Tuesday, June 24, 2014

One of my favorite places

Tonight I thought I would blog about one of my favorite places...Ogunquit, Maine.  I had never even heard of Ogunquit until my husband suggested we go there for our first wedding anniversary.  My husband's parents took him and his brother there for family vacations when they were kids. Well, I'm so glad he suggested it because I just love it there!  We have gone almost every year since 2003.  I love the ocean, the sea air, the rocky coastline and the lighthouses. I'm excited to make this OUR traditional family vacation spot and hope to make lots of wonderful memories for our kids!

Ogunquit is a small coastal town in Southern Maine on the Atlantic Ocean. It has both a beautiful beach and a georgous rocky coast line.  It has a charming main street with plenty of cute shops, restaurants and coffe shops.  It truly is a charming seaside town!

Some recommendations:
**Visit in September.  The hotel prices go down considerably after Labor day and the crowds have thinned out.  The weather is still nice so you can still hit the beach and most of the restuarants are still open (at least in early September).  We have stayed at many places and my favorites are The Beachmere Inn (right on the ocean with beautiful views and its own entrance to the Marginal Way) and The Scotch Hill Inn (lovely B&B with modern decor,  a beautiful front porch to people-watch and a delicious breakfast).  With young kids it's much easier to rent a house if you are staying more than a couple days (which is what we are doing this year).
**Take a cruise on the Finest Kind.  They have an evening cocktail cruise and an adorable lobstering cruise where you go and check the lobster traps.  It's a must for the kids and enjoyable for the adults too.  If nothing else, you get to see the beautiful Maine coastline and some amazing homes.
**Stop for lunch at Bob's Clam Shack in Kittery.  This place is an institution! And while you're in Kittery,  make sure you do some outlet shopping and check out the Kittery Trading Post.
**Head up to Freeport and visit LL Bean.  Even if you're not an LL Bean shopper, it's a super cool place to see.
**Have another lunch at Barnacle Billys....just a cool place with lots of pictures of the Bush family.  You can also head up to Kennebunkport and get a glimpse of the Bush family compound.
**Have breakfast at Amore Breakfast. But be forewarned, there will be a HUGE wait! Bring a book! It's worth the wait though.
**Take a walk (or jog) on the Marginal Way.  Enjoy the ocean and the beautiful flowers along the path. Lots of photo ops.
**Check out the Nubble lighthouse
**Relax and have an amazing time!

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