J.McLaughlin Journeys: 48-hours in Wells, Maine

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Founded in 1641, the oh-so-charming Wells, ME, is beyond worthy of a summer journey. Our co-founder, Kevin, and his wife, Barbara, recently traveled to this lovely spot to celebrate our new store at 2178 Post Road. 

Looking for an end-of-summer escape? Be sure to put “The Friendliest Town in Maine” on your list, and follow Barbara’s guide to the best of the best in the coastal village for the ultimate Maine experience.

Barbara and Kevin McLaughlin’s 48-hours in Wells, Maine

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Friday Afternoon/Evening

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Drop your bags off at The Tides Beach Club, located on Goose Rocks Beach in the nearby town of Kennebunkport. Might we suggest a bit of scenic exercise? Rent a stand up paddle board here and paddle while taking in the Maine atmosphere. .

Or if "Glamping" is more of your thing...

Sandy Pines Campground

Sandy Pines Campground is a luxe lodging option to enjoy the great outdoors while sleeping in a king-sized bed.

Saturday Morning: Bring on The Blueberry Pancakes

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not indulge in a hearty breakfast at the legendary Maine Diner? This spot may look familiar if you’re a Food Network fan. Guy Fieri paid them a visit on Diner’s, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

We suggest ordering the blueberry pancakes. Seriously, you’ll thank us later.

PS: If you’re a serious blueberry pancakes, or blueberry anything (their pie is wonderful) lover, we suggest stopping by the Kennebunkport Blueberry Festival.

Saturday Afternoon: Lobster then Lighthouses 

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Maine is known for its lobster, and it would be a crime to not treat yourself to one (or a few) lobster rolls during your visit. Even better, The Tides Inn has a lobster roll that dreams are made of. Create the perfect lunch trifecta and order a side of fries and a Bloody Mary to wash it down.

Saturday sightseeing is one of our favorite summer activities. Explore the charming downtown areas of Wells and Kennebunkport before visiting the historic lighthouses in the area.

Saturday Evening: Dinner and Drinks by the Water

Since Wells and nearby Kennebunkport are quintessential summer resort destinations, many of its notable spots are open seasonally, so now is the peak time to pay these favorites a visit.

For a classic old-school seafood dinner, look no further than Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant. This seasonal seafood shack has been serving up stellar lobster rolls, chowders, and crab cakes since 1982. Grab a seat outside to watch the sunset over the water for some seriously easy living. Their live music is an added bonus.

If you’re willing to take a little drive, Arundel Wharf in Kennebunkport is worthy of the journey. The location, a historical landmark that was once a ships chandlery and general store that repaired and prepped ships for international voyages, transformed into a casual local hotspot offering a yacht club atmosphere in 1974. Visitors can choose to enjoy dinner and drinks on the wharfside deck, fitted with adirondack chairs and rustic chart-covered tables galore, or inside by the fireplace. If you’re dining with a larger group, this should be your go-to.

Shopping

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Before you head home, be sure to pay a visit to Anthony Caltafano Interiors. No journey in our book is complete without seeking out interior inspiration.