Monday, November 14, 2011

An Off-Season Visit to Ogunquit, Maine

Visit Ogunquit, ME

Early November is a great time of year for a weekend getaway in New England.  This year, for the second time, we spent a couple of days in the lovely seaside town of Ogunquit, Maine.  At just 120 miles from Providence, Rhode Island and 75 miles from Boston, Massachusetts, Ogunquit is easily accessible by car for New Englanders.

The route from Providence, RI to Ogunquit, ME
An Easy Drive to Ogunquit, Maine

Off season, Ogunquit is a quiet little town with a quaint main street.  That makes it perfect for an afternoon stroll.

Main Street, Ogunquit, ME
A Quaint Main Street
Be aware that many of the town's hotels and restaurants close during the fall and winter, but you'll still have plenty of wonderful options.   We stayed at the Juniper Hill Inn, a well-priced, clean and friendly hotel located on Main Street, a short walk from the beach.  The staff at the hotel will be happy to help you select a restaurant for your dinner from among the many excellent options.

The Juniper Inn
The Juniper Hill Inn
Be sure to walk the Marginal Way, a cliff-walk that meanders along the rocky Maine coastline for a little over a mile.   The round-trip walk along the Marginal Way to and from our hotel was exactly three miles along an asphalt covered pathway.  It is an energizing way to start your day and the gorgeous views will delight.

The Marginal Way is a three mile walk.
The Marginal Way
If you are a fan of casual breakfast eateries you'll want to be sure to make time for breakfast at the Omelet Factory.  It is a small, bustling breakfast restaurant where the staff is friendly, the jelly is homemade, and the omelets are generous.  If there are seats free at the counter, choose them to get a bird's eye view of your breakfast being cooked while chatting with the cooks.

You can spend your afternoon shopping in the local boutiques and antique stores, or take a short drive to nearby York.  There you can visit the Stonewall Kitchen where you can shop and sample their specialty foods, eat in their wonderful cafe, or attend their cooking school where you get to eat what you cook.  Check out Stonewall Kitchen's calendar of cooking events.

Visit Stonewall Kitchen
Shopping at Stonewall Kitchen
If you are feeling adventurous, an hour drive will take you to Freeport where you can shop outlet stores until you drop.  Freeport's Main Street is lined with one store after another.   Among them, you'll find the flagship LL Bean store, a must not miss location when visiting Maine.

LL Bean's flagship store
The Flagship LL Bean Store
Even though fall is off season, there is plenty to do in Maine in November.  You'll find the accommodation prices to be reasonable, the food delicious, and the locals friendly and welcoming.    Do you need to get away this weekend?  Try a weekend in Maine.

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  1. Ah, Ogunquit! Hubby and I were just there in September and have been going there for over 25 years now. We've stayed at several places over the years, but for the last 5 we've been staying at The Beachmere Inn.

    Have you been to a shop called Spoiled Rotten on Beach Street? (I'm a little bit addicted. LOL) We always stock up at Stonewall Kitchen too.

    Lovely photos! Made me want to go back there right away!

  2. Mrs B, I'll have to check out both the Beachmere Inn and Spoiled Rotten. I'm sure i'll be going back. It really is a lovely getaway place.

  3. That looks beautiful! The Marginal Way, will have to check that out for next summer, thanks for sharing.


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