When former New York music industry execs Jessica Jenkins and husband Andy West returned to their home state in 2007, they opened a store with a name inspired by their wanderlust: Daytrip Society. They stock their high-design shop in Kennebunkport with guides, gear, and souvenirs meant for stylish and kindred travel-loving spirits. But the store also carries eye candy such as Thomas Paul melamine plates, decorative pillows, vintage books, driftwood iPhone chargers, a mobile foodie survival kit, T-shirts designed by West, and must-have stationery.
Jenkins, 43, and West, 44, seemed like the ideal couple to query for advice on Maine day trips. Here are a few of their favorites (as told by Jenkins).
LOBSTER ROLLS AND OCEAN AVENUE WALK IN KENNEBUNKPORT
“Kennebunkport’s Ocean Avenue is best seen on foot. We like to start our walk at Port Lobster Company, where we pick up lobster rolls boxed up with coleslaw, chips, and a cookie. We cross the street to Colony Beach, where we walk out on the jetty to enjoy our lunch. Don’t miss the historic seaside chapel, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, which offers breathtaking ocean views. Visitors are welcome to tour the inside of the chapel and admire the stonework and stained glass windows. As we continue, we pass the natural landmark Blowing Cave. If you catch this spot just before high tide, you will see water spouting up to 30 feet from the back of the small cave.”
WILD BLUEBERRY PICKING ON THE KENNEBUNK PLAINS
“We heard stories about bountiful blueberry harvests and rare flowers in the Kennebunk Plains, but we had yet to visit ourselves. One hot summer morning, we grabbed our hats, berry baskets, and bug spray. Low grasses, wildflowers, and blueberries lined the
snaking dirt road as far as the eye could see. Each of us found a picking spot and started gathering. Blueberry picking is free and open to the public. You will need to bring your own supplies.’’
TIMBER POINT OFF GOOSE ROCKS BEACH IN BIDDEFORD
“We love the Timber Point Trail located at the end of Granite Point Road. Goose Rocks Beach has long been our favorite beach in Maine. We walk with our picnic lunch on the dirt road that turns into a trail offering stunning views of the freshwater wetlands transitioning into the salt marsh. Plan your day trip at low tide when you can cross over the rocks to explore the 13-acre Timber Island. Sneakers are a must, and keep your eye on the tide if you don’t want to swim back.”
WELLS RESERVE AND LAUDHOLM TRUST “We like to end our summer with a walk and early evening picnic at Laudholm Farm . We pick up our sandwiches at Market Day , grab our bocce balls, and head to Wells. We choose the Barrier Beach Walk, which gives us just enough of a gorgeous hike to relax before we reach the beach. It starts with a trail through fields of tall grass and abundant wildflowers and continues on winding boardwalks through the salt marsh, opening up to a breathtaking vista of Laudholm Farm Beach.”
FUN-O-RAMA AND SHORTS SANDS BEACH IN YORK
“We have to make sure we get to Fun-O-Rama in York at least once each summer. Situated on Short Sands Beach, we can’t get enough of the old school pinball machines, air hockey, and skeeball. We stuff our pockets with quarters and take a trip back in time. This is a great evening outing since they are open late, but if you want some beach time come earlier in the day to enjoy Short Sands Beach.”
PEAKS ISLAND OFF PORTLAND “It is a short ferry ride to Peaks Island from Portland. Take the ferry from Casco Bay to the island for an afternoon of picnicking, biking, and swimming. Make sure to hunt around the island for the Battery Steele, an abandoned World War II-era fort that allows for plenty of spooky exploring.”
MACKWORTH ISLAND TRAIL OFF PORTLAND “This bird sanctuary is the perfect size for a family hike. Even with child in tow, you can easily walk the whole perimeter. Mackworth Island Trail is not only home to birds, but also houses a fairy village. About 10 minutes into your walk you will come across a sign that reads:
‘The village provides fairies with cottages during their visits to the island. We invite you to visit the village and admire the creativity of the builders. If you are so inclined, you may use your own imagination to expand the village or provide needed maintenance to the existing cottages. Thank you for treating the island with care and respect.’
This helps to keep the fairies coming back.”
DAYTRIP SOCIETY 4 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine. 207-967-4440, www.daytripsociety.comChristopher Muther can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther.