More to come. But so far, Peaks island off of Portland, Maine is a really wonderful family vacation, especially off season. Laura, Baby Shaw and I rented Whitehead Lodge and invited both our granparent’s and friends and family to join us. I grew up 30 miles south in Kennebunkport and left for college in 1984. My mother left in 1991. We both miss the soul soothing sounds, smells, bracing breeze, freeing views of the rocky Maine coast.
I’d never been to Peaks island, a 20 minute ferry ride off of the cool little city of 70,000 that is Portland, ME. Peaks island isn’t teaming with 5000+ tourists as it does during prime time summer. The roughly 1200 locals are chilled out. The mornings and evenings are cool, the days mid-70s and mostly sunny.
The water is some of the warmest of the summer, with a surface temp in the mid-60s. We’ve been swimming three times on Sandy Beach, which has been mostly empty. A local demystified ocean temps for us one day. He said beach water temps are highest when the wind is blowing the sun warmed surface water towards the beach. Wind blowing out to sea brings up cold water from the bottom.
MORE PHOTOS: Public photos are populating on Facebook over the next few days.