WHAT: A girl’s trip to celebrate four fellow July birthday beauties at a friend’s cottage in Wells Beach, Maine
One Dock - Its billed as ‘classic Maine with an inspired twist’ for a reason. A beautiful old New England Inn with small seaside details and a great restaurant/bar with live entertainment throughout the summer.
The Tides Beach Club - A Victorian Inn-turned boutique beach house with pristine ocean views, cheery rooms and an elegant restaurant - you barely need to leave the property.
Rent a cottage - A great way to feel like a local.
Dinner: The Tides, Kennebunkport - with its twinkling candle-lit dining room, seaside-driftwood and nautical motif, dining here is an elegant holiday escape.
Dinner: Corner Stone, Ogunquit - Artisanal pizza and craft brews. Be sure to try the Lobster pizza with lemon aioli and mussels in a white wine broth to start.
Best Lobster Roll: The Clam Shack, Kennebunkport - These lobster rolls are a traditionalists dream. Made with butter, not mayo. Be sure to order a glass of lemonade from the adorable lemonade stand in the parking lot.
Not surprisingly, it got voted the best lobster roll on Food Network. It’s right by the bridge in Kennebunkport.
Best tacos: Hooks, Ogunquit - inspired by Baja cuisine and laid back surf culture. Connected to Liquid Dreams, Maine’s largest surf shop. Snag a seat on the patio and dine alfresco.
Old Vines, Kennebunk - We enjoyed glass after glass of delicious varietals at this cozy neighborhood wine bar. Our tapas were beautiful and tasty, as were the selection of cheeses.
One Dock, Kennebunkport - Go for the daily happy hour from 4pm - 5:30pm where you can get small plates & wine for $5 each. Sit on the porch for a quintessential New England experience.
Beach - If you come all the way to the east coast, be sure to log some hours on Maine’s beautiful beaches. The water might be cold, but we were reminded that there is nothing as refreshing as a midnight skinny dip to refresh before bed.
Liquid Dreams, Ogunquit - we did an amazing surf camp one afternoon. Lovely and qualified instructors will have you riding waves in no time.
Backyard, Ogunquit - a great local coffee house with smooth brews in a converted shed on the main drag. We indulged in delicious baked goods (even some gluten-free delicacies available) and breakfast sandwiches also on offer.