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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 10 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. Lobster Roll Festival – Thompson’s Point in Portland on July 8 features the World’s Best Lobster Roll Competition, Maine-made food and drink, and festival stuff like live music. I like all the “festival stuff,” and this is the inaugural Lobster Roll festival in Maine, so I need to check it out.

4. “Real Pirates” at Portland Science Center – Who doesn’t love a good pirate story? This seems like the perfect rainy-day activity to me. The 10,000-square-foot interactive exhibition showcases 200 artifacts, including everyday objects, personal items and treasures from the first fully authenticated pirate ship ever to be discovered in U.S. water.

5. Maine YogaFest – Held July 7-9 in Portland, with 47 instructors and more than 80 classes and workshops, the festival will offer something for everyone. Off the mat, you’ll find opportunities to shop, eat, meditate or groove to live music.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Hacker’s Hill – The top of this hill in Casco provides 360-degree views of the White Mountains to the northwest, Maine mountains to the north and Sebago Lake to the southwest. There’s plenty more to do and see in the beautiful Lakes Region of Maine, but this sounds like another great place to recharge your battery and just take it all in.

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

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

Lee Hews
Publisher