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Getting Out with the Kids (or by Your Lonesome)

It’s getting to be that time of year in Maine (yes, I mean the 2 or so days of summer – RUN – seize the day!) when the days are longer, the sun is out, the temps are up, and you want to be out and about with your children, if you have them, or just out and about period.

Courtesy of my Down East mag emails, I’m pleased to share Kid-Friendly Maine Day Trips, as well as a few of my own thoughts.  On the Down East list, I’d be particularly interested in Pemaquid Point and Wolfe’s Neck Farm.

There are so many wonderful opportunities in Maine to get outside and do something enjoyable – whether it’s active, educational, relaxing, or some other nice ‘ing.’  A few on my list:

Before we lived on the lake, my mom and my best friends’ mom would often pack us all up and make the drive to Tassel Top Beach on Sebago Lake in Raymond.  Hands down one of the best beach areas on Sebago, it offers about 900 feet of sandy beach, bordered on the land side by tall pines.  Grills and picnic tables are scattered along the beach and the trail behind it, and the beach also offers a Snack Shack.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are a fun and interesting good experience for the whole family – walking the grounds is good for you and informative for kids and adults alike.  Check out my post here.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention spending time by the sea… any oceanside beach at all would do.  You can choose to catch some rays, build a sand castle, or depending on time and opportunity, catch your own dinner.

How will you be spending time outdoors in Maine this summer?


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Mark your calendars… for the Kennebunkport Festival 2013!

For many years, the Maine summer event at the forefront of my mind has been the Yarmouth Clam Festival (which will be July 19th – 21st this year). I loved going as a child, as a teen, and a young adult- but more on that to come.  Recently, Twitter activity (follow me @mainerootsgirl) about the Kennebunkport Festival has piqued my interest – so I did some digging.

The Kennebunkport Festival 2013 is June 4th-8th and is produced by the staff of Maine magazine and Maine Home+Design magazine.  Their intent, per the ‘About’ page, is to showcase the finest of Maine – fine art, fine dining, and fine wine.  Set in charming Kennebunkport, Maine, the festival includes dinners at private residences, special events hosted by restaurants and other venues, art viewings, and live music.  For a full listing of events or to purchase tickets, click here.

Dock Square in Kennebunkport, Maine

Dock Square in Kennebunkport, Maine

Where the Yarmouth Clam Festival has a casual, family-friendly vibe, the Kennebunkport Festival strikes me as an opportunity for adults to explore and enjoy the upscale side of Maine – I envision sundresses and cocktails, oceanside.   And oh, how I wish I could be there!