The Magic of
Coastal Ogunquit, Maine
historic little southern Maine village will charm you with the Marginal
walking path, the quaint Perkins Cove area, and its beaches, dining,
shops and lodging
Whether you are looking for the perfect Sunday drive, or that kick back and relax for a few days type of vacation,
is patiently awaiting
your arrival. Located on Route 1, this historic little village along
coast of Maine has much to offer. A leisurely
trip can be a spur of
the moment idea that easily fits into your weekend. Call one of your
friends and suggest a drive to Ogunquit. Surprise your wife with a
mystery ride. Allow her to browse through the many quaint shops before
treating her to a seafood dinner at Barnacle Billy's in Perkins Cove.
the most popular attractions in Ogunquit is the infamous Marginal Way.
Have your camera ready! This scenic footpath, that dips and turns and
juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, has an absolutely breathtaking view.
Walk along this rustic trail that runs parallel with the main road.
a gentle breeze as it ruffles your hair and gently touches your face.
Breathe deeply and enjoy the smell of the salty air. When the tide is
low, tiptoe gingerly across the lower ledges and rocky masses that have
been formed by the forces of nature. Take lots of photographs of the
brightly colored flowers, the bittersweet that grows wild,the sprawling
lawn of the Anchorage Hotel and the magnificent homes that are set back
behind weathered fences.
favorite area in this picturesque village chock full of great
restaurants, charming shops, spectacular scenery, great entertainment
and clean beaches, is Perkins Cove. I personally recommend the
following places. A visit to The Christmas Dove is always delightful.
Open April through December, you will find such collectibles as
Department 56 and Annalee Dolls. Mountain Tops is the largest T-shirt
store in Ogunquit. The Brass Carousel features a collection of fine
jewelry, stained glass, rare gifts, and items made of foreign and
domestic brass. A day at Perkins Cove, for me, has to include lunch at
The Hurricane. Open year round, this restaurant, noted for its
outstanding chowder, is the perfect setting for a romantic meal. My
husband and I salvaged a stormy weekend away, by stopping there for
lunch. While feasting on scrumptious lobster salads, warm rolls, and
sipping a fine Merlot wine, we dined in an elegant setting in front of
a wall of glass facing the ocean. The giant whitecaps crashed angrily
over jagged rocks, the spray flying high into the air from the gusty
wind, and pounded onto the sand. Each wave seemed to grow closer as we
sat in awe, witnessing the power of the sea.
other great places to dine in Ogunquit include Jackie's Too, The
Ogunquit Lobster Pound, Charlie's, and
Maxwell's, located in the center of town, not only has good food, it
has nightly entertainment. I love the Karaoke nights there! It is
always fun to join in and sing when you can be anonymous. All of these
places are within walking distances and are also on or near a trolley
stop. The Trolley runs from mid-April through Columbus Day.
Ogunquit has three miles of
white sandy beaches for those of you who like to smear on the sun
block,carry beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, hats, or a favorite book
and spend time at the seashore. I enjoy taking a stroll after the sun
goes down and watching the families, who have spent the day there, as
they gather their children together and collect the sand pails, shovels
and seashells that are scattered around them.
are entertaining thoughts of a long weekend or any time during the
summer months, you should decide where you would like to stay and book
your trip well in advance. Summers are fun and relaxing in this
old-world spot by the sea. You will find a wide variety of places to
choose from. Whether you like a modest bed and breakfast, a quiet
little inn, or a more upscale resort, lodging that suits your taste and
budget should not be difficult to find. The Colonial Village, a stone's
throw from Wells, is an appealing choice. This attractive resort,
within walking distance from the center of town, offers several
vacation options, and features an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, and
an outdoor pool as well. The Meadowmere, another one of my personal
favorites, has indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, and offers package
plans that include meals.
Ogunquit is a short drive to Freeport, Portsmouth, and Kennebunkport, if you wish to venture further. I often stop in Kittery to shop the outlets on my way home. There is so much to see and do. I cannot possibly tell you about all of it. However, I can suggest you log on to an informative website I found, www.ogunquit.com http://www.ogunquit.com. From the restaurants and shopping to the beaches and deep-sea fishing, Ogunquit is waiting to welcome you.
For more of Lina's writings, be sure to visit her web site at My Web World.
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