Backpacking is an ideal combination of team and individual elements. The mountains of Maine are rugged and wooded, and the trails are remote, narrow and often steep. At times students travel on wilderness footpaths; at others, students navigate off trail. On clear days the group is rewarded with spectacular views from mountain peaks. Living and traveling with just what one can carry on one’s back is a simple existence, in which small choices can make great differences.
Portland, Saco, Cape Porpoise and Kennebunkport sit on the southern coastline of Maine. Part of Portland’s great charm is its working waterfront.
Amble down Commercial Street and spend a few hours drifting around the many wharves and piers. Then, follow the salty breezes through the streets and lanes of the historic port district.
Tour the ornate rooms of Victoria Mansion, and visit the historic home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of America’s most beloved poets. Head west along Congress Street to the Portland Museum of Art. Many of the artists whose works feature here were inspired by Portland’s coastline, including one of the giants of American Art, Winslow Homer.
Cross the Fore River to South Portland and peer through the gun ports of Historic Fort Preble. Just below the fort is the Spring Point Ledge Light, one of the smaller of Maine’s 57 active lighthouses, while just a few miles south, on Cape Elizabeth, stands one of New England’s most beautiful, Portland Head Light.
Seven miles south of Portland is Scarborough, where families have been returning to sleepy havens like Higgins Beach for generations. From here, let the bend of Saco Bay sweep you further south to Saco, Cape Porpoise and Kennebunkport.
On your way back to Portland, grab a ticket and take a ride at the Seashore Trolley Museum, the largest collection of streetcars in the world.
Welcome to Portland. It’s more than just a city by the sea, it’s a song.
Escape to the tranquil coast of Maine and experience The Falls at Ogunquit, a remarkable InnSeason’s Resort. Boasting white sandy beaches and rich wooded landscapes you’ll find scenic wonder around every corner. A vacation spent at the InnSeason’s Resort at Qgunquit will leave you refreshed and invigorated.
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Located steps from Wells Beach, Bellevue by the Sea hotel has rooms and cottages for up to six guests to stay in the heart of Coastal Southern Maine. We’re open year-round, including our indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna.
Our rooms feature personalized decor with a kitchen or kitchenette. Room types include studios, lofts, one and two bedroom suites, and cottages. Take a look at our accommodations page for full details and rates.
Bellevue by the Sea has a large indoor, heated pool as well as a hot tub and sauna, all accessible directly through the main building. Our entire complex is designed for a cozy and private atmosphere, with easy access to your room and reserved parking space.
Every guest has access to ideal amenities for your beach vacation including individual heat and air conditioning controls, cable TV and DVD, wireless internet, and much more! Coffee is provided daily in the lobby and we’re within walking distance of several seasonal eateries or a short drive to numerous popular restaurants, including well-known year-round establishments.