Wells, Maine: A Peaceful Spot
Wells, Maine is a town on the northern coast of Maine that is a gem. Try your next vacation there, and you will not be disappointed.
Wells, Maine is a smaller town with a population of 9,000. It is located half way between Ogunquit and Kennebunk (well-known as being George Bush's summer hideout.) There is plenty to see and do in and around the area. Here are some of my favorite places.
Being on the coast, Wells has a tremendous supply of fresh seafood. Two restaurants that I never fail to visit are The Maine Diner and Billy's Chowder House. The Maine Diner is a small diner located on Route 1 headed north. They serve wonderful food in grand portions. They have had many famous visitors and are quite popular. It is a must for breakfast. Billy's Chowder House is located on Mile Road. They serve the freshest seafood in huge portions. They are very crowded during the peak season and are normally full even in the off-season. Their patrons are delightful and love to chat with the tourists. When I am in Wells, I normally eat there every night. I am sure other establishments are super, too, but I love the way Billy's makes my family feel like we are right at home.
The only hotel we ever stay at is called Bellevue by the Sea. They are located approximately 75 yards from Wells Beach. The prices are great and they give out restaurant gift certificates in their package rates. They have a variety of rooms to choose from starting with the basic courtyard rooms that will sleep a family of four right up to their new cabin that will open soon that has a two-man jacuzzi. Plus the manager, Mike, is more than willing to answer any questions you may have about where to eat or attractions to see.
A must for every trip to Wells is the bread bakery called Borealis Breads. They make their own sourdough breads from scratch using a process that takes a few days. There are plenty of flavors from which to choose, from Maine Potato & Dill to Orange Date. They are on Route 1 and are most definately worth the trip.
There are plenty of other places to see and things to do. Some quick examples are the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge where over 250 species of waterfowl seek shelter in the preserved marshlands. If you go on season, check out the Auto museum, home to gas, steam and electric motor cars from the 1890's to the 1960's.
Wells is not as well known as some of its neighboring towns, but is well worth the trip. Take a trip soon, you will not be disappointed.