First Stop: Drake’s Island Beach
Drake's Island Beach in Wells, Maine — Photo courtesy of Town of Wells, MaineArriving in Wells around mid-morning, this beach offers a long shoreline with endless views of the Atlantic Ocean. For generations, it has served as a welcome, peaceful respite for those seeking little more than the hypnotic hum of waves lapping the shore. Rarely crowded, Drake’s Island Beach is the perfect destination for long walks on the sandy shore or for pulling up a chair and drinking in the luscious sunsets. Drake’s Island Beach is easily accessible. Simply take Route 1 South and then, entering Wells, make a left onto Drakes Island Road. You’ll find public parking on the left or, if you wish, go to the end of the road and take a right to the end near the jetty. There is a town fee for parking. Call the Town of Wells at 207-646-5113 or visit them on the web at www.wellstown.org for the latest beach information.
Afternoon: Kayaking the Webhannet River
Preparing to kayak the Webhannet River — Photo courtesy of Webhannet River Kayak RentalsAs the sun becomes stronger, you’ll want to seek the casual coolness of the nearby Webhannet River. How about a delightful kayak trip? Simply head back to Route 1, turn left, and then turn left onto Harbor Road. You’ll soon come upon the always friendly Webhannet River Kayak Rentals (345 Harbor Road, 207-646-9649, www.webhannetriver.com). These folks can set you up with a choice kayak to enjoy your journey down the Webhannet River.
The Webhannet River shoreline — Photo courtesy of Mark PechenikThe river is accessible via the public boat ramp, just a few yards to the left of this kayak rental business. Soon, you’ll find yourself indulging in a wonderful paddling sojourn down the Webhannet. This river is a true gem, highlighting the intense natural beauty that has made Wells so endearing to locals and visitors alike. On your run, you’ll witness towering stands of sea grass, a diverse array of migratory and local birds, and most likely an otter, beaver or other representative of coastal wildlife at play. The shoreline here has been carved by the natural currents of this river and, as such, offers up fascinating formations worth viewing, as well. It is a great way to get up close and personal with the watery existence that is at the heart of places like Wells.
Evening: Dinner at Lord’s Harborside
You’ve enjoyed coursing along the Webhannet for several hours now and have worked up quite an appetite. Fortunately, the famous Lord’s Harborside Restaurant (352 Harbor Road, 207-646-2651, www.lordsharborside.com) is located right beside your kayak rental return. Here you can settle down for the evening with a nice cocktail while viewing the spectacular sunset along the Webhannet. Afterwards, sample some of Lord’s standout seafood offerings including lobster, clams, haddock and swordfish. As you savor the flavors of the sea, you and your family can recount your truly memorable journey to Wells, Maine – one of southern Maine’s choice destinations.