Cape Porpoise is a lovely little village, nearly forgotten by time, between Kennebunk and Biddeford. It makes for a superb day trip or bike ride. Beside a number of notable restaurants, such as Pier 77 and Musette, the village has a handful of shops, and even a postage-stamp-size library.

While here, think about packing a picnic and taking it to the rocks where the lobster boats are tied up; watch the fishermen, or train your binoculars on Goat Island and its lighthouse. Drop by Bradbury Brothers Market (tel. 207/967-3939) for basic staples, or the Cape Porpoise Kitchen (tel. 207/967-1150) for gourmet-style prepared meals, cheeses, and baked goods.

Not in a picnic mood? Overlooking the sparkling water, the Cape Pier Chowder House, 79 Pier Rd. (tel. 207/967-0123) has some outdoor dining; most everything is served on paper plates and trays, so beware of rogue winds that strive to dump your meal on your lap. It’s open everyday but Thursday, 11am to 7pm, from Memorial Day to late fall; no reservations are taken, but it does accept credit cards.


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