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2 Day Wells, Maine Getaway

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For Jeff's birthday, we went to Maine for the weekend without a plan or a map. I drove, he navigated. We're still married, so it worked out this time.

We left on Saturday morning and decided that if we stayed in Ogunquit or thereabouts, that was good enough for us. We needed a nice stress-free couple of days, and it wasn't 'tourist season', so we never thought about finding a room ahead of time. I did some web searching and found that all of the bed and breakfasts were booked, which was dismaying, but not alarming.

We arrived around noonish, and started tooling up Route 1 heading North. Funny, all the resorts and half the houses were boarded over.


It was a beautiful day, a little cool, but not bad, and we took a small walk on the Path of Death in York (I think).



It was pretty this time of year, and we only passed a couple of people.







The beaches were nearly empty, but this sight below us had us baffled. I can understand wanting to be fashionable (well, no, not really)...but wearing 4 inch heeled boots while walking about on wet rocks? There's just nothing to say except "Holy Crap, it reproduced!"


We went North to Wells, and stopped in an antique mall to browse. We found some unburied treasure and got a map to other antique malls since it was misting and didn't want to walk outside anymore today.

At the next shop, above Kennebunk, we lingered a while and when we left near closing time, the weather had turned. It was extremely foggy, rainy, and as dark as the inside of a cow.

We decided to get a room, unwind and go get some seafood for dinner since we hadn't eaten since breakfast and it was 5 pm. The first place we saw that had a vacancy had rooms. $250 for one king size bed and a view of an oceanic backwater. Um, no thanks.

We lodged at the Elmwood condominium Resort Hotel in Wells. It was a 2 bedroom unit, and she gave us a key to go look at it first, apologizing for not having a one bedroom, but said she'd give us the single bedroom rate. One look and we ran back inside to snag it: Top floor, 2 bedroom loft condo complete with all the stuff. There was a bedroom upstairs with 2 queen beds, air, tv and a full bath, and downstairs was one queen bed, tv, air and half bath. Fully furnished kitchen, of course, and extremely clean. $83.50, and she tossed in a couple of free movies (we watched A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket later that night after a seafood dinner at Billy's Chowder House).

Here's Jeff relaxing on the sofa as taken from the loft:

The living room

The kitchen:

The main floor bedroom:

The second floor bedroom

The bathroom


I highly recommend this 'hotel'. It's open year round.
post #2 of 24
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On with the rest of the story.

As some of you may know, I'm doing some physical therapy for a variety of knee, neck and hip issues. I do some exercises every day.

That night I went to bed and read for a while, then did my exercises. Since I sleep 'commando', doing these sans pajamas was even better since the Menopausal Me seems to have hot flashes no matter how cool the room. Add some movement and there is the recipe for a rather warm workout.

If you have the vision in your mind of what this involves, you'll either be grossed out or chuckling at the thought of a 50-something nude woman doing leg lifts and stretches while in the privacy of a top floor condo unit.

Imagine my instant horror when I finally get ready to sleep and snap off the light......only to find that the heavy duty draperies were left open a little more than 6 inches and that the beacon of light spilling out through the mile wide gap could have brought ships into harbor if not for the scene of the Great White Whale beyond it's not-so-shuttered glass moving with ungraceful speed doing gyrations of questionable intent!
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The next day, we did some more beachcombing and antiquing, and I was fascinated by the patterns in the sand and the emptiness of it all. Perfect weather!

There is a small sailboat on the horizon.

I love the patterns in the sand!
This looks like ancient writings.


Your intestines on drugs.


What do you see?


I see scales:




We found this rock that looked like Glenn Plake. Jeff called it a Punk Rock. ha


On the way home at 6 pm, we got caught in traffic on the Masspike and were moving pretty good until we came over a rise and the traffic doing 75 mph was now doing suddenly doing 25 mph. ACK. The car next to me swerved and went from the passing lane to the inside shoulder, SMOKE coming from all 4 tires. The guy in front of me was doing a little fishtail dance trying to stop without rearending the next car and all you could see were brakelights!

I tromped on my brakes and slid over one lane to the right because I knew there was no one there (I check mirrors quite a bit), but then the thought flashed in my mind that maybe the guys behind me were going to slam into us from behind and I delayed crapping my pants for another few seconds while I shot another look in the mirror and maneuvered us to a safe place, but always ready for the hit. Ten miles of this bumper to bumper nutbar traffic.

Cause of all this? Who the hell knows! As soon as we passed the junction for NYC traffic going South, it was smooth sailing.

It's good to be home, and that's the point of time off. It's also good to be alive.

Let it Snow.
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Nice.........
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Maine is beautiful any time of the year. We spend a week there every Summer.

Had a great time there as it looks like you did Bonni.

As they say down East, Aayah!
post #6 of 24
Did you drop in and visit George and tell him how grateful we are for welping his misguided lad GW ?


Maine sounds like western Washington but on the wrong coast. Is it ?
post #7 of 24

Maine

Thanks Bonni, Sandee and I were in Maine abouot 8 yr ago in Oct. very pretty place.
post #8 of 24
Bonni......Nice get-a-way. Those are my stomping grounds as York is the hometown of my gf.

That's the cliff walk. Did you get a chance to walk the rockwall in Wells??

Isn't Maine a beautiful place to visit??

Good.

Now go home and stay there!!!! lol.
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Isn't Maine a beautiful place to visit??

Good.

Now go home and stay there!!!! lol.




Glad you enjoyed your time Bonni!
post #10 of 24
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We did have a very relaxing time. Sugaree, what is the rock wall in Wells??

I did get a glimpse of what it would be like in summer. A family from New Jersey (I'm guessing from the accent) was moving through one of the antique shops. 2 guys with 2 teens about 14-15 were very LOUD and annoying. The kids kept picking up stuff and moving them from place to place. They would pick stuff up, take it halfway across the mall to show Dad, then drop it right there and not take it back where they got it. NOT COOL in an antique mall with 60+ dealers with open booths! How would you find your stuff again?

I imagined the places we went in summer just teeming with people. I don't think I'd like it at all.

I love off season.
post #11 of 24
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I did get a glimpse of what it would be like in summer. A family from New Jersey (I'm guessing from the accent) was moving through one of the antique shops. 2 guys with 2 teens about 14-15 were very LOUD and annoying. The kids kept picking up stuff and moving them from place to place. They would pick stuff up, take it halfway across the mall to show Dad, then drop it right there and not take it back where they got it. NOT COOL in an antique mall with 60+ dealers with open booths! How would you find your stuff again?

I imagined the places we went in summer just teeming with people. I don't think I'd like it at all.

I love off season.
I love the summer too, but the coast is a place that I avoid like the plague. We used to take a family trip to Bar Harbor every August, it was hell for me.

I'll take the mountains and lakes any day.
post #12 of 24
You got to know where to go on the coast in the summer, but the best month is September. The ocean's still warm, the crowds are gone, and the sun's still bright.

Living here year-round truely is a gift!
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About the rock wall....hard to explain..........It's a jetty that runs out from shore that you can walk on. Takes you about 200 yards out into the great Atlantic Ocean.

The natural areas around Wells are fantastic for birdwatching.

And no, you don't want to be in that area anytime between say June 15 and September 15. Thousands upon thousands of weekenders, just like you, lurking EVERYWHERE.

But, like SLAG said, ya just gotta know where to go. Sorta like a ski vacation.
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Any more people on the beach than this, and it wrecks the moooooood. People are funny. Just wear thermals and a raincoat and go out and enjoy. Most people don't get in the water anyway.

As I love to say, "There's no such thing as bad weather: Just bad clothing."



I think I know just the rocks you're talking about, but the tide wasn't going to allow us to do that. Bad timing. I was game if the tide was going OUT instead of IN.
post #15 of 24
Go Maine!

Terrific pictures Bonni as I especially enjoyed those of the beach and the fine sand patterns you captured.

[Unfortunately] we don't have any sand as our "beach front" along Eggemoggin Reach is a bit rockier

Looking up from "the beach" at low tide. Not so comfortable between the toes :


Looking out you can see footwear is needed :


And "high tide" provides a little cover :
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Do you get waves? It looks pretty calm.

I love to fall asleep to the rumble of the sea.
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Do you get waves? It looks pretty calm.

I love to fall asleep to the rumble of the sea.
There are waves Bonni but not what the raw Atlantic can bring including the occasional tidal storm surges first delivered upon Deer Isle to our south then muted by the buffer Eggemoggin Reach provides. [BTW, if you’re into sailing, the reach represents the finest body of salt water sail on the planet…period]

Normally a constant wave pattern rolls at just the perfect volume upon the shoreline otherwise with a heavy baited lobster boat heading out of the harbor or tall ship or large yacht moving across the reach interrupting it all with a the spill that eventually makes its loud crash on the rocks. And do I ever sleep with the sound of the night waves during a mid summer’s heavy cool sea under the darkest sky possible. Yup, there is nothing better in my book as you move further down east away from the noise, people and traffic. Mid Maine coast is hard to beat!

Some older photos looking out to reach:


Sun setting behind Isle bridge:


Early sunrise where harbor lane meets the reach:
post #18 of 24
Aw, you should have let me know. My sister-in-law runs a B&B in Kennebunk. Sort of on the down-low, not actively marketing it anymore but takes in friends and family and referrals from such.

As for the lady on the rocks - Looks like an LL Bean catalog photo shoot, now that Bean is all trendy and the catalogs are 97% women's clothing instead of all the good stuff.

Maine is weird but it grows on you. Spend enough time in Maine and Stephen King finally starts making sense.
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..Kennebunk..

..Maine is weird but it grows on you
Well sure if you've spent time in either of the Kenne’s (bunk & bunkport) since we consider both towns that far south still part of New Hampshire
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Maine is weird???.......WTF does that mean??
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Maine is weird???.......WTF does that mean??


I've found people to be very friendly and accomodating. That's weird for the East, wouldn't you say?

Hey, Mark.....can she book us for a few days in between Christmas and New Years Eve? I'd love to get away and go back up.
post #22 of 24
BTW, if you’re into sailing, the reach represents the finest body of salt water sail on the planet…period

DonDever, how right you are. At this moment, I am looking out over The Reach towards the Deer Isle Bridge. The wind is blowing a misty 25kts like a Northwest train, carrying the faint smell of winter on its breath. At least, that's how we "weird" Mainers might put it.
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DonDenver, here's one of those wonderful "it's a small world" moments. After my last post, I checked out your photos. See that boat in the distance, framed between the stantions of the Deer Isle Bridge? That's my Victoria 30. And the speck to its right is my Montaulk Whaler. Welcome to my world. David
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DonDenver, here's one of those wonderful "it's a small world" moments. After my last post, I checked out your photos. See that boat in the distance, framed between the stantions of the Deer Isle Bridge? That's my Victoria 30. And the speck to its right is my Montaulk Whaler. Welcome to my world. David
Just noticed your post as I’ve seen your boats about the Reach I’ll send you a PM. [Just tried a PM...your box is full..]

Here is another view looking your way from the kitchen window. Notice the Bridge a bit frosted here as it was nice to see it get some well deserved "fix-up" over the summer.
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