For most people in this country the third Monday in April passes by without much fanfare. However, in Maine and Massachusetts (and Wisconsin oddly enough) the day is celebrated as Patriots’ Day. Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles in the American War for Independence, which were fought on April 19, 1775. Obviously celebrated in Massachusetts, it is also celebrated in Maine, given the fact that Maine remained part of Massachusetts until 1820. Traditions like the Boston Marathon and the Red Sox morning start make it a truly remarkable day in Boston, but the small town of Ogunquit does their best to provide some fun and educational activities of their own. Activities include treasure hunts, a fife and drum parade, beach bazaar, and historical reenactments. Be sure to visit April 21-23 to enjoy this uniquely Maine tradition.
This is one of my favorite images that we’ve been able to capture on Wells Beach. Mostly because this is exactly how my friend would look if he were a seal. However, people are often astonished to find out that seals really do come right up onto the beach, and that this picture was actually taken right here in Wells. The species of seal that we see here is called a harbor seal, also referred to as a common seal. They are typical inhabitants along coastlines of the north Atlantic in both Europe and North America. They spend most of there time at sea, but will come ashore to rest or sun themselves. And although they may look cute, adults can weigh close to 300 pounds and have razor sharp teeth. So it’s important to give them their space. Solitary baby seals also find there way onto Wells Beach from time to time. This is almost always because they have been separated from their mother and are lost or tired. Never touch a baby seal! A mother can tell when her pup has been touched and will refuse to care for it afterwards. The best thing to do if you see a baby seal on the beach is to call the Maine Marine Animal Reporting Hotline. Other than that, just try to enjoy Wells Beach as much as this guy does.
For many years Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort has supported a family for the holiday season, providing gifts to those who may not be as fortunate as others. Once again, the Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort family is working with Caring Unlimited to provide gifts to many children and families to give them a holiday season to remember.
A Christmas tree is displayed in our lobby with tags containing various items for children of all ages, as well as parents. If you would like to help out, and will be staying with us through early December, we encourage you to pick up a tag and drop off any items in the boxes provided.
For those who want to help, but cannot make it up to Wells Beach, below is the list of items that you can purchase and send to us at the hotel. Your generosity is greatly appreciated as everyone deserves to have a happy and fulfilling holiday.
Any questions on this project can be directed to the hotel front office at (207) 646-2831. If you choose to send a gift or a monetary donation, please address the package/envelope to:
Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort
Attn: Christmas Family
P.O. Box 639
Wells, ME 04090
Checks can be made payable to Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort. That money will then be used to purchase remaining items on the gift tree. Please reference “Christmas Family” on memo line. Items will be delivered on Monday, December 19th. If you choose to send a gift/donation, please have them to us by Friday, December 16th.
Gift Tree List:
*List includes more than one family. Duplicates may occur.
Male, Age 1 – Boots (Size 4)
Male, Age 1 – Snowsuit (Size 12 months)
Male, Age 1 – Large mega blocks
Female, Mother – Winter coat (Likes color black, plain styles)
Female, Mother – Wool socks
Female, Mother – Laundry bag and laundry soap
Female, Mother – Pajama lounge pants (Size small)
Male, Age 2 – Luvs diapers (Size 5)
Male, Age 2 – Toddler set of silverware and plastic plate/bowl set
Male, Age 2 – Llama Llama and Curious George books
Male, Age 2 – Wooden building blocks
Male, Age 2 – Stuffed Mickey Mouse
Female, Mother – Gas card(s)
Female, Mother – Hannaford or Market Basket gift card(s)
Male, Age 5 – Boots (Size 1)
Male, Age 5 – Wrestling action toys
Male, Age 5 – Finding Dory DVD
Male, Age 5 – Outfit (Size 6)
Male, Age 5 – Large monster truck
Male, Age 13 – Over-the-door basketball hoop
Male, Age 11 – Pokemon card collection set
Male, Age 10 – Pokemon card collection set
Male, Age 14 – Hooded sweatshirt (Size men’s medium)
Male, Age 15 – Hooded sweatshirt (Size men’s medium)
Female, Mother – Bath towels
Female, Mother – Hannaford gift card(s)
Family – VCR/DVD player
Male, Age 5 – New release children’s DVD
Female, Teen – Purse (side bag style)
Male, Teen – Nike socks (Size 9/10)
As the month of November rolls on our Thanksgiving plans will be in the works, if they haven’t already. If you’re looking for a more relaxing Thanksgiving holiday, come join us at Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort in Wells Beach, Maine! We still have plenty of rooms available and there are several area restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving, providing the traditional spread and more. Here are a few of the places you can dine at:
- Jonathan’s Ogunquit — Jonathan’s will be open between 12-8 p.m. on Thursday. For reservations, call (207) 646-4777 or visit www.jonathansogunquit.com. You can check out their Thanksgiving menu here.
- Bull and Claw — For another year the Bull and Claw will be open to the public for a Thanksgiving feast. Starting at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., you can enjoy anything from mussels to prime rib and of course, turkey. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (207) 646-8467. To take a look at the holiday menu, visit www.bullnclaw.com.
- Spring Hill — Located just a short drive into South Berwick, Spring Hill will be open for a Thanksgiving luncheon buffet, opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 3 p.m. Reservations are required, with the cost being $26 for adults and $12 for children between the ages of 4 and 12. To see the full list of details for the event as well as the buffet menu, visit www.springhillmaine.com. Reservations can be made by calling (207) 384-2693.
- White Barn Inn — The beautiful White Barn Inn, a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes 5 Star Fine Dining rated location will be open between 1-7 p.m. Reservations can be made via Open Table. White Barn’s Thanksgiving menu can be viewed here.
- Merriland Farm Cafe — This dining favorite will open its doors for the afternoon, between 12-4 p.m., serving dinner. Reservations are welcomed and can be made by calling (207) 646-5040. More information on the restaurant can be found at www.merrilandfarmcafe.com.
- Clay Hill Farm — This award-winning restaurant located in York will be open once again for the holiday, beginning at 12 p.m. and lasting until 5 p.m. To reserve your table today, call (207) 361-2272. A look at their Thanksgiving menu can be found right at www.clayhillfarm.com.
- Cape Neddick Inn — The Cape Neddick Inn Restaurant and Tavern will be open for a majority of the day, serving up a delicious menu of soups, salads, lobster, pork tenderloin and more. Opening at 12 p.m. and serving dinner until 7:30 p.m, the Cape Neddick Inn requires reservations for the holiday, which can be made at (207) 351-1145. Click here for a look at their Thanksgiving menu.
- Stage Neck Inn — Dine right on the Atlantic with a well-stocked buffet. Reservations are required, which can be done by calling (207) 363-3850 extension 405. Hours on Thanksgiving are from 12-5 p.m., with a price of $44.95 for adults, $29.95 for children ages 6-12, while children ages 5 and under are $19.95. A full look at their menu can be found right on their website at www.stageneckinn.com.
- On The Marsh Bistro — Located in Kennebunkport, this restaurant with a view will be open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. serving not only the traditional turkey dinner, but some of their staple items as well, including a variety of seafood dishes. Table deposits are currently being taken, with reservations being made via telephone at (207) 967-2299 or on Open Table, to which someone will call you after submitting your request. Make sure to check out their menu for all they have to offer.
- Pier 77 — Look out on to the Cape Porpoise Harbor while you enjoy a turkey or ham dinner, or maybe one of Pier 77’s signature items on their regular menu from between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Reservations are currently being accepted for the holiday. Place one today at (207) 967-8500.
- East Restaurant and Lounge — If you’re looking for something more casual, pick up your favorite Chinese cuisine at East just a few miles down the road from Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort. East will be open for their regular operating hours. You can also have food delivered right to you room! Choose your favorite meal from one of their menus at www.eastdining.com. Menus are provided here in the main lobby as well.
As always the staff here at Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort would be more than happy to see you! Be sure to give us a call and check on our availability for the holiday weekend. We are always booking reservations all year round between 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m at (207) 646-2831.
When you think of the beach you think of summer, basking in the sun as the waves crash in front of you and children build their sandcastles or splash in the waves. However, here at Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort, the beach isn’t the only thing that allows for a fun and relaxing time.
Today is the first official day of Fall, or Autumn if we’re being exact, and that means it’s time for pumpkin spiced everything, apple picking, hay rides, corn mazes and more. One of the great things about our location is just how close we are to a lot of these activities.
One popular event that takes place each year is just around the corner in Ogunquit, conveniently known as OgunquitFest, beginning on October 22. There is something for all ages. Between 9am-4pm, the Autumn Bazaar kicks off in the Main Beach parking lot, featuring 75 different vendors. You can also join in on the Painted Pumpkin Pursuit or try and guess the number of gourds at the Chamber of Commerce booth to win a prize!
Other events during OgunquitFest include an antique and classic car show, the great pumpkin presentation, the OgunquitFest obstacle course and even a wine tasting. Don’t forget to try out some great beer at the Sam Adams Beerfest located at Amore Breakfast, or for the younger crowd, get your strut on in the costume parade. For more information on all the events on OgunquitFest, check out http://chamber.ogunquit.org/events/details/ogunquitfest-1542.Just a short drive down Route 1, York Beach will kick off its 32nd Annual Harvestfest and Kidsfest on October 15. Between 9am-4pm rain or shine, jam along to the music of the Don Campbell Band and Friends as well as Dan Blakeslee and Dr. Gasp.
For Kidsfest, your child can participate in a full list of games, a roaming railroad, pumpkin carving and painting, pumpkin stroll, face painting and horse-drawn wagon rides. A full list of details can be found here: http://yorkharvestfest.com/
If you’re looking to get into the Fall spirit sooner rather than later, take a drive up the coast to Freeport, located just under an hour from Lafayette’s, and check out the Freeport Fall Festival, taking place on October 1 and 2 between 11am and 4pm.
The notable flagship store of L.L. Bean will be front and center, bringing in some of the best New England artists and makers of fine craft. Once you’ve had the chance to check out all of the artists’ exhibits, grab some lunch and listen to a full list of great music, all for FREE!
It also wouldn’t be a Maine event if seafood wasn’t involved. Check out the 22nd Annual Freeport Community Services Chowdah Challenge. Each year local restaurants donate their traditional and gourmet clam and seafood chowders to benefit the Freeport Community Services programs. Ten restaurants compete for the People’s Choice Award and the Judges’ Award for “Best Chowdah” and it only costs $10 per person! For a more in depth look at the Freeport Fall Festival, visit http://freeportfallfestival.com/
After a full day of Fall and fun, take home a cup of your favorite pumpkin spice latte, hot chocolate or swing through our lobby for a cup of coffee and kick back and relax to the sound of the waves on your patio or balcony. Give us a call anytime during the day, (207) 646-2831 and we’ll be more than happy to help you get away for a weekend and enjoy the Fall sites and sounds.
More events from around the area can be found at the following links.