Photo by Lauryn Hottinger

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.

I would get up early on a Saturday to pack lunches and toys and get everything prepped for the day. Many times I would also be preparing a dish for an evening meal to be shared on the deck of good friends who lived at Pine Point in the summer. Our home was in West Scarborough, so we had to make the 7-mile trek to the beach by car.

Pine Point is one of the most beautiful beaches I have found. It stretches for miles through Scarborough, into Old Orchard and beyond to Camp Ellis. It offers the longest sandbar at low tide, often stretching almost across the river to Prouts Neck. A great beach day is one when low tide is midday and the kids can play in the tide pools for hours and hours.

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 for zero dollars, except for parking! If you have the chance to visit Pine Point Beach, please do—check the tide charts and try to get there at low tide. On the way, you can stop at the Dairy Corner or Bailey’s for ice cream; you can check out Salty Bay for great fried seafood, or head over to the co-op for fresh seafood. You can also walk or ride your bike on the Eastern Trail, or rent a kayak and explore the marsh. The options for fun and relaxing are limitless! See pages 18–19 for more things to do in Scarborough.

Maine offers hundreds of 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.

Capriccio: Ogunquit’s Celebration of the Arts—a town-wide festival of art, music, poetry, ballet, live theater and concerts, along with architectural tours, all taking place in the village of Ogunquit Sept. 8–17.

River Jam Festival—this two-day festival in downtown Biddeford Sept. 15–16 includes a Battle of the Bands, the Heart of Biddeford’s River Jam 5K, a Makers’ Market at Mechanics Park, performances by The Sellam Circus School of Biddeford, boating on the Saco River and performances by popular local musicians Amy Allen, Spencer Albee and The Mallett Brothers Band. Most of the action will be at 27 Water St. For more information:

Wolfe’s Neck Farm Harvest Dance—more than a little bit country and off the beaten path, this annual harvest dance is a big hit (likely to sell out in advance). Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, hosts the 21-plus night of local food, local brews, contra dancing and local music at historic Mallet Barn (built in 1891).

Lee Hews