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.
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, MaryLee@MaryLeeTaylorPhotography.com, 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!
Captain John’s Charters – 508.735.6718, Pickup Location 5 Bay Av. Saco, email@example.com – 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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org – 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!
Tours of Wood Island Lighthouse – 207.200.4552, Pickup Location Vines Landing, 20 Yates Street, Biddeford, email@example.com - 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!
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