Stories from Ogunquit

My recent trip to Ogunquit was absolutely phenomenal. I have visited Ogunquit every year for the past 25 years. I love the ocean, the people, the lobster, the great restaurants and most of all, Marginal Way and Perkins Cove.

Imagine watching the sun rise over the Atlantic, with only sand and water between you and the horizon: another day begins here in Ogunquit, Maine. The Dunes on the Waterfront is just across the tidal river from Ogunquit Beach on twelve quiet, secluded acres selected by our founders in the 1930s. You’ll notice that most of our land is undeveloped, so our Ogunquit cottages and hotel-style guest rooms can be spaced comfortably apart. Spectacular ocean views can be taken in from practically anywhere.

My trip started at the Dunes on the Waterfront where the people are friendly including Katie Keene, the GM, whose hospitality is stellar. I had the pleasure of meeting Seth Zimmerman and was fascinated by his stories of working with the Rolling Stones along with Jimmy Miller, a record producer and musician.

The cottages are spectacular and are great for families. Ogunquit means beautiful place by the sea. Ogunquit is a town on Maine’s southern coast. Ogunquit Beach, a long, sandy peninsula with grassy dunes, lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ogunquit River. Nearby, Marginal Way is a cliff walk with coastal views, benches and a lighthouse. Musicals are staged at the Ogunquit Playhouse summer theater. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is known for its waterside sculptures and works by Maine-related artists.

In terms of restaurants, every trip starts with Barnacle Billy’s. The food is excellent and the view is stellar. My lobster sautee was delicious and the chef did all the heavy lifting. You should dine outside in order to enjoy the view.

In terms of shopping, Ogunquit is sprinkled with lovely shops. My favorite was Celtic on Main due to my Irish background with all 4 grandparents born in Ireland. The owners, Lisa and Percy and Theresa, were wonderful in helping me buy a claddagh ring. The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty).

The next store that you have to check out is Mim on a Whim. The owner, Mim Karlin greets you at the door and welcomes you to shop her wares. The shop is whimsical and has a variety of unique items including mugs with comical sayings.

And finally a store with a wonderful vibration, Art and Soul Gallery owned by Whitney. The shop is unique and I found a framed quote of my favorite saying, ” Everything is going to be all right ”

Now not every trip is perfect. For example, I walk into 2 banks and ask for my Canadian currency to be converted to American. Both ask me if I have an account with their respective bank. If I did, I wouldn’t be asking for American money. The answer was no account, no exchange. Where else should I expect to get this done?

And avoid the Van Ward Art Gallery. The owner is very suspicious and asked if I was there to sell him something. I said no, I was going to blog about your art gallery but now I will suggest you avoid it. Bad vibration.

Other places to avoid are The Crooked Pine Restaurant where I was yelled at for parking in their parking lot.

Avoid at all costs. Another restaurant to avoid is Food for Thought. I pulled into the restaurant parking lot and several of the spaces were blocked with orange cones. So some kid comes out and says I can’t park there since they are reserved. Reserved for who? Apparently for the patrons of the Air B N B. But there’s a parking lot 1/2 mile down the street. So if you want to walk to dinner, it’s the perfect place. Otherwise it’s to be avoided. Another bad vibration.

Finally why would you go to the beach and look at your cell phone?

Enjoy Ogunquit.

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