Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ogunquit, Maine ♥


Sure, we all know about Bar Harbour, and Camden, and Kennebunkport,
but have any of you heard of Ogunquit, Maine?

I'll be honest: I hadn't until a blog follower of mine had written to me a few months back, attaching an article a friend had written about it, and asked if I would spread the word to all of you on the great lesser-known travel destination Ogunquit stands to be!

After reading this article, and peeking at a few pictures- in which I naturally became mesmerized- I couldn't resist but sharing with you what she had to say in the possibililty that it may intrigue you too to check it out someday! (It's already on my personal list of "places to see before I die"!)



"Whether you’re taking a daytrip or have an extended stay planned, Ogunquit offers a mix of experiences for every breed of vacationer. For the adventurous types, the natural beauty and outdoor-activity potential of Ogunquit are certain to get pulses racing. On the other hand, if you prefer a more relaxed vacation, the sightseer in you will have plenty to take in. You’ll rave about Ogunquit Beach and be stunned by the impossibly verdant landscapes that fill the town. To be certain, there’s much to see in Ogunquit, which was fittingly named by indigenous settlers: 'beautiful place by the sea.'"


"Because of Ogunquit’s waterways, the town was initially settled as a village in the mid-1600s. Shipbuilders created schooners, brigs and dories along the Ogunquit River, providing an important footnote in the town’s history. Today, the Ogunquit River, which once provided a livelihood to many people, is a popular attraction for visitors looking to experience the depth of history housed within the town’s limits."



"The town also features stunning views of the coastline along Marginal Way, which is a 1.25-mile trail that features cliffs for adventurers and connects to a downtown shopping area for those that prefer the thrill of buying local wares instead of heights. A plethora of benches along the route — as well as paved walkway — makes this an inviting stop for people of all ages to sit and observe the natural beauty of Ogunquit. Watch waves from the Atlantic Ocean crash into jutting rocks as you take in the many surrounding sights."


"If you’re looking to start planning your visit, you’ll be interested in a handful of other stops along Marginal Way. Perkins Cove, for example, has a long history within the town. Formerly the home of shipbuilders and fishermen, the body of water is now a favorite among sightseers and boating enthusiasts. Art galleries, shops and restaurants line the cove, and thus, provide plenty of entertainment for visitors."


"Perhaps one of the most noteworthy treasures in Ogunquit, however, is Ogunquit Beach. Being one of two municipally owned beaches in the state of Maine has its advantages, and it’s easy to see how this beach is a beneficiary. Entrance to the beach is limited, by design, in order to preserve its marvelous condition. Soft white sand covers every inch of the beach, giving it a feel similar to a resort island, but without the tropical climate. Extensive preservation efforts by the town have allowed the beach to maintain its picturesque appearance over the years. (Insider tip: Be aware that the sand all but disappears during high tide at the main beach area, so plan accordingly and walk slightly north to the Footbridge beach area for a bit more room and comfort.)"


"There’s no shortage of arts and culture in Ogunquit, either. To get a dose of American art, consider stopping by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Established in 1953 by Henry Strater, the museum now houses more than 1,600 pieces in its permanent collection. Many iconic American artists’ works are on display here, including those by renowned artist Jack Levine. Although the museum itself is small, it offers one of the few high-quality arts experience outside of a major metropolitan area."


"For a taste of theater, add a stop at the Ogunquit Playhouse to your itinerary. This Ogunquit mainstay features seasonal theater and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Multiple, short-running performances are usually held from opening day until the theater closes for the season. Famous actors and actresses have all performed at the theater, providing plenty of credibility for the esteemed program."

 


"For the hungry traveler, there’s no shortage of fine dining in Ogunquit, either. Restaurants serving fresh seafood and steaks litter the town. Whether you prefer surf or turf, you’ll find something to suit your pallet in one of the town’s many restaurants. The ever-important sweet tooth isn’t overlooked, either, as you’ll find plenty of places carrying a variety of sweet treats. No foodie with high expectations will be disappointed with their visit to Ogunquit. As rich as it is in history and sights, the town is equally wealthy in dining options."



"Accommodations are also lavish and easy to come by, as there are a number of eager Ogunquit hotels and motels ready to provide you with hospitable service. The lodging options available to visitors that are planning an extended stay are quite diverse and allow for a more robust vacation that can include trips to nearby towns and cities such as Portland or Wells. That opens a number of possibilities including outlet shopping in Kittery, exquisite dining in Portland and a number of other true-to-Maine options. The variety of the experiences that await you in Ogunquit and surrounding areas is unmatched. Start planning your visit today for an unforgettable escape."

Gazebo Inn Ogunquit

 Dramatic coastlines, a rich history and pulsating culture, delectable New England fare, and an array of hospitable accomodations... Ogunquit, Maine is a hidden gem just waiting for you to find.

I don't know about you, but my bags are packed!

23 comments:

  1. It looks stunning Erin, I wonder how it has remained a secret for so long?

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  2. Hi Erin - you would love Ogunquit....we've been there many times...many B & B's, great shopping and views. The beach is lovely. The drives and walks along Maine's coastline are amazing. My parents went there for many years in the Fall. Summer it is crazy like the Cape.
    Hugs...

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  3. Oh my!!!! We lived in seacoast of New Hampshire before moving to California. I know the area you have posted so well. When I was growing up Perkins Cove was where we would go, even a spur of the moment trip on a hot summer evening. This was my Mom's favorite place to be! Her last Mother's Day before she passed away was spent at Perkins Cove with the family.I so miss the Playhouse and Sally Struthers each summer. We have so may family memories of introducing my young children to the theater there with Annie and so many others.Thank you for all of the memories! Blessings~Sara

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  4. hi erin! ogunquit is one of my favorite places! teddy loves it there! i have been sending my old aunt, who is a nun in ireland, a box of candy from the fabulous candy shop on the main street for years and years. it is her most favorite gift. the place looks like something out of a movie. no better candy shop exists! i always go there in october, then you are mostly dealing with just the locals and everything is decorated for fall and wonderful! you have to go!!! joyce

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  5. Oh, you must go! We frequent there, I must say, on our weekend day trips to the Maine coast! Although, I am fond of York myself! ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Ogunquit looks like a beautiful place to visit! Thank you for sharing! Will you be visiting there soon?

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  7. Hello from Florida! My son and I were driving around the area of Ogunquit a few years ago and, and it absolutely beautiful and full of charm. A friend had recommended that I go there and to Perkins Cove, and I'm so glad she did. I truly hope to go back one day!

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  8. Count me in as another person who loves Ogunquit! I haven't been there in so long and this post makes me think another trip is in order. :)

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  9. great post, there are so many darling little towns to enjoy and appreciate in the region

    am travelling back to the land down under this week and enjoy visiting your blog from there for a little taste of home

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  10. Your photos are lovely! Greetings from Montreal, Canada. I went to Maine with my mother, aunt and cousin when I was just 9 years old. Old Orchard Beach, actually. It was beautiful. I have heard of Ogunquit but have never seen it.

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  11. Ogunquit is a wonderful town to visit. If you are a foodie, Arrows is considered on of the best restaurants in Maine. Karen

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  12. It was so good to read about Ogunquit! I haven't been there for many years, but have wonderful memories of it. I have a few beautiful pots I bought there back in the day - many fine potters,artists are in Ogunquit. I want to go back!
    Mary

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  13. what a stunning town! I cant wait to see Maine for myself. Such beautiful buildings and the beach...cant wait to see the ocean! Thanks for the tour :)

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  14. Ogunquit is a charming place. I have been many times and there's always something new to discover. The Marginal Way is such a pretty walk along the ocean and there are plenty of fine restaurants.

    I have posted about Ogunquit too if you would care to read it, here is the link:

    http://cafechatelaine.blogspot.com/2009/09/stop-in-ogunquit.html

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  15. Ogunquit is beautiful, you should definitely make the trip. Be sure to have lunch at Barnacle Billy's in Perkins Cove, where you can sit on the deck and watch the lobster boats come and go!

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  16. Hi Erin! You may not remember me as I have not kept up with my blog in quite a long time and as a result lost track of many of the blogs I used to enjoy, but I'm at that time in the summer when I am REALLY ready for fall and it made me realize I haven't read your blog in so long! It is as lovely and enchanting as ever! I went back and read all the posts I've missed. Oh the posts about your Christmas trip to CT with your boyfriend...the snowy photos made me swoon! And I love this post about Ogunquit! I know the area well! It is a favorite day trip of ours to drive up to Wells then work our way back down Rt. 1 in to Ogunquit, then York, then Kittery. We are only an hour away from Wells so this is a day trip we do often. Sometimes we will go a bit further up and start in Kennebunkport. I can't wait to read your posts about your upcoming trip to the Vineyard! And Marblehead in October!!! I'm only 2 towns away from M'head!!!

    Kristen :-)

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  17. Hi Erin! hello from Miami! I'm planning a trip to New England for this Oct, I'm so happy I found your blog! Beautiful pix! I will definitely visit Ogunquit, it's a charm!
    thank you!

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