When visiting this tiny beach village, there’s no better way to start the morning with a brisk walk along the Marginal Way leading you to the neighborhood of Perkins Cove. Or simply sleep in and wake up to the sweet sounds of the seagulls floating by on the breeze. No matter how you start your day, you’ll be in Ogunquit, Maine and that alone is reason enough to wake up happy.
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Brisk Walk: Depending where you’re staying you can access the Marginal Way from various locations. Starting in downtown Ogunquit and ending in Perkin’s Cover this path winds its way along the rocky coast providing pristine ocean views that go on for miles and miles. Take a rest at many of the benches placed along the path or hike down into the rocky walls to hidden pebble beaches for a little more secluded pause before breakfast.
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Eats: If you’ve come from the town center and have ended up in Perkin’s Cove – follow the one way street to the end – passing the lobster men coming in from their morning at sea, vendors preparing for the day, and others enjoying their morning stroll across the old fashioned wooden pulley bridge connecting both sides of the small harbor .
At the end of the one way road, you’ll find Breaking New Grounds. A locally owned coffee shop selling various coffees, teas, and delicious Bread & Roses Café (located in downtown Ogunquit). They’re also the only café in the town with beach front seats for their customers. A gorgeous indoor patio and lawn chairs for any customer wanting to appreciate the views, order up your coffee and croissant and relax before setting out to sail for the morning.
Sailing Tour: At 1130AM you’ll head out on the Silver Lining – a 42 foot Sparkman & Stephens sloop sailboat. Originally made for racing in 1939, the boat has had several loving families and with time had been worse for wear. Her most recent owner and captain of the Silver Lining restored her to the sailboat she is today and has been sailing out of Perkin’s Cove since 1983.
The tours last two hours and go along the southern coast before looping back to the cove.
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Lunch: Barnacle Billy’s is an Ogunquit tradition. A take-out style restaurant, this little hot-spot has a full menu of fresh seafood almost any way you like it. Seating inside and out, you’ll eat your lobster roll and a cup of clam chowder with gorgeous views of the lobster boats that brought in the catch. They also offer BBQ chicken, hamburgers, and salad amongst other finger licking options.
Walk: Walk back into town along Shore Road popping in and out of all the little shops – maybe buy some memorabilia to remember your beautiful Maine vacation.
Afternoon delight: People watching can only be made better with a glass of wine and a freshly made gelato sitting in the Italian style outdoor patio of Caffé Prego.
The Italian gem in the center of Ogunquit promises “food and coffee enthusiasts a truly enjoyable Italian Caffé experience.” Although having eaten a filling meal at Barnacle Billy’s – you may be tempted by the mouthwatering smells from the kitchen. Caffé Prego has a full menu of panini’s, thin crust brick oven pizzas, soups and bruschettas to only name a few things off their menu.
They also offer the perfect selection of homemade Italian pastries, gelatos, and sorbets made on site to go with a specialty coffee and tea.
Dip your toes: Pop over to Ogunquit Beach and take an afternoon stroll all the way to the Footbridge Beach footbridge. Not more than a parking lot on the other side, watch the kids go crabbing and if it’s low tide walk down the river back towards Ogunquit.
Or simply take a towel or beach chair and relax on the beach with friends, family or a good book.
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Dine: In the heart of Ogunquit, this family owned restaurant has indoor seating, a badass upstairs bar and an even better rooftop deck. Gypsy Sweetheart’s menu offers a wide range of delicious tapas, main dishes and dessert – seafood to meat to vegetarian. It’s definitely the place to be for the younger crowd on the weekends although the locals always drop in for a drink no matter the age.
Clear Skies: The beautiful thing about this little town are all the patios. If it’s a nice evening find yourself a seat with a view, a refreshing drink and sit back and relax. If you’re up for some show tunes head on over to The Front Porch – the traditional piano bar on Shore Road. Raise your glass, sing along if you know the lyrics, and even suggests some songs you’d like to hear.
As Ogunquit is the home the Ogunquit Playhouse – you may even see some local legends or passing stars venturing into town for a sing-song or a drink.
Rain Clouds: If the Maine weather leaves you with a rainy evening, check out the Leavitt Theatre! Opening with a new digital system for Summer 2014 thanks to Kickstarter and all the local love, this little one room theatre still has its wooden seats and quaint charm. Despite the uncomfortable seating it’s a must do on your visit to the village. It’s a local legend and in downtown. There’s no better way to end a beautiful day in Ogunquit than with a frozen yogurt from YOGT located in the Leavitt Theatre entrance before seeing one of the latest box office hits.
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Stay: Find beautiful rental homes at RENT OGUNQUIT and either stay beachside, in town, or a little more rural.
Breakfast: It’s always a good idea to start your day with a hearty breakfast. Go from traditional eggs and bacon or pancakes to a lobster eggs benedict. Their menu will have even the pickiest eaters ready to clear their plates and prepare for another fantastic day in Ogunquit.
The Wild Blueberry Cafe offers a selection of mouthwatering breakfast options with refills on those coffees to energize you for a day on the beach, surf lessons, and a night at the theatre.
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Day at the beach: When visiting Ogunquit one of the best things to do is pack a picnic and spend the day on the beach. When here on vacation you must sit back and relax, enjoy the sounds of nature, try to block out the sounds of screaming children and focus on happiness and the warmth of the sun.
Hang Ten: At both locally owned surf shops: Wheels N Waves and Liquid Dreams you can find great deals on surf board, SUP, body board, kayak and suit rentals as well as a store to make a purchase and take their great stuff home with you.
Rentals can be half or full day or if you’re new at suring take a lesson with one of the many qualified instructors at Liquid Dreams.
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Up the Marsh: If surfing isn’t on the agenda, rent a kayak and head over to the marshes that flow from Ogunquit Beach past the footbridge and into the Wells Harbor. It’ll take a few hours, but it’s worth the adventure and afternoon. Make sure you check the tide charts to have enough water in the marsh or else you’ll be walking and dragging the kayak more than paddling.
Dine: Eat an early dinner at Angelina’s Ristorante and be sure to make a reservation. This tiny little Italian restaurant is a hotspot in the town and for a good reason. Their menu offers authentic Italian cuisine with the perfect wine and beer selection to pair with your meal. Known for their big portions, good quality produce and overall affordable prices, Angelina’s is the perfect way to fill up before a night out.
It’s hard to give recommendations as everything is amazing on the menu. Make sure you all order something different and share. It’ll be worth it all even if it’s just a bite or two of each amazing meal.
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Show tunes and sing a longs: At the Ogunquit Playhouse shows run at 20:00 Tuesday through Friday and at 20:30 on Saturday – check out their schedule to see what is playing and when throughout the summer. Their casts always include a famous face changing season to season and are made up of incredibly talented actors that will leave you covered in goosebumps and singing all the way home.