After returning home from out Route 66 adventure in May, we couldn’t wait to schedule a couple of camping trips with Lady T. This past weekend, we trekked up to Maine to camp at the Red Apple Campground in Arundel.
Anytime we visit Maine, our first stop is always the Kittery Trading Post. We bought a bag of the aromatic roasted pecans they sell and wandered around the store for a while. After leaving the trading post, we stopped at the supermarket and a dollar store, arriving at the campground at about 3 PM. Lady T started sputtering after only an hour on the road, so we were bummed out that the recent transmission flush and filter replacement didn’t fix the problem.
Red Apple is situated on 15 acres of well-manicured paved sites, most of which are home to permanent park models & travel trailers. There are also a handful of tent sites for some old school camping enjoyment.We were checked in by Dave, the owner of the property, who pleasantly & efficiently ran down the list of available amenities, such as unlimited free coffee & WIFI, and made several recommendations for things to do in town. Our site was very close to the recently renovated bathhouse and offered a fire pit nestled in between two small trees. We had plenty of space to set up our tandem chair & hammock, Jay’s favorite camping accessory! After releasing Lady T’s awning and connecting our new mini motorhome lights, we took our bikes for a ride around the campground. It’s not hard to see why Red Apple is rated a “10” for park appearance in the Good Sam RV Travel guide.
We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging & taking in the wonderful smells of the campfire & our neighbors grill. After dark, we made smores and relaxed with some music before heading to bed. Our plan for Saturday was to head into “town”, i.e. Kennebunkport, and rent scooters to cruise the coast. We didn’t bring a tow vehicle so this would be the only way we could get around.
Kennebunkport is a wealthy coastal town known for its geography, lobster rolls and of course, the Bush family summer compound.The epicenter of this bustling tourist area is Dock Square. Unfortunately, our plans were stalled when we discovered that the only scooter rental business in town no longer rented them and was now into sales only! Since we didn’t bring $1500 for a new scooter, we headed up to the office to ask if there was a shuttle or bus we could walk to. We were surprised to learn that Red Apple offered a free shuttle service for their customers to and from town!
We hitched a ride with Dave in his GMC Yukon Denali and arrived in Dock Square just before Noon. We spent the next four hours walking around Kennebunkport & neighboring Kennebunk, exploring the many shops & galleries. We ordered onion rings and fries at the famous Clam Shack and had dessert at the Ben & Jerry’s store. We attempted to catch the tour trolley, which stops at all the local beaches & the Bush compound, but the tours had been cut short due to a wedding. We called Dave when we were ready to go and he promptly picked us up and returned us to our camp site…what service!
The rest of the evening was spent hanging out by the campfire. After dark, I brought out my Flowlights, which are basically led glow sticks on paracord, and spun then around for a while. Several of the kids from the neighboring campsite and a few dads, too, came over to our site for the show.
The folks at the Red Apple Campground really impressed us so we will definitely be back. We also plan on returning to Kennebunkport by car so we can visit the beaches and maybe sneak a glimpse of the Bushes sunbathing 😉 Don’t forget to visit the blog for future posts on the bunk repair we will begin working on in August and our trip to Cape Cod in September!