SENIORS TRAVEL THE MAINE COAST



Seniors Enjoy Wells, Maine

signpost Wells, founded in 1643, is the third-oldest town in Maine. The population runs right at 10,000. Senior travelers discover that the town of Wells is the center of coastal southern Maine, north of Ogunquit (love that name)  and just south of Kennebunk. We have all heard that name before as a great hangout spot for George Bush.

Wells Beach is a popular summer destination and you will have a great view of the Nubble Light from the Beach. The Town operates a harbor area that contains a private marina, restaurant and the Wells Harbor Community Park.

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Within Wells Harbor, senior visitors can canoe or kayak up the Webhannet River, or paddleboard around the calm waters, or venture out to see through the Wells breakwater.

Wells Harbor is also home to Wells Harbor Park where concerts in the Gazebo are free in summertime, and special events like craft fairs, Chilifest and Harborfest take place every year.

 Seniors Find Historical, Very Old Town

As per most towns all along the East Coast, history abounds. Wells celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2003. The Abenaki Indians called the area Webhannet, meaning “at the clear stream”, a reference to the Webhannet River.

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Edmund Littlefield, an immigrant from the wool regions of Titchfield, England, was known as “The Father of Wells.” He constructed the first gristmill and later a woolen mill on the land at Wells on the Webhannet River.

Wells Beach is one of the vacation attractions on the Southern Coast of Maine. Wells hosts four beaches including Moody Beach, Crescent Beach, Wells Beach and Drake’s Island Beach. Wells Beaches stretch for miles, from soft sand dunes, to tidal inlets and marshes.

Senior Nature Lovers Paradise

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Wells is a nature lovers paradise, apart from the beautiful beaches. Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farms, a National Estuarine Research Reserve, has seven miles of walking trails that lead senior hikers to salt water marshlands and bird sanctuaries. I just know that yours truly plans to stop in Wells on our drive to Nova Scotia.

The local Chamber notes that “Beautiful and historic Wells continues to be one of the finest family vacation spots anywhere, offering seven miles of coastline.” You can enjoy the ocean and freshly caught lobsters, fish and clams, hiking miles of paths and playing golf.

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The town is home to weekly farmers markets. You can pick your own strawberries or apples in season at Spiller Farm or Chase Farms. And ladies, bring along a full purse as the town is sometimes referred to as the Antique Capital of the World, with over 25 antique shops. The Wells Auto Museum houses a collection of over 80 antique and classic cars.

Wells could be easily overlooked as nothing more than a commercial stretch on U.S. 1 between Ogunquit and the Kennebunks. But look more closely—this is a place where people come to enjoy some of the best beaches on the coast.  - jeb

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