Getaway to Ogunquit ME

For some reason, Memorial Day Weekend tends to sneak up on us every year here at EEW (maybe because we’re often still in polar fleece?!). While it may not be officially beach weather in New England, MMW is still a great opportunity to get away for a few days and at least pretend summer’s coming. We’ve given travel tips for getaways to Cape Cod; this year we’re all about crossing that other bridge – namely the Piscataqua – and offering the inside scoop on beautiful Ogunquit, ME!

First, some quick facts if you’ve never been:

  • Settled in 1641 by the Algonquin Native Americans, Ogunquit means “beautiful place by the sea” and was originally a village within the adjacent town of Wells.

  • Ogunquit is just shy of 80 miles away from Watertown Square; by car, you’re looking at about a 1 and ¾ hour drive with no traffic.

  • While there are lots of quant shops and restaurants in the town, Ogunquit also has one of the most well-known theaters in New England, the Oquinquit Playhouse, which consistently features an impressive (if not a bit of a throwback) crowd of well-known TV and movie actors!

Where to Stay

For a small town whose winter population drops well below 1200, Ogunquit is well-stocked with a vibrant mix of hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts to help accommodate its thousands of summer visitors. Ones with the most accommodations include Anchorage by the Sea and the Beachmere Inn, large resorts just steps from the water, along with the nearby Meadowmere Resort a few blocks away. Dozens of inns line the downtown and coastal roads, and of course there are countless AirBnBs and VRBOs; extend your search to nearby York and Wells if you get shut out.

What to Do  

There’s no shortage of great places to poke around, visit, eat and drink in Ogunquit; here’s our spin on a few favorites:  

  • Step onto Main Beach and you know why it’s consistently named one of the most beautiful beaches in America. The centerpiece of Ogunquit, Main Beach spans 3 and ½ miles of flat, pristine coastline with gorgeous coastal views. If a sunny May day tempts you toward the water, better bring your wetsuit – the water temps in May average well below 60 degrees! **INSIDER TIP: If it ends up being an actual beach day, avoid the crowds and walk well away from the beach entrance for a more peaceful experience – you’ll thank us later.
  • Like Main Beach, the Marginal Way is top on everyone’s list for good reason. Hugging the coastline just south of Main Beach and connecting to picturesque Perkins Cove, this mile-and-a-quarter-long cliff walk offers unparalleled ocean views and spectacular scenery. **INSIDER TIP: Plan your walk for low tide when you can climb down and do some beach combing!
  • If you’re a coffee lover, make sure to check out Backyard Coffeehouse and Eatery, tucked away in the Cumberland Farms parking lot downtown. **INSIDER TIP: As good as their coffee is, Backyard’s baked goods are not to be missed – don’t leave without trying one of their strawberry biscuits!
  • For healthier fare, head down Shore Road to Love Shack Juicery and treat yourself to one of their signature smoothies, bowls, or juices. Avoid the crowds and order online. **INSIDER TIP: take your food to the Adirondack chairs across the street and take some spectacular water views!
  • Rainy day? No problem – the Ogunquit Museum of Art is a great spot for killing a few hours indoors while enjoying spectacular views of the Atlantic. If the weather clears, start with a lobster roll at Footbridge Lobster in Perkins Cove, cross the drawbridge, and walk the quick ¼ mile to the museum.
  • As the sun sets, stop for cocktails and raw bar noshes at Brix and Brine, one of our favorite places to grab drinks and nibbles – dinner is great there, too!