Visiting the Area and Weekend Activities
The shorter list of items is likely the list of reunion activities.
On Friday evening at 7:00 P.M. there will be a dinner where you will have the opportunity to have a typical New England dinner. As we did last year, we will be at the Ogunquit Lobster Pound on Friday, and they offer everything from lobsters and steamed clams, to a good seafood and fish selection, and a bunch of non-seafood alternatives.
Saturday evening from 5 until 7, there will be a cocktail party at Ben Wechsler’s condo on the beach across from the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport. Following that, we will meet for dinner at Mike's American Diner in Kennebunk for dinner.
Those who are interested can join others for breakfast. Location will be determined probably on Saturday.
What to do while in Maine:
Kennebunkport is a fun little town that has remained virtually unchanged in the 45 years we have been visiting. Lots of little stores to visit, a half-dozen or more art galleries, and fun to just walk around. There is a small beach if the weather holds. For those unfamiliar with Maine, the ocean water is cold. Friday or Saturday you are welcome to visit us during the day, and there is a well-heated pool available. There is a larger beach in Goose Rocks, and you can look around in Cape Porpoise at some art galleries and their harbor. Most visitors to town will walk to or drive past Walker’s Point, just about a mile past our place, home to George H.W. Bush.
Ogunquit is another attractive town, a bit more artsy than Kennebunkport, and there is a nice area to walk around known as Perkins Cove. Some people may be staying in the Ogunquit area, and a walk along the Marginal Way is a famous way to spend an hour or so. Ogunquit has a large beach area as well.
Driving north (or downeast), you can be in Portland in about 35 minutes from Kennebunkport. The harbor front is another interesting place to walk around and again there are lots of shops, art galleries, and places for a quick bite.
Another 15 minutes away is Freeport. What used to be a quiet town with a clapboard-sided flagship store for LL Bean, has become a town full of outlets of every description, and LL Bean has a brand new flagship store and several smaller specialty stores around it. By the way, if outlets are your thing, there are many in Kittery, which is a bit closer to Kennebunkport.
If shopping isn’t your thing, there are too many little towns to list to visit and sight see. You can visit the lighthouses in York and Portland easily, and there are any number of places along the coast and the coast of Casco Bay. If the weather is good, a visit to Two Lights State Park on Cape Elizabeth is a great way to spend part of a day, and while the lobster roll at the Lobster Shack at Two Lights may not be the best in the state, the location makes up for any difference! Sit and enjoy lunch next to the rocks that make up the turn from the Ocean into Casco Bay!
If you are making the reunion part of a slightly longer visit to Maine, going further downeast offers everything from Acadia National Park, to Bar Harbor, to Rockland with the Wyeth museum (The Farnsworth), lighthouses galore, and the leaves should be showing off their colors by early October.