There’s no time like the present to plan your spring vacation, especially if the present finds you buried underneath a record snowfall. Kennebunkport, Maine is a destination for all seasons, but the locals know that spring is the unsung hero with a charm all its own. Here are some of our top picks for the “tweener” season, so book your stay at the Captain Fairfield Inn today!
Timber Point Trail
We think there’s something special about walking a deserted beach or trail in the cool spring weather. After exploring the Granite Point beach area, a short drive from center of Kennebunkport, extend your adventure by checking out the Timber Point Trail. Accessible only from the very end of Granite Point Road, this flat 1.4 mile loop will take you past salt marshes, mixed forest, and the rocky shoreline. At the end of the trail lays a special discovery – Timber Island – passable only at low tide and with a good pair of galoshes. A tide clock installed at the trailhead will help you successfully time your visit. We speak from personal experience when we say you don’t want to get stuck on the island at high tide!
For a town with a small footprint, Kennebunkport has a vibrant art scene. One of our favorites for art, Americana, and everything in between is Abacus. Featuring crafts, jewelry, and home accessories inspired by nature and the state of Maine, each work will be a unique reminder of your visit.
After you’ve stretched your legs on the trails or with a walk around town, belly up to the bar at one of the local breweries. The Kennebunkport Brewing Company is located underneath the popular restaurant Federal Jacks, just over the bridge in Dock Square. Whether your tastes run towards the pale (Goat Island Light) or the dark side (Export Ale), KBC has something for every palette and great water views to boot.
Around these “pahts,” foraging for fiddleheads is a springtime tradition. The young, coiled green leaves of the edible ostrich fern are considered a delicacy and have a taste that’s been described as a cross between asparagus and spinach with slightly nutty flavor. It’s important to note that not every fern is edible, so make sure to do your research ahead of time. If rooting around the banks of rivers, streams, and brooks isn’t for you, many local restaurants incorporate fiddleheads into their menus during the brief harvesting season.
Entertaining the young and young at heart since the 1960’s, Funtown Splashtown opens its gates to thrill seekers and fun lovers on the weekends in May. Easily accessible on route 1 in Saco, Maine, Maine’s very own amusement park features Mount Olympus-sized water slides, antique cars, miniature golf, thrill rides, and carnival games. A visit to Funtown Splashtown truly marks the start of the summer season.