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

 

A different ‘point of view’

December 19, 2016 by

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A little honesty from me – I love Maine but I hate being cold!  In order to survive our winter months, I really need to reach inside myself and remember that all seasons have beauty.  You just have to change your ‘point of view’; this can be a figurative or literal view.  In this case, I went out to find the literal beauty that is all around me.  It was a cold day on Drake’s Island, just up the road from the Resort.  The wind was whipping and it was all I could do to keep my hood on my head.  My goal was just to snap some quick pics and head back to the car as quickly as I could.  An interesting thing happened while I was out there.  I ended up taking a lot more shots than I had planned – even with the clouds there was so much beauty all around me!  The waves were powerful, huge whitecaps crashing onto the beach.  The sea smoke was smoldering along the coast line.  The patches of snow actually highlighted the tumbled stones on the sand.  Now, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the cold, considering there was no one else on the beach at that moment.  Sometimes we all just need to change our ‘point of view’.  If it’s the weather, personal circumstance, or just life, get out and find the beauty.  It’s there, waiting for all of us!  Hope you’re enjoying your day and the holiday season, looking forward to meeting you – Sue

Brrrr…

December 11, 2016 by

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Now, don’t be deceived – it might look like everyone is staying in all bundled up under blankets.  Actually, though, this pic was taken before anyone was awake for the day! I thought it would be a good photo to use (thanks, Carol!) in order to emphasize that it’s COLD today!  The weather people are predicting some snow tonight and tomorrow.  But what do you expect?  This is the Northeast, after all.  And around here, we know how to have a good time in the cold and the snow.  Do you like to ice skate?  Then head up to Kennebunk for some outdoor skating right downtown.  Or, you can head down to Portsmouth, NH and skate at Strawbery Banke.  How about some sledding?  Take a drive to South Berwick and take a couple of runs down Powderhouse Hill.  If you’ve never been snow tubing, then you are really missing some fun!  Just a little ways north of the Resort, you’ll find Seacoast Adventure Park.  Take a spin (literally) on one of their tubes and you’ll find you love snow and cold!  I have to be honest, we are not really close to any big ski mountains.  But, we have our beach that is beautiful in the summer and also in the winter.  There’s nothing like a walk along the shore when you’re the only one there.  You might find things you’ve never seen before.  You’ll still be able to listen to the waves crash and watch birds soaring,  and you can be sure that no one will be kicking sand at you!

Hope you’ll be able to take some time to visit us this winter.  Pack an extra layer or two, stop by to visit me and I’ll make sure to get you to wherever you want to enjoy in the cold!  Enjoy the day,  Sue

Christmas by the Sea!

December 5, 2016 by

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It’s almost here – the weekend to celebrate all things merry and bright!  Ogunquit is the place to be on Friday through Sunday to enjoy its’ 30th annual Christmas by the Sea.  The town tree lighting is Friday evening, right after the concert performed by the local teen group “Encore”.  The downtown stores are open with holiday sales and, of course, the arts and crafts shows will have original and handmade goodies.  You’ll want to visit with Santa at the Fire Station on Saturday, he will be arriving by fire truck!  There will be hay rides, food tastings and parties galore – what a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit of the season.  And don’t forget the parade, bonfire, fireworks and the ‘polar plunge’.  I’m excited and already exhausted…

Hope everyone enjoys some fun and frivolity at this time of year, we can help you find just what you’re looking for here at the Resort.  Give us a call or stop by and say ‘hi’.  We look forward to seeing you, enjoy the day!   Sue

It’s the Holiday Season!

November 28, 2016 by

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Ok, so we don’t actually have snow on our beaches just yet, we’re still feeling festive.  Our guests are busy with shopping, eating, and hopefully some relaxing!  The lights are up and the decorations are out – thanks to Chuck in Maintenance and Susan in Housekeeping.  We’re listening to holiday music and creating gifts for our loved ones upstairs in the Activities Room.  Tours to the lit-up Nubble Lighthouse and the Victoria Mansion in Portland are on the schedule and filled!  (Don’t worry, these will be offered all month) We will be shuttling guests to Kennebunkport to enjoy the Christmas Prelude and our very own ‘Christmas by the Sea’ is coming up quickly in Ogunquit.  Phew – and that’s not even everything!  Give us a call to hear what else is going on this month, and if the phone is answered with a hearty ‘Ho Ho Ho’, don’t worry because you’ve called the right place!  Like I said, we’re feeling festive.  Hope you’re enjoying your holiday season, too!  Sue

Time to give Thanks (and eat!)

November 22, 2016 by

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Thanksgiving is this week, as you may already know.  And if you’re staying with us here at the Resort for this special day, I thought you should know where you can enjoy a delicious feast.  Most places are requiring reservations, so please visit the Front Desk and they’ll be happy to help you:

  • Clay Hill Farm – Ogunquit – #207-361-2272
  • Jonathan’s – Ogunquit – #207-646-4777
  • MC Perkins Cove – Ogunquit – #207-646-6263
  • Roost – Ogunquit – #207-646-9898
  • Raspberri’s – Ogunquit – #207-646-7003
  • Bull and Claw – Wells – #207-646-8467
  • Cape Neddick Inn – Cape Neddick – #207-351-1145
  • On the Marsh Bistro – Kennebunkport – #207-967-2299
  • Merriland Farm Café – Wells – #207-646-0508
  • East (Chinese/Japanese/thai) – Wells – #207-641-8788

A fun little fact for you: here in New England we used to celebrate Thanksgiving with seafood!  That’s right, you can enjoy that lobster, mussels, and fish and still feel ‘thankful’.  Enjoy your special Thanksgiving, here at The Falls we are thankful for you!  Sue