Wells Beach is a great place for a family gathering

Our three adult children rented the Forbes Cottage in Wells Beach for a long weekend family gathering that included our four grandchildren. It was the perfect place for a fantastic get together.

The Forbes Cottage is one of several cottages owned by Lafayette Oceanfront Resort which is close by, as is the beach and lots of outdoor activities. We were all excited on Sunday morning to spot a huge right whale swimming back and forth quite near our beach.

We enjoyed the walk on Marginal Way in Ogunquit, a favorite oceanside walk for Linda and me. The trail is handicapped assessable trail and follows the ocean for about a mile. I used a walker for the first time and it was very helpful.

We also did a hike around the wonderful Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. And here’s more really good news – Congdons donuts are only about a mile from the cottage! Wow! Those donuts great. Of course, our three-year-old granddaughter enjoyed building sand castles while our 11 and 14 year old grandsons kicked a soccer ball up and down the beach.

There are lots of great hikes including at Laudholm Farm nearby, many miles of beach, and lots of outdoor activities. We also enjoyed the indoor pool and hot tub in the nearby Lafayette Resort and the playground just down the street. Son Josh even got in some fishing nearby before we headed home on Sunday.

Linda and I wrote many travel columns about the Lafayette’s resorts and inns, and each and every one is a special place. We did in fact stay at and write a column one time about their Wells Resort. You can read that and all the other columns that we wrote on my website www.GeorgeSmithMaine.com. Choose Best of Maine and a town, and you’ll get all the columns we wrote about inns, restaurants, and events in that town.

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George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.