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South Coast Maine Day Trip

25 Mar 2009  been going here for years...
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 6 votes

Looking for a day trip to Maine? This is definitely my favorite. Fit in as much as your can and feel free to go off course and explore!
You may have such a good time, you'll need to find a room for the night.

  • 1. Tanger Outlets Kittery
    Tanger Outlets Kittery, Kittery, Maine

  • 2. Kittery Trading Post
    Kittery Trading Post, Kittery, Maine

    The outdoor enthusiast will love this place. It's enormous and fun to look through, even the ladies will like it.

  • 3. Stonewall Kitchen
    Stonewall Kitchen, York, Maine

    Tons of sauces, jams, spices, cooking equipment. Try some samples, pick a few favorites, grab a coffe at the cafe, and hit the road again.

  • 4. Long Sands Beach
    Long Sands Beach, York Beach, York

  • 5. Nubble Lighthouse
    Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse, York, Maine

    Has to be one of the most photographed lighthouses in New England. Snap some photos of the lighthouse, the ocean and the crashing waves. If the ice cream shop is open down the road, grab a cone on your way in or way out...

  • 6. Cape Neddick
    Cape Neddick, York

    Next drive up the back roads of Cape Neddick into Ogunquit. The road rides along the rocky coast for a little while. Great views. The road eventually turns residential. Park somewhere in Ogunquit center.

  • 7. Marginal Way
    Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine

    Once you find your way to Marginal Way, you'll know why I suggested it. Stunning, stunning views. The walk is great exercise. Bring a set of binoculars to check out the views. Bring a couple drinks and some snacks and pull up on one of the benches or sit on the rocks to take in the scenery. Very romantic!

  • 8. Perkins Cove
    Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine

    If you start out in Ogunquit Center, it brings you to a tiny little place called Perkins Cove. Most places are closed off season here, but during summer months this place is packed with shoppers and art gallery lovers.

  • 9. Ogunquit Beach
    Ogunquit Beach, Ogunquit, Maine

    Ogunquit Beach is a beautiful! Worth a quick stroll to soak up the Maine coast atmosphere. During the winter dogs are allowed, so bring Fido with you if you want!

  • 10. Wells Beach Lobster Pound

    Great place to buy fresh lobsters and seafood. We bought lobsters here one day to cook at our cottage. I have to say it was by far the best lobster I've had ever. Usually lobster is lobster right? But this lobster was so fresh and sweet, you didn't even need any butter!
    They can also cook up lobsters for you and eat at one of their picnic tables. They also serve lobster rolls and chowder, etc...Right on the ocean. The hussle and bussle of Rt 1 seems like a million miles away.

  • 11. Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
    Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells, Maine

    If you're in for the long haul, then try to get over to the wildlife refuge for a hike. If not cut it out of this trip, but save it on your list of to do's for the next trip.

  • 12. Maine Diner
    Maine Diner, Wells, Maine

    If it's off season, Maine Diner is a great place to go cause it's always open.
    Top choices are: breakfast - sausage, gravy and biscuits. lunch or dinner - lobster roll called the dale arnold (no mayo, served with drawn butter). don't forget to try a cup of their famous clam chowder or seafood chowder. Fried seafood or the lobster pie are also great choices!

  • 13. Kennebunkport
    Kennebunkport, Kennebunks

    Good selection of shops. Not sure if it's still open, but good food store that had tons of hot sauces. Town is great for a stroll.

  • 14. Walker's Point
    Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks

    If you still have energy, continue on a scenic drive up to Walker's Point to see the Bush family compound. There are very nice scenic views on this drive.

  • 15. Antiques

    If you're into antiques and can work it into your trip, you'll be happy at the amount of shops. This site has a good list of antique stores.

  • 16. The Steakhouse
    The Steakhouse, Wells, Maine

    There is a plethora of restaurants in this area and of course Maine is known for it's lobster! But if you like a good steak, head over to the Steakhouse. We've never been dissappointed with a meal. However, plan to wait. This place is so popular, the wait can sometimes be two hours during peak dining hours. So plan to go early around 5 or after 8. There is a nice waiting area where you can get drinks. They also have good seafood, so try a surf and turf if you want. This isn't gourmet fare, it's meat, seafood and potatoes. So if you like more upscale, head down to Ogunquit or up to Kennebunkport.
    It's been a long day, probably time to head home!