maine’s best restaurants, no lines or waiting. What we love about November is the deals, call it “no excuse not to escape in November.” Maine shops from Kittery Outlets to Freeport offers sales, lodging properties put their best price forward and your weather can be anything from balmy beach walks to beautiful snowflakes.

Hot Tub with Ocean ViewSo pack a jacket, and put your feet up in front of a fire at a Maine inn on the coast. Here’s a great deal for a seaside inn in Kennebunk, located right on the beach. Actually, it’s called The Seaside Inn, and its owned and operated by 9th generation innkeepers. Your November stay includes daily breakfast served in the charming 1850 Boathhouse, and use of the extraordinary ocean view outdoor hot tub on the second floor deck… how decadent! Staying at the Seaside Inn Nov 1 – Nov 25 and Dec 14 -24 is just $98 for two nights midweek! That’s for both nights, $49 a night in a Terraceview room. Upgrade to an Oceanfront room for only $149 for 2-nights during the week, or come for a weekend stay at just $149 for both nights in a Terraceview room.

cape-neddick-yorkSo come to Maine, visit the fantastic coastal village of Kennebunkport, walk the beach, enjoy Dock Square’s shops and walk into any of the great Kport restaurants like David’s, Stripers, Pedros, Hurricane, Bandaloop, or Stripers. For fun day trips you are a short drive to Ogunquit, and Portland’s Old Port. Seaside Inn on Kennebunk Beach is just 1.5 hours north of Boston, and if you call and mention the VisitMaine.net Special, you can stay “seaside” for as little as $98 for two nights.

Kennebunkport Maine InnHow can you say No to this November lodging deal?! We will see you on the southern Maine Coast. This Southern Maine Coast special is valid now until Nov 25 and Dec 14 to 24.

See our guide to lodging on the Southern Maine Coast from Kittery to York, the beautiful town of Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach, Portland and Freeport.

Best time to visit Maine in the Fall!

Maine fall landscapeI just love fall in Maine! Warm sunny days, usually a perfect 65-70-degrees allows you to stroll the sandy beach, or paddle a kayak on the rivers with just a light jacket. Some September and October weekends can be super warm, with swimming at the beach for brave souls. Evenings the temperatures drops to a delightfully cool 50 and the sky fills with fantastic stars after a brilliant orange sunset.

w-farm-pumpkins4Fall foliage is truly the highlight of a Maine visit in autumn. Peak foliage is typically Columbus weekend, but the last few weekends in September and first week of October offer prime viewing of the splendid changing leaves from yellow to gold, orange to red, all offset beautifully with the bright green pines and sparkling blue waters of Maine’s lakes and coastline.

Portsmouth WaterfrontFall foliage activities on the Maine coast and inland on Maine farmlands include apple picking, hiking, biking and walking along nature trails. Fall also marks the harvest season and the craft fair and agricultural fair schedule. The Fryeburg Fair is by far the most famous fall fair in Maine, but craft fairs in York, Wells, Ogunquit Kennebunkport and on up to Portland, Camden, Boothbay and Bar Harbor offer locally made Maine crafts, art, food and entertainment. See our list of Fall events, fairs and festivals in Maine, and we hope to see you in Maine enjoying the foliage and the fun that autumn brings!

September in Wells – The Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival

Mid September in Freeport – The Lobstermen’s Triathlon

Mid September Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Sept 28 – Oct 5, 2014 The Fryeburg Fair – Maine’s largest agricultural fair

Oct 4 – 5, 2014: The Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston – Actor Patrick Dempsey’s annual Cancer Fundraiser walk/run/bike ride

Oct 11, 2014 Sunday River hosts the North American Wife Carrying Championships

Oct 18, 2014: York Harvestfest

Oct 23 – 26, 2014: OgunquitFest

Oct 22 – 25, 2014: Harvest on the Harbor in Portland

See our Guide to lodging in Southern Maine and our Maine lodging guide for your autumn visit to Maine!