One of my favorite things about living in Boston (or in my case just outside of Boston) is being so close to tons of adorable coastal towns. There are so many I have yet to visit, but I’m glad I was able to check Ogunquit, Maine off my list. Ogunquit, which means “Beautiful place by the sea” is the perfect destination for a weekend trip!
As soon as we pulled into the town, I could see where Ogunquit had gotten it’s name from. In the distance I could see the crystal clear blue water and we were lucky enough to be visiting on the perfect 85 degree summer day!
As always, I like to break these posts up by “Things We Did” and “Food” and this post will follow that general format as well. Since we only stayed for a day the “things we did” section is small, but I’ll include other things that seem popular as well.
Things We Did:
- Marginal Way is a 1.7 mile walk that provides stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s great because there are areas where the rocks aren’t as sharp and you can easily walk down and dip your toes in the Ocean. But, be warned! The water is cold!!! Even though we visited July 4th weekend and it was over 85 degrees, the water was still ice cold.
- Nubble Lighthouse Cruise. Nubble Light is a lighthouse located in York, ME. It is located on a small island right off the coast and the best views are via boat. There are a few companies that offer lobster boat trips and a variety of scenic boat rides. One of the most popular companies is Finestkind. I really enjoyed the boat ride. It was about 1.5 hours, they offered a cash bar on the boat, and it was a very peaceful way to spend a hot summer afternoon.
- Walk around Perkins Cove. Perkins Cove is at the end of Marginal Way and many restaurants are located in this area! There are also quite a few boutique stores and art galleries, but we didn’t stop in at any of them (so surprising!!)
The Ogunquit Playhouse, Museum of Art and Rachel Carlson Wildlife Refuge are also popular according to my Google searches prior to our visit, but since we were only there for a day we didn’t have time!
Food, Food, Food:
- Barnacle Billy’s: This is a popular spot that showed up on on many lists as a must stop for a trip to Ogunquit. The lobster roll cost about 21 dollars, had mayo, and was served on a lightly toasted bun with a side of crinkle potato chips. They also have a really nice outdoor deck that provides a nice view of the boats coming in and out of the harbor. We enjoyed this roll and would recommend it to visitors!
- Foot Bridge Lobster: OUR FAVORITE! You get so much for your money from this spot. We paid about 18 dollars and were served a bun was piled high with lobster meat! They offer both the traditional mayo or butter roll. We opted for a butter roll and it DID NOT disappoint. One of my favorite things about this spot is that it is just a walk up window, no frills spot and the food really spoke for itself! Do yourself a favor and get a buttah lobstah roll right away, you won’t be sorry you did!
- MC Perkins Cove Restaurant: When the accolades boast not one but two James Beard winning chefs, you know the Davis’s will be visiting! We came here for lunch. The inside decor is gorgeous. There are beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and I can just imagine how gorgeous the view is during sunset! We started with half a dozen oysters and for my entree I had the fish tacos and Scott had a lobster roll with fries. The oysters tasted fresh and were served with mignonette and a red onion tabasco sauce. The fish tacos were also really yummy. Flaky, crusted fish served with red cabbage, jalapeños and a spicy cream sauce. The lobster roll was a traditional mayo roll served with a cauldron of piping hot fries. I would also like to mention how nice all the waitstaff were! I love eating at restaurants that provides the perfect combination of gorgeous decor/views, yummy food, and attentive servers!
- That Room: This is another restaurant that was recommended by multiple sites when I was doing research on Ogunquit. We really enjoyed our meal here as well and the entrees were reasonably priced, but I did feel that the drinks were a bit pricy. I had the appetizer sautéed pei mussels as my entree and Scott enjoyed yet another lobster roll. The mussels came piled high in a delicious tomato white wine sauce. Scott felt his lobster roll (mayo style) was good, but nothing compared to the delicious one we had at Foot bridge.
Maine is my happy place. With a plethora of coastal towns with delicious food and gorgeous scenery, this probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone!