We first visited Maine four years ago and absolutely fell in love with it. When Derek learned he had to be in Boston for work just prior to the July 4th holiday, we took advantage of the opportunity to return for the long weekend.
We stayed in Eliot in an apartment of a private residence located on the lovely Bird’s Eye View Farm. We weren’t sure how we would like staying in the countryside as opposed to the coast. Ultimately, we were very happy with our decision. The property was secluded and quiet with beautiful views. There were several birdfeeders just off the back patio, which attracted a number of interesting birds, including several species I had never before seen.
We spent our time exploring the areas between Kittery and Portland, meaning that our longest drive was about an hour. Below are some of the activities and sites we most enjoyed and that I would recommend to others visiting this area.
Biking in Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport is well known as the quaint seaside village that is home to the Bush family. It is a quintessential New England town; it is also very, very small. The center comprises just a couple of blocks around a small square. To get a better feel for the area, rent a bike and take a self-peddling tour of the homes along the craggy coast, including the Bush compound on Walkers Point. The route takes Ocean Avenue right out of town, and it is an easy five-mile loop.
Dining at Eventide
Eventide Oyster Co. has made the National Eater 38 list for the past two years, and its spot is well earned. Knowing it would be busy, we planned to arrive early, take our time and eat our fill. We arrived around 5 p.m. and only waited a couple of minutes before being seated. Our toughest decision was narrowing down our order – so we decided not to! We had oysters on the half shell, the brown butter lobster roll, lobster stew and the New England clam bake. Every morsel melted in our mouths. If that wasn’t enough, we couldn’t resist dessert. On the chalkboard menu, the tagline for the ice cream sandwich read “just get it.” Enough said.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on Scarborough Marsh
Paddle boarding wasn’t our initial plan, but we couldn’t have been happier with the result. We intended to take out a sunfish for our first sailing excursion. Due to the choppy water, coupled with our inexperience, the owner of the rental company suggested that we reconsider and offered paddle boarding as an alternative. Having never attempted to paddle board, I was apprehensive but soon got the hang of it. Our route, along the meandering Nonesuch River in Scarborough Marsh, provided breathtaking scenery, with some of the bluest blues and greenest greens I have ever seen.
Walking the Marginal Way
Ogunquit was my favorite of the towns we visited, and the Marginal Way provided another opportunity to explore the rocky coastline for which Maine is so famous. With the deep blue sea, black rocks, colorful wildflowers and plethora of sailboats, the path offers Instagram-worthy scenes. While the path was crowded, strategically placed benches, along with the coastal rocks themselves, allow for moments of solitude and reflection.
Visiting the Nubble Lighthouse
To be honest, I didn’t find the lighthouse itself to be that amazing. My enjoyment of the visit primarily came from the surrounding environment. Nubble Lighthouse is beautifully situated just off Cape Neddick, which juts out into the ocean and provides coastal views on all sides. I climbed around the rocks and spent a significant amount of time mesmerized by a mother duck and her nine babies.