55th Annual Windjammer Days
June 25- July 1, 2017
Windjammer Days is the official kickoff to summer in Boothbay, a charming coastal Maine town. It is a week-long celebration of maritime history, and it focuses on the sense of community in this quaint town.
What exactly is a windjammer? They are grand merchant ships that have between three and five masts that were used to carry cargo for long distances in the 19th and early 20th century. Looking at them will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time.
Stop #1: Saint Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery
The town of Kennebunkport, Maine, is a peaceful coastal town and Saint Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery is a wonderful way to begin your day. The grounds are open to the public from sunrise to sunset and the Friars welcome visitors. The grounds are tranquil and is a beautiful place to start your day in a calm way. Children are welcome, however you will want to discuss with them that using quiet voices is expected here so you do not disturb other visitors. The grounds have two lovely outdoor chapels. We are not especially religious but I do love visiting churches. I did not realize how little knowledge of religion my youngest daughter had until I saw her bow at the altar and whisper, “May the force be with you.” Oh boy!!!
Maine Wildlife Park
This August my girls and I went on a girls’ getaway trip to Freeport, Maine. Since the three of us are animal lovers, we decided to drive a half hour away to Gray, Maine to visit the Maine Wildlife Park. It ended up being one of the most memorable days of the summer thanks to the hospitality of their staff. We were able to first enjoy the park on our own and were then given a behind-the-scenes tour to get up close to some of our favorite animals. Little did we know how close.
If you are in Portland, Maine and looking for something aimed especially for your kids…this is the place to go. The Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine has four levels of fun that the entire family will enjoy. Their mission statement says it all: “The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.”
We spent our morning at the museum and the girls had such a great time using their imagination. Let me take you on a tour of our day.
If you are looking for fun, affordable accommodations when visiting Kennebunkport, Maine, The Rhumb Line Resort may be just what you need. The Rhumb Line Resort is located one mile from downtown Kennebunkport and one mile from Walker’s Point. It is an easy drive if you are venturing out and it is on the trolley route, which is a fun way to get to town. It is located close to beautiful Maine beaches, shopping areas, and lots of amazing restaurants. The wooded area around the resort makes for a quiet atmosphere that’s perfect for relaxation.
Click here to read my full review of our stay at Rhumb Line Resort.
The Nonantum Resort is one of the most beautiful resorts in Maine and I can’t say enough about how attentive and kind the staff is. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend, a relaxing getaway, or a fun-filled family adventure, this is the resort to look at. It is located in the quaint seaside village of Kennebunkport, Maine and it resides on the banks of the Kennebunk River. The location is perfect for exploring the town and there are ample restaurants, shops, and art galleries nearby. (Not to mention some pretty amazing ice cream shops.)
Click here to read about our amazing experience at the Nonantum Resort
When I think of Maine certain images pop into my head…lighthouse, beach, moose, and lobster…or LOBSTAH as my New England friends say! Maine has the most amazing coastline so we decided to start our day out on the water and what a better place to do it than on an actual lobster boat!
I can’t believe I’m sharing this place because it is one of our favorite secrets in Maine. My daughter didn’t want me to share it. Her exact words were, “Mom…It’s like sharing where Smurf Village is. You don’t want everyone to know!” It is one of those places that you go to escape all the craziness of life and just BE… be part of nature, be surrounded by views, and be in the moment. Mackworth Island is about 100 acres and is connected to Falmouth, Maine by a causeway. The island is home to Governor Baxter School for the Deaf but you are not allowed to go on the campus. There are two main things that draw you here…nature and fairies.