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'Social distancing' in the Kennebunks

Still need to get out and about but keep your "social distance"? The Kennebunks have some great outdoor options -- and some new, temporary fixes. With spring on the way, it can do us all good to step out for a breath of fresh air:

  • •  Dr. Meghan is hosting wellness experts from Riverbend Wellness Center in Arundel and other communities to bring essential wellness right to your home. The Virtual Wellness Project has designed home wellness packages ranging from retreats and courses to date nights and kids programs! In addition to those programs wellness practitioners from all over the world, join Riverbend Wellness Center's practitioners to bring free content every week. Follow along here.

The Daily Sweat has closed its doors temporarily but has moved online! "You'll still get to hear our voices and rock out to Mary J Blige with us!" says owner Tiffany. All live stream classes will be added to their website for members. "In times like this, it's easy to panic but i invite you to stay calm and take deep breaths with me!"

• How about a beach workout? Get Out There Fitness  offers workouts rotating among Kennebunk/port locations. Their workouts will keep folks at least 10 feet apart per the recommended "social distancing"!

Quest Fitness will continue to offer Live Online classes as well as a comprehensive library of fitness classes for you to follow with our Quest instructors."In these unprecedented times, we believe regular exercise is more important than ever to help you maintain your physical and mental health."

• Stuck at home and feeling lethargic? Want to get some stress out? We know exercise is one of the best things you can do for your immune system, stress, and overall health.Spurling Fitness is delivering virtual fitness and nutrition coaching to current clients, bringing our coaches right into their living room every single day, and doing 1:1 and small group virtual coaching. For the general public, (we know everyone in the community would benefit from a little movement) they put together this page with at-home workouts you (and the kids) can do from the comfort of your own home. They are perfect for any fitness level, so no worries there.They'll add a few more for variety as this chaos runs its course.

• Take a walk or ride along Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport

• Enjoy the grounds and walking paths at the Franciscan Monastery

• Ditto that, but over the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. (use 55 Skinner Mill Road on your GPS.) The property is open 7 a.m. to sunset, every day, so that visitors can take advantage of fresh air, wide open spaces, diverse habitats, beautiful landscapes, and seven miles of trails. They even have some guided walks still on the schdule! Visitor Center currently closed. For more information and updates, call (207) 646-1555. 

• The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust has 25 miles of beautiful, marked trails, while the Kennebunk Land Trust has multiple properties across town with varied terrain and interest.

• Hope Woods offers a variety of trails in downtonw Kennebunk for a quick jaunt into nature

• Have you ventured out on the new Welch Woods trail in Arundel, off River Road, the first project by the Arundel Conservation Trust? Welch Woods is a beautiful, gentle half-mile loop through a peaceful forest with lovely ferns along the way. Trail crosses a small brook and leads to a clearing by the shore of the Kennebunk River. Rest a while on one of the benches built by the local Scout troop. Enjoy the serenity of the tidal marsh, and the gentle flow of the river. The perfect place for a picnic and some relaxation. Small off-road parking located just east of 227 River Road, Arundel.

• The Eastern Trail is another great option for biking and running. The Eastern Trail, a 65-mile section of the East Coast Greenway stretching from Kittery to South Portland, has two entrances: Kennebunk Elementary School off Alewive Road, and Limerick Road in Arundel. The trail is perfect for walking and cycling as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trail, which is approximately 10 feet wide, is also dog-friendly.

• The Bridle Path in Kennebunk is a flat dirt path about two miles long that parallels the Mousam River and the marshes in Kennebunk. This is an excellent ride for beginners and families. Park at Sea Road School on Sea Road for access, or acess the path on Route 9 by the Mousam River..

• Want to take the plunge? Bill over at the Harbor Inn in Kennebunkport has been leadng ocean group "swims" complete with breathing sessions and cold-water plunges at Colony Beach with locals. Times and days vary according to participants. For information, email innkeeper@harborinnkennebunkport.com

• Take a walk and learn a little about Kennebunk history along the way. Kennebunk's Museum in the Streets includes a series of 25 panels that makes up the tour, with rare photographs, documents and records of Kennebunk's history. They invite people to discover our unique story at their own pace, over the course of an afternoon, or several return visits. 

 

Other options around town

• Download a new book from Kennebunk Free Library or Graves Library in Kennebunkport. Free wifi is available in the parking lot outside Kennebunk Free Library.

•  Visit our community's Little Libraries, which are private self-serve collections of books for all ages. There's one outside River Tree Arts, one located up the road on Chase Hill in Lower Village, and one tucked around the corner from Old Salt's in Dock Square.

•  Raptor Falls Mini Golf in Arundel will re-open in May with new sanitizing measures in place.