Most of Maine’s sandy beaches are from Old Orchard Beach (OOB), south. If you want to be on the oceanfront, Wells, Goose Rocks, Moody and Ogunquit offer direct beachfront rentals with no road between you and the beach.
Visit the Kennebunkport Dock Square shopping area. View the Bush Family Compound from Walker Point. Sea excursions for fishing and whale watching are available. According to local homeowners, the best dining can be found at Hurricanes, Allisons, Federal Jacks, and Arundel Wharf.
Scenic drives, large outlet shopping area, historic forts and sites. Best restaurants: Roberts, Bobs Clam Hut, Warrens Lobster House.
New Harbor Area
Visit Pemaquid Point Lighthouse; The Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta for Plays, Movies, Music and Special Events; Visit the Pemaquid Watershed Preserve for hiking, wildlife preserves, ponds, guided kayak tours, art exhibt and more. See links above.
Stroll along the Marginal Way seaside walking path. Shop at Perkins Cove, a lovely little harbor town near Ogunquit. Ogunquit also features sea excursions and, village shoping, mini golf parks, the Ogunquit Playhouse (see link above), and of course, the huge several mile long sandy beach. Best restaurants include: Bintliffs, Jackies Too, Barnacle Billy’s, and Angelinas.
Wells Beach is a true family beach (and no drinking establishments!) with miles of gradual sloping sand and tidepools within the rocks. You can access sea excursions from Wells Harbor. There is a mini golf park and a high concentration of antique dealers along Historic Rt. 1.
Also visit the Rachael Carson Wildlife Area, the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Laudholm Historical Salt Water Farm and reservation. (See links above.)
Among the many restaurants, and thought to be the best by home owners are: Hobbs Harborside, Maine Diner, Varanos, and Jakes.
Also with lots to do: Short and Long Sands beaches, Nubble Light scenic area, York Wild Animal Park, scenic drives and Historic sites. The kids and young at heart will enjoy York’s Wild Kingdom, amusement park and zoo (see above link). Best restaurants include: Wild Willys, Goldenrod, Lobster Cove, Cape Neddick Inn, York Harbor Inn, and Stage Neck Inn.