28 Feb 2022

The “Maine Beaches”, Southern Maine – Trip Ideas

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At Maine’s southern tip, the Maine Beaches region contains 30 miles of sand beaches on the coastal side. And less than 15 miles away, you’re surrounded by quaint towns with a rich agricultural heritage. This region is just an hour north of Boston and south of Portland, and stretches from Kittery to Old Orchard Beach. Travelers from other parts of New England can take the Downeaster passenger train for a weekend, or extended stay.

Here you will find great shops and farmstands to explore local offerings, and meet farmers. In a ten mile radius, the towns of Sanford, Dayton, Buxton and Windham put and abundance of agriculture in view. If you prefer, walk the trails connecting farmland – such as the annual Springvale Farm Walk the fourth Sunday in July. Or plan to visit a pick-your-own farm. You’ll find orchards that offer delicious apples and peaches and see firsthand where fruits and vegetables are grown.

Don’t leave a farmstand without stocking up on local goods. Many offer baked goods, fresh produce, pure Maine maple syrup, and dairy too!

Pre-Trip: Hear from some of the farmers and makers in this area

Hear Hilltop Boilers and Grandpa Jo’s sugarmakers on episode one of the Harvesting Maine podcast. Or listen to Gracie’s Garden Ferments, Mark Saxl on episode six of the Harvesting Maine podcast.

A view of the Springvale Farm Walk. The annual event happens the fourth Sunday in July and coincides with Open Farm Day. Springvale is home to many farms within walking distance – a convenient choice for your trip!