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Check out what activities are happening at and around The Falls this week!

November 17, 2017

Friday November 17, 2017

Tides H 10:15am 10:44pm L 3:55am 4:27pm Sunrise: 6:37am Sunset: 4:17pm

*Pool is closed for cleaning until 12:00pm

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Activities Welcome

Megan will be available at the front desk during this time to answer any questions you might have regarding the activities for the upcoming week. Come say hello!

Suggested Activity: York Art Association Holiday Fair

Features fine crafted jewelry, pottery and art. Noon to 5:00pm, 394 York St., York, Maine

Suggested Activity: The Front Porch

A fun entertainment destination and award-winning restaurant. The Front Porch is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Ogunquit village at 9 Shore Road. Enjoy singing? Piano sing along begins upstairs at 6pm until close. ‘Everyone’s happy place’! https://www.thefrontporch.com

Saturday November 18, 2017

Tides: H 10:53am 11:23pm L 4:35am 5:06pm Sunrise: 6:39am Sunset: 4:16pm

Suggested Activity: Wells Reserve at Laudholm

6 miles up the road, in Wells, you’ll find miles of trails, a historic home site, and easy access for all ages and abilities! Please visit www.wellsreserve.org for more information and schedule of events.

Suggested Activity: St. Christopher’s Holiday Faire

8:00am to 3:30pm, 4 Barrel Lane, York. Silent and live auctions, raffles, chowder and lobster rolls.

FMI: 207-363-1586

Suggested Activity: Annual Pine Cone Holiday Fair

9:00am to 2:00pm, Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. FMI: 207-985-4494

Suggested Activity: Guided Historic Homes: Three Centuries of Thanksgiving Tours

10:00am to 2:00pm Strawberry Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Adults $15, children 5-17 $10

*Have you seen our games, puzzles and movies? Check them out at the Front Desk!

Sunday November 19, 2017

Tides: H 11:29am L 5:12am 5:44pm Sunrise: 6:40am Sunset: 4:15pm

Suggested Activity: Stonewall Kitchen Cooking Demonstration

Enjoy a freshly prepared luncheon and learn how to cook it! All demonstration classes include and appetizer, entrée 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.

Suggested Activity: Square Dance

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Wells Activity Center, Rte. 109, Wells. Admission $6.00 FMI: 207-608-1333

Monday November 20, 2017

Tides: H 12:01am 12:04pm L 5:48am 6:20pm Sunrise: 6:41am Sunset: 4:14pm

9:00am – 10:00am Tour Around Town

Join Megan 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! Only 10 spots are available in the van, please sign up in Activities Hall.

10:30am – 12:30pm Rachel Carson Walk and Bush Compound: Walker’s Point

Part of our National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, ME, this is an interpretive walking trail with stops along the way. The total loop is an easy 1 mile walk. Meet Megan in the front lobby, she’ll be your guide for

this walk. After the walk we’ll ride through Kennebunkport and make a quick stop to check out the Bush Compound for a photo op. A maximum of ten guests may ride in the van. To reserve your spot please sign up in Activities Hall.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Rock Painting

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

Suggested Activity: Pool Volleyball

Time to get your family in the pool for some friendly competition! This is a great way to meet new friends, too! Please ask the front desk and Megan will gladly put up the net for you.

Tuesday November 21, 2017

Tides: H 12:38am 12:40pm L 6:25am 6:58pm Sunrise: 6:42am Sunset: 4:14pm

9:00am – 12:00pm Maine Forest Bathing Walk

Enjoy a gentle walk through beautiful landscapes designed to slow down the mind and body so participants can immerse themselves in Maine’s natural beauty. Forest Bathing is a fun, relaxing way to shed stress, connect with nature, and receive the benefits of spending time outdoors. If you’re looking for a unique Maine experience that rejuvenates mind, body, and soul, this is it! These walks are guided by Jeff, a professional Maine and Forest Therapy Guide. These walks are suitable for

anyone who can slowly walk up to a mile ages 10 and up. Meet Jeff in the lobby for directions as you will use your own vehicle. Please see Front Desk for sign-up and payment ($30pp).

For more information visit: https://www.mainecoastexplorers.com

9:00am – 3:00pm Lighthouse Tour + Lunch at Lobster Cove Restaurant

Sit back, relax and let Megan drive you to a few of Maine’s most beautiful and photographed lighthouses starting with Breakwater Lighthouse aka “Bug Light” overlooking Portland’s skyline. The first three lighthouses are in close proximity to one another including Portland’s Head Light which is the most photographed lighthouse in the world and “Two Lights” in Cape Elizabeth. Lunch will be at The Lobster Cove Restaurant in York overlooking Long Sands Beach and then our final stop will be our local Nubble Lighthouse! www.lobstercoverestaurant.com Feel free to BYOLunch and snacks as well!

4:00pm – 5:00pm Easy Thanksgiving Craft: Thankful Tree or Leaf Turkey

With Thanksgiving just a week away let’s get together and have some fun making simple crafts to celebrate the holiday. We can make either a ‘Thankful Tree’ to help reflect on what you are most thankful for, or a cute turkey out of leaves. Kids of all ages are welcome! Please sign up in Activities Hall.

Suggested Activity: Wells Flagship Cinema

Every Tuesday Flagship Cinema offers matinee prices all day for all movies. Located in: Wells Shopping Plaza, 75 Wells Plaza, Wells, ME, 207-216-9737

Wednesday November 22, 2017

Tides: H 1:17am 1:20pm L 7:04am 7:37pm Sunrise: 6:44am Sunset: 4:`3pm

9:00am – 11:00am 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, Megan 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 Hall.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Maine Souvenir Magnets

Join Megan upstairs in the Activities Room to create your own personalized magnet to take home as a souvenir. This is a complimentary activity and all materials are provided. Please sign up in Activity Hall.

Thursday November 23, 2017

Tides: H 1:58am 2:02pm L 7:04am 7:37pm Sunrise: 6:45am Sunset: 4:12pm

Please see Front Desk for a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Clay Hill Farm

Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Clay Hill Farm- 220 Clay Hill Road – Cape Neddick, ME – 03902 207-361-2272

http://www.clayhillfarm.com

Jonathans in Ogunquit

November 17th 8:00pm – The Subdudes

November 24th 8:00pm – Comedian Bob Marley “Wicked Funny Comedy”

For more information, please visit https://tickets.jonathansogunquit.com/

Old Vines Wine Bar

Every Tuesday, Old Vines Wine Bar throws “the most civilized dance party in town!” Happy hour kicks off at 5 p.m. and dinner is served until 10 (late-night snacks served till … late!) DJ Nate gets the place rocking after 9 p.m.
173 Port Rd, Kennebunk, ME
(207) 967-2310

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Why wait for Thanksgiving to be thankful?

November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving is humorously sandwiched between two of the most stress-inducing situations, the busiest travel day of the year and (dun, dun, dun…) Black Friday. Due to this irony, it is easy to take this special time for granted and have it be over with before you know it.

Since we are one week away from the kick off of the ‘holiday season’ there is no time like the present to take a moment to think of what it is you are thankful for. Thanksgiving really is a special time to be thankful for families, amazing friends, or a helpful community but you don’t need to wait another seven days to celebrate them. Try taking the next week to show your thanks and appreciation in which ever way you choose. You can donate to a local animal shelter, drop off can goods at a church food pantry, do little things to show your partner, parents or even strangers they are appreciated or simply stop and take a moment to reflect on all the good of the past year.

Now, not everyone relies on this holiday to be reminded to be thankful, but it certainly highlights it, hopefully putting all the good in your life in prospective. Since Turkey Day and the days surrounding can sometimes be stressful why not show your gratitude now?

Below is a list of local food donation sites along the seacoast as well as a how-to on being thankful which has some good ideas:
http://seacoasteatlocal.org/get-involved/food-for-all/
https://www.wikihow.com/Be-Thankful

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The seacoast of Maine: not all salt air and lobster!

November 7, 2017

When you think of vacationing in the southern coast of Maine you probably have visions of long walks along sandy beaches, exquisite shopping and of course, all things lobster! These visions are accurate. We have everything in Ogunquit and our neighboring towns to satisfy the beach bum, shopaholic and seafood connoisseur inside us all. But what we also have is an abundance of nature preserves and hiking trails that make you forget you chose to vacation in one of the prettiest coastlines in the country.

One of the coolest things about my job has been learning about several nature reserves full of trails and wildlife to explore all within a short drive of the InnSeason Resort. One of them being the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells. It is a hidden gem that leaves its visitors in awe every time we visit. A well groomed, one mile trail inside the forest and along the marshes, the Rachel Carson Trail offers spectacular views of the meandering salt water Branch Brook and Merriland River, vistas of the Atlantic and dynamic Hemlock forest. The scenery changes each week and our guests have enjoyed watching the colorful foliage peep, peak and now fall over the last few weeks.

Even further removed from the “beach life” this area is so well known and respected for is beautiful Mt. Agamenticus. Again, a short drive from our resort “Mt. A” as it is more commonly, and easily, remembered is a guest favorite for those who partake. Mt. A offers over 40 miles of trails, mainly easy to moderate, as well as an access road to the top in case you opt for ease! On a clear day you can see the White Mountains of New Hampshire including Mt. Washington (the largest mountain in the northeast and home to the “world’s worst recorded weather” as well as our glimmering Atlantic ocean and our sandy beaches. You can make out famed Nubble Lighthouse in York as well as Kennebunkport from the top. It is a glorious juxtaposition: mountains vs ocean!

These are just two examples of some not-so-beachy activities that are open for exploration in our lovely, little “beach” area. Make sure you put these activities on your to-do list next time you visit.

Lighthouses, lobsters and laughs all in one tour!? Oh my!

October 25, 2017

Tomorrow will be my fourth time taking guests around the coast of Maine on our weekly Lighthouse Tour. I think it’s finally safe to say: it’s a hit! As the Activities Director at the Falls I feel privileged to be able to bring our guests to these wonderful locations along the seacoast.

What I enjoy most about the Lighthouse Tour is seeing just how different the architecture of each one is. From elegant columns reminiscent of ancient Greek architecture, grand Gothic Revival to common brick and weather beaten lighthouses can all be viewed on this tour. I also enjoy the details I’ve missed that guests notice, or the questions they ask that I don’t have answers to, because it forces me to do my research! I now know way more about the four lighthouses we visit than I ever imagined I would.

In case you were curious we start in South Portland to visit the cutest of the lighthouses, Breakwater “Bug” Light. And yes, a lighthouse can in fact be described as “cute”. It stands before the Portland skyline. After we visit the most photographed lighthouse in the world, Portland Head Light. This is the longest visit as Fort Williams has a beautiful cliff walk the guests are encouraged to walk along with several bunkers and forts. We make a short stop at Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (more commonly referred to as “Two Lights”) before venturing south again for lunch at the Lobster Cove Restaurant in York with gorgeous views of Long Sands Beach and our fourth lighthouse, Nubble, in the distance. We end our tour driving to the Nubble Lighthouse which, if you want my opinion, is the most quintessential and picturesque lighthouse.

The tour has a lot of what people expect when they come to visit the southern coast of Maine: lighthouses, lobster and hopefully a few laughs along the way. Hopefully you’ll check it out on your next visit to InnSeason’s Falls at Ogunquit.

Summer 2.0?!

September 26, 2017

Summer is hanging on a little longer around New England this year and you’ll find no complaints here! This past week, with temperatures hitting 80 degrees or higher, has been a treat that I’m taking advantage of every chance I get! It feels as if I’ve spent more time at the beach this past week than all summer long.

This is a perfect time to pack up and travel to Ogunquit to enjoy a day at the beach or a weekend away. The busy tourist season is slowly dwindling but shops and restaurants are still open and waiting for you to visit. The ocean water is actually warmer now than it is in mid-August. At least it feels that way to me… I may have a touch of summer ending denial!

There truly is something magical in the air this time of year. You know a change is coming, you’re excited about it, but you still get to enjoy all the benefits of a warm summer day. Hopefully I’m not the only one taking advantage of this little bit of extra summer we’ve been blessed with. Judging by the folks opting to eat their lunches outside at the local cafés, the surfers dotting the ocean horizon and those out walking to their destinations instead of driving it looks like I’m not alone.

Enjoy it while you can folks! Even if just for a moment. The snow will be falling before you can put away your bathing suits and sundresses!

One final week of summer 2017…

September 14, 2017

Are we really approaching the final week of Summer 2017?! With the sun shining and temperatures hitting over 80 degrees all week long it’s hard to believe “fall” is just around the proverbial corner!

With any change (a new job, a move, or a new season) it is often a time for reflection of the past and excited preparation for the future (I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought of costume ideas for Halloween already)! As this summer slowly ends I hope yours was filled with positive memories: trying new and exciting activities or revisiting your tried and true favorites. The Ogunquit area is filled with so many wonderful ways to enjoy both seasons from the obvious such as Marginal Way and our beautiful powder sand beaches to the hidden gems such as the Rachel Carson Preserve. Hopefully you were able to take advantage of all the wonderful activities this tiny town has readily available to you.

And if you haven’t lived Summer 2017 to the fullest, don’t fret, you still have seven days left!

Change is in the air…

August 10, 2017

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It is with a heavy heart that I write this post – today is my last day with ‘The Falls at Ogunquit’.  I can honestly say that this has been the best place of employment that I’ve ever worked at!  From management to co-workers to guests, everyone is kind, caring and genuine.  This Resort runs so well due to everyone working together – it has never been a ‘that’s not my job’ type of environment.  Our guests see this comradery and feel its’ effects.  I can’t say enough good things about this place!  So, this begs the question “why are you leaving?” Well…even though I’m a New England girl, born and raised, I spent enough time in Florida to miss it.  I happen to like heat and humidity, snow and cold not so much.   Lucky for me, I can still do what I love, and that’s spending time with people!  I’ll continue with activities in the hospitality field and try my best to give vacationers a unique and memorable experience.  After this news, I should also tell you that you don’t have to worry – there will still be activities at The Falls!  Megan is the newest Activities Director, please come by to meet her and have some fun.  I promise you will!

Thanks for the memories, Ogunquit, I will be back to visit!  Sue

You NEED to check out our activities!

July 28, 2017

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I get it:  you’re vacationing in a beach town so you go to the beach.  And, of course, you need to throw in some shopping, too.  But, when those activities have been checked off your list, why don’t you check out ‘my’ list?  Here at The Falls, I work hard to put together an activities schedule to please all ages, all interests and all abilities.  Are you a crafty type of person?  Well, how about creating a personalized bird house or picture frame?  Maybe you have little ones just starting to use scissors and glue?  A sunshine magnet or plastic sun catcher will keep them busy and happy!  Oh, I know, you like to be outdoors and active – sign up for my bike tour of Wells Beach, bike rental included.  One of my favorite tours is Mt. Agamenticus.  We can hike up or drive to the top, your choice!  Maybe you just want to spend quality time with your loved ones.  I make sure to have pool volleyball almost every day, and if it’s not on the schedule, just ask and we’ll set it up for you.  We also schedule outdoor fun activities like bubble blowing, badminton and you can even play bocce ball!  And, to finish off the fun week – ICE CREAM BINGO!  (need I say more?)  Hope to see you soon to enjoy some fun activities.  If you have any questions, feel free to call me anytime!  Our Resort number is #207-646-4600, just ask for Sue.  Enjoy the day!

In case the kids are ‘bored’…

July 11, 2017

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Many thanks to Carol at the front desk here at The Falls at Ogunquit, who found this article for me this morning – thought you could use this information:

It was bound to happen eventually: You’re here on vacation, or just trying to enjoy some of Maine’s all-too-brief summer, and instead of beautiful blue skies and beach days you’re faced with pouring rain and no sun in sight.

The kids are bored, trapped indoors, and you simply don’t know where to turn. Fear not! While the weather outside may be frightful, there are plenty of kid-friendly indoor options that are simply delightful:

1) Catch a movie. Wells Flagship Cinema in the Hannaford Plaza has daily offerings and Smitty’s offers locations in both Sanford and Biddeford and has big tables and comfy chairs, as well as a full-service menu. FMI: www.smittyscinema.com or for Wells Flagship Cinema, (207) 216-9738.

2) Do some shopping. Grab an umbrella and head out to explore some of the wonderful shops the region has to offer. Ogunquit’s Perkins Cove and Main Street offer nice walking opportunities and cool shops like Animal Instincts. In Wells, check out Bo-Mar Hall on Route 1 for hours’ worth of browsing opportunities. Kennebunk’s Main Street has several shops, such as perennial favorites Marlows and Kennebunk Toy Co., to tempt you, or head down to Dock Square for retro toys at Daytrip Junior.

3) Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of Maine in Portland. There they’ll find two floors of hands-on displays that will thrill kids from toddlers to the 10+ set.  http://www.kitetails.org

4) Hit the arcade. Wells has two good ones: the Boardwalk Arcade at Wells Beach (http://www.boardwalkarcademaine.com) and a smaller one at Wonder Mountain on Route 1 (http://www.wondermountainfunpark.com). Grab a cup of quarters (and maybe some headphones) and head over for a few hours of fun.

5) History museums may not sound like much fun to kids, but Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum has some pretty cool exhibits that offer a glimpse into the region’s past, including its shipbuilding history.  www.brickstoremuseum.org.

6) A short ride up the turnpike, Freeport has plenty to keep the kids busy (as well as cool shopping options for adults). The flagship L.L. Bean store is enough to keep anyone occupied for hours, and there you can check out the very cool locked-antlers moose display, pick out backpacks for school and even have lunch in the café. Just down the road on Route 1 in Yarmouth, the DeLorme Map Store has plenty of geography-related kids’ toys and educational items, but best of all is Eartha, the world’s largest globe, which holds pride of place in the main lobby. FMI: www.llbean.com and www.delorme.com/mapstore.

7) Sometimes, the best way to while away a rainy day is with a good book or two. Annie’s Book Stop in Wells and Kennebooks in Lower Village, Kennebunk, both are great places to pick up a new (or, in Annie’s case, both used and new) book. In keeping with the Maine theme, younger children will enjoy Robert McCloskey’s “Blueberries for Sal” and its companion book, “One Morning in Maine.” “Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is also wonderful, as are “The Circus Ship” by Chris Van Dusen and anything illustrated by local artist Wade Zahares. Older kids will enjoy “Lost on a Mountain in Maine,” a classic by Donn Fendler. FMI: www.anniesbookstopwells.com and www.kennebooks.com.

8) Plan a culinary adventure. While nothing beats eating outdoors in Maine in the summer, there’s no reason you can’t experience the region’s fabulous food on dreary days. For kid-friendly fare, ask for a seat near the window overlooking the river and enjoy a meal at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk’s Lower Village, where the kids’ menu features such items as corn dogs, washed down with Parrot Punch. Interested in checking out the local seafood? Grab a lobster roll and cup of delish chowder at Alisson’s in Dock Square. Want to satisfy a sweet tooth? Head indoors to Big Daddy’s ice cream shop on Route 1 in Wells (we recommend the banana chip) or visit the always-tempting Harbor Candy Shop on Ogunquit’s Main Street. Or check out taffy being made at The Goldenrod in Short Sands Beach, York, where it’s been a sweet summer treat since 1896.

9) The Kennebunk Free Library and Wells Public Library are wonderful rain or shine, but they are particularly cozy places to be when it’s miserable outside. In Kennebunk, kids will find everything from summer storytime to storytime yoga to drop-in gaming afternoons, crafts and movies.  www.kennebunklibrary.org and http://www.wells.lib.me.us.

Seacoastonline.com – Laura Dolce – July 4, 2013

 

The ocean sets me free…

July 3, 2017

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There is something to be said for fresh, salty air – it’s calming, yet invigorating.  Whether the sun is shining or a storm is brewing, it’s always inviting.  At least it is for me.   Now, I love the mountains and the woods.  Hiking a quiet trail or sitting and enjoying mountain vistas is a source of pleasure.  But….I’ll always pick the ocean when asked to choose.  If you close your eyes, you can probably just picture the waves lapping the shore.   I can hear the sounds now!  Seagulls calling to each other, sailboats going by, the occasional seashell or rock left behind, these are the things that call my name.  Here in Ogunquit, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the coastline.  You can sit on a soft, sandy beach and dip your toes in the clear, cool water.  If you’d rather, walk along the paved path on the Marginal Way and sit at one of many benches to take in the scenery.  Maybe a boat ride is your choice.  If so, check out the many cruising options available in Perkins Cove.  As I sit and type this, I’m thinking I might just have to take some time and visit the water.  I could call it ‘research’ for my job…..Hope to see you soon, enjoy the day!  Sue