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Old 08-06-2016, 04:20 PM   #1
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So in two weeks we'll be staying here:

Red Apple Campground

Its a few minutes outside of Kennebunkport. What would you guys recommend we do up there for the week? We're up for anything within 45-60 mins of town. We plan on eating at some of the better reviewed restaurants too. Oh, and the campground will bring you steamed lobster right to your site if you place your order early in the AM. They get it right off the boat that morning. Pretty neat.

For those of you familiar with the area, for 8/21 onward is that really 'beach' weather up there? Should we bother packing the chairs and what not? I understand there are some nice beaches up that way, but I also see the average temp is not very 'beachy'. Never been up there before though, so I thought I'd ask.
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So in two weeks we'll be staying here:

Red Apple Campground

Its a few minutes outside of Kennebunkport. What would you guys recommend we do up there for the week? We're up for anything within 45-60 mins of town. We plan on eating at some of the better reviewed restaurants too. Oh, and the campground will bring you steamed lobster right to your site if you place your order early in the AM. They get it right off the boat that morning. Pretty neat.

For those of you familiar with the area, for 8/21 onward is that really 'beach' weather up there? Should we bother packing the chairs and what not? I understand there are some nice beaches up that way, but I also see the average temp is not very 'beachy'. Never been up there before though, so I thought I'd ask.
  1. Eat lobster.
  2. Eat lobster.
  3. Eat lobster.
  4. Visit the Maine Diner, US1 in Wells, ME, just south of Kennebunk.
  5. Visit lighthouses, especially Portland Head.
  6. L. L. Bean.
  7. Eat more lobster.
Can't speak for the beaches - we don't usually go to Maine for the beaches.


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My wife is from Maine and her additional recommendations are to visit both the (Pres) Bush mansion & Reid State Park, and climb up Mt Washington in NH.

I second the Mt. Washington climb; you can either drive up or take the cog railroad up (boasting the highest peak in the northeast). And I clearly remember occasionally being cold enough in Aug. for a light jacket, more so if you go up the NH Mt.
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We were on the peak of Mt. Washington via the COG rail one year in mid July and it was 45deg and wind blowing about the same as temp. Beautiful and clear view that day.
The beaches in Bar Harbor were crowded but chilly for our southern tastes.


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It can be hot right into Oct
Take a mailboat cruise via Casco Bay Ferry. Or at least the CBL ferry to Peaks island and rent bikes for the four mile shoreside circumnavigation
Wells Diner is for tourists. I don't really like their food
When Pigs Fly is a good pizza place and brewpub in Kittery. Ottos in Portland for pizza. Duckfat in Portland. Eventide in Portland. Portland has 65,000 people and 600 restaurants. It is a foodie town way beyond lobster . Scallops are local. Oysters too
Ride the Eastern Trail Bike trail that currently has a wonderful section from Kennebunk to Portland
Go to Two Lights and get a seaside lobster roll that is horridly overpriced
Go to the Galley in Naples and get a lobster roll that is reasonably priced . It won a Travel Channel Award
It's a local bar no scenery
Go to Harraseeket Lobster Pound. Not the Inn
Go to Winslow Park when you are in Freeport
Go on a kayak tour at LlBean. We know you will be there. Try to avoid rainy days. All you from away tend to bunch up there then
Take a cruise on the Songo Queen in Naples. Rent a seadoo. Take a seaplane ride
Canoe down the Saco River
I'll be home. I can make you free lobster
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Reid is a terrific beach. The kids can even jump into the water from a bridge
Popham Beach too
Ebeneezers brewpub in Brunswick
Hiking abounds. Laudholm Preserve in Wells is outstanding
Eat red hot dogs
Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Wild animals that cannot be returned to the wild for various reasons. Yes there are bear and moose and Eagles.
You may see those and outside the Wildlife park
Bradbury Mountain State Park
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I obviously have to print this all out. Thanks much !
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Seems you've already been given lots of ideas but thought I'd add a few more.

Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth is a must see. It's just outside Portland and worth the visit.

The Casco Bay Ferry is also a nice idea. It will allow you to see the Portland Harbor and the working waterfront. It's accessed from the Old Port in Portland which has TONS of shops and restaurants. One word of caution - check the cruise ship schedule ahead of time. When a ship is docked the Old Port is crazy with gridlock traffic.

If you go out onto the water it can get chilly so be sure to bring a sweatshirt! It might be 80 degrees onshore but when you go out on the ocean it will seem much cooler!!!! Trust me!

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If you don't mind the drive there is a great clam bake that is on Cabbage Island. they leave from Boothbay Harbor, we did the clam bake last week. you get a hour boat ride tour and a great feast on the island
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So in two weeks we'll be staying here:

Red Apple Campground

Its a few minutes outside of Kennebunkport. What would you guys recommend we do up there for the week? We're up for anything within 45-60 mins of town. We plan on eating at some of the better reviewed restaurants too. Oh, and the campground will bring you steamed lobster right to your site if you place your order early in the AM. They get it right off the boat that morning. Pretty neat.

For those of you familiar with the area, for 8/21 onward is that really 'beach' weather up there? Should we bother packing the chairs and what not? I understand there are some nice beaches up that way, but I also see the average temp is not very 'beachy'. Never been up there before though, so I thought I'd ask.
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:36 PM   #10
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Add the Cape Porpoise Lobster Shack to your lists--just south, and in full view, of the Bush Compound at Kennebunkport. Wonderful, fresh lobster in an authentic old lobster shack.
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