If your dog loves a good romp on a sandy beach, visit South Portland’s Willard Beach neighborhood! About 13 miles from Gorham, this area’s namesake beach is pawpular among local and visiting pooches and their people. Dogs under voice control are welcome off-leash at this woofderful shoreline anytime in the winter. In the summer, pets are welcome between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Willard Beach is a fun place for socializing, and perfect for games of fetch. Watching your dog swim in the ocean and play in the sand is a furrific way to start and end a beautiful summer’s day.