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As mothers, we can do better …

Of course Black lives matter, I say to my children. Every life matters… hold on, don’t jump to judgement… I show kindness and respect to EVERYONE I encounter – everyday! I have raised two kind, gracious, inclusive children as a result. And they do not discriminate based on race, religion, socioeconomics. I am immensely proud of their passion for justice, their thoughtfulness on political issues, their engagement in their workplace, with their friends, and yes – strangers. Sure, I taught them “stranger danger” when they were little, but I also modeled kindness and compassion to all when they were young – which I see them emulate today.

Funny story, my kids would often eye-roll when I would address a clerk, a teller, a bagger at the store – by calling them by their name (nametag). “Mom, you don’t even know that person,” they would say.  “Well, I’m just spreading kindness, everyone’s favorite word is their own name,” I would say in return.

I displayed, I hope, that each person is an individual, everyone is due their dignity (until proven otherwise). We’re all different but the same. Our children follow our example, whether they’ll admit it at age 20 or not!

Fast forward to 2020, crazy times of Covid! We fear a virus, we fear isolation from the ones we love, and we don’t know the future of societal norms. Will we hug or hand shake again? Ever gather at large celebrations, concerts, sporting events, travel freely?  And just as a glimmer of hope starts to emerge, the pandemic is perhaps lessening its grip, curves are descending, recoveries are ascending, vaccines are pending, and we are resuming some sort of “normalcy”… a heinous act by a White Police officer on a Black man, George Floyd, results in his horrific death, as he cries out for his mama.

And just like that …all hope is lost again, fear returns, fear that we have not progressed at all… fear there has been no change in our culture to treat all human beings with equality. Everyone reacts – some with peaceful protests, some in rage and violence, even property destruction, some demanding we don’t need police if this is the brutality and racial bias with which they conduct themselves with. Others demand we wipe out national monuments and delete historical references, Gone With The Wind – gone, Aunt Jemima syrup with your pancakes – no more.

I am not a feminist, I am not a racist – I don’t discriminate … I am a mother, who taught her children to be kind, to respect all color, creed, women, men – all equal – all individuals should be treated with equal respect…  I also demonstrated that words are our best tools, not violence or rage, and certainly never hatred.  So of course #BlackLivesMatter

But that is not enough right now…. and now my children are calling on me in my “white privilege” – to be better, to do better…  Both my kids have said, “mom you have a powerful platform to shine light on this darkness.”  That was nice to hear… So I acknowledge the reality that racism sadly still exists in our society. Even after electing a Black President, and Oprah has appeared in most living rooms, even though we listen to and love music from Black artists, the talent of Black actors, comedians, authors, we admire the skills and stamina of professional Black athletes and the list goes on …  racism is still rampant in the U.S. – an abbreviation that should band Us together, yet in 2020 we are more divided than united than I recall in half a century.

I don’t see racial discrimination in my daily comings and goings in my little seaside town in Maine… but I know racism still exists… and its not okay. How do we do better? As mothers, how do we stop the cycle? Children are not born with racial bias, race discrimination is taught. That’s very Black and White… no gray there!

How do wipe away the fear that black mothers live with, fear for their children being judged without cause, being discriminated against, or worse – being harmed – purely due to the color of their skin? Sure, I feared when my kids hopped on their bikes and disappeared from my sight. But my concern was for them scraping a knee, not being mugged, attacked or shot because they’re Black.

Over 70 percent of Black kids are born outside of wedlock. 2.5 million Black men live with their children in the U.S., while 1.7 million do not, according to the CDC. In some communities, like southeast Washington, D.C, a staggering 84 percent of Black children live in homes without a father. As a parent, as a mother, my concerns for this pattern of single mother parenting… the resulting economic struggle and social hardships … and the cycle that repeats. Its not racism, its my pragmatism that I believe two adult minds, two incomes, co-parenting, team discipline, more attention to children and more love are all better than just one adult per household.

This generation, my 20-something kids in 2020, are finally truly appalled by systemic racism in our nation, where previous generations blamed their parents, or the culture, or ignored it all together.  My stepfather was racist, I tried to “school” him but he wouldn’t listen, so I ignored him, and I tried to be better.

I don’t have the answers, I only pose the question, how can I do better, how can we do better? For our children, for Blacks in our community and in our country. We can’t rewrite history, now should we erase it – or we’re doomed to repeat it, and the cycle of oppression. We need education, we need to instill compassion and opportunity for all.  But how? I will do my part by saying its not ok… starting today – I will not ignore or minimize it … I want to do better… race discrimination is taught. It needs to stop.

By current definition: Racism is the belief that groups of humans possess different behavioral traits corresponding to physical appearance and can be divided based on the superiority of one race over another.

Superiority of one race over another? Being “divided” when we need to be united? Does that make sense to you? Not me… it needs to stop… I vow to do better. Black Lives Matter and we all matter in this mission to stop the hatred.

Thank you, Heather Burke, mother of two, kindness matters…

Maine …Stay at Home or Re Open ?

Maine is not dense

Our population in Maine is not dense… I mean that literally and intellectually. Maine is a low density state, 1.3 mill people, with ample space to be outdoors, spread out, and enjoy nature – 17 million acres of forestland and 3,500 miles of coast! Larger than the 5 other New England states combined!

Come to think of it, we have more acreage than people!!!

Mainers are not dense… we are resourceful, resilient, and we are very good at social distancing,… lol… we get twitchy if anyone gets wicked close, right?!

“Close” is one word with multiple meanings – applied readily in these unprecedented times”…
Quick grammar review: “close” is a homograph (for those “homeschooling” my sympathies!)
Dense is another homograph…

“Close” – as in less than 6 feet apart, the opposite of social distancing.

“Close” – as in our Maine Governor mandated our state to “close” businesses, and to remain “closed” to out-of-staters this summer unless they quarantine for 14 days… shut the damn door why don’t ya… excuse me – “close it.”

“Close” – as in “Phew, that was a close one! We almost went out of business, didn’t want to have to “close” after generations of our Maine family owned and operated ___ (fill in the blank business here).”

Close” – as in when you are wicked fond of your Maine cousin… you’re close

Back to my point: Maine as a state is not dense –we’re pretty spread out, and we as Mainers are pretty clever. We like to make our own choices, we historically do the right thing… in fact our state motto is #Dirigo which means – we lead… we don’t follow others  – its not our DNA … and we don’t like being told what we can and cannot do – example: unreasonable, excessive #StayHome executive orders!

Maine’s Governor Janet Mills exercised her power with her #StayAtHome order since March 2020. Another tyrannical mandate is her #selfquarantine for 14 day, or show a negative Covid test (violating HIPA privacy)  to anyone who comes to Maine from away, or any Mainer returning from away. This simply doesn’t work … if you have been staying at home in your state, and want to drive to Maine for a vacation in so-dubbed #Vacationland – and want to generously contribute to our vital and vibrant Maine’s tourism scene, you should be welcome.

We believe people, when welcomed, to our beautiful Pine Tree State will do the right thing, wear masks when asked, social distance, sanitize, and self-report & quarantine immediately if they feel symptoms.

While we prefer to “lead” (dirigo) we have followed news from states who have remained open, they never did “close” and the majority of their numbers are “close” to ours percentage wise in Maine. No worse, no better statistically – except that we have been in #TimeOut and our economy is “close” to bankrupt.

We hope the powers that be will see to opening Maine for our important summer season, with whatever protocols provide everyone comfort, confidence – implement tests, continue distancing, sanitizing. How about a #MaskUpinMaine campaign? Have you seen the lobster face-cloth coverings? Wicked clevah! We love the #KptPromise in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport that provides a comprehensive safe re-opening strategy for this summer. … it can be done.

Its time for Maine to lead, so that we don’t get left behind and see more Maine businesses “close”. Meawhile, all Mainers can get some amazing #staycation deals on lodging and vacations while #Vacationland remains otherwise “closed” to visitors.

Thank you for listening closely … stay close… whoopsie – not that close …

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Top Things to Do on the Southern Maine Coast

If Maine is the way life should be, you should be here… we think the best of Maine is the southern Maine coast. Its easiest to reach, has the most sandy beach, plenty of lighthouses and lobster, everything iconic Maine, without the long drive upta Bar Harbor and beyond….

  1. Lobster – get ya lobstah just ovah the bordah… (Maine slang) you can stop in York, Kittery, or carry on further “down east” to satisfy your crustacean craving. We love the lobster at York Harbor Inn or Dockside, both have a water view, for a lobster roll, baked stuffed lobster, steamed and more. See How to eat a Maine lobster
  2. Lighthouses – Southern Maine has a dozen lighthouses, including two of the world’s most majestic and most photographed- Cape Neddick’s Nubble Light, and Portland Headlight – Maine’s oldest – 1791. See this Guide to Maine Lighthouses on the southern Maine coast.
  3. Beaches – our coast is loaded with lovely sand beaches, from York’s Long Sand and Short Sands Beach to Ogunquit Beach, Wells Beach, several beaches in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and Goose Rocks, to Old Orchard Beach and near Portland Ferry Beach, Scarborough and Higgins beach. Sand, surf, salt air and sea views…. Here are Maine’s best beaches on the south coast.
  4. Boating – the best way to see the Maine coast is by sea. Charter a sailboat cruise, hop on a lobster boat tour to pull some traps, take a Whale Watch to the outer banks, a Ferry around Casco Bay, or just kayak the harbors and along the coast. See our guide to Boating, Sailing and Fishing Charters.
  5. Bike around the beautiful country roads and scenic ocean side drives in southern Maine. To rally appreciate the serenity and scenery of Maine, take the road less traveled and pedal, along Ocean Ave in Kennebunkport, or the Eastern trail, or the more adventurous mountain bike paths of Mt Agamenticus.
  6. Shop the treasure of southern Maine. Whether its that weathered antique you seek from a Wells boutique- the antique shoppers capital of Maine, or a cool Maine made craft from Perkins Cove in Ogunguit, to the bargain hunters haven of Mardens  and Reny’s in Biddeford. Last but not least is Kittery – the outlet capital of Maine, and Freeport – home to LL Bean, open 24/7/365.
  7. Explore the seaside towns – many of New England’s best towns are in the southernmost part of Maine. Kennebunkport has its cute shops, galleries and restaurants, while Portland’s Old Port is packed with cool boutiques and bars. Ogunquit is an art community with flair, while Freeport has a beautiful hidden waterfront – on the Harasseeket – most don’t see when they beeline to the outlets on Main Street..
  8. Eat Maine – its not just lobstah and buttah. Maine has a real up and coming foodie scene. Top Chefs are coming to Maine and the cuisine is up and coming because of it. Portland has amazing restaurants, James Beard award winning chefs, and Maine is home to some hot food and wine festivals like Harvest on the Harbor and The Kennebunkport Festival – fun food and wine infused celebrations on the cusp of going big.
  9. Stay for a day, a night or two. Since southern Maine is so easy to get to, just over an hour from Boston, you can come for just an overnight or two, play all day – hit the beach, the boutiques, have that bite of lobster, go for a boat ride, and book a beautiful room at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, a waterfront resort like The Cliff House or Stage Neck Inn, or a cozy BnB like Captain Lord Mansion or an inn like Breakwater Inn and Spa in Kennebunkport or The Seaside right on Kennebunk Beach.
  10. Leave only your footprints on the beach, but take lots of photos. Maine is a most photogennic place, so you’ll want to snap lots of picks to post on facebook and instagram  #visitmaine #vacationland #Sea you soon on the southern Maine Coast!

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Best of Southern Maine, eat, beach, shop, boat!

american-flag-schooner-eleanor3The Southern Maine coast is the ideal place to vacation, visit, even relocate. Southern Maine from Kittery to Kennebunkport to Portland and Freeport is full of beautiful beaches, ocean drives, seafood and shopping. So much to see and do. Here is our favorite guide for your tour of the Maine coast, and our recommendations on the very best places to eat, drink, sleep, shop and boat!

wells-so-beach3Hit the beach – Maine has so many beautiful beaches from soft long stretches of sand, to rocky beaches with perfect smooth pebbles, tidal pools and quiet coves , to broad open strands that surfers love for the big breaking waves. Southern Maine’s beaches are the best, unlike anywhere else in the world, given the 8-11 foot tide twice daily, Maine beaches are incredibly scenic and unique. Old Orchard Beach, Higgins Beach and Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport are among the best in southern Maine. See our guide to Maine’s best beaches.

water_goat_island_lightBest Photographs – Maine Lighthouses   Maine has a proud maritime history, and the lighthouse is the beacon and best representation to this day. From Whaleback Light best viewed from Kittery’s Fort McClary, to the most photographer Nubble Light at Cape Neddick York, to Goat Island Light off Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Woods Hole Light in Biddeford and the oldest and most celebrated Portland Headlight in Fort Williams Park… you should see them all. Pack a picnic and enjoy the grounds Portland Headlight these gorgeous seaside settings, and ponder the shipwrecks these lights have thwarted over the centuries.

Take the Presidential pass to Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport Maine was the summer home to President George H W and Barbara Bush, and nows George W (we call him 43 versus his Dad 41), and Jeb too. You can drive along Kennebunkport’s Ocean Avenue and see their spectacular Walkers Point estate (locals call it gawkers point in prime tourist season), then visit Kennebunkport‘s White Columns Bush First Family Exhibit at Kennebunkport’s Historical Society.

Sea Food – Eat Maine
stripers-lobster-bakeEat some local Maine seafood, lobster, fried clams, shrimp, scallops, and oysters. You can dine at a fancy four star restaurant on artfully prepared lobster out of the shell, or you roll up your sleeves at a roadside Clam Shack, or enjoy a fresh made lobster roll.

Some of our favorite Maine restaurants include the York Harbor Inn – try the Ship’s Cellar Pub downstairs, Velveteen Habit and MC Perkins in Ogunquit, Joshua’s in Wells, The Boathouse Waterfront in Kennebunkport, Old Vines Wine Bar in Kennebunk, or casual pub fare at Alissons – it’s the Cheers of Kport1 (3)Maine. Portland has so many good restaurant – too many to mention.

Shop Maine
Maine is loaded with local crafts people, artists, chefs, and jewelers. Whether its lobster or lighthouse decor, starfish and sea glass jewelry, seascape inspired art, or Maine made blueberry and maple products, be “Shore” to save time to shop Maine boutiques. Score some bargains at Kittery Outlets and Freeport Outlets, and go open minded with an open wallet to Maine discount stores Mardens and Reny’s. You must LL Bean,  in Freeport 365/7/24 since 1913,  and see this Maine clothier and outdoor gear flagship store,  famous for its amazing return policy,  LL Bean boots, and the Bear and Moose display, plus the massive Bean Boot boat-tour-exits-river5outside (photo opp)!

Meet the Mainers
Accents – we got that! Mainers are incredibly proud,  funny, pragmatic people. They work hard, laugh often and have a strong sense of Yankee-ism. Mainers are  often sarcastic, you’ve been warned. See this guide to Maine slang for a clue, ayuh!

Biking in Kennebunkport MaineMaine’s natural assets
Besides the beaches, southern Maine is host to wonderful walking trails, bike paths and seaside walks. We recommend the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, and Parsons Way in Kennebunkport, plus the Eastern Trail which encompasses 65 miles from Kittery to Casco Bay, Portland. Get out and explore the great Pine Tree State.

Get on a boat
The best way to see Maine’s dramatic coastline is by sea. Maine boat tours range from lobster boat tours and sailboat rides that last an hour or two, to scenic lighthouse excursions, or all-day fishing cpineapple-ketch-nonantumharters and whale watch expeditions. Southern Maine’s most beautiful ports offering boat tours include Ogunquit and Kennebunkport and Portland. We think the best boat rides are the Rugosa Lobster Boat Toor from Kennebunkport‘s Nonantum for a fun family-friendly boat ride on the Kennebunk River, captain Bob takes you out to President Bush’s estate at Walkers Point, and you get to see how lobster is trapped caught and hauled. If sailing with the wind floats your boat, then the Pineapple Ketch is a beautiful sailboat charter from the same docks – the sunset sail is a 10. For a fishing charter, Libreti Rose II in the same Nonantum Marina is a great day, or a few hours, fishing with a licensed experience Captain Bruce, he was once featured on Deadliest Catch.

Kennebunkport Maine InnStay another day
There is a reason Maine is called Vacationland, and  “The Way Life Should Be” so slow down and enjoy your visit to Maine. Find a romantic seaside inn, or a full service hotel on the ocean, even a nice motel right on the beach. See our favorite Maine lodging locations and stay a little longer.

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Maine Lobster Boat Races

Its like NASCAR on the Atlantic… as Maine lobster boats race on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon in Maine, in front of hundreds of floating fans. Boats raft up to one another, coolers are brimming with beers, and BBQ grills are as fired up as the lobster fishermen throttling their boats down the marked channel for bragging rights. Spectators cheer for each set of speeding boats – typically two to four boats race at a time – plying the waves and each other’s wake – charging for the finish line and the best time.

Each summer Lobster Boat Races are hosted up the coast and Down East, from Portland to Harpswell, to Pemaquid, Boothbay and beyond…

There’s no cost to attend. It’s a free for all, free for all! Most of the these Maine fishing and lobstering vessels are designed to fish …not to go fast. That’s what makes it fun – funny even! Seeing a lobster boat speed at upwards of 30 mph is exciting… especially when competing head to head amongst friendly fishing friends – turned competitors.

Lobstering is hard work, on often cold mornings, in harsh seas, fog, rain, Maine weather, so its nice to see lobster fishermen on a day off, having fun, enjoying their boats in a friendly competition in front of their fans and families.

The best place to watch the Lobster Races is on a boat. Some Maine harbors also charter special boat trips and ferries on race day to bring spectators out to the fleet field. Best bet, find a friend with a large barge or comfy cruiser, offer to bring lunch and beverages in trade for a ride and front row seat.

Or hop on an ferry. Bring a cooler, snacks, sunscreen, a swimsuit for a quick “cool” dip between heats,  and a hat – its a long day viewing in the sun – often starting with small work boat class, a wooden boat division, diesel vs gas classes, and building up to the bigger beefier working boats, ending with a tug boat tug of war for the win. The sup’ed up lobster boat heats are by far the loudest, a real crowd pleaser…

2020 Maine Lobster Boat Schedule:

June 20       Boothbay Harbor Lobster Boat Races
June 21       Rockland Lobster Boat Races
June 28       Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races
July 4          Moosabec Reach Lobster Boat Races
July 12       Stonington Lobster Boat Races
July 19       Friendship Lobster Boat Races
July 26       Harpswell Lobster Boat Race best viewed at Dolphin Cove Marina Restaurant – one of our fave waterfront restaurants in Maine!
Aug 8          Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races
Aug 15       Long Island Lobster Boat Races
Aug 16       Portland Lobster Boat Races
Aug 16       Merritt Brackett Lobster Boat Races (Pemaquid)
Oct  17       Awards Banquet & Dinner (Robinson’s Wharf, Southport)

Got some great lobster boat race pics, post on facebook and insta #visitmaine

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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 60, 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.

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Why Maine vacationers should know about tides

wells-so-beach3You don’t have to be a meteorologist of maritime student to appreciate the cause and effect of tides. Vacationers to Maine should know about tides because they are dramatic – up to 11 feet of water rises and falls on the Maine shoreline twice every day. Tides are caused by the gravitational interaction of the Earth and Moon. The gravitational attraction of the moon causes the ocean to rise in the direction of the moon.

3bass-harbor-lighthouse-acadia1Full moons cause very full tides, but every day in Maine the tides are significant – ranging from 8-11 feet of water ebbing and flowing – up and down the shoreline, the beach and in the rivers that flow to the ocean. Tides are fascinating, and fun when you work with them, and challenging if you are naive to them.

Why you should know tides when you are on a Maine vacation:

Where you place your beach chair in Maine matters…
wells-mid-beachIf you arrive at a Maine beach at low tide and place your picnic towels and chairs near the ocean, you may well get very wet in just a few hours, loose your stuff, or at minimum have to move your beach gear quickly as the waves reach suddenly higher up the sand.

Arriving at the beach at high tide, that’s the least amount of sand of the day, so you can feel free to get very close to the water and set up your beach blanket knowing that the water will continue to retreat for the next 5 hours. Note: Maine beaches can be busier at high tide, there’s just less space due to the ebb…

sup-kennebunkportKayak, canoe and SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) excursions vary greatly with the push and pull of the tide. Going up river with an incoming tide is great fun, you get an extra push from the incoming flow of water, just know that if you don’t wait until slack tide or the reverse tide- it will be a stiff current and hard work returning into an incoming tide.

Smart kayakers, canoers and SUP go with the flow, then have a rest, picnic or swim kayak-penobscott-bay (4)at peak tide at their destination before turning around as the tide turns – you feel like a hero both ways with the assistance of the powerful tidal current. Conversely, fighting the tide, or following an incoming mid-tide then returning into the tide can make for an exhausting workout .

Boating in Maine with the tides…
Tides have hung up many a Maine boater. Passing between islands, or within a harbor castine-tour-boator river at high tide things look completely safe, while 5-6 hours later exposed ledges, rocks, reefs and ground appear. Imagine 11 less feet of water and the many dangers that lie below. Having a navigational chart handy at all times and being aware of your depth is key when cruising around Maine’s tidal harbors and rivers.

Enter and anchor at low tide.
Smart boaters tend to enter harbors at DCIM100GOPROGOPR0442.low tide when shoals, rocks, reefs and sand bars are visible. Entering in high tide may seem safer, but you must study your chart very carefully as hazards are not apparent to you. Ignorance is not bliss when boating in 11 foot tidal areas.

If you anchor, you should put out enough scope for high tide, but also know the radius of your boat, multiply your “rode” (anchor line) by at least 7 to 10 times the depth of the water… and be aware of any danger at dead low for your boat’s draft (draw) which is the amount of water need from the bottom of your boat so as not to run aground, hit your prop or breakwater-river-view7keel.

A fish finder or depth finder alone is not sufficient to knowing where you are in your boat and what lies beneath. A depth gauge will often sound an alarm when its too late and you have just struck a ledge, shoal or sand bar. You should know where you are on a chart at all times. Chart depths are marked with the depth at normal low tide. A dramatic low tide can be -1 foot or more below the chart indicated depth.

Winter Surfing in MaineFinally a word of caution on RipTides.
Riptides in Maine are strong tidal currents caused by the ebb and flood jets created in restricted tidal areas which can be dangerous to swimmers and small crafts. Rip current is different, describing tidal wave action.

Maine has a semi-diurnal tide – two relatively similar high and low tides each day. See our Maine tide charts here. To Mainers, especially Maine fisherman and Maine lobstermen, the tide chart is as ipineapple-ketchmportant as their traps and pots. Tide charts are unique to each Maine town, region and harbor, changing daily, geographically.

Enjoy your Maine vacation  and keep in mind the tides – the Maine tide can be your friend or your frenemy!

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10 Waterfront Dining Spots in Maine

lobster-bake-maine-style3aMaine’s legendary seafood just tastes better with an ocean view, it’s true. Where better to savor succulent Maine lobster than by the sea from which it came? Here are some beautiful oceanfront spots with top Maine chefs for waterfront dining. Get your clams, scallops, mussels and more near the shore at these Top 10 Maine Restaurants…

Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Bar in Kennebunkport
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel is home to a great riverfront restaurant – hanging over the Kennebunk River, just steps from Dock Square in central Kennebunkport. With a scenic dining room, two vibrant bars plus a spacious outdoor deck with cozy seating for Happy Hour or late night overlooking the river lights, its a KPT locals’ favorite. 21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, 207-967-8225

Stripers at the Breakwater Inn and Spa in Kennebunkport
Right near the breakwater out to sea in Kennebunkport, hence the name of the Inn where stripers-fishing-boatStriper is located – you can watch fishermen catch stripers from this choice spot. Go for cocktails on the gorgeous lawn at sunset, then enjoy mussels or duck or lobster in the beautiful waterfront dining room. 131 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, 207-967-5333

Ocean Kennebunkport
Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn overlooks 1cape-arundel-inn-oceanWalker’s Point, so you can enjoy a gourmet dinner with a presidential view of the Bush Compound. An elegant dining room and old fashioned wrap around porch in this classic seaside Inn are extraordinary. Chef is classically trained, his sophisticated menu features local seafood and farm raised fare artfully prepared. Go to Ocean before sunset so you can enjoy the ocean view. Cape Arundel Inn is at 208 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, 207-967-2125

pineapple-ketch-nonantum95 Ocean at Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport
This historical and friendly hotel on Ocean Ave in Kennebunkport has water view dining with live entertainment most nights in the summer time. Favorite dishes include fresh seafood and famous lobster dishes along with funky cocktails at Heckman’s Pub and the more formal 95 Ocean. Foodies can also enjoy dancing to live music view grand views of the Kennebunk River. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, 207-967-4050

dine_view21637 and Ships Cellar Pub in York Harbor
York Harbor Inn’s Ship’s Cellar Pub is great for a casual lunch or dinner, modeled after an old wooden ship, or dine upstairs in the more elegant 1637 – same menu – with ocean views and plenty of fresh seafood. Executive Chef Bonsey is a top chef in Maine. 480 York St, York Harbor. 207-363-5119

Dimillos in Portland
Waterfront restaurant doesn’t get any better than being on a boat. DCIM100GOPROGOPR0721.Dimillos is in fact the only floating restaurant on the upper East Coast, opened in 1982 on an old car ferry. But the Dimillos family has a history of great eateries dating back to 1954 in the Old Port. Dimillos restaurant and Marina is an ideal location on Commercial Street, near the Old Port, right on the waterfront so you can watch the fabulous yachts and ferries come and go while you enjoy fresh seafood and drinks in the casual setting. There are several outside decks plus two levels of inside seating – all with Portland Harbor views. 25 Long Wharf Portland, 207-772-2216

Doplhin Cove MarinaDolphin Restaurant in Harpswell
About 40 min from Portland on a most spectacular point in the heart of Casco Bay is the Dolphin with extraordinary waterfront views and delicious handmade Maine food. This family owned and operated restaurant and bar in Harpswell’s beautiful Potts Harbor serves the freshest seafood with homemdae legendary blueberry muffins, in a panoramic restaurant. Arrive by car or boat to Dolphin Marina docks. Open for lunch and dinner. 515 Basin Point Rd, Harpswell, 207-833-6000

sebasco-harbor-resort1200Sebasco Pilot House
Sebasco Harbor Resort has two waterfront dining spots, the casual Ledges Pub and the upstairs more elegant Pilot House. Seafood is always on the menu, salmon, lobster, crab, scallops and clams, at this classic Maine resort with lodging and golf course plus an outdoor salt water pool. Arrive by boat at the marina or stay at Sebasco in the summer for a night or a relaxing week. Sebasco Estates, 207-389-1161

grey-haven-inn-georgetown-blueBlue at Grey Havens
Blue at Grey Havens Inn is an extraordinary setting with equally fine food – and of course ocean views. On peaceful Georgetown Island, not far from Wiscasset and Boothbay, this 1904 Inn sits atop a bluff overlooking Harmon Harbor on the Sheepscot River and sea beyond. You can just make out Cuckold Light. Enjoy a drink on the porch before dinner at Blue. The Chef has fresh specials daily from tuna to lobster inspired treats. Innkeepers Eve & Dick are lovely hosts at this most magical place, we suggest you stay the night and enjoy this bold oceanfront setting. 96 Seguinland Road, Georgetown, ME. 207-371-2616

osprey-restaurant-wine-flightOsprey Restaurant at Georgetown
Osprey Restaurant in beautiful Robinhood Cove in Georgetown serves the freshest seafood and fun pub fare overlooking Robinhood Marina and the picturesque cove where osprey and seals play. Located 50 minutes north of Portland, southeast of Bath and west of Boothbay, in quiet Riggs Cove off the Sheepscot River, you can arrive by land or sea for lunch or dinner, sitting inside or out. Enjoy live music Sunday afternoons and Jazz Friday nights, cocktails specials in a casual Maine seaside setting. 340 Robinhood Road, Georgetown, 207-371-2530

Enjoy your Maine lobster and seafood with a sea view. Be shore to book waterfront lodging so you can relax and savor the sights, tastes and sounds of being on the waterfront in Maine. And let us know your favorite place for fresh Maine seafood with a view, on our Southern Maine Coast Facebook page.

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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 in August – this  annual race of canoes, paddleboards and kayaks on the Kennebunk River starts at the resort,  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 mid  July – Portland Harbor hosts 8istoric tallships on their final stop of the  Tallships Challenge. The highlight, the Tallships Parade, sails into Portland Harbor.

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.

August brings 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.

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

Maine Lobsterman Triathlon in South Freeport is September as well.

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.

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Maine is famous for its food- more than just lobster!

stripers-lobster-bakeA trip to Maine is not complete with a crustacean… a fresh Maine lobster steamed and served with drawn butter. But there is much more to the Maine food scene than just seafood – clams, scallops, crab, oysters, mussels and fish.  You also have to sample Maine specialty foods like saltwater taffy, made right before your eyes at the Golden Rod in York Beach.

Maine blueberries and strawberries are delicious in early summer -whether eaten DCIM100GOPROGOPR0442.fresh and simply by the handful of berries, or baked in cakes, pies, muffins, shortcake and cobbler or jams.  Maine gourmets are making their own delicious artisan cheese, apple cider in season and fresh berry jams and preserves. You can tour Stonewall Kitchen in York, and learn about their award winning Maine recipes and specialty food products.

Maine breweries and Maine wineries like Cellardoor use native berries to create unique homemade brews and wines. There is even a potato vodka made right here with Maine potatoes – one of Maine greatest products. Maine is also a top producer of broccoli – who knew?!

colony-kennebunkport-festival-aspenEnd your day with a cocktail on the deck of a gorgeous inn, or one of our favorite spots on the waterfront, then enjoy a perfectly prepared seafood dinner followed by homemade blueberry pie for desert.

In Scarborough, you can visit the world’s largest moose made entirely of chocolate (chocolate moose – get it?!) at Libby’s – next to Cabela’s.

bass-harbor-light (9)And you’ll have to take home some delicious Maine treats. So save room in your car for live Maine lobster packed to go, fresh picked Maine crabmeat, Maine Harbor candies, fresh Maine blueberries, and a quart of Maine maple syrup. Or you can just stay another day and try more of Maine’s best restaurants.

Enjoy your Maine vacation  and see our southern Maine Coast lodging guide for pineapple-ketch-nonantumwhere to stay!

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