We recommend you consider trying these Great Maine Experiences!
Items listed below are in alphabetical order by type, we are continuously updating this list, if you have any suggestions, please let us know:
- Breads, Brownies, Cookies & Pies – Biddeford
- Brew Tours – Portland Based
- Campgrounds – Kennebunkport & Scarborough
- Cider – Turner
- Distillers – Biddeford
- Fishing the Saco Bay/River
- Food Tours – Southern Maine
- Ice Cream – OOB & Saco
- Hotels, Inns and Motels – Gorham, Kennebunk, OOB & Saco
- Massage – Kennebunk
- Nature Walk/Bike – Kennebunkport
- Nature Walks – 2 in Biddeford Pool
- Photography – Saco
- Power Boat Charters – Saco
- Restaurants – Saco
- Walking Tours – From Kennebunkport to Bar Harbor
- Wood Island Lighthouse Tour – Biddeford Pool
Breads, Brownies, Cookies & Pies - Biddeford
Night Moves – 10 West Point Lane, Suite #207, Biddeford; [email protected] – The world’s most amazing breads, brownies, cookies and pies! No matter where you are from, it is worth a trip in to meet Kerry and her team in an old Biddeford Mill and taste what they create! Breads are naturally leavened and slowly fermented to unlock the full flavor and health benefits of their delicious, sustainable-grown in Maine grain! Optionally you can order online, however you have to go find them for pickup, Fridays 12 – 5 PM and Saturdays 9 – 2 PM.
Get Some Food For Your Soul That They Create!
Brew Tours - Portland Based
The Maine Brew Bus – 207.200.9111, 250 Commercial Street, Portland; [email protected] – Try out a Brew Tour, they are wicked fun! Get a behind-the-scenes look at Maine’s craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, and more. Tours are led by expert guides in addition to a knowledgeable non-drinking driver to ensure the best possible experience. There are a large variety of wonderful tours to pick from. All tours include a local snack or meal, trivia, behind-the-scenes experiences, and of course delicious beverages! They also offer private/corporate tours, group trips and adventure tours. Tours are very popular, so sign up quickly. Book right online! Most tours leave from above address.
#1 TripAdvisor Tour and Activity in Portland!
Campgrounds -Kennebunkport & Scarborough
Sandy Pines Campground – 207.967.2483, 277 Mills Road, Kennebunkport, [email protected]– This is one of the best places to camp or glamp in Maine! Located in a quiet section of Kennebunkport, they have scenic accommodations for tent campers, RV owners, highly rated glamping tents, and an array of camp cottages and unique retreats you won’t find anywhere else. Whatever accommodation you choose, you’ll enjoy a picnic table, firepit, and a short walk to clean, modern bathhouses with private restrooms, showers and oversized sinks for washing dishes. The amenities include: heated saltwater pool, kids’ playground & games, sparkling clean bath houses, grand lodge, close to beaches, lawn games, bikes for rent, paddle boards and kayaks for rent, kayak launching point and onsite laundry facilities. They have online booking.
One of the Maine’s Best Camping Resorts!
Bayley’s Camping Resort – 207.883.6043, 275 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, [email protected] – This Family Camping Resort is the ultimate experience with lots of fun things to do and ways to stay! They have great sites for your own tent or big rig and they also rent cabins and trailers. The Fun things to do are nearly endless! The amenities include: 3 heated pools, 4 hot tubs, cafe, nightly family entertainment, 2 state-of-the-art playgrounds, 5-star rated counselor directed activities, air conditioned game room & arcade, 3 stocked fishing ponds, 2 camp stores, volleyball courts, 2- 24 hour laundry rooms, trolley service to the beach which is close by, wifi, numerous free & clean facilities, golf cart rental, propane filling, dump station and 24 hour security, They have online booking; 2020 season opens April 24 and closes October 18.
Southern Maine’s Finest Camping Resort By The Ocean!
Cider - Turner
Ricker Hill Hard Cider – 207.225.6165, 11 Ricker Hill Road, Turner, [email protected] – We are big cider fans and this is our favorite by far! Yes it takes just over an hour plus to drive from the Saco area! Some ciders they have nearly year round, while others rotate seasonally. They also have many types of wines as well. Usually 12 different taps and even more by the bottle. Everyone that works there is super helpful! Get a menu, then ask for help understanding the basics of the dry, sweet and in between. Get the samples you want. Figure out what you really like, then ask about the latest combinations – the options are nearly endless! You can purchase bottles, cans and flagons to take with you. They have some great gifts, free popcorn and you can bring your own food in. Seating outside is available when the weather is nice. They do tours during brewing season. Check out their apple store down the street. If you are not sure you want to make the drive, try sampling some cider on tap locally, check Cow Bell, Run of the Mill and Sea Salt, suggest to call these places to see if they have any Ricker on tap first. Want to know our favorites, it is the Blueberry Cider and Cranberry Wine! Open daily from 11 – 6 PM.
Come Experience the Most Wicked Good Cider Ever!
Distillers - Biddeford
Round Turn Distilling – 207.370.9446, 32 Maine St. Building 13W, Suite 103, Biddeford, [email protected] – If you like gin, you have to check this place out! Abby and I were hooked from our first visit, that was now years ago! Bimini has been in our house continuously since that first visit. Now there are 3 types available! They serve delicious cocktails in a relaxed environment as well as sell the different types of mixes and souvenirs right in the shop. If you can’t get to this location, Bimini is also available in stores throughout the state. Open Tuesday through Thursday 4 – 9 PM, Friday & Saturday 2 – 10 PM and Sunday 2 – 8 PM.
This is a Gin Lover’s Heaven!
Stone Fort Distillery – 207.590.3528, 26 Pearl St. (Suite 204), Biddeford – Eric and Jenn invite you to try their authentic, high quality and ultra-smooth crafted vodka and whiskey made right here in Biddeford! Their grain to glass method creates an elevated flavor that stands out! Come visit their tasting room and try some amazing signature cocktails, then purchase some great spirits to take home! Also available in some local stores. Open Friday & Saturday 5 – 9 PM.
Experience the Difference, Hand Crafted Spirits!
Fishing Saco Bay/River
Maine Tuna Fishing – 207.502.0368, Pickup Location 5 Bay Av., Saco, [email protected] – Want to fish for Blue-fin Tuna, Sharks, Cod, Haddock, Striped Bass or Bluefish; Book A Charter Boat Trip with Capt. Shawn! He can comfortably take up to 6 people aboard the well-equipped Miss Megan II, which is a 31’ custom fishing boat equipped with a 450 hp cat diesel. His trip length varies from 2 to 12+ hours. Shawn and his mate will make sure you have a great time and catch some fish! Want to land a Blue-fin Tuna like in the picture, Capt. Shawn can help make it happen! You’ll easily see him coming as he proudly flies the American and Marine Corp. flags high above his boat! Book early as he fills up fast!
Call Capt. Shawn to book!
Saco Bay Stripers – 207.283.0712, Pickup Location 5 Bay Av. Saco – Want to have fun and go fishing on the Saco River/Bay! Book a trip with Capt. Cal! He offers 4 hour Striper trips for up to 3 people and 2 hour kid trips that include fishing for mackerel, pollock, seal watching and a lobster pull; both reasonably priced. Fish Saco Bay around the islands and in the River for the big fish! Any keeper lobsters are yours to take home! Capt. Cal has over 50 years of experience and has been teaching fishing for over 30 years. The “Amy Vee” picks up at Camp Ellis Pier, use the above address for GPS directions.
Call Capt. Cal to book!
Food Tours - Southern Maine
Maine Foodie Tours – 207.233.7485, Portland, [email protected] – Try out a Foodie Tour, they are wicked fun! Year round they are offered in Portland and seasonally also in Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Kennebunkport and Rockland. There is a large variety of wonderful tours to pick from, particularly in Portland. They also offer A Walk Though Time, Doggy & Me, Happy Hour, Boat and Private Event Tours. Check this out online and book right from there! Meeting locations are specific for each tour. Open online 24/7.
Taste Your Way Through Town!
Ice Cream - Old Orchard Beach & Saco
Fielder’s Choice – 207.934.4402, 156 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach – Yummy, home made, quality ice cream and toppings in interesting combinations. They offer 30+ hard serve and 6 soft serve flavors. They have a great drive up window. They are opening for the 2020 season on May 1st, hours our Sunday – Thursday 12 to 8 and Friday and Saturday 12 to 8:30.
Easy location to get in/out for some Great ice cream!
Garside’s Ice Cream – 207.283.0045, 320 Ferry Road Saco, [email protected]– Delicious Ice Cream. Homemade with love since 1955! With over 30 plus flavors to choose from, it’s made right on site using the highest quality ingredients! They also do awesome ice cream parties, weddings, corporate events and more! Opening May 1st for the 2020 season. Days and times opened is yet to be posted.
Great ice cream and an easy drive from Camp Ellis!
Martel’s Ice Cream & Mini Golf – 207.283.1775, 757 Portland Road (Route 1) Saco – Have been making great and consistent ice cream since 1986. They have over 40 homemade flavors plus rotating specialty flavors. Check out the cooler, where they have containers to go as well! They also make fudge and you can get sandwiches. They have a fun mini golf course too. They are opening for the 2020 season on April 2nd, hours are not yet posted.
Try them out, you will not be disappointed!
Hotels, Inns and Motels - Gorham, Kennbunk, OOB & Saco
Alouette Beach Resort – 207.934.4151, 91 East Grand Av., Old Orchard Beach, [email protected] – Right on the beach! You pick the accommodations from budget beating economy rooms to the best luxury beach house! We’ve been in the building in the picture, it looks right over the beach and it is amazing and modern! It is a 4 season year round getaway destination. The highlights of the long list of features include: clean, modern, wonderfully friendly staff, telephones, cable TV, WiFi, parking, indoor and outdoor pools, 2 fitness centers, Yoga on the beach, pet friendly rooms, laundry facilities, souvenirs, and beach items for rent. Easy online booking or you can call.
Beautiful Accommodations on Old Orchard Beach!
Hampton Inn, Kennebunk – 207.985.9200, 6 Independence Drive, Kennebunk – This is a quality Inn that is in an easy location to get on/off the highway and a fairly short drive to area locations/attractions. They have all the items you want including: clean, modern, wonderfully friendly staff, free breakfast/WiFi/parking, indoor pool, fitness center and a great place to relax away from the crowds. We believe this is the newest hotel in the area!
Great Place to Say for Sure!
Hampton Inn, Saco – 207.282.7222, 48 Industrial Park Rd, Saco, ME 04072 – This is a quality Inn in an easy location to get on/off the highway and a short drive to area locations/attractions. They have all the items you want including: clean, modern, wonderfully friendly staff, free breakfast/WiFi/parking, outdoor pool, fitness center, pet friendly rooms and a great place to relax away from the crowds. This is a place we send our family and friends. Also we have had business groups in the area stay here and Ian Pitchforth from the Hampton made the setup/arrangements fast, efficient and with great follow through.
Check this place out, you will not be disappointed!
Moontide– 207.934.2759, 10 Traynor St., OOB, [email protected] – What a fantastic combination: steps from the beach, family friendly/clean/comfortable, about a 10 minute walk to downtown and reasonably priced! All rooms include a private bath, air conditioning, WiFi, cable TV, a pool, backyard BBQ and gardens. Some motel units have a kitchenettes. Cabin accommodate up to 4 adults with separate bedrooms, fenced in patios and outside seating area. There are weekly apartment rental options as well. Book online. The owners care and it shows by how great the place looks, how you are treated by the staff , and how you feel in the space – great reviews!
Relax, Have Fun and Enjoy OOB at Moontide!
PineCrest Inn Bed and Breakfast – 207.839.5843, 91 South St. (Rt. 114) Gorham, [email protected] – Want to stay out in the country, about 20 minutes outside of Saco or Portland? Then check this place out! PineCrest is relaxing and welcoming as well as elegant and casual. They have 6 guest rooms that allow a lot of flexibility with group size and type. The Inn Keeper is wonderful and is excited to share local knowledge. The cooked breakfasts each morning are amazing! Check out their specials and packages! They have online booking or you can call as well.
A Wonderful Maine Get Away!
Waves Oceanfront Resort – 207.934.4949, 87 West Grand Av., Old Orchard Beach, [email protected] – Want to stay in OOB nearly right on the beach and close to downtown? Then check this place out! They have a lot of room options available. Amenities include: grilling area, fitness center, meeting room, mineral pool and spa and beach & bike rentals. Each room has A/C, telephones, cable TV, WiFi, kitchenette with refrigerator, 2 stove top burner, toaster and coffee maker. They have cottage rates and offer specials & packages.
As Close As You Can Get To Maine’s Best Beach!
Massage - Kennebunk
Spa Voyage – 207.313.9114, 21HI, Western Ave, Kennebunk, [email protected] – What an amazingly creative menu of Massage Experiences that are five star Hawaiian Immersions which transports you to Hawaii, no matter what time of the year! They have transformed their space, you feel like you are in Hawaii just by entering the door. In the warmer months they even offer their Massage Experiences on a sailboat. Eliza has been practicing Massage for about 15 years and has practiced at some very high end establishments! They use natural and organic products, make their own tropical themed oils with lots of options to choose from. Great reviews! Book right online 24/7.
Treat Yourself – Unique Hawaiian Transformation!
Nature Walk/Bike - Kennebunkport
Smith Preserve – Features over 1,100 acres, 10 miles of recreational trails, babbling brooks, picnic rocks, quaint bridges, and a gorgeous forested landscape. In addition to the trail system, the Smith Preserve is primarily a wildlife habitat. It is part of a 3,000 acre block of undeveloped land, the largest such piece between Kittery and Brunswick on the coast, and home to white-tailed deer, bobcats, coyotes, hares, owls, partridges, turtles, and many other species. For our human friends, the property is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching and peaceful getaways from our busy lives.
2 Nature Walks - Biddeford Pool
East Point Sanctuary – 85 Lester B. Orcutt Blvd, Biddeford Pool – This is a spectacular trail along the perimeter of the point, certainly rare public access to this stretch of the Maine Coast. A short and easy walk provides views of Wood Island Lighthouse, access to the rocky shore and a lovely trail to see parts of Saco Bay. There are benches along the trail to rest and a ramp down to the shore. There is an old small sign to mark the entrance on the left side of the road facing the water. Limited parking on the road. This is a Maine Audubon facility. Open from sunrise to sunset, no cost.
If you only do one hike while in Maine, this is the one!
Timber Point Trail & Timber Island – 140 Granite Point Rd, Biddeford – Great place to see the sunrise! If you want to get onto Timber Island you will need to time your visit at low tide as this is the only time to access the island. This is an easy 1.4 mile walk that takes you by salt marshes, cattail marshes, mixed forest, mudflats, shrublands, and rocky shores. There are benches along the trail to rest. Only 6 parking spaces, be careful parking in the dirt section, as high comes into this lot. This is a part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Open from sunrise to sunset, no cost. Might want to bring bug repellent.
This is a rare hike where you can get so close to the sea!
Mary Lee Taylor Photography –207.229.2255, [email protected], 110 Main St., Suite 1509, Saco – Need photography work, this is who we recommend! Mary Lee, also known as ML, has an amazing gift, is very creative and up for most any situation. ML has a great studio and she will meet you wherever desired for nearly any photo event. She is so gifted at capturing memorable photographic images to last a lifetime! ML specializes in portraits, such as for children, families, animals, nature, sporting events and yes of course other events such as weddings. ML is also able to take old photos/slides and restore them to digital media. In the warmer months she loves to be out on the water capturing people having fun. Check out her work online or stop by the studio.
ML Is Who You Want to Capture That Special Moment!
Power Boat Charters
Captain John’s Charters – 508.735.6718, Pickup Location 5 Bay Av. Saco, [email protected] – Captain John and Kris are great people, fun to be with and wonderful tour guides! Operating the Island Prince, a power boat out of the Saco River, they can take up to 35 people aboard. It is great for large groups and also small groups can go on their regular scheduled trips. They do evening scenic cruises and Thursday night OOB Fireworks cruises. You can also charter their boat for parties, Sunday cruises to Peaks Island for Reggae and they even do burials at Sea. They have lots of repeat business, so it is best to book as early as you can,
Call Capt. John to book!
Restaurants - Saco
Huot’s Seafood Restaurant– 207.282.1642, 29 Eastern Ave., Saco – Fantastic freshly prepared seafood, steaks, specialty salads and more! Family environment and right next to the Saco Pier. Stop in for some yummy food before or after your sail! They have an indoor and outdoor sections, take out window, as well as a bar area. Denise and Gerry, the owners, are most often working right along side of a wonderful team who have an amazing habit of exceeding expectations! They get wicked busy, so calling ahead is recommended during busy times. Open in season, closed Mondays, hours are not yet posted for 2020.
A uniquely Maine spot to Get Some Great Food!
Sea Salt Lobster Restaurant – 207.494.1178, 660 Main Street (Route 1) Saco – Great place to eat! They serve locally harvested fresh sustainable food, never frozen and they have fantastic seafood! Relaxed and friendly atmosphere! Their mission is for you to have a wonderful Maine experience and it shows! They also have a wonderful seafood case to purchase fresh items to take home to cook. Great hours, open year round 7 days a week, 11 AM – 10 PM.
Our Customers Raved About this Place and Easy Access!
Red Cloak Tours – 207.380.3806, Largest walking tour company in Maine and the reputation to back it up! Offers tours from Kennebunkport to Bar Harbor, [email protected] – Sally provides fun and amazing historical walking tours! There are 32 different tours offered and Sally can customize as well! For COVID she invented TeleTours where you select a tour location, type and date/time. Can have up to 10 people for the same low price! Then go to a prearranged meeting location and call Red Cloak with up to 10 different phones and Sally takes you on an amazing walking tour, which is100% COVID safe! Red Cloak also offers virtual tours, if you want to stay at home.
Book online and please call Sally with any questions!
Wood Island Lighthouse Tours
Tours of Wood Island Lighthouse – 207.200.4552, Pickup Location Vines Landing, 20 Yates Street, Biddeford, [email protected] – There are 65 lighthouses in Mane. Getting a chance to get up to and inside a restored one is a rare, unique and fantastic experience! This restored Lighthouse and Keepers House is on Wood Island, in the Saco Bay. The Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse (FOWIL) offer tours 3 days a week with 3 tours a day, spaced an hour apart in July and August. FOWIL takes you by boat to Wood Island. Then a FOWIL Host will take you on a beautiful ½ mile walk to the facility, you tour the grounds where the view is bold, climb the tower and tour the Keepers Houses, setup as it was in 1906. Signup is only online, which opens on June 1 and they book up fast. Donations are taken at the end of the tour.
What do you do when the website sign-up is filled up already, we have a secret to try if you have the time/patience. No guarantees, however over a dozen of our guests this past season had success with this secret. Go to Vines Landing before the first tour of the day and tell the Host you would love to get on a tour if there are any cancellations, which happens fairly frequently. Then go get something to drink/eat at Goldthwaite’s next door, try a stroll at Between the Tides gift shop or even take a drive down the street to the beautiful East Point Sanctuary for an amazing walk along the rocky shore. Check back with the Host and you might be able to get on an amazing Tour!