Take a tour of Sanford, Maine. Just inland from Kennebunkport and Ogunquit you’ll find Sanford, Maine. Here are tips to plan a day trip to this old mill town.
- Driving north on Route 109 takes you up Sanford’s Main Street. Note the vintage architecture of the once grand houses here.
- Check out Marden’s across from Burger King. You never know what you’ll find in this discount/salvage store. The buys on golf equipment, scrap booking supplies, kitchen needs or tools can be great.
- For lunch, there’s an Applebee’s or go for the chowder, lobster roll and other seafood at Lord’s Clam Box.
- If you time your visit to match with a festival, there probably will be arts and craft booths, a car show, free music performances, etc. Check the local papers to spot these festivals or call the chamber of commerce ahead of your visit.
- Drop into the Visiting Nurse Bookstore for great buys on books (50 cents to $2 for most). It’s arranged in categories and those are even alphabetized by authors. The money goes to support the Visiting Nurse Service, so bring along some books you no longer want and donate them.
- If you like to bike or walk, try out the Mousam Way Bike Path that runs from Sanford to Springvale. There’s a nice park along the river with benches to sit and watch the ducks (no feeding allowed).
- When you’re ready for ice cream, drive out to Shaw’s Ridge for a taste treat. Check out the historical photos and a horse-drawn sled on display from the original dairy farm. There’s miniature golf, picnic tables and wonderful plantings (from the Shaw’s Ridge Nursery across the road). During the summer they have weekly cruise-ins and music. Check ahead for the times on those. There’s a bakery, BBQ and other things, but they aren’t open as many hours as the ice cream parlor. Other excellent places for ice cream include the Shaker Pond Ice Cream or Shain’s of Maine on Main Street. That’s where Shain’s ice cream originated, though now you can buy it in the grocery store.
- Spend a summer evening in the ballpark watching the Sanford Mainers. This college level baseball provides a good game with some players graduating to the major league teams. The ticket price is low, seats have backs, and you can eat a moose-pie (ice cream between chocolate cookies). The mascot is a moose and volunteers get the crowd excited by tossing out souvenir t-shirts and other freebies during lulls in the game.