We came back to our hotel room and thought it was nice that there are two large TV’s with a VCR in the kids room, next time I might bring a video for the kids, but it was nice all cozying up and reading books despite the readiness of great channels.Saturday, September 20, 2003 In the morning we headed over to Josephs by the Sea… one of those RARE restaurants, that prepares everything fresh and puts the pride in the quality of the food over the profit margin. We enjoyed large cups of fresh squeezed orange juice. My vegetarian omelet was prepared with fresh mushrooms (unheard of for breakfast) and fresh spinach and onions. It was outstanding. Julia (our three year old) loved the fresh berries pancakes with homemade strawberry syrup with real strawberries in it and a hot chocolate heaped with whipping cream! Large windows offered spectacular views of the ocean. The morning was foggy, so we headed to Freeport for the LL Bean, Patagonia and North Face and many more outlet stores. My husband claimed he found his mecca. The first time, I wanted to stop shopping before him. There are so many shopping opportunities within 30 minutes of Old Orchard Beach, the shopper in you will not be bored. There are outlets to the south, lots of “beach shopping” in town (bathing suits, souvenirs, etc). After shopping we picked up Pier Fries which were very good and Joe’s Jumbo Pizza, and headed back to our suite. Suited up and took a long walk on the beach, what a beautiful beach, the water was cold but due to the protected bay, it was not as cold as other areas of the Maine coast. We could see a lighthouse and the long steel pier from the beach in front of the motel.
After walking to the pier, we played a few arcade games and headed back to enjoy the heated swimming pool. If you choose to visit Maine in September with kids, make sure you have a wet suit. Kids don’t seem to care but we adults do… OR better yet, stay at one of the many motels with a heated pool.
For dinner, we dined at the Landmark Restaurant. Fine dining set in an old Victorian home, the atmosphere was upscale and loud with excited chatter. This is a popular restaurant, we could not get dinner reservations until 7:30. Reservations are highly recommended. Dinner for two was $90 with one drink each, salad and appetizers. We had the mussels marinara which was delicious, the lobster bisque which was too rich for me, the Caesar salad which was quite good and filet mignon which was good but not fantastic.