Seriously, what is better to calm, soothe and refresh one’s spirit than a walk, (or sit 😉 ) at the beach, just taking in God’s handiwork, as He speaks to our inner most being through it?
Before us is an open view of the Atlantic coast.
A deep breath, for the air has changed to something that only can be understood when you’re at the sea.
Hearing the rhythmic waves and seagull calls…
And suddenly… all is well… as the worries of the day quickly fade.
plenty of room for walking and sand castle building.
As are the coastal cottages and houses all along the beach, each sporting their own unique look. Some are fairly large, but most are small to average sized houses.
Sprinkled in between the seasonal cottages are homes with year round residents.
The styles vary from traditional coastal New England shingle style, to simple beach cottage styles, to contemporary styles… In our family, we all have our favorites we take note of as we walk along.
The sand is so much fun to play in…
and dig for treasure…
but knowing the tide schedule for the day helps to know how soon your sand castle creation will be reclaimed by the sea.
At high tide the waves are much larger, and the beach is much smaller…
I would love for you to get a little better glimpse of why this my favorite place…
So if you’re not planning a trip to GRB this summer, or even if you are, here’s a way to experience a little bit of it… a video I shot of it last summer on an early morning walk at low tide… There are two rivers, one on each side of the beach that feed into the ocean… you’ll see one in this video: (be sure your computer volume is on)
For those of you planning a trip/s to the beach, I made a list of some necessities we have learned make our beach visits more comfortable…
Some helpful facts about visiting Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine:
It is only permit parking on the streets by GRB. You can get a permit at the General Store by the beach, the Kennebunkport Town Hall in Kennebunkport, or at Kennebunkport Police Station, which is located between the beach and town hall. Permits are available for daily, weekly and seasonal beach parking. Click here for more info on beach parking permits.
At different times of the season, there may be protected birds nesting on the beach… watch for signs marking the areas to stay clear of. Last year I was able to spot some Plover chicks. They were adorable scurrying down to the edge of the water and back to their sandy nests. But they were so tiny and blended in so well, it’s easy to understand why the nests need to be marked. Here’s a link to Maine Audubon showing a Plover chick.
There is no lifeguard at Goose Rocks Beach.
Dogs are welcome in the morning and evening… but not during the busy part of the day.
Did you miss the video? You gotta check it out, it’s only about minute long, but so relaxing…
This link will take you to SimpleDecoratingTips.com’s YouTube channel to watch the video: Click this link to see and hear the waves and seagulls. (be sure your computer volume is on)
The beach is clearly my favorite place to relax and recharge.. what is your favorite place? (My friend Mary, over at The Boondocks Blog, loves the mountains. the other day she shared this incredible aqua lake she visited in the mountains of Greece!)
I appreciate you stopping by.
Between Naps on the Porch is always a fun place to stop and read… so I’m linking this post up there.
It’s always interesting reading what’s going on over at StoneGable… and Monday’s link parties are great too.
A Stroll Thru Life has some beautiful bathrooms and bedrooms featured today.