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Fall Specials

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Fall is one of my favorite times in Maine.  The days are still warm, the air is clear, and the evenings are pleasantly cool.  There’s less traffic and I can finally get into my favorite restaurants around town.  It’s more peaceful–a perfect time to sit on the beach and read a book or go to a Spa and have a massage.  Later, as the leaves start to turn, it’s a pleasure to just wander on trails through the woods.

September Spa Special*
Come any two nights, or more, Sunday through Thursday and receive 20% off your cottage rental.  Bring some friends along, walk the beaches, attend Stonewall Kitchen’s cooking school, or go to our special spa, Naviina in Wells and receive a 10% discount on all their services.  Or , during September 5th through the 17th, come to Capriccio in Ogunquit.  Capriccio is a town-wide festival of art, music, poetry, ballet, live theater, concerts, design at various venues and architectural tours.

October Fall Foliage Special*
Come any two nights, or more, Sunday through Thursday and receive 20% off your cottage rental.  Go to the Fryeburg Fair, Maine’s largest agricultural fair complete with six days of harness racing, a farm museum second to none, the world’s largest steer and oxen show and a reputation known throughout North America.  Or, on Oct 21-23, 2011, come to the Annual OgunquitFest, a weekend festival that includes a scarecrow contest, a haunted house, a classic car show, the Bridge to Beach Bed Race, pumpkin decorating, ghost stories, a craft bazaar and much more.  Or you may want to go for a hayride, or pick some apples, or simply drive around and view the lovely foliage.  Whatever you want to do, why don’t you let The Cottages at Summer Village be your home base.

Barbara
*All specials begin on September 5, 2011 and end on October 26, 2011.  Specials can not be combined with any other offers or discounts.  Not applicable to previously reserved cottages.

My “Secret” Beach

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

After reading Yankee Magazine’s recent article on the “Secret Beaches of Rhode Island,” I began to think about which beach in the Wells area was my favorite.  Some people love Drake’s Island Beach with its long sandy beach ideal for walking and others love the hustle and bustle of Ogunquit’s Beach Street Beach with adequate parking (most of the time), toilet facilities, and restaurants.  But I love the Wells Harbor Beach the best.

You can get there by going north from Summer Village on Route One.  Go through four sets of lights and then take the 1st right onto Harbor Road.  Just before you get to the boatyard and town dock, take a right and you’ll come upon a circular road with a Gazebo in the middle.  Go to the top of the circle and you’ll see a lower parking lot on your right (or left, if you came in the other way).   Park your car and find the opening in the sea grass, walk down the path and you’re there.

It’s a small beach and there’s not much sand to sit on at high tide but it’s wonderful for children at mid- and low-tide.  There are lots of sand bars and tidal pools with crabs.  Around the time of the full moon, an adult can even walk (with maybe a little swimming) across to the more frequented Wells Beach.  Around the north corner of the beach is a deck that let’s you get off the sand and have a dry place to eat lunch.  Or you can go up to the covered picnic area and eat lunch in the shade.  If the kids get tired of the water,  there’s a playground area with lots of things to swing on, climb on, and jump on.  Or walk over to the town dock  floats and take the kids crabbing.  All you need is a little string, something for the crabs to grab on (like an onion bag), and a little bait (sold at the boatyard store).  There are also public toilet facilities next to the boatyard.

I really like this little beach.  The people are friendly, it’s less crowded than most beaches around and most of all, parking is free.