Vacationland—it’s the way life should be. And it’s a great life for all of us who love living here and for all of the visitors who make their way here during our beautiful summer months. Whether you live here all the time, come for the whole summer, a two-week vacation or a long weekend, I guarantee that you will find lots of fun things to do and see in our 95 North magazine. We publish this magazine every month throughout the summer season, featuring 10 interesting things to do off each exit of the I-95 turnpike. Whether your home base is in Kennebunk, Kittery, Freeport, the Sebago Lakes Region or Boothbay Harbor, chances are you’ll travel the turnpike while you are here, and you may want to venture up or down a few exits to do a little more exploring. Use our “Top Ten” guide to discover new places and rediscover your old favorites.

For starters, I think I will try a lobster roll from all of the spots listed in our new feature, “Roll on Over” on page 20. I like mine on a grilled roll—very light on the mayo—with a tiny bit of lemon/butter. Let’s see who has the best one!

Here’s a few other things on my list for June:

Exit 7: After a long walk on the beach, I’ll have some penny-candy from the Goldenrod at York Beach.

Exit 19: I would love to check out the riding at Living Wells Farm, a horseback riding and boarding center, less than 10 miles from the beach in Wells.

Exit 25: Smith Preserve, part of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, 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.

Exit 32 & 36: A trip to OOB for some fries and a beach walk is always on my list.

Exit 42: Scarborough was my hometown for more than 20 years and even now my summer is not complete without a walk to the sandbar at low tide on Pine Point Beach.

Exit 44 & 46: 4th Annual Allagash Street Fair offers beer, music and promises of a fun summer afternoon.

Exit 47 & 48: Point Sebago Reggae Fest, on the lake with multiple reggae artists Saturday, June 9.

Exit 52 & 53: Should I go to the Desert of Maine? I think I’ll check it out this year, finally.

Exit 63: I like to stop by The Market at Pineland Farms after an early morning hike on the trails.

Exit 75 & points north: I’m just learning about Guthries in Lewiston, an eatery with a passion for healthy food, local music, local art and eco-consciousness. Sounds wonderful!

So there you have my picks for June. I hope that whatever it is that brings you to Maine, you will take time out of your usual vacation activities and use this handy guide to find new things to do and see. Look for our July issue—with all new ideas—on the stands in late June. You can follow us online at and please give us a thumbs up on Facebook.

Lee Hews