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Finally! We are back from a busy summer break that included finalizing a big project (details in a future post), entertaining houseguests, road trips, and all variety of camps for the kids. While our family adores summer in Maine, we consider September, with its golden sunshine and mild temperatures, one of the best months of the year.

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Last summer, after a weekend camping trip to Campobello Island in New Brunswick, we visited friends at their home in Lubec. We started our day with coffee and catching up while the kids played, and then took a short drive to Quoddy Head State Park. The park, which is located on the easternmost peninsula in the U.S., is home to the candy-striped West Quoddy Lighthouse.

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One of the things MP loves about living in Maine is that a hot evening can be made bearable by picnicking seaside. With this thought in mind, the family visited Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth—one of our favorite places to dine outdoors.

DP fired up the charcoal grill, while the kids explored the rocks with their grandmother. Each picnic spot is private and tucked away between hedges and beach roses. There are walking trails and open green spaces throughout the park (perfect for an impromptu game of kickball). And the view? Spectacular.

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While the grandparents were visiting this week, we spent a memorable day at Reid State Park in Georgetown. The quintessential Maine park offers swimming at both a traditional beach (Todd’s Point) and a warmer, saltwater lagoon (Griffith Head). Our crew opted for the road to Todd’s Point, where we spotted deer grazing in a field and gulls flying over salt marshes. And the view of the ocean? Spectacular.

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The beach at Sebago Lake State Park

We’re a little biased when it comes to Sebago Lake State Park. Mom and Dad Potato were engaged here, so the park is near and dear to our hearts. For families, Sebago is a perfect destination. The beach is shaded by pine trees, the water is clear and there are plenty of picnic tables and charcoal grills nearby. It’s not unusual to see family reunions, birthday parties or friends picnicking outdoors. And such spreads! There’s also a playground geared towards kids of all ages, trails and a snack bar in walking distance from the beach. And laugh if you will, but we’re thankful the restrooms and the parking areas are in close proximity (the location especially came in handy when CP#1 and #2 were babies).

If your family likes canoeing and kayaking, there’s a boat launch just after the entrance to the park. The water is calm and we’ve enjoyed exploring the cove. It’s an ideal spot for those new to paddling.

The beach at Sebago Lake State Park is one of many favorites that we hope to highlight over the summer. Of course, we’d love to hear your suggestions, too!

Sebago Lake State Park
11 Park Acess Road
Casco
693-6613

For fees or information on purchasing a Maine State Park pass, visit:
http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/. See our past post, All About the Buckle, for more area highlights.

PS: If you don’t have time to pack a lunch, try The Good Life Market, where you’ll find delicious boxed lunches for the whole family.

The Good Life Market… yum!

The Good Life Market
1297 Roosevelt Trail
Raymond
655-1196

For kids who were especially good at the beach, stop for an ice cream at The Mosquito.

 

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