Yes, it's getting chillier out there, but summer is only 7 months away!
While we warm up, remember that some of the biggest events of the year
will be happening in December! In this newsletter we highlight some of our favorites.
Make your December reservations at Seaglass Village now as Christmas starts early in the greater Kennebunk-Wells-Ogunquit area. Seaglass Village is perfectly positioned for easy rides to events in each area. Bring the family or travel as a couple and make holiday memories in Maine!
WALKS AT LAUDHOLM FARM
The natural world has long been a muse for poets, writers, and artists. Join Norma Fox, Wells Reserve docent and ranger, for a series of walks to explore nature through a variety of creative lenses.
Twilight Moon Walk
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 (click for more info)
4:15pm – 5:45pm
Experience the magic of the Reserve after dark. Reservations required
Winter Tree Walk
Saturday, January 20, 2024 (click for more info)
10:00am – 12:00pm
Explore the winter world of trees with dendrologist and Maine Master Naturalist Eileen Willard. Reservations required.
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (click for more info)
10:30am – 12:00pm
Explore nature through observation and a creative lens. Reservations required.
TRAIL OF THE MONTH
Carson Trail, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, an easy 1-mile trail made up of gravel and boardwalk, 321 Port Road, Wells, meanders through a salt marsh, deciduous and pine forests.
Rachel Carson called Maine her refuge, her haven, and spent many summers immersed in her studies of the ocean and intertidal zone. She was instrumental in establishing the Nature Conservancy in Maine, now steward of 2.4 million acres of natural habitat in the state. Her research as a biologist has had a major influence on the education of the importance and protection of salt marshes everywhere that are fundamental in carbon sequestration and in helping mitigate the effects of rising sea levels.
Salt marshes are one of the most productive ecosystems in nature, rich in the biodiversity of plant and wildlife species interdependent on each other and dependent on the marsh for breeding grounds and protective habitat. “In nature, nothing exists alone. (Carson, 1962).
To visit Carson Trail, from Seaglass Village head north on Rt. 1 for 5 miles, turn right on Rt. 9-E for 0.6 miles and right onto Headquarters Access Rd.
BEACH OF THE MONTH
Drake’s Island makes up a mere 0.5 miles of the 70 miles of sandy beaches in Southern Maine. What it lacks in size however, is made up in secluded beauty with visitors and locals often referring to it as a well kept secret. With a 2000 ft rock jetty to the beach’s south, abundant rolling sand dunes behind, and the salt marsh estuary of Laudholm Farm to the north, Drake’s Island is a bounty of natural resources.
The island was named after Thomas Drake in the 1600’s, a trader who sailed the Maine coast from Yarmouth to Wells, establishing trading posts with the Indians who frequented Drake’s Island, often using it as a hideout. Perhaps the most famous frequent visitor to Drake’s Island was Kate Furbish, (1834-1931), renowned Maine botanist. Her many hours spent collecting, classifying and illustrating on Drakes’s Island and the abutting salt marshes were some of her happiest. Her illustrations are displayed at Bowdoin College Library. 4000 of her collected plant specimens are at the Harvard University Herbarium.
To visit Drake’s Island for swimming, fishing, or walking in the footsteps of traders, Indians, and naturalists, head north on Rt. 1 from Seaglass Village for 4.3 miles, turn right on Drake’s Island Road for 1.2 miles, and right on Island Beach Rd., left on Foster Lane. The Town of Wells maintains a small parking lot, $4/hour in the summer, free in the winter.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH
Since you will be in the neighborhood, after brisk walks at Drake’s Island and Carson Trail stop at Litchfield’s Bar and Grill, 2135 Post Rd., for a late lunch or early dinner. Open TuesdaySaturday, 11:00am-11:00pm, and Sunday, 11:00am-8:00pm. Cozy, lively bar and restaurant with an outdoor patio offering New England eats, plus drink specials and live music. Litchfield’s is a great sports bar. Any local sport fan will tell you that it is the premier Sports Bar in the area. They have all of the sports packages. You can catch your favorite team on one of their many TVs, regardless if it is a local market team or a team in another region. Missing your team? Catch a meal around their game time at Litchfield’s Bar and Grill. Menu: litchfieldsbarandgrill.com.
RESOLVE TO GET AWAY THIS YEAR!
It’s time to plan your getaway to Seaglass Village. Summer is right around the corner and peak weeks are filling in with reservations. Our repeat guests know that Seaglass Village cottages and amenities far surpass other hotels and short term rentals. Here are some of their comments:
Cottage was nicely decorated and felt like home.
Everything we needed was provided.
The cottage is spacious, yet cozy.
The prices are very reasonable for the area.
Beautifully decorated. So clean!
The golf cart was an added bonus.
My kids loved it. Would go again in a heartbeat!
If you want a beautiful Southern Maine experience, you can’t go wrong with Seaglass Village.