Southern Maine and The Kennebunks are full of scenic strolls.
We love meandering along Marginal Way, which is less than half an hour’s drive from our Kennebunkport boutique inn. You begin the journey by Perkins Cove shops and restaurants at one end of the cliff walk, then enjoy a mile of beautiful panorama on the way to Ogunquit Beach. The accessibility is a serious plus. People in wheelchairs frequent Marginal Way, and benches are situated only a stone’s throw apart.
Still, some of our favorite scenic walks in Southern Maine are even closer to Captain Fairfield Inn and not quite as well traveled. There’s something out there for serious hikers as well as those who just want a little fresh air and New England scenery.
The Franciscan Monastery, just over the bridge in Kennebunk, contains interesting architecture as well as footpaths along the riverbank. These byways are perfect for viewing our beloved port town, boats and buildings alike.
Wells Reserve at Laudholm provides surprisingly varied sights, including historic farm land and structures, salt marsh, woods, and a quiet beach. Be sure to pause at each overlook! If you’ve seen it all and still want more, there is a great mile loop just down the road at The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge actually spans many miles of Maine’s coast and includes quality trails in several communities.
When we visited the East Point Sanctuary to the north of Kennebunkport, there was not another soul in sight. Vistas of Biddeford Pool and Saco Bay as well as Wood Island Lighthouse can be found in this tucked away spot.
Of course, you can’t beat a stroll down Ocean Avenue, starting at Captain Fairfield Inn and following the river and shore to Walker’s Point. It’s a perfect route for jogging. If we’re feeling less inclined to exertion, we drop in to Striper’s for a midwalk drink with an ocean view.