Vacationland—it’s the way life should be, and it is 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.

Here’s a sample of things that I checked off for June:

Exit 7 – I can’t wait to check out the South Berwick Strawberry Festival later in the month, but first I have some penny-candy to buy at the Goldenrod at York Beach.

Exit 19 – I have never even heard of the Vintage Bazaar of New England, but I am definitely putting this on my calendar for June 24-25! Sounds so fun.

Exit 25- I haven’t been deep-sea fishing in years, and I think it would be a blast to check out the Nor’easter down near Dock Square in Kennebunkport. I’m sure to do some shopping before I board the boat.

Exit 32 & 36 – A trip to OOB for some fries and a beach walk is always on my list, but this year I think I’ll also check out the Scottish Festival on June 3.

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 – This summer I am going to go to a show at Thompson’s Point. It’s a perfect spot for a summer evening filled with music along the river.

Exit 47-48 – I’ve been to the Lakes Region many times, but have yet to visit Hacker’s Hill. I think it’s time!

Exit 52-53 – I enjoy the trails at Wolfe’s Neck Farm through the summer and fall, but I have not tried their Farm to Table dinner.  The first one is on June 25.

Exit 63 – I’m choosing the Maine Festival of American Music at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community in New Gloucester.

Exit 75 and points north – I don’t want to miss the Great Falls Brewfest at Baxter Brewing this year!

So there you have my picks for June. I bet I’ll find time to explore a couple of farmers markets (see guide on pages 25 and 26) and visit a few of our many breweries and brew pubs (pages 16 and 17). 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