Summer Adventures 2016

School is out in less than a month, and our summer is going to be busier than ever. MP has a special project she is working on, the kids are going to day camps, and we have family visiting from California for a few weeks. Still, there is always room for a few new adventures! Here’s what is on our list:

Maine Huts & Trails

We’ve heard so many good things about Maine Huts & Trails, a nonprofit organization in Kingfield that provides lodging and outdoor activities for all ages and levels of expertise. When a local Mom suggested CP #2’s third grade class take a year-end trip to Maine Huts & Trails, we were all in! Our plan is to take a short hike in with the kids to our hut, explore the grounds and enjoy a big, family-style meal together. We can’t think of a better way to kick off summer!

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Photo courtesy John Orcutt Photogrpahy

Lighthouse Visit

When we explored the Biddeford Pool Audubon last year, MP noticed a lighthouse, called Wood Island Light, across the water. She did a little digging and learned that the space is open for guided tours. MP loves the idea of taking a short journey by boat to such a beautiful spot with the family.

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Photo courtesy Friends of Wood Island Light

Ice cream

There is no denying it, we are a family that LOVES ice cream. We have several tried-and-true spots, but all of us are curious to visit Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport (the shop also has locations in Wells and Ogunquit).Where else can a person find flavors like Berry Citrus Lime Sorbet and Banana Red Hot?

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Photo courtesy Rococo Artisan Ice Cream

 

Moxie Falls

We’ve made it a point to seek out fun trails that the whole family can handle. According to Maine Trail Finder, Moxie Falls in The Forks is one of Maine’s highest, including a single vertical drop of nearly 90 feet. Best of all, the walk to the falls is supposed to be easy, just a little less than a mile. And who knows? If we get super motivated, we might check out more waterfalls throughout the state.

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Photo courtesy Maine Trail Finder

Road Trip to Acadia

It’s been more than a few years since our family traveled to Acadia. And since this year marks Acadia National Park’s 100th birthday, it seems like the right time to return. There is so much to see and do, but high on MP’s list is a visit to the Asticou Azalea Garden in Seal Harbor. We wish we could make it there for the Evening Lantern Stroll in July, which features Japanese music and paper lanterns lighting up the garden pathways, but it looks like an end of summer visit is in our plans.

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Photo courtesy Asticou Azalea Gardens

What’s your family planning for summer? Be in touch. We always love hearing your suggestions!

PS: A visit to Boothbay Botanical Gardens, more great ice cream, a family-friendly hike on Gorham Mountain, and our Moosehead Lake camping trip.

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