Wells Beach was our destination and would be out hub for the 6 days that we were in Maine. We were fortunate that a friend of mine offered us the use of their cottage and from there we traveled out – Portland, Bar Harbor and the Arcadia National Park, Orchard Beach, Kennebankport, Ogunuit, Portsmouth and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
But first off Wells Beach I had a long list of places to visit, but looking at my list, I am not sure that I saw all the things I wanted to see. Doing a little bit of exploring we headed off down some side streets and finally found the bay area between the mainland and the island. We still had fog this morning and I loved the peacefulness of the area. So little activity. This area is very marshy and there seemed to be a fair bit of bird life. On thing I really loved about Maine was where ever we went we seemed to find color in the form of beautiful potted flowers and gardens, along with the spectacular sight of fall beginning to show it’s colors in the the trees.
Wells Beach is the weekend destination from what it seemed. Saturday and Sunday were busy traffic days, but they quietened down on Monday. There is plenty of places to each and a huge variety, but we stuck to Seafood. Hey, when you are in seafood town, then you just have to get with it and enjoy the moments. Suffice to say we enjoyed calamari & Lobster Tails (best place was Testa – Bar Harbor), seafood pasta (In Wells Beach), stuffed clams (Billy’s Chowder Shack), crab cakes and Lobster bisque (Jackie Too in Ogunquit), Lobster rolls (in Portmouth) and shrimp wraps (in Portland). Food was so good, but more about that later.
Wells Beach is the home to the Bush family compound found at Walkers Point. There is also St Anne’s Church and St Anthony’s monastery. I did not see the Wedding Cake House. Day trips can be made to Vaughn Island Preserve and Goose Rocks Beach. Quick trips will get to to Ogunquit, a quaint little town.
There is more on Wells Beach, but I did not want to make each blog too long. Look out for the next blog to be completed in a few days. If you missed Salem and Manchester by the Sea take some time to stop by and check them out.