Maine is my absolute favorite place. The craggy coast and cold ocean waters stir my creative juices and I come back rejuvenated and ready to work on the myriad of projects I always have going.
This time we took our Lab mix, Finn, with us. It was the first time that we've stayed at a hotel with him and I was a little leery about taking him, since he's more than a bit exuberant. I had visions of being ordered to leave the hotel because of him.
I needn't have worried. He was exceeding well behaved and the all the hotel staff we came in contact with loved him. If your traveling in Maine with your furry best buddy, I highly recommend the Hampton Inn in Saco Maine. It doesn't have a spa atmosphere but when we travel to Maine, we simply need a home base. It had comfortable beds, clean, newly renovated rooms and that's all we needed.
They don't charge a fee per night for your pet to stay, they gave Finn a cookie when he arrived and all their staff seem to be pet lovers. I ran into a couple who were traveling with their two cats, so it's not only dogs who are welcome at this hotel. They do place a $200 charge on your credit card which is removed once they are sure your pet didn't trash the room.
Here's Finn in "his" hotel room.
The first day we went to Old Orchard Beach ME. Years ago this beach had a boardwalk, carnival rides, cheesy games with even cheesier prizes and the best pier food around. There are still some carnival rides, games, arcades, and food booths but it is becoming much too dignified for my taste, with new condos and higher end shops.
When we took our kids there when they were small, it was grungy, noisy, sweaty and wonderful. My kids loved it! I don't think they would like the changes. The beach, however is still one of the best in Maine. For those of you who aren't familiar with Maine's beaches, some of them disappear at high tide leaving only a sliver of rocky shoreline behind. Old Orchard has a pretty good beach, even at high tide.
Finn Enjoying the Sand At Old Orchard Beach ME
Twilight over the ocean at Old Orchard Beach ME
The second day, we visited Ogunquit, a quaint little town, whose name means "beautiful place by the sea". There are lots of shops, hotels and bed and breakfasts, and a killer bakery with the best fresh made apple cider I've ever tasted, unfortunately I can't remember the name but it's the only bakery on Route 1 in the center of town
Finn enjoying the ocean view along the Marginal Way, Ogunquit Maine
Dogs are allowed on the Marginal Way after September 30th, so if you want to take your pooch, go there in October.
One of the many rock totems on the Marginal Way. I don't know who made this one, but it is one of many.
Maine is famous for its rocky coast. These shots from the Marginal Way proves the point.
Across the water from the Marginal Way is the Ogunquit public beach. There was free parking the day we went and the tide was on its way out so there was lots of beach for Finn to play on.
We met this seagull couple on the beach.
But when Finn went to introduce himself, chaos ensued.
Crashing waves of the incoming tide at Ogunquit beach
This is a picture of some of the most colorful seaweed I've ever seen. Most is an olive green but this group has some beautiful pinks to reds to burgundies.
There were lots of Halloween decorations at the various hotels and shops. these giant pumpkins caught my eye.
Wednesday was our last day in Maine. We visited Wells beach. The first place we tried to access the beach proved my point that a lot of Maine's beaches disappear at high tide. The ocean was crashing against the cement stairs that led to the sand. Finn enjoyed himself anyways.
We finally found a place where there was still sand and walked along the ocean for a while. Then we moved on to York, home of Nubble Light on Cape Neddick. This is one of my favorite lighthouses. It sits on a small island right off the coast and is accessible only by boat.
Finn found another seagull to annoy. This shows the bird pre-annoyance. The poor gull was just sitting there minding its own business but Finn was having none of it. A bark and a leap and the gull lifted into the air. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the bird in flight since I was too busy scolding Finn.