Spring and summertime in Kennebunkport are all about outdoor living, and after the long winter we just endured, can you blame us? Along with the unexpectedly quick disappearance of the snow, signs of the new season are everywhere, from the budding flowers to the people strolling around town. As the mercury continues to rise, we think one of the best ways to explore this area on your next stay at the Captain Fairfield Inn is by boat, and we’ve got all the seaworthy details for you.
For the Love of Lobster – If you’ve wondered about the life of the storied Maine lobsterman, Rugosa Lobster Tours is where you’ll want to drop anchor. Departing from the Nonantum Resort Marina, this classic New England wooden lobster boat offers a 1.5 hour trip down the Kennebunk River. You can watch the professionals haul in the lobster traps or roll up your sleeves and pitch in. Sadly, they do not pay in fresh lobster, but we have lots of recommendations for a lobster dining experience when you’re back on dry ground. The Rugosa departs daily at 10:30am, 1:00pm, and 3:30pm during height of season, and private charters are also available.
Sail Away on a Schooner – Imagine gliding over the waves aboard an elegant schooner, and then head for the Arundel Wharf. Helmed by Captain Rich Woodman, Schooner Eleanor is a traditional gaff rigged schooner constructed with modern materials. Although she was built in 1998, her four flying sails, large teak cockpit, and spacious cushioned cabin tops to stretch out on will transport you to another time. This two hour sail along the scenic coastline from Cape Arundel to Cape Porpoise departs daily at 11:00am, 2:00pm, and 4:30pm, depending on the weather and tides.
A Whale of a Time – While not always popular with the out-of-towners, Kennebunkport’s cold Atlantic waters are a fertile summer feeding ground for Finbacks, Humpbacks, Minkes, the rare Blue Whale, and the endangered Right Whale. Bring your binoculars and step aboard the 87-foot Nick’s Chance vessel from First Chance Whale Watch. All trips are approximately 4.5 hours, and Captain Gary will do his best to show you some of Maine’s best specimens. There is a galley on board with snack items and beverages for you to enjoy while you scan the horizon.
Drop a Line – There’s something so peaceful about sitting in a boat in the middle of the vast ocean, holding a fishing rod and contemplating life. And then suddenly – a tug at your line! Manta Ray Adventures promises to provide guests with the former, if not always the latter, on their 36-foot Northern Bay. Just beyond the port lies many of the Gulf of Maine’s most famous and productive fishing grounds, home to bluefin tuna, shark, cod, haddock, stripers, bluefish, and more.
Paddle Power – For a completely different vantage point and more active water experience, consider a guided sea kayak tour. Based in the Lower Village by Federal Jacks, Coastal Maine Kayak offers rentals and excursions to nearby Cape Porpoise Lighthouse, Kennebunk River, Mousam River, and Casco Bay. Tours are led by a licensed Maine Guide and are approximately 3 hours. They provide a kayak, PFD (that’s a personal flotation device for you landlubbers), and a paddle. Trips can be tailored to all levels of experience, and each trip begins with instruction and an introduction to safety techniques. Coastal Maine Kayak is also your one-stop-shop for stand-up paddleboard and bike rentals.