Wells, Maine: Costal Village with Miles of Public Beaches
A 90-minute drive up the Eastern seaboard from Boston, Wells is a quintessential small Maine town perhaps best known for its well-kept public beaches. A handful of family-owned restaurants in town make use of the Atlantic’s seafood, which includes fried clams, chowders, shrimp, and more.
Just 15 minutes up the road, you’ll find the town of Kennebunkport. Kennebunkport is more than 300 years old, with many homes dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, the town is notable for being a summer destination for the well-heeled, including former president George H. W. Bush.
Kennebunkport's Dock Square is lined with art galleries, bookstores, and restaurants housed in classic New England clapboard buildings. Nearby, Wells Reserve features 2,250 acres of protected coastal property and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge stretches along 50 miles of coastline and acts as a sanctuary for migratory birds and runaway teen marine biologists. The refuge features nature trails that wind past a variety of habitats, including estuaries, salt marshes, and boreal forest.