It is officially summer in Maine—welcome! Welcome summer, welcome visitors, welcome to our staycationers. No matter where you are from—you’re here and looking for fun things to do and see. You’ve come to the right place, for sure. This issue of 95 North magazine features the Kennebunks, but as you probably know, there is so much more to do and see all around the area. Check out our Top Ten list for each Turnpike exit and circle your favorites. Hopefully you will get to see and do all the things you want to while you are here.

Here are six things that I have never done or seen in Maine that I am putting on my list for July. I hope I’m not over-scheduling!

1. St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery Estate: According to our description of this Kennebunkport treasure, there are great walking paths that provide a quiet place for contemplation or to recharge after a busy day. This sounds just about perfect for me.

2. Edwin L. Smith Preserve: The Kennebunkport preserve features more than 1,100 acres, 10 miles of recreational trails, babbling brooks, picnic rocks, quaint bridges and a gorgeous forested landscape. In addition to the trail system, the Smith Preserve is primarily a wildlife habitat.

3. Black Dinah Chocolatiers & Mast Landing Brewing Company: I think beer goes well with chocolate and these are two great makers in Westbrook, a wonderful little city right outside of Portland.

4. Smiling Hill Farm: Once you’ve sampled the chocolate and beer, you can make your way over to Westbrook’s Smiling Hill Farm, a 500-acre working family-run dairy farm, and have the best ice cream cone around—and visit a local barnyard.

5. L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series: Just about every Saturday from July 4 through Labor Day, there is FREE music at L.L. Bean in downtown Freeport. It’s beautiful spot to see outstanding music. Plus, Freeport can’t be beat for shopping, dining and exploring.

6. Morgan Meadow Wildlife Management Area: The more than 1,000 acres of land in Raymond and Gray provides opportunities for hiking, hunting and canoeing.

Check out for more to see and do in Maine this summer!

Lee Hews