Maple syrup time is here!

March 13, 2017 by

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Did you know that we celebrate maple trees and their sap each year?  Well, if you are a lover of real maple syrup, then you might want to come visit!  Sugarhouses all around the Resort are offering events such as sampling and demonstrations.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how maple syrup is made, then these activities are for you.  Maine holds their events on the last weekend in March, and New Hampshire sugarhouses also offer events throughout the whole month.  Nothing says New England like pancake breakfasts, horse-drawn hay rides and maple candy.  Schedules of activities are available at our Front Desk and also posted on the Activities Boards.

Here are some fun maple syrup facts for you to ingest:

  • It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.
  • Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce maple cream, maple sugar, and maple candy.
  • It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar
  • A gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds.
  • The sugar content of sap averages 2.5 percent; sugar content of maple syrup is at least 66 percent or more.
  • Usually a maple tree is at least 30 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped.
  • As the tree increases in diameter, more taps can be added – up to a maximum of four taps.
  • Tapping does no permanent damage and only 10 percent of the sap is collected each year. Many maple trees have been tapped for 150 or more years.
  • Each tap will yield an average of 10 gallons of sap per season, producing about one quart of syrup.
  • The maple season may last eight to 10 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for about 10-20 days in the early spring.

Hope this little bit of information satisfies your sweet tooth until you are able to visit.  Looking forward to seeing you and spending some time together.  Until then, enjoy the day!  Sue

 

Have you heard about this place??

May 23, 2017 by

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I’m not good at keeping secrets, and I’m especially not good at keeping my mouth shut!  (which is probably a good thing since my job involves talking to people all day long…)  So, let me tell you about a wonderful little place that you might not know about – it’s called the ‘York Center for Wildlife’ or ‘CFW’ for short.  They are a wildlife rehabilitation facility just 7 miles away from our Resort.  Located at the base of Mt. Agamenticus, you’ll find them off the beaten track but still easy to locate.  I highly recommend anyone take a little time to visit and learn about our local wildlife, up close and personal. Founded in 1986 by a Maine veterinarian, they have grown in leaps and bounds.  Last year, they treated over 1800 small animal patients, from songbirds and raptors to reptiles and small mammals.  The goal is always to rehabilitate and release back into the wild, unfortunately, sometimes this isn’t possible.  If an animal would not survive on its own, but still can maintain a good quality of life, many times they are trained as ‘wildlife ambassadors’.  It’s really a win-win situation, for the animal and also for us!  When you visit the center, you’ll have the opportunity to view these ambassadors up close.  You’ll be able to learn about this creature, how it became injured, and why it cannot be released.  You’ll meet some of the most passionate people around.  They are doing their work simply because they love what they do!  As busy as they are, surprisingly a lot of people have never heard of them.  I’m doing my part in helping to spread the information by providing shuttle service for our guests to the Center.  We enjoy the Tuesday Tour at Two, which includes an up-close visit from an ambassador, a tour around the outdoor enclosures containing other animals, and then a visit to their baby bird room.  If you haven’t heard multiple hungry baby birds chirping for their constant meals, then you just haven’t lived!  I highly recommend you check this place out – visit their website at http://www.thecenterforwildlife.org or check out their Facebook page.  And, if you find an animal that is injured or believed to be abandoned by its mother, give the Center a call on their hotline.  They’ll be able to help determine whether the animal should be left alone or brought in for care and treatment.  Hope you spread this little secret and take a visit yourself!  Enjoy the day, Sue

Have you been to Ogunquit?

May 15, 2017 by

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Hello!  I thought I’d take a few minutes of your time to introduce you to one of the most wonderful seacoast towns in Maine – Ogunquit!  At a whopping 4 square miles, we pack a lot of punch into a small area!  First of all, our beach is the best around.  Ogunquit Beach is approximately 3-1/2 miles from one end to the other, and the sand is well-suited for walking or running.  Then you’ll want to head to our quaint ‘downtown’.  Retail shops, restaurants, a chocolatier, a bakery, a piano bar, a movie theatre – how much more do you really need?  Next, it’s off to Perkins Cove for a nice walk along the Marginal Way.  This is the perfect spot for photos – just imagine blue skies, puffy clouds, turquoise water with white capped waves, all along a rocky coastline…  After a leisurely stroll along the 1-1/4 mile paved trail, you’ll want to head to Barnacle Billy’s for their famous ‘rum punch’ to complete the day.  After all, tomorrow there is more exploring to do! Maybe you’ll book a fishing tour or enjoy our art museum, you might want to explore some of our land trust properties and their walking paths, or just get some lobster and ice cream.  However you decide to enjoy our town, rest assured, you will have a great time! Give me a call and I can give you even more suggestions.  Better yet, stop in and say hi!  Enjoy the day, Sue

I’m so excited!!

April 30, 2017 by

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It’s that time of the year – Spring!  It’s also that time of the year when my favorite tour spots are re-opening and I can’t wait to bring you there!  We have so many fun things to do and see in and around Ogunquit, I thought I’d list a few that are opening this week:

  • Ogunquit Museum of American Art – https://ogunquitmuseum.org – This amazing art museum features an ever changing array of American artists and has the most beautiful gardens around their own rocky cove.  They are open May 1st – October 31st and are on the weekly activities schedule.
  • York Center for Wildlife – http://www.thecenterforwildlife.org – Another guest favorite, they are back to offering a weekly educational program.  You’ll get to meet a wildlife ‘ambassador’ up close, hear about the wonderful work they do with our native critters, and even a baby bird room tour!
  • Nubble Light Gift Shop – http://nubblelight.org – The gift shop has reopened for the season; you’ll find artwork, maps, clothing, and lots of information about the lighthouse.   Yup, we take a tour here…
  • Strawbery Banke – http://www.strawberybanke.org – The historical homes are open for the season along with special programs offered all summer.  While this isn’t one of our scheduled activities tours, we always recommend a trip here!

These suggestions are just a few of our spring tour offerings, be sure to check out our weekly schedule on the Innseason Resorts website.  You can also call me, anytime!  Looking forward to meeting you, enjoy the day – Sue

 

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Maine loves the Arts!

April 2, 2017 by

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Not only do I love being outdoors exploring our forests and beaches, but I also love art of all kinds!  Theatre and fine arts are some of my favorites, and thankfully, Ogunquit has both.  Our very own Ogunquit Museum of American Art is preparing for their season opening on May 1st.  They highlight American artists, and especially famous Maine artists.  The appeal of this smaller museum is that you don’t feel overwhelmed; you can thoroughly enjoy all the galleries and still have time to wander around outdoors, taking in the sculptures, the amazing gardens, and the breathtaking views of the ocean and rocky cliffs.   After a nice lunch at any of our fine restaurants, then it’s time to take in a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse.  They are starting off their summer season with ‘Mamma Mia’ on May 17th. (I’ll be there for opening night!) After that, it’s hit after musical hit.  This is definitely a venue you don’t want to pass on, it’s not your typical summer stock.  Actors come from all over to perform here and every single show is Broadway quality.  An insider tip:  there are no bad seats in the house, at any price point…Is live music your cup of tea?  Well then, how about enjoying a cup at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit while singing along with Judy Collins?  She’ll be there on May 5th and is a regular headliner.  In case you prefer comedy or full bands, they have those, too.  Oh, and you can enjoy a nice dinner there before the show, as well.

We certainly have more options for you artsy types, as well.  Just up the road is the Portland Museum of Art.  Our current activities schedule offers a weekly shuttle so you don’t even have to find a place to park!  And, if you’re heading south, you should make a stop in Portsmouth and take in a show at the Music Hall.

This small list only touches on the variety of arts activities you can enjoy.  You can always call us at The Falls and we’ll let you know what’s going on and where.  Below, I’ve listed the websites for the places I mentioned.  Hope you check them out, and hope to see you soon!  Enjoy the day, Sue

Ogunquit Museum of American Art – https://ogunquitmuseum.org

Ogunquit Playhouse – http://www.ogunquitplayhouse.org

Jonathans in Ogunquit – http://jonathansogunquit.com

Portland Museum of Art – http://www.portlandmuseum.org

Portsmouth Music Hall – http://www.themusichall.org

 

 

 

 

It’s school vacation time!

February 16, 2017 by

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Winter vacation weeks are upon us, and you know what that means?  More family-fun activities offered here at The Falls!  Just in case you were wondering what to do with those kiddo’s to create memories and smiles while you’re up in Maine, here is our activities schedule for you:

SATURDAY:

9:00am – 10:00am Let’s Get Going, Keith!

Never been to Ogunquit before? The Falls has just the right activity for you! Even if you’re a regular, sitting in on this orientation will update you with the very latest foodie news! You’ll hear about restaurants that you might never find on your own, the very best donuts, homemade chocolates or specialty cocktails. You’ll find out who is open and hours during this time of the year. Meet Keith at the Front Desk for all the info! Please note, this is ‘standing room only’.

Suggested Activity: Take a walk to our Footbridge Beach!

Just 1/3 mile away from the Resort, you’ll find a beautiful sandy beach that is enjoyable to walk any time of year! Ask at the Front Desk for directions and remember to take your camera.

SUNDAY:

10:30am – 11:30am Tour around Town

Join Sue and let her drive you around and point out some fun things to do and see in Ogunquit and surrounding areas. Pick out your favorite spots to go back and enjoy this week! Maximum of 10 guests for this tour, sign up sheet is located in Activities Room hallway.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Paper Crafts

Head upstairs to the Activities Room where you’ll create scenic cards or pictures using a variety of different papers and other materials. Let your creative juices flow! Please sign up in Activities Room hall. 

2:00pm – 4:00pm Marginal Way Walk              

Enjoy our beautiful seacoast by strolling along a well paved path. Take a break along the way and preserve the views with pictures taken for your later enjoyment. Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing. Meet in the front lobby, Sue will drive the van to Perkins Cove and will be your guide on the walk. Maximum of 10 guests may ride in the van, you can also follow in your own vehicle. Sign up sheet in Activities Room Hall.

Suggested Activity: Stonewall Kitchen Cooking Demonstration

Enjoy a freshly prepared luncheon and learn how to cook it! All demonstration classes include and appetizer, entree and dessert along with take home recipes to enjoy again and again. Please visit http://stonewallkitchen.com/cookingschool for information and schedule. Ask at the Front Desk about a 10% discount.

MONDAY:

10:30am – 2:30pm Puddle Dock Pond Skating

Take the shuttle van with Sue to Portsmouth NH and enjoy some outdoor ice skating! Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke offers skating along with skate rentals in a beautiful outdoor setting. Adults $11/children $9/rentals $5. Max of 10 guests may ride in the van, you can also follow in your own car. Sign up sheet located in Activities Room hall. 

3:00pm – 3:30pm Pool Volleyball

4:00pm – 5:30pm Mandala Rock Painting

Learn about this easy craft and you’ll be making them for everyone! Meet Sue upstairs in Activities Room and she’ll provide the materials and instructions to make your own. Sign up sheet is located in Activities Room hall.

 

Suggested Activity: Trivia Night at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH

Team up with groups of up to 6 people, what a great way to make some new friends! Compete for prizes while wowing everyone with your knowledge of pop culture, geography, the natural world and everything in between. For more information, please visit http://bluemermaid.com

TUESDAY:

10:30am – 2:00pm Portland Museum of Art  

Take some time to enjoy one of the best art museums in Maine, without having to drive! Take the drive in our shuttle van, enjoy a few hours at the museum and then relax on the way back to the Resort. Museum admission $15/13/10, under 14 free. Maximum of 10 guests may ride in the van. Minimum of (2) guests signed up for shuttle to run. Sign up sheet in Activities Room hall. 

2:30pm – 3:00pm Pool Volleyball

3:30pm – 5:00pm Essential Oils Neck Charm

We’ll be creating a one of a kind clay neck charm embossed with your choice of design and cord color to wear as a beautiful necklace. When it’s complete, Sue will infuse your neck charm with an essential oil, depending on your preference. Please note, the charms will be available to pick up 24-48 hours after you create them. The charm and it’s materials are complimentary, essential oils will be available for purchase. Please sign up in Activities Room hall.          

Suggested Activity: Beach Plum Farm Walk

Take a short walk just across the street from the Resort to enjoy 23 acres of preserved farm land. There are benches to sit and enjoy the views – you might just see our resident ‘Great Blue Heron’ among the salt marsh grasses!

WEDNESDAY:

10:30am – 1:00pm Mount Agamenticus             

Join Sue and friends as we drive to the top of the mountain and hike some easy terrain trails while looking for signs of wildlife. You can take the ride to just enjoy the views, if you’d prefer! Remember your camera, appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Meet in the front lobby, we’ll take the shuttle van. Maximum of 10 guests may ride in the van, you can also follow in your own vehicle. Sign up sheet in Activities Room hall.

1:30pm – 2:00pm Pool Volleyball

2:30pm – 4:30pm Fun and Games          

Come on up to the Activities Room where Sue will have board games set up as well as some other fun activities. This is an open activity, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. No sign ups necessary for this activity.

THURSDAY:

9:30am – 12:30pm Winter Wildlife Day at Wells Reserve

 

Take a ride in our van to the Wells Reserve and enjoy a Center For Wildlife Presentation, storybook reading and craft time. These activities are free! If you decide to follow with your own vehicle, you can stay and enjoy outdoor activities from 12:00-2:00pm, as well. Maximum of 10 guests may ride in the van, you can also follow in your car. Sign up sheet in Activities Room hall.

1:30pm – 3:30pm Make a Dream Catcher

Head upstairs to our Activities Room to meet Sue and create your very own dream catcher! All materials and instruction is included. Please sign up in Activities Room hall.         

4:00pm – 4:30pm Pool Volleyball

Suggested Activity: Take a drive to the Nubble Lighthouse!

Enjoy our closest lighthouse and one of the most photographed and painted lights in the area! A leisurely drive along Shore Road will bring you to York Beach and the Cape Neddick Light – remember that camera!

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

Wells Senior Center – Wells, ME

Please check out our Activities Board for calendar of daily activities offered. They have group games, exercise classes and other crafts. You may also visit www.wocam.org for more information.

Winter Gear Rentals – Wells, ME

You can rent snow shoes, cross country skis and ice skates through the Wells Parks and Recreation Program. Please inquire at the Front Desk for more information. 

Winter Pub Nights – Clay Hill Farm Restaurant

Enjoy their specially priced pub menu along with local entertainment on Sunday and Monday evenings from 5:00pm. Please visit www.clayhillfarm.com for more information.

Just an FYI – we have lots of games, puzzles and DVD’s for your enjoyment, as well.  Oh, in case you haven’t heard, we also have lots of snow!  Bring your outdoor gear and have some fun!  Looking forward to seeing you, enjoy the day – Sue



 

 

 

For all you ‘outdoorsy’ types…

February 1, 2017 by

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Are you here in Ogunquit and looking for some outdoor activities to get your blood flowing?  Great!  I have some ideas for you:

1 – Take a hike up Mt. Agamenticus – less than 10 miles away from the Resort is our favorite local mountain with miles of hiking or snowshoeing trails in and out of the woods.  You can spend an hour or spend a day, pack a lunch and drinks and you’re all set!

2 – Go ice skating in Kennebunk – free outdoor skating, right downtown, will have you gliding and spinning in the fresh air.  If you don’t have skates, no worries, just rent them from the Wells Recreation Department. By the way, the also rent cross-country skis’ and snowshoes.

3 – Be a kid and go snow tubing – a little ways north in Windham, you’ll find Seacoast Adventure Park.  They offer Maine’s best tubing trails with a carpet lift to the top.  Sounds like a great opportunity for some friendly competition to see who can go the fastest!

4 – Local skiing and snowboarding – Powderhouse Hill Ski Area is owned and operated by the town of Berwick and is the closest ski mountain to the Resort.  While small, it’s a great place to learn and practice your skills.  They also offer free sledding!

5 – Wander the trails at the Laudholm Farm – just up the road in Wells, there are multiple trails to explore.  You can follow old cart paths to the beach or stay in the woods looking for animal tracks.  Sounds like my kind of fun!

I hope these suggestions are helpful to you when planning your winter vacation here with us.  These are just a sample of some of the outdoor adventures you can have.  Give me a call, anytime, and I can give you even more ideas!  Looking forward to meeting you, enjoy the day.  Sue

 

 

 

Food, beer, wine – oh my!

January 19, 2017 by

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Do you like tours? Do you like food? Do you like beer and wine? Well, then, you’re reading the right blog!  Here at The Falls, not only do we offer tours around town for hiking and site seeing, we also offer suggestions to please your palate.  Both north and south of the resort, you’ll find fun opportunities to explore the region and it’s delicious offerings.

Let’s start in Portland, ME:  Maine Foodie Tours offers year round walking tours for some of the best food you’ll ever taste!  (Portland is a foodie destination, after all.)   You have a couple of choices for beer tasting fun in Portland.  Both Maine Beer Tours and The Maine Brew Bus give you the opportunity to sample our local micro-brews and you don’t have to walk!  And, not to forget the wine enthusiast, Wine Wise offers walks around Portland to sample pairings based on regions around the world.  Sounds like fun!

If you decide to head down to NH, which is less than 1/2 hour away from the Resort, you’ll definitely want to hook up with Colleen at Portsmouth Eats.  Her walking food tours will leave you wanting to come back to Portsmouth each time you visit.  (With over 170 restaurants in town, you have plenty of choices!) And, let’s not forget our NH breweries.  Granite State Growler Tours offers a full range of tours for your bubbly fun.

I hope you find this information valuable and informative.  Remember to book a tour or two when before you check in so you don’t miss a spot.  We are always happy to help you a the Front Desk.  Looking forward to seeing you!  Enjoy the day, Sue

Its January at The Falls!

January 11, 2017 by

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So you think there is nothing to do around here in January?  Well, let me list the offered activities here at The Falls for your consideration:

Saturday January 14, 2017

9:00am – 10:00am Let’s Get Going, Keith!

Never been to Ogunquit before? The Falls has just the right activity for you! Even if you’re a regular, sitting in on this orientation will update you with the very latest foodie news! You’ll hear about restaurants that you might never find on your own, the very best donuts, homemade chocolates or specialty cocktails. You’ll find out who is open and hours during this time of the year. Meet Keith at the Front Desk for all the info!

Sunday January 15, 2017

10:30am – 11:30am Tour around Town

Join Sue and let her drive you around and point out some fun things to do and see in Ogunquit and surrounding areas. Pick out your favorite spots to go back and enjoy this week!

1:00pm – 3:00pm Marginal Way

Enjoy our beautiful seacoast by strolling along a well paved path. Take a break along the way and preserve the views with pictures taken for your later enjoyment. Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing. Meet in the front lobby, Sue will drive the van to Perkins Cove and will be your guide on the walk.

Monday January 16, 2017

10:30am – 3:00pm LL Bean – Freeport, ME

Hop in the shuttle van for a trip to Freeport and enjoy shopping, dining and site seeing without having to drive! This is a complimentary shuttle service.

4:30pm – 6:00pm Glass Painting

Learn how to hand paint your own wine glass! All materials provided along with detailed instruction to create your very own work of art. Meet Sue in the Activities Room for this fun activity.   This is a complimentary activity.

Tuesday January 17, 2017

10:30am – 1:30pm Brick Store Museum

Explore the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk. Sue will drive the shuttle van and enjoy the museum with you, all you need to bring is your interest in history and antiques. 

3:00pm – 4:30pm Paint the Beach

Come on upstairs to the Activities Room where Sue will provide you with all materials needed to paint a beach scene. Bring some summer back to our cold weather with warm colors! This is a complimentary activity.

Wednesday January 6, 2015

10:30am – 1:00pm Mount Agamenticus

Join Sue and friends as we drive to the top of the mountain and hike some easy terrain trails while looking for signs of wildlife. You can take the ride to just enjoy the views, if you’d prefer! Remember your camera, appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Meet in the front lobby, we’ll take the shuttle van. 

2:30pm – 4:00pm Beading basics

Have you ever wanted to learn how to bead? Would you like to create your very own bracelet? Join Sue in the Activities Room to learn some basic techniques and make a piece to take home.  This is a complimentary activity.

Thursday January 7, 2015

10:30am – 2:30pm Puddle Dock Pond Skating

Take the shuttle van with Sue to Portsmouth NH and enjoy some outdoor ice skating! Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke offers skating along with skate rentals in a beautiful outdoor setting.

This is in no way ‘all inclusive’ of the activities available for you to enjoy – whether you choose to stay on-site or venture off in search of fun, we’ll help you to get there!  Please give us a call at #207-646-4600 for more information.  Enjoy the day, Sue

What’s cookin’?

January 5, 2017 by

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So, you’ve come to Ogunquit in January and want to know where to grab a good meal.  Don’t be discouraged by the closed signs that might jump out at you as you’re driving along Route 1 – we have a great list of restaurants that are open as well as their respective menus right at the Front Desk.  To get your taste buds excited, I thought I’d let you in on some of our favorites:

  1.  Angelina’s Ristorante, Ogunquit ME – open for dinner every day.  The best Italian food in the area, and it’s right next door to our Resort!
  2. Beachfire Grille, Ogunquit ME – open for dinner Thursdays through Mondays.  Enjoy outdoor seating around the fire.
  3. Mikes Clam Shack, Wells ME – open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays for lunch and dinner.  Be sure to try their signature fried clams and grilled chicken.
  4. Congdon’s Donuts, Wells ME – open Thursdays through Sundays for breakfast and lunch.  The best donuts – hands down!
  5. New England House, Wells ME – new sports bar-type of restaurant serving traditional fare along with the games on big screen TV’s, lunch and dinner.
  6. Flo’s Hot Dogs, York ME – open daily from 11 – 3, except Wednesdays.  Bring cash and make sure you try the secret relish!
  7. When Pigs Fly, Kittery ME – open daily for lunch and dinner.  Can you say ‘chocolate bread’??
  8. Federal Jacks, Kennebunkport ME – open daily for lunch and dinner.  This is the original birthplace of Shipyard Ale, try a flight with your meal.

This list is in no way all-inclusive.  I just wanted to assure you that you won’t actually go hungry around here in the winter.  If you have any questions, or want to know more about any particular restaurants around us, please call anytime at #207-646-4600 and we’ll be happy to help!  Hope everyone has a wonderful 2017 and plans a trip to Ogunquit!  Sue