Recently I took a vacation to Kennebunk, Maine with my mom, my sister Alice, and Alice’s dogs, Franny and Darla. I know everyone has their idea of the perfect vacation, and mine always includes an uncrowded beach, hopefully with some dogs.
The sound of the ocean is one of the most soothing sounds in the world to me.
One of the things I savor the most is the smell of the salt air. The sense of smell is so powerful and transformative and can bring back so many great memories.
I can only imagine what it is like for dogs with their highly sensitive noses.
We were able to visit Mother’s Beach which is open to dogs before 9 am and after 5 pm during the summer and all day from Labor Day to Memorial Day. (Check before visiting to be sure.)
Although neither of Alice’s dogs enjoys swimming, they seemed quite happy to take in the sights, sounds, and smells. At the end of our walks, they were quite thirsty and up for a treat!
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In addition to going to the beach, we visited the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, which is quite beautiful. It starts out as a walk in the woods, but it has some great views of the marshes.
(Dogs need to be on a leash, Alice removed Franny’s in photoshop.)
Like most tourist towns, there are plenty of cute shops in the Kennebunk area. We were particularly delighted to discover Scalawags! It is one of the cutest boutiques I’ve ever seen. (It is also pet-friendly.)
Several restaurants in town offer a dog-friendly patio area, but we mostly ate in. Since we had a lovely rental home, we felt comfortable leaving the girls there when we went out. We treated ourselves to some delicious Ben & Jerry’s nondairy ice cream in town. Of course, we gave Darla and Franny some treats too!
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About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in meeting the photography needs of creative women entrepreneurs and dog portraits. She is available for travel.