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.'"
"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.)"
"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."
|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!