We always wanted to visit Maine. It was on the bucket list so we included a 2 day stop to Ogunquit Maine during our recent East coast driving trip. Ogunquit is right out of a Norman Rockwell painting and the epitome of the New England summer resort town.
The perfect long weekend vacation spot, Ogunquit offers plenty to do, great restaurants, excellent accommodations, and the beauty of being right on the beach and ocean. It was definitely a great place to relax after our long drive from Wisconsin.
To get your planning started, here are a few of the things to do, spots to eat at, and places to stay during your visit to Ogunquit.
We boarded the 44-foot Finestkind III for our 50 minutes lobstering trip out of Perkins Cove. Our crew from Finestkind Scenic Tours said that you never know what will be caught in the lobster traps when they’re pulled up. Lobster, crab, and different sea creatures were pulled up during our trip. The lobstermen was a great tour guide and it was interesting to learn how it has become one of the biggest industries in Maine. The tour of the beautiful coastline alone was worth the price.
I’m ready for lunch! These lobsters were just a few of the total haul pulled up during our tour.
Perkins Cove has got to be one of the most quaint little villages on the East coast. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, lobster boat tours, and deep sea fishing tours to choose from.
You can visit Perkins Cove by car, take the trolley from downtown Ogunquit, or walk to The Cove by using the Marginal Way. Make sure you take a few pictures on top of the drawbridge that stretches across Perkins Cove.
The Marginal Way is a great place to take a stroll and check out the beauty of the rugged Maine coastline. The 1-1/4 mile long walk winds from Ogunquit beach all the way to Perkins Cove.
There is little climbing involved so the walk can be completed by just about everyone. There are plenty of benches to take a break and view the beauty of the water.
We walked to Perkins Cove and jumped on the trolley for the trip back to our hotel.
We walked the beach early in the morning when the tide was lowest. The beach was very clean and plenty of room to lay out our tent and enjoy our picnic lunch.
With the endless breeze, we got our kite out and took turns flying it around. The water was cold but that didn’t stop a few surfers from riding the waves into the beach.
There’s nothing like the sound of the surf, seagulls, and putting your toes in the sand.
After doing our research, we decided to stay at the Anchorage By The Sea. With a commanding view of Ogunquit Beach, Anchorage By The Sea features heated pools and whirlpools, restaurants, bars, and direct access to the Marginal Way.
There are many room options available from 1 to 6 people. This was the perfect place to relax for a long weekend.
Anchorage By The Sea seems to be a throwback to an earlier era.
We had a great view of Ogunquit beach. It was fun watching the tide go in and out each day.
I needed my lobster fix and Barnicle Billy’s was the perfect spot for lunch before our lobster boat tour. This place has been in business for over 58 years and has been known for its luxury lobster, steamed clams, large lusty drinks, barbecued chicken, homemade clam chowder, and of course, the lobster roll and lobster stew.
Everything on the menu was fresh and delicious. You can pick your own lobster if you want to. Check out the menu and find something tasty to eat.
I ordered the 1-1/4 pound lobster.
Located in the heart of Ogunquit, the Rose Cove Restaurant was cozy with the heated tables and a great view of downtown Ogunquit. I ordered the sampler platter that came with lobster, oysters, fresh fish and clams.
It was excellent. Their lobster rolls and clam chowder were excellent too. Don’t forget to sample some of the free fudge when you leave. Definitely a nice touch.
The fire pit kept us nice and warm.
The sampler plate was easily enough for 2 people.
Ogunquit is one of the most quaint towns to visit on the East coast. We can’t wait to go back there in the fall when the leaves are changing.
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David Kluge is the founder of the Global Travel Boss blog. He loves helping Empty Nesters & Midlife Adventurers create more freedom, travel more, travel smarter, explore destinations, and for less money. He is a travel activist, small business advisor, avid Green Bay Packer fan, and has a Caribbean soul he can barely control.
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