Welcome to Kittery, York, the Berwicks & Ogunquit
The diverse personalities of York, Kittery and Ogunquit make a stop on exit 7 a can’t-miss for any trip. Shopping, dining and beachcombing opportunities abound, along with iconic landmarks, impressive art galleries and delightful places to stay. Travel south along Route 1 to York and Kittery or strike out north on Route 1 to Ogunquit. Either way, visitors to southern Maine quickly discover the unique attractions found here and enjoy a quintessential Maine experience. There’s no better place to start your Maine adventure.
1. Cape Neddick Light
Cape Neddick Light one of the most photographed places in York County. The lighthouse, built in 1879, was originally known as Nubble Light until the Coast Guard renamed it in 1939, and it’s now officially the Cape Neddick Light Station. The town of York owns and maintains the property and buildings and doesn’t allow the public on the island, but relatively close-up views of the lighthouse and keeper’s house can be found at nearby Sohier Park. The site has visitor parking, benches, restrooms and a small gift shop that is open through late October. The park and lighthouse are located on Nubble Road off Route 1A in York. Scuba diving is allowed every day except Sunday. Nearby, Fox’s Lobster House on Sohier Park Road has some tables with a view of the island light. (nubblelight.org)
2. York Harvestfest
Come on down to Short Sands Beach in York on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Harvestfest, including live music from the Don Campbell Band, local food vendors, juried crafters and old-fashioned market vendors from all over New England. There’s lot of fun for kids, including pumpkin carving and painting, horse-drawn wagon rides and a roaming railroad.
3. The Goldenrod
Saltwater taffy has been pulled in plain view here every summer since 1896, when the Goldenrod was the first stop for visitors who came to the beach by train. More than a century later, the Goldenrod sells 8 million pieces of taffy a year, not to mention all the other candies, sundaes and sandwiches available. There’s an old-fashioned penny candy counter (where prices run 2 cents and up) and an ice-cream soda fountain with a menu updated to include smoothies. The Goldenrod is open through Columbus Day. (thegoldenrod.com)
4. Zach’s Corn Maze
Zach’s Farm in York is running 20-minute hayrides to the 17-acre cornfield every weekend through Halloween. The Maze is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day. Starting Oct. 11, flashlight tag is an option from 7–10 p.m. The farm is off exit 7 at 7 Colby Turner Road; go to zachscornmaze.com for detailed directions.
5. Mt. Agamenticus
Autumn is a beautiful time of year to hike Mt. Agamenticus in York, which offers 40 miles of trails, picnic tables, birding platforms and perfect views of Maine’s sunrise and sunset. While most of the trails are moderate, somewhat rocky hikes to the 692-foot summit, a universal access trail is partially finished and affords some spectacular views of the Presidential Range to the northwest and the coast to the south. Dogs may use the trails but must be kept on leash. For directions to the trailhead and more information about the various trails leading up to the top of the mountain: (agamenticus.org)
This fun-filled weekend on Ogunquit Beach and the surrounding area Oct. 19–21 includes a classic car show, huge craft fair, Whoopie pie eating contest, pumpkin carvings, ghostly tours, a haunted theater, a costume parade (and Dogtoberfest dog costume parade), waiter races and a high heel dash around Perkins Cove. (207–646–2939; visitogunquit.org)
7. Marginal Way
When they say the best things in life are free, they must have been referring to Marginal Way. This mile-long cliffside nature path in Ogunquit reveals some of the most stunning ocean views to be found in New England. Marginal Way runs “on the margin” of the rocky coastline from the Sparhawk Resort to the docks of Perkins Cove. Claim one of the cliffside benches and savor the view.
8. Ogunquit Museum of American Art
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) is closely tied to one of the earliest art colonies in the American modernist era and honors founder Henry Strater’s vision to preserve and showcase American art through modern and contemporary programs from May through October. Current highlights include video exhibition “Bill Viola: The Fall Into Paradise”, “Lois Dodd: Drawings and Painting” and “Boundaries,” a collaborative visual literary project between inaugural poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler, all through October 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and admission is $9 for seniors or students, $10 for adults. The museum is at 543 Shore Road. (ogunquitmuseum.org)
9. ‘Jersey Boys’ at Ogunquit Playhouse
The multi-Tony Award-winning, international sensation that took Broadway by storm makes its Northeast premiere at the Ogunquit Playhouse through Oct. 28. “Jersey Boys” takes audiences on an exhilarating journey behind the music of mega-stars Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Follow the incredible story of four guys bound by one dream, who worked their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Audiences around the world have gone wild over the electrifying performances that took these hometown boys from Jersey all the way to the top of the charts: “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Dawn,” “My Eyes Adored You,” and many more. Leave singing, “Oh, What a Night!” The show is 2.5 hours and recommended for ages 13 and up. Ogunquit Playhouse is at 102 Main St. (ogunquitplayhouse.org)
10. Kittery Outlets
Just on the Maine side of the Maine-New Hampshire border, Kittery is the place for outlet shopping fans. The more than 60 stores, from Adidas to Zumiez, include the usual outlet-type stores, like J.Crew, Cole Haan and Polo Ralph Lauren, as well as local favorites Kittery Trading Post and Bass Outlets. Open year-round, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. GPS yourself to 306 US Route 1, Kittery. (888–548–8379; thekitteryoutlets.com)