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Fall is Fair Time in Maine!

bouysFall is Fair season in Maine, and we’re not talking about the beautiful cool sunny days or the calm seas and turning leaves. No, we’re talking food fairs, craft fairs, agricultural fairs – where folks come from far and wide to enjoy rides, harvests, handmade goods, see livestock and live shows – often all that in the same day. Maine is very proud of its heritage and homemade art, crafts, food and fun – and there is no better place to witness all of this than a Maine fair, ayuh.

September 12-13 Wells Annual Laudholm Nature Craft Fair at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, now in its 28th year, crafts people show their wares at this beautiful farm on a natural slat water estuarine.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0749.September 12-13 Summer Solstice Craft Show in Wells – at the Wells Elementary is a display of over 70 Maine crafters, local food producers, artists and photographers.

September 12-13 Cappricio in Ogunquit is a town-wide festival of art, music, poetry, ballet, live theater, craft fairs and food, plus concerts. Ogunquit’ Festival of Kites is a highlight.

September 12 Old Orchard Beach Bikefest on the Pier – a fair for bike fans with motorcycles, parts, people and music on display by the beach.

September 10-13 is the Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair with a midway, animal pulling events, mechanical pulling event, exhibits, and live entertainment on stage .

September 11-13 Litchfield Fair is a classic Maine Country fair with midway, animal exhibits,  pulling events. and of course fair food

w-farm-pumpkins4September 14-20 Farmington Fair hosts a midway with rides, exhibit halls, livestock and animal games and  pulls, harness racing, and a demolition derby.

September 16-19 Oxford County Fair offers rides on the midway, Maine fair food, livestock shows, crafts, exhibits and harness racing.

September 18-20 New Portland Lion’s Fair – North New Portland. Midway with rides, exhibit hall, animal and tractor pulls, Maine crafts, livestock exhibits and fair food

September 25-27 Common Ground Fair in Unity celebrates rural life and farming with demonstrations, Maine organic-produced foods, crafts and livestock on display.

September 27-October 3 Cumberland Fair is a big one, with large exhibit halls, a midway with games, rides and prizes, plus food, crafts,   livestock exhibits. animal pulling events and harness racing.

October 4-11 Fryeburg Fair is the big daddy of all Maine fairs, the fair to which all others in New England compare. This is Maine’s largest agricultural fair, a Blue Ribbon Classic, that last over a week and spans acres – folks come out of the word (as the saying goes) to attend this fairest of fairs. Fryeburg Fair, started in 1851, features a midway of rides, games and fair food, plus crafts, local products, farming equipment and livestock, and nightly entertainment with top name live bands. The pig scramble and harness racing are top attractions – so is the people-watching and the fired dough, or watching the local Maine people eat fried dough!

October 10 Kennebunk Harvestfest is a family fair with a day dedicated to crafts, a farmers market, kids games, costume parade, climbing wall, and music in downtown Kennebunk.

October 9-11 Sunday River’s Fall Festival – Maine’s ski mountains come alive in fall with music, food and crafts, plus the annual North American Wife Carrying Championships at this annul peak foliage Columbus weekend.

October 21-25 Portland Harvest on the Harbor is a fancier fair featuring food- Maine’s best chefs compete to create the prize winning cuisine while patrons get to taste, sip and see a view of the water. Th pricey tickets, $465 for the whole event, is far higher than Fryburg’s $10 bucks a day, but this swank foodee event is a fundraiser for End Hunger in Maine.

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So let’s be fair, there’s a fair for everyone in the fall in Maine!  For lodging on the southern Maine Coast during your fall fair visit, check out our lodging in Wells, Ogunquit, places to stay in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach, Portland and hotels all over Maine.

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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.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0442.Maine blueberries and strawberries are delicious in early summer -whether eaten 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.

old-vines-bar-tableThere are numerous Maine breweries and Maine wineries like Cellardoor using 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.

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

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The changing coastline of Maine

pineapple-ketchThe Maine coast has been a retreat for city folks for over a century – people continue to love to escape for a summer by the sea. There is something so relaxing and restorative  about the cool ocean breeze and the quiet natural setting of Maine.

At the turn of the century and even into the 1920s, people from away, Boston and New York,  would come to southern Maine and stay for weeks, even months or the entire “season” by the sea, staying in a summer cottage or one of the grand oceanfront resorts in York, Ogunquit, Kennebunk Beach and Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach and Portland. shawmut-kennebunkportThere were large hotels on the water, with grand porches, pools and beaches.

Today, many of those historic seaside hotels have closed, converted to condos like the Narragansett on Kennebunk Beach, or were torn down and replaced with massive private mansions like the Shawmut Inn (pictured here courtesy of Kennebunkport Conservation Trust) formerly located off Ocean Ave in Kennebunkport, now a private residence.

pineapple-ketch-nonantumBut a few gracious and grand hotels remain on the coast, from the Wentworth in Newcastle New Hampshire, to the York Harbor Inn in York, The Cliff House in Ogunquit, the Colony Hotel, Breakwater Inn and Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, and the Seaside Inn on Kennebunk Beach.

Guests can no longer afford to stay for a month or the summer season, time and stripers-fishing-boatmoney constraints in our fast-paced lives don’t allow for such long lavish getaways, but a few days at these top seaside hotels can feel like a grand getaway even if its just for a few days.

Sipping a cocktail on The Colony porch’s gazebo overlooking the Atlantic, or watching the sunset over the Kennebunk River from an Adirondack chair at the Breakwater Inn is rejuvenating…and reflective of the good ole’ days on coast in the summer.

colony-kennebunkport-festival-aspenConsider a summer escape to the southern Maine coast… the way life should be, by the sea.

See our southern Maine lodging guide, and things to do on the southern Maine coast from boating, the best beaches, shopping and dining.

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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 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.

11th Annual Kennebunkport Festival


kennebunkport-festivalWhat started as the Kennebunkport Fine Food & Art Festival a decade ago has expanded and become simply “The Festival” of Kennebunkport Maine! The Kennebunkport Festival is now  in year 11, as Maine Magazine’s pet project, organized and promoted by their staff, with event tickets priced from $15 for Brews and Tunes, to cocktail parties each night at $40, to as much as $250 for exclusive Chef dinners at private mansions on the beach, Ocean Ave and Wood Fired Maine at Wells Laudholm Farm. This year’s Kennebunkport Festival is June 8-13, 2015.

kennebunkport-festival-tentA portion of The Kennebunkport Festival proceeds go to a local Maine charity – this year’s beneficiary is Full Plates Full Potential. But mostly it’s an event for sampling local Chefs’ best bites, sipping cocktails on the Kennebunk River, a week to see and be seen in the  famous town of Kennebunkport!

kennebunkport-festival-drinksFrom the cocktail parties to the after parties (see the schedule below), it’s a festival infused with high spirit, spirits, art, food, music and Maine scenery. It’s hardly a locals event, instead its hobnobbing with the publications folks from Portland, chefs from around the state, and the well heeled second-home owners. But its a feel good, do good festival nonetheless.

Monday, June 8 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Gratitude Cocktails at the Lodge on the Cove 5 – 7 pm $45
Barbara Bush’s 90th Birthday – Private Party – not part of the Kennebunkport Festival

Tuesday, June 9 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Cocktails at One Dock at Kennebunkport Inn 5 – 7 pm $40
A Taste of Grace at The White Barn Inn 7 – 10 pm $200

kennebunkport-festival-singerPrivate Art of Dining Tuesday Dinners
Captain Fairfield Inn Dinner with Chef Sam Talbot of Pig + Poet 7 – 10 pm $175
Handler Residence Art of Dining featuring Chef Brian Hill of Francine Bistro 7 – 10 pm $150
Hogan Residence Art of Dining with Chef Larry Matthews of Back Bay Grill 7 – 10 pm $175
Knudsen Residence dinner featuring Chef Cara Stadler of Tao Yuan 7 – 10 pm $175
Kuehnle Residence Dinner featuring Chef John Shaw of Tides Beach Club 7 – 10 pm $175
Leonardi Residence Dinner featuring Chef Josh Hixson of 40 Paper 7 – 10 pm $175
Lord Residence Dinner featuring Chef Damian Sansonetti of Piccolo 7 – 10 pm $150
Molloy Residence featuring Chef David Levi of Vinland 7 – 10 pm $175
Taranto/Ellms Residence featuring Chef Fred Eliot of Petite Jacqueline 7 – 10 pm $175
Weaver Residence featuring Chef Aaron Smith of Old Port Sea Grill 7 – 10 pm $175
After Party at Abbondante Tuesday 9-11pm – Complimentary

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0749.Wednesday, June 10 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Cocktails at The Colony 5 – 7 pm $40
Private Art of Dining Dinners on Wednesday 
Gillard Residence Dinner featuring Chef Dan Sriprasert of Green Elephant 7 – 10 pm $175
Gott Residence featuring Chef Mel Chaiken of The Fiddlehead Restaurant 7 – 10 pm $175
Granetz Residence featuring Justin Walker of Earth 7 – 10 pm $175
Hurlbutt Residence Dinner featuring Guy Hernandez of Lolita 7 – 10 pm $175
Kaufman Residence featuring Chef Jackson Yordon of Salt & Honey 7 – 10 pm $175
Keller Residence featuring Chef William Benner of The Black Point Inn 7 – 10 pm $175
Maushart Residence featuring Chef Leslie Oster of Aurora Provisions 7 – 10 pm $175
Taranto/Ellms Residence II with Chef Chris Wilcox of The Velveteen Habit 7 – 10 pm $175
Raffaelli Residence featuring Chef Harding Lee Smith of The Rooms 7 – 10 pm $175
Rice Residence featuring Chef Emil Rivera of Sur Lie 7 – 10 pm $175
Turner/Bull Residence featuring Chef Jeff Buerhaus of Walter’s 7 – 10 pm $175
After Party at Stripers Wednesday 9-11pm – Complimentary

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0442.Thursday, June 11 Kennebunkport Festival Events
The Hinckley Reception at Chicks Marina 5 – 7 pm $40
The Spirit of Maine Party at Pilot House Boatyard 6 – 11 pm $150.00

Friday, June 12 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Art Works Opening Reception at Gallery at the Grand 5 – 7 pm $40
Wood Fired at Wells Reserve at Laudholm 6 – 10 pm $225
Cucchiara Grand Cru featuring Ocean Chef Pierre Gignac  6 – 10 pm $225
After Party Pedros  9-11pm – Complimentary

Saturday, June 13 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Grand Tapas Party at Pilot House Boatyard Tent Noon – 4 pm $65
Brews & Tunes on the The River Green 2 – 5 pm $15
Cocktails at Old Vines – Pims on the Patio 5 – 7 pm $40
Biking in Kennebunkport MaineChoice Art Show at Maine Art 5 – 7 pm $40
Festival Grand Finale at David’s KPT 7 – 11 pm $140

Sunday June 14
Tour De Cure at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

See you at The Kennebunkport Festival! Eat, drink and be merry in Maine!

The Patriots are coming…to Southern Maine!

Wells Beach signSpring is an exciting time on the southern Maine Coast, as flowers blossom, trees bud, and the beach warms up for pleasant beach walks. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy an affordable getaway, lodging rates are still low, crowds are nil, but the weather can be lovely for beach walks and a stroll on Kennebunkport’s Ocean Ave or Ogunquit’s Marginal Way.

One of the highlights of spring in southern Maine is Ogunquit’s Patriots weekend April 17-20, now celebrating its 25th Patriots Weekend in 2015! You must muster to this historic fun weekend celebrating our early colonist, with fife and drum, period costumes, a parade, war re-enactments, Taste of the Town Americana-style, and a kids carnival. This is a family-oriented weekend – the kids will learn US history- in a fun festive way. Come to Ogunquit, enjoy the beach, a lobster dinner, and stay at Ogunquit Resort for a deal!  The Patriots are coming

patriots_day_celebrationHere is  schedule of the fun events during Ogunquit’s Patriots Day Weekend:


7:00pm: MAINE OUTDOOR FILM FEST (259 Main Street) Tickets are $10 for the “OUTDOOR”  film festival outdoors at the historical 1923 Leavitt Theatre.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

9:00am-5:00pm: LIBRARY BOOK SALE at Ogunquit Memorial Library – all weekend


7:30pm-7:40pm: FIFE & DRUM PARADE and Concert at the Ogunquit Baptist Church!


OGUNQUIT STOCKS AND PHOTO OPS (Main Beach Parking Lot) fun photo opportunity  with a life-size cut-out stand-up, dress in old-time bathing suits, as Uncle Sam, and more!

LANTERN TREASURE HUNT (under the tents at the beach) Paper lanterns at the craft fair can be sued to unscramble the letters to solve the phrase


8:00am – 11:00am: PANCAKE BREAKFAST  at the Fire Station $6 for adults and $4 for kids

9:0Portland Maine Old Port0am – 4:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR (at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tents on the Main Beach parking lot)

9:00am-2:00pm: ABC SALE (Ogunquit Museum of American Art) ABC stands for art, books, and collectibles from the museum, the museum shop, and from donated gifts.

9:30am – 10:30am: 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!

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

10:00am – 12:00pm: TRADITIONAL CRAFT and QUILTING at Knight’s Quilt Shop, 1901 US Route One, Cape Neddick – live demonstrations

10:30-11:30am: TRADITIONALCARDING AND SPINNING WOOL at Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road

11:00am: AMERICAN PIE CONTEST at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street – A contest of home-made pie in “American” flavors for “celebrity judges” in a Taste o fthe Town event.

11:00am – 2:wine_glass_cork00pm: “TASTE OF THE TOWN” Dunaway Center, 23 School Street – Area restaurants  serve up their special dishes in samples! Tickets at the door or  $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.

2:00-5:00pm: WINE  TASTINGS at Village Food Market, 230 Main Street and at  Perkins & Perkins Wine & Cheese Shop, 478 Main Street)

3:00pm: BOOK MAKING at Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Decorate a book to record your Patriots Day Weekend adventure! You will leave with one or two books made from paper or fabric. Appropriate for ages 9 and up.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015

1cape-neddick-york0:00am – 3:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tent at the Main Beach

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

11am: PATRIOT RE-ENACTMENT at Marginal Way

12:00pm: PATRIOTIC POOCH PAGEANT AND FASHION SHOW at Liquid Dreams 696 Main StrPineapple Ketch Boat Tourseet.  Dress your dog in patriotic costume, or just come to watch the show!

1:30pm: CUB SCOUT DUCK RACE at Ogunquit River

Sea you at Ogunquit Maine for Patriots Weekend!

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Annual Events on the Southern Maine Coast

Jan 1 The Polar Plunge | Portland, Kennebunk, and Old Orchard Beach – swimmers start the New Year with a cold dip in the Atlantic at Maine beaches January 1 for a good cause benefiting various charities. Old Orchard Beach has a Lobster Dip.

Lobster Trap Christmas TreeFebruary is for Lovers | Kennebunkport -The seaside town of Kennebunkport will “Paint the Town Red.” Red tag sales in boutiques, red plates at the best restaurants, a red light ceremony, and carriage rides are highlights. Kennebunk-Kennebunkport offers the perfect winter destination, romantic lodging with ocean views, jacuzzis, and fires. Getaway packages include dining at cozy intimate restaurants, even spa treatments in a picturesque village setting.

Maine Maple Sunday – the third weekend in March Maine Sugar Shacks demonstrate syrup making and give maple candies and maple syrup samples.

Kennebunk May Day Parade and Festival – 1st weekend in May downtown Kennebunk hosts a hometown parade, live music, craft fair and farmers market and family fun.

Memorial Day Weekend Parade Kennebunkport and Kennebunk

wine_glass_corkJune 8-13, 2015: Kennebunkport Festival | Kennebunkport – a fine food, art and wine festival celebrates Kennebunkport’s artists, galleries, top chefs and fine restaurants. Award-winning chefs prepare extraordinary dinners paired with wine and art. Before and After parties, concerts, boat parties, Pop The Kennebunks, Grand Tastings, Brews and tunes, and  Grand Finale comprise this annual waterfront festival in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk. Kennebunkport Festival lodging packages are available at Kennebunkport historic bed and breakfast, inns, resorts and oceanfront hotels.

June 22-23, 2015: George H W Bush Celebrity Golf Classic  | Kennebunkport – A Cape Arundel Golf Club golf tournament with past presidents, pros and celebrities is followed by an evening gala at The Colony Hotel in a fundraiser for Gary’s House.

Tour de Cure | Wells Reserve, Wells –   June bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association offers one of five routes, 5K, 25K, 50K, 100K, or 100 Mile on Maine’s scenic coastline of Southern Maine with the start and finish at Wells Reserve in Wells.
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Old Port Festival | Portland – A mid June-tradition for 40 years, Portland’s annual Old Port Festival is Maine’s largest one-day event with bands, a parade,  artists and craft fairs.

June 28 Paddle Battle at Nonantum Resort l Kennebunkport – Annual race of canoes, paddleboards and kayaks on the Kennebunk River.

Southern Maine Fireworks DisplayJuly 4  Fireworks | Maine Beach Towns including York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk Old Orchard Beach, Portland

Aug 29, 2015: Wells Annual Chilifest | Wells – Wells Harbor becomes a Mexican fiesta as Wells best restaurants compete for the best chili title, last weekend in August.

Laudholm Summer Solstice Nature Crafts Festival | Wells – 1st Weekend after Labor Day 100 artisans, jewelers,  and crafts people display at Laudholm Farm.

Lobsterman Triathlon | South Freeport – the most popular triathlons of lobstermen that swim across Casco bay, bike and run  in Freeport mid September.

Maine Open Lighthouse Day – September weekendMaine’s lighthouses are open to the public and free of charge

Wells Beach signOct 17, 2015: York Harvestfest | York Beach – York’s annual celebration of Maine food and culture, music and crafts on York Beach, Maine.

October 2015: OgunquitFest | Ogunquit – last weekend of October is filled with fall fun, pumpkin decorating, costume parade, classic car show, craft show,  high heel race, bed race, wagon rides, and a scarecrow contest.

Oct 2015: Harvest on the Harbor | Portland Maine’s top chefs serve local food and wines on Portland’s waterfront for the title Maine Lobster Chef of the year

October 30, 2015 Nonantum Phantom l Kennebunkport annual Halloween Bash for adults with costumes and live music at this historic, haunted Kennebunkport inn.

Oct 31 “Trick or Treat” Halloween Night in the Kennebunks | the Kennebunks’ local merchants hand out goodies to costumed kids in the late afternoon.

Nov 28, 2015 Festival of Lights | Kennebunk –  the largest Christmas Tree in downtown Kennebunk is lit up the weekend following Thanksgiving! Caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, and ice skating at Kennebunk’s Waterhouse Pavilion.

nubble-light-southern-maine-coast.jpgNov 28, 2015: Lighting of the Nubble | Sohier Park, York – In Sohier Park, the Nubble Lighthouse is illuminated and Santa makes an appearance.

Dec 3 – 13, 2015: Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude | Kennebunkport – seasonal seaside celebration with  tree lighting , shopping, craft fairs, caroling, and Santa in a lobster boat! Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude is the first two weeks in December.

Freeport Sparkle Weekend | Freeport – 1st weekend of Dec. Freeport  has a Parade of Lights down Main Street, Holiday Movie Marathon, Tuba Christmas Concert, Visits with Santa, Horse Drawn Wagons, Musical Holiday Light Shows, Holiday crafts, Complimentary Gift Wrapping and more!

Dec  5, 2015: Festival of Lights | York – Christmas fun includes the Polar Express, Breakfast with Santa, Festival of Ginger-bread Houses, Festival of Trees, the Lighting of York Village, and a Festival of Lights Parade.

Snow TreesDec  11-13, 2015: Christmas By the Sea Ogunquit | Christmas celebration with a parade, holiday decorations, caroling, Ogunquit shopping, and craft fairs.

2nd Saturday of Dec: Christmas Boat Parade of Lights | Portland Harbor –  Casco Bay Lines Boat Parade of Lights fills Portland harbor with decorated lighted boats and fireworks.

Dec 13, 2015: Southern Maine Christmas Parade | Wells – an annual holiday parade of floats, decorated vehicles, mascots and marching bands Wells Plaza at 2pm to the Wells Junior High School.

For lodging on the Southern Maine Coast during any of these fun annual events, see our Maine Lodging Guide and we hope to “sea” you soon!

Reasons you Should Visit Southern Maine

Whether you’re skydiving 10,000 feet above the ground, sailing off the coast of Maine’s shorelines, standing at the summit of a mountain or scuba diving under the Atlantic’s waters, a visit to Southern Maine is about gaining perspective. It’s getting away from it all to behold the majesty of Nature and reveling in the friendly Maine culture and finding repose in your quaint lodging.

Coastal Excursions

Kayaking in Kennebunk1. Rent a kayak or take a guided tour exploring the coast from York to Portland. Kayak Excursions. Kennebunkport, ME.

2. Navigate through Maine’s largest salt marsh in Scarborough sighting wildlife and removing yourself from the hustle and bustle of city sounds. Canoe Trips, Scarborough, ME.

3. Take a boat tour to Goat Island Lighthouse or cruise along the Kennebunk River with The Porpus. Tours also includes a BYOB Sunset Cruise. Kennebunkport, ME.

4. Haul in a lobster trap on the Rugosa Lobster Boat Tour along the Kennebunk River and Walker’s Point. Kennebunkport, ME.

Pineapple Ketch Boat Tours5. Hop onboard the Pineapple Ketch for scenic coastal sailing excursions along the shores of Kennebunkport. Kennebunkport, ME.

Land Lubbers Activities

6. Leave the sights and sounds of  the metropolis at Ferry Beach State Park with nature trails and walks on the beach. Stay the night at Ferry Beach Association. Saco , ME.

7. Immerse in merriment at the Salvation Army Pavilion Amphitheater for festivals, live music, games, pony rides and events. Old Orchard Beach, ME.

8. Peruse the fine arts and spectacular sculptures at the Portland Museum of Art, Maine’s oldest art museum exhibiting pieces dating from the 18th Century to present date. Portland, ME.

Biking in Kennebunkport Maine9. Take off on a bike ride through scenic coastal paths and maintained wooded terrain at Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, Bridle Path. Rent bikes and find more trails through Kennebunkport Bicycle Co.. Kennebunkport, ME.

10. Bring the kids next door from the Portland Museum of Art to the Children’s Museum of Maine  and keep them busy with the toddler park, cave and farm, space shuttle, interactive science exhibits, and camera-obscura theatre.

11. Visit Maine’s curious natural phenomenon at the Desert of Maine with nature trails through sand dunes, glass museum, butterfly room and camps.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Southern Maine. See more attractions and things to do in Southern Maine.

Southern Maine 4th of July Fireworks

Southern Maine Fireworks DisplayFor all of us who call America our home, celebrating 4th of July means we’re honoring the Independence of our country. It also means enjoying outdoor BBQs and beer with friends and family while sporting silly 4th of July hats. And of course 4th of July Fireworks Display is the highlight of the holiday.  It’s one of the few major holidays Americans can celebrate during the warmth of summer, at least for us New Englanders. We’d like to contend that there’s nowhere better than Southern Maine to observe the fantastic bright displays contrasting the dark summer sky while sitting back on the beach with toes in the sand. There are still rooms available in Southern Maine’s coastal towns for those who have procrastinated on their 4th of July getaway. So for those aiming to catch the best fireworks in a simply terrific aspect of Maine, here are all the 4th of July Firework Displays scheduled in Southern Maine from York to Freeport. Continue reading Southern Maine 4th of July Fireworks

Old Port Maine Hotel Guide

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Despite the small parcel of land between Congress Street and Commercial near the Portland Harbor, there are a variety of lodgings and hotels in Old Port Maine. The Old Port, also known as the Old Port Exchange, encompasses Portland’s Art District and Portland Harbor. While there is much more to Portland than just the Old Port, it is perhaps what makes the city so well known and unique. This classic, historic district reflects an era gone by and is naturally an ideal location for a vacation stay or a day of touring Portland’s waterfront. Continue reading Old Port Maine Hotel Guide