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Ogunquit, Maine - Beautiful Place by the Sea
The name Ogunquit, in the language of the Algonquin Indians, literally means Beautiful Place by The Sea, and we couldn't agree more. Between the miles of sandy beaches and scenic oceanside shopping and dining, Ogunquit is consistently ranked as one of the best vacation spots on the Southern Maine Coast. Getting around Ogunquit in season is tremendously easy using their efficient Trolley system an enjoyable way to see the area in style and open air let the trolley take you to your destination. The Trolley makes frequent stops in downtown Ogunquit's best restaurants, local hotspots and hotels, for your convenience just listen for the sound of the bell!
One of the biggest draws to this vacation hotspot is Ogunquit Beach. The 3.5 mile white sandy beach is ideal for all sorts of fun in the sun. The soft sand and gentle surf make this beach popular amongst families, perfect for building sand castles, flying a kite, splashing in the waves, collecting sea shells or playing catch. It has also been ranked as one of the prettiest 3.5 miles of beach in the country and is on the list of Top 25 Beaches in the US on TripAdvisor. The middle section of Ogunquit Beach is known as Footbridge Beach, because it is accessed by a footbridge that crosses over the Ogunquit River. Lifeguards are on duty in season, and the end of the beach provides ample parking for a small fee, public restrooms, gift shops, a snack bar and restaurants. At the southern end of Ogunquit Beach, the Ogunquit River flows into the ocean by the beach, this makes for a great fresh water spot to float down on an inner tube or raft on a warm summer day.
Some of the best restaurants on the Southern Maine Coast are located in Ogunquit. The best chefs in New England travel to Maine because of its fresh and delicious local ingredients. Restaurants like Arrows, 98 Provence, Angelinas, Bintliffs and Five O Shore Road are very popular. Seafood is caught daily, delivered straight to the restaurant and put on the menu that night. Ogunquit is home to several famous lobster pounds, fun for the whole family if you are looking for a real Maine treat. Locally-made ice cream shops line route 1 all the way in to town. Fancier restaurants are ideal for couples looking for a romantic atmosphere and unique cuisine.
Ogunquit is also home to Perkins Cove, a small turn of the century fishing village that draws great crowds every summer. Perkins Cove is full of boutique shopping and delicious restaurants that serve up locally caught fresh seafood. If you are looking to explore the sea, Perkins Cove is an ideal locale to do so. Many of the boats in the harbor are actively working fishing and lobstering boats that also offer tours for a one of a kind, hands-on experience. Other boat tours, like the Ugly Anne and Bunny Clark charter party cruises or deep-sea fishing trips. The Finest Kind offers scenic lobster, lighthouse and cocktail cruises that provide unforgettable memories and incredible views for the whole family to enjoy. Perkins Cove is home to a working hand-operated footbridge and visitors may have the chance to draw it up if a tall ship is passing by. Don't forget to stop in the local candy shop, famous for its fresh, locally made salt-water taffy.
Ogunquit has been referred to as the most walk-able community in Maine, so a car is not a necessity. Aside from the long, flat beaches that are great for strolling along, visitors can also trek along the famous Marginal Way. The Marginal Way is a 1.25 coastal walking path that connects the center of Ogunquit to Perkins Cove. This easy walk with little hills wraps along the scenic coastline, providing beautiful views of the beaches, ocean and harbor. There are many benches along the path, perfect for stopping to enjoy the cool sea air, reading a book, taking pictures or even painting the scenery. The center of Ogunquit is bustling in the summer time, with tourists shopping in boutiques and gift stores, sampling homemade fudge and chocolate at the candy stores, enjoying ice cream or dining at one of many local restaurants. The flat-ness of Ogunquit makes it ideal for active visitors looking to enjoy the outdoors. Walking, running and biking are all popular in the area. Speed limits are low and shoulder lanes are wide to accommodate these activities. The Ogunquit River flows 9 miles long and is a great kayaking spot. There are local rentals and tours for all levels from beginning to expert kayakers.
In season, Ogunquit is a hotspot for lively nightlife and entertainment. Local restaurants and bars offer live music, comedy shows and other entertainment. Summer evenings, Ogunquit nightlife turns up at places like Jonathan's, The Front Porch Piano Bar and Maine Street with live music and dancing. Ogunquit is also home to a large artistic community. Originally flourishing as an artist colony at the turn of the century, that tradition has continued with a wide array of galleries, and shops and boutiques that feature the work of local Maine artisans like fashion designers and jewelers. Don't miss the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the most beautiful small museum in the world. The famous Ogunquit Playhouse, which started its life as a renovated garage in town square, has become known today as America's Foremost Summer Theatre, attracting Broadway actors like Sally Struthers, Carson Kressley and Andrea McArdle. It is a great way to enjoy a piece of Maine history while taking in Broadway-caliber productions. There are also children's matinees and family theatre for the enjoyment of younger visitors that often feature favorite Disney and storybook characters.
There is something to do in all seasons in Ogunquit! In the spring, join in on Ogunquit's famous Patriots Day weekend celebration, named the Best Show of Patriotism by Down East Magazine. This festive weekend includes historical re-enactments, concerts, children's games and crafts and local food and wine tastings. Summer is the best time to stay by the beach, relax in the sun and take in the annual 4th of July Fireworks display. In the fall, visit for OgunquitFest, a fun-filled weekend with fall-themed events including pumpkin carving, a haunted house, wagon rides and more! Winter brings Ogunquit's annual Christmas by the Sea celebration, with festive holiday activities like tree decorating, ice-skating, a visit from Santa, caroling and the town tree lighting.
Ogunquit has long been a magnet for artists. It first flourished as an art colony at the turn of the century, and that tradition continues today, with an abundance of galleries and one of the finest small museums in America, as well as plenty of shops and boutiques featuring the work of Maine artisans and national designers.
World-class entertainers perform at Ogunquit's renowned playhouse, and the night life in season is lively and cosmopolitan. Ogunquit offers a huge range of accommodations, and some of the best dining in New England.
There are also many great lodging options in Ogunquit, including large hotels and resorts and charming inns and bed and breakfasts. However you choose to spend your time in Ogunquit, it is a vacation that will not be forgotten. Once you visit, you'll find that it's no wonder why people come back every year to enjoy all that Ogunquit has to offer!