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In his 1882 classic Gleanings From the Sea, Joseph Smith wrote the following about our beautiful part of the world:
"Those who seek a quiet retreat, away from the turmoil and bustle of the city, cannot fail to find that quiet and rest they need; and those that are fond of deep-sea fishing, boating, and bathing, are sure to find a place that has no superior in this direction. Nice boats and pleasant skippers, who are very accommodating, make a fishing [or whale watching] trip a real pleasure. If the wish is for sailing, a splendid sail among the islands may be enjoyed. The pure sea air and elegant scenery serve to make the heart glad and happy. Those who wish for only as much of the sea as can be had in row-boats [or today in kayaks!], will have no trouble getting this to perfection. A chance is offered to row down the harbor among the shipping, and around the islands. Those who desire still water can also find inland waters just suited to their tastes. Another great feature is bathing. Fine beaches where one can enjoy the sport of sea-bathing with the breakers rolling in, are a nice place to partake of a salt-water rough and tumble bath. Those who prefer still water will find plenty of opportunities for this. Fishing from the rocks always delights the children, and the older ones do not fail to improve the opportunity when offered; while there is no place that has better advantages for deep-sea fishing. Are you a lover of nature? Then you will find much to amuse and instruct. The beautiful shore, coves and high bluffs, all washed by the waters of the Atlantic, are a school for the student of nature."
We're hard pressed to improve upon this, except to add that in the intervening years many other attractions, including plentiful golf, tennis, kayaking, whale watching, and shopping, have been added to Smith's paradise. And unlike in Smith's time, Southern Maine is now a thriving year round home to more than farmers and fishermen. While the agricultural and maritime trades are still well represented and respected in the area and important components of the local economy, we can also boast a diverse economic base of businesses large and small, allowing more and more folks to make this their primary residence. On top of all that, we are blessed with a plethora of theatrical and musical offerings, galleries and art schools, and colleges and universities, giving Southern Maine a cultural and educational climate comparable to many much more populous areas.
Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Wells, Biddeford, Biddeford Pool, Cape Porpoise, Scarborough, Portland, and Freeport are all within a 30 minute drive. Whether you are looking for a nice summer getaway or a permanent residence, the Southern Maine coast awaits you.