Looking for a new spot to adventure to this summer? Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Maine is the perfect getaway to relax and enjoy Maine's beautiful shoreline. You may have heard of or even been to Crescent Beach State Park, the bigger and more obvious beach, but keep on driving east (about 5 minutes) and you will end up at Kettle Cove.
This beach is free, quieter, and truly feels like Vacationland at its best. Kettle Cove is the sort of scenery I dream of when I'm thinking about my happy place in a yoga class. Feel the warm sun, dip your toes in the water, and enjoy the picturesque views around you. Before you go, I recommend grabbing an ice cream at the nearby ice cream shop, Kettle Cove Creamery & Shack.
Kettle Cove Creamery & Shack
As we headed over to the beach, we had to make a quick stop for an ice cream cone. The creamery makes all their flavors in-house and carries a long list of options. I had a hard time choosing what kind to order, but in the end chose Cookies and Cream and Chocolate Raspberry (pictured below). The Cookies and Cream tasted exactly like the inside of an Oreo, AKA the best part!
The Kettle Cove Creamery has a cute ice cream mural for photo ops!
Kettle Cove Beach
Although Kettle Cove is a smaller rockier beach, it has plenty of grassy lawn to lay out a blanket or a chair. This would be an ideal place to watch the sunset or lay in the sun and read a book. Or if your like me, and like to explore rather than sit still, the area has a network of trails to walk through. You can expect to venture through some wetlands, bridges, and see some more ocean views from a different perspective.
When we visited on a warm week night, couples, families, and friends were dotted upon the lawn, swimming in the cove, or trekking through the nearby trails. This visit we explored the cove for the first time, but next time I'm back I hope to jump into the water or relax and wait for the sun to sink below the horizon.
Where is your favorite spot to visit on a summer evening? Don't be shy to drop a comment if you have any recommendations!