September is the best

Publisher's Note


I often say that I raised my kids on Pine Point Beach in Scarborough. From May through October every year, from infancy to the teens, we hung out at the beach with family and friends whenever we got the chance. My kids made great beach friends, and so did I. Spending a day building castles, chasing waves, playing beach hopscotch and looking for crabs and sand dollars is a fabulous way to relax while keeping everyone entertained. Like southern Maine, the Midcoast region offers miles of coastline for just about any type of activity that you can imagine. September, in my opinion, is the best month of the summer. The days are warm, the nights are cool and the beaches and roads are a little less crowded—especially during the week. Here’s a few of my picks for September—whatever you choose, I hope you enjoy your stay.

Mackworth Island

This is the season to delight in late-summer solitude in some of Maine’s prettiest places, which you can do on the 1.25-mile hike around Mackworth Island in Falmouth. With tall pines on the water’s edge and views of Portland on one side and the islands of Casco Bay on the other, walking the perimeter of Mackworth Island is a concentrated dose of Maine’s natural beauty. Halfway around the island, visitors come upon a “village” of fairy houses made of sticks, shells, bark and other natural “found” materials. There’s a sandy beach along the way and several benches.

Recompence Shore Campground at Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Just 4.5 miles from downtown Freeport and L.L. Bean’s flagship store is a campground that is right on the ocean with sites nestled in the forest adjacent to an organic educational farm. Recompence Shore Campground has three oceanfront cottages and 130 oceanfront, inland and wooded campsites, 20 of them equipped for RVs. Enjoy Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, kayak and bike rentals, lobster bakes, a snack shack and history haywagon rides. Be sure to check it out when you are in the area.

Great Inflatable Race

This event sounds very cool! Who doesn’t love bouncy obstacles? The Great Inflatable Race is Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9–11 a.m. at Seeds of Independence, 29 Burbank Ave., Brunswick. Courses range from 1.5 miles to 3.1 miles, and the “race” isn’t timed or judged. (

Whatever you choose to do to make the most of your September in Maine, 95 North will help you to find the best options!