For many years my best friend Laura would tell me about this great little place that she and her husband Joe used to visit every year. It was not too far a drive from Long Island, just about 5 1/2 hours (assuming you don’t get stuck in any traffic). Finally one day my husband Steve and I took a drive up there to see what it was all about.
This “Beautiful Place by the Sea”, also known as “Ogunquit, Maine, is the first “beach community” as you get into Maine, just about a 1/2 hour from the New Hampshire State Line.
It’s a quaint little village, with the main road lined with shops, hotels, bed and breakfasts and restaurants. In the summer time the town is bustling with tourists there to walk along “Marginal Way”, a scenic walk along the coast from “Perkins Cove” (a fishing area that also accommodates tourists with yummy restaurants, lobster roll shacks, ice cream, shops and art galleries near by.
Our favorite place to stay is the Gazebo Inn B&B:
- They are located right on Main Street, not too far from town and almost across from our favorite lobster restaurant, the Lobster Pound (they boil the lobster in sea water – it’s amazing).
- Scott who owns, and Peter who manages the Gazebo Inn are wonderful. They run their B&B like a mini resort.
- Within this restored 1847 farmhouse the rooms range from smaller rooms to Barn Suites with more amenities than you would imagine for a B&B. All have private bathrooms en suite, and all are beautifully decorated.
- For breakfast instead of sitting at a communal table that normally deters people away from B&B’s you can sit anywhere you want! The breakfast, oh my, a buffet pretty much made fresh for every few guests. And let me tell you, their scones, and the spinach and eggs breakfast are to die for.
- They have a beautiful pool, a hot tub, and spa services can arranged and serviced in their on property spa treatment room.
- There is a great room that you can hang out in, and they offer beer, wine, etc., available for purchase on the honesty system. There’s also a selection of DVD’s that you can bring to watch in your room.
- They also offer dinner/car service packages if you desire a special night out to celebrate an occasion, or you just don’t want to drive.
- The have 3 additional properties, one being pet friendly a just a few doors down from the Gazebo Inn so you do have options if they are booked up.
From Ogunquit you can do many day trips:
- If you drive about 20 or so minutes North you’ll reach Kennebunkport, a cute little town where President George and Barbara Bush have a home along the water. There is a great Train and Trolley car museum, and they had a subway car from the 2000 Mets/Yankees World Series went we went, that we found by accident when we were in a spot we shouldn’t have been… (shhh).
- About 40 minutes away is Freeport, home of LL Bean. And did you know there is a Desert in Maine? Be sure to look it up and take a tour while there.
- 1 hour or so from Ogunquit is Portland. A wonderful place for shopping, sightseeing and foodies. Be sure to try some lobster or seafood stew and some Whoopie Pies, and don’t miss a visit to Portland Head Lighthouse, so beautiful and very scenic.
- If you drive about 20 minutes south to Kittery (and you can also stop here on the way into Ogunquit), you must have clam strips at Bob’s Clam Hut, or do some shopping at the outlet stores. It’s also nice down time on a rainy day.
Needless to say with all it’s charm and beauty Ogunquit has been our annual place to visit every year for quite some time now (because my husband is addicted so much to the lobster up there that he won’t eat it anywhere else).
So be sure to add this to your list of places to visit. And if you plan on staying at the Gazebo Inn book early as they do book up pretty quick, especially in the summer months.
Cover photo courtesy of Gazebo Inn.