Alford Lake Camp
258 Alford Lake Rd., Hope
At Alford Lake Camp in Maine, which has been running for almost 110 years, traditions are queen. Campers stay in Alford Lake's signature white canvas tents, every Sunday night campers share their "logs" (or journal entries) with one another, showers are three minutes long, campfires happen on Friday nights, and there's a campwide song contest each summer. Camp is open to girls from second to ninth grade, for four weeks or the full summer. Plus, Alford Lake hosts "global challenge trips," which can be coed, to places like Nova Scotia and the Alps, designed for returning campers who are completing eighth, ninth, or tenth grade.
4 Dock Sq., Downtown
Helmed by two music industry vets who abandoned New York City for their home state, the focus here is specifically on day-trippers. Their shop is very purposefully a spot a city-dweller might be thrilled to happen upon on a country day out, discovering old-school flasks and hiking thermos’, and beautiful, antique Americana toys or organic clothing for their kids, while feeling great about the fact DS donates to local conservation trusts, and The Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve.
White Barn Inn
37 Beach Ave., Lower Village
Kennebunkport is sort of the quintessential New England hamlet—and the beaches of Maine, while not the best for swimming, are stunning in their own way.