2018 Wine Country Classic Boat Chapter’s Fall Trip to Naples, Maine
On September 13, 38 members of the Wine Country Classic Boats chapter took our yearly fall trip, Destination: Naples, Maine. The majority of the group stayed at the Bayview Cabins where Sherri and Steve Matte were great hosts. The rest of the group stayed at The Augustus Bove House just down the street from the cabins. The first night we had a welcome reception outside by the docks where we all provided food, drink and fun as people were just arriving for the trip. Our eight boats were launched at Moose Landing Marina and docked at the Bayview Cabins for the duration of our stay. A special thank you to Jason Allen who let us launch the boats and store the trailers at the marina.
Friday morning, we had our coffee and breakfast at the cabins, and around 10 AM we headed out for our cruise down the Songo River and lock toward Sebago Lake. We had lunch at Frye Island’s Frye’s Leap Café. After lunch, we took a leisurely cruise back to the cabins in Naples. To end the day, we had dinner at Gary’s Olde Towne Tavern.
Saturday, we departed the Bayview Cabins at 10:30 to meet up with The Songo River Queen, the famous waterfront tour boat. As we arrived at the town docks, Jon March from the local ACBS Chapter, Mountainview Woodies, and Brenda Leo from the Town of Naples greeted us. Jon and Captain Kent Uicker arranged for professional photographer Ed Mercer from the Bridgton Lakes Chamber to fly his aerial drone as our boats travelled “in company” of the grand Queen. Jon took our club member Sally Botelho aboard to PA announce our boats to the passengers as they circled the boat. After this excellent meetup, she was shuttled to the Razzle Dazzle and we honked farewell to the Queen, and started north on the 11-mile-Long Lake to Harrison for lunch at The Olde Mill Tavern. After lunch we headed back to Naples. The weekend was absolutely gorgeous, both venue and the weather.
Sunday, everyone was on their own. Many went boating and beaching their boats on the sandbar on Sebago Lake. Some of us went to Maine shopping in Freeport then to the Portland Headlight. And, of course, to the Lobster Shack Restaurant in Cape Elizabeth.
I especially want to thank Jon March, for helping Jack Young coordinate our trip to Naples which took over a year. He was so instrumental in getting members of the Mountain Woodies Chapter, local restaurants, accommodations, all the PR work that was done for us to have a memorable trip to Maine. He is a wonderful asset to the scenic and historic Naples area and its attractions. I also want to thank local MWCBC members Mike and Cheryl Harkin for helping us at the docks on Saturday and Kevin Cantwell and Kathy Conary for leading us to Harrison for lunch on Long Lake, all are such friendly ambassadors for the ACBS! And thank you to Brenda Leo from the Naples Info & Tourism Service, who helped tremendously getting pictures, and Dawn Debusk from the Bridgton News… who met up all at the Olde Mill and even rode back to Naples aboard one of the boats!
By: Patti Bandy
Pictures: Patti Bandy, Jon March and Brenda Leo
2018 Wine Country Classic Boats Fall Trip will be to Naples, Maine, September 13 through the 18
Our fall trip in September 2018, we will be boating on Long Lake, Brandy Pond, and Sebago Lake all connected by the Songo River.
Jack and I went to Maine the weekend of October 27th and checked out a few places on Brandy Pond and found the best one for our trip to keep everyone together and it is Bay View Cabins in Naples, Maine. Check out their website: www.bayviewcabins.com. They are really cute and very clean plus the docks are right there in front of the cabins.
Travel days will be the Thursday, September 13 and returning on Tuesday, September 18.
It is anticipated that we will visit a boat restoration shop on Sebago Lake. Naples, Maine is within 45 – 60 minutes of Portland. Shopping in Freeport is a short 45 minute drive. Freeport is home to LL Bean and many more retail shops. And if you want to extend your stay in Maine, there are so many beautiful towns on the coast and even meander through beautiful New Hampshire on your way home.
Please check back periodically to our website for updates as we get closer to next fall.
Hope that you can join us next September!
Check out some of the beauty of Brandy Pond, Naples, Maine, below.