Anyone who has been a frequent guest at Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort probably knows that we are a little different from your typical hotel. We have a complex of 9+ buildings with numerous room types, varying views, and different amenities. It is a massive and constant effort to maintain and improve these buildings over the years, and every offseason we try very hard to improve, modify, or update some of our rooms.
This offseason we focused on the third floor of the Ledgeview Inn, which is our main building that also houses the pool, hot tub, and our office. We began renovations this past December and after months of hard work, we were finally able to open our brand new rooms a couple of weeks ago. The rooms received new furniture, carpet, and fixtures, as well as an overall facelift. Initial reviews from our guests have been fantastic and we can’t wait to share these new rooms with the rest of you.
Hope to see you soon!
Earlier in the year I gave a quick rundown of some of the best festivals in the Wells/Ogunquit/Kennebunk area, and I ranked the Christmas Prelude festival in Kennebunkport as the number one, can’t miss experience. In addition to expanded shop hours and Christmas sales, the Prelude plays host to some of Southern Maine’s most original and quintessential traditions and events.
The festivities kick off on Friday with the tree lighting ceremony in Dock Square, accompanied by caroling with the Kennebunk High School Choir. Later in the evening, Kennebunkport’s most unique holiday decoration will be lit in Cape Porpoise Square. Nothing, and I mean nothing, says welcome to the holiday season in Maine like the lighting of the Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree.
On Saturday the fun continues with the 10th annual hat parade at Dock Square and the lighting of the Lower Village Tree. Following the lighting, spectators participate in the traditional stroll to the Franciscan Monastery for Christmas stories and carols.
The weather this weekend looks fantastic, with temperatures projected to be in the high 40’s with plenty of sunshine. So come relax by the sea and help all of us kick off this holiday season.
Spring has sprung and summer is on the way! There are countless ways to enjoy the beautiful weather on the southern Maine coast, and one of the simplest and most enjoyable activities is getting out and going for a walk. Southern Maine has numerous scenic walking/hiking trails, but in an effort to keep this short I will list my top five.
- Marginal Way – Ogunquit: The Marginal Way is perhaps the most well known walking path in southern Maine, and for good reason, the views are spectacular. Starting in picturesque Perkins Cove, the path hugs the cliffs for 1.2 miles before eventually finishing at Beach Street in downtown Ogunquit. Benches are strategically placed along the path to allow walkers an opportunity to relax and take in the scenery.
- Wells Beach – Wells: Wells Beach is a predominantly sandy beach that stretches for just over a mile. A common tradition is walking the entire length from the public parking area on Mile Road to the jetty and back, which is right around two miles. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for sea glass and shells while you’re out, and you may even spot an endangered piping plover or two.
- Mount Agamenticus – Wells/Ogunquit: Mount Agamenticus is best known for its well maintained trail system that is open to both hikers and bikers. At 692 feet it may not seem like much of a mountain, but with the topography of southern Maine being relatively flat, it actually dominates the landscape and provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
- Laudholm Farm – Wells: Laudholm Farm offers seven miles of easy to moderate hiking trails that allow visitors to explore a variety of ecosystems. Three separate interpretive trails help to educate hikers about the differences between salt marsh, forest, and beach environs. Guided tours by trained naturalists are also available.
- Eastern Trail – Southern Maine: The Eastern Trail is a 65-mile section of the East Coast Greenway that connects Kittery to Portland, and passes through several southern Maine towns. The trail is a combination of both paved and off-road sections and is open year round for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, etc.