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Ogunquit, Maine
—  Town  —
Beachmere Inn
Motto: "Beautiful place by the sea."
Ogunquit, Maine is located in Maine
Ogunquit, Maine
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 43°15′1″N 70°35′54″W / 43.25028°N 70.59833°W / 43.25028; -70.59833
Country United States
State Maine
County York
Incorporated 1980
Area
 - Total 4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
 - Land 4.1 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 141 ft (43 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,226
 Density 299.0/sq mi (115.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03907
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-54980
GNIS feature ID 0582646
Website www.townofogunquit.org

Ogunquit, pronounced "o-GUHN-kwit", is a town in York County, Maine, United States. As of the 2000 census its population was 1,226. The popularity of the town as a summer resort is epitomized by its motto, "Beautiful Place by the Sea."

Ogunquit is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Perkins Cove from Marginal Way in c. 1920

Ogunquit, which meant "coastal lagoon" to native Abenaki Indians, was first a village within Wells, which was settled in 1641. The first sawmill here was established in 1686, and shipbuilding developed along the tidal Ogunquit River. Besides constructing schooners and brigs, local shipwrights built the famous "Ogunquit dory."

At what was then called Fish Cove, near the unnavigable Josias River, fishing was a major livelihood. But the cove was unprotected by a headland or breakwater from Atlantic storms, so fishermen had to protect their boats by hauling them ashore each night. Resolving to create a safe anchorage, they formed the Fish Cove Harbor Association, and dug a channel across land they purchased to connect Fish Cove with the Josias River. When the trench was complete, in roared the ocean, its erosion helping to further widen the passage. The resulting tidewater basin would be called Perkins Cove, across which spans a manually-operated draw footbridge, possibly one of the most photographed objects in Maine. With a 3 and a half mile beach of pale sand and dunes forming a barrier peninsula, connected to the mainland in 1888 by bridge across the Ogunquit River, the weatherbeaten old village was discovered by artists. It became a popular art colony and tourist area. Particularly after 1898, when the Ogunquit Art Colony was established, it was not unusual to see artists and fishermen plying their respective trades around Perkins Cove. To accommodate summer crowds, several grand seaside hotels and inns were built. Ogunquit is also known for its historical trail known as Marginal Way, which stretches approximately one and one-half miles along the craggy coastline. The walk is scenic, embracing the coast from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach [1]. Today, Ogunquit remains a vibrant seasonal resort town, having separated from Wells in 1980. Visitors often arrive from great distances and in great numbers, some from Canada.

LGBT destination

Over the past 100 years, Ogunquit has become a destination for LGBT tourists, and features numerous LGBT-owned and -operated hotels, restaurants, bars, theaters, and other businesses. Most of the LGBT-oriented businesses are in the Village area of the town.[2]

Education

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District provides education for students of all ages in the coastal southern Maine towns of Wells and Ogunquit.

Geography

The Ogunquit River at high tide in August 2006
The Ogunquit River at low tide that same month. Ogunquit's beach nearly disappears at high tide.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.1 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (4.43%) is water. Ogunquit is drained by the Josias River and Ogunquit River.

Ogunquit’s Marginal Way,[2] a one and a quarter mile long trail with views of the coast, is neatly paved and the treacherous cliffs are, in places, fenced. The path leads from the downtown shopping area to the fishing village in Perkins Cove, now an outdoor mall of jewelry, clothing and candle boutiques.

Demographics

The Cliff House in c. 1920

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,226 people, 668 households, and 346 families residing in the town. The population density was 299.0 people per square mile (115.5/km²). There were 2,114 housing units at an average density of 515.6/sq mi (199.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.53% White, 0.49% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 668 households out of which 10.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.2% were non-families. 39.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.84 and the average family size was 2.41.

Perkins Cove Road in c. 1920

In the town the population was spread out with 10.4% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 37.1% from 45 to 64, and 30.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55 years. For every 100 females there were 109.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $47,727, and the median income for a family was $56,731. Males had a median income of $44,583 versus $31,528 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,289. About 1.2% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Trivia

  • Part of Stephen King's The Stand, published in 1978, is set in Ogunquit.
  • No Major League Baseball players have been born in Ogunquit, but one died there: pitcher Bobby Coombs. (d. October 21, 1991)
  • The famous radio, stage and movie actor, and husband of Mary-Leigh Call Smart, J. Scott Smart, moved to Ogunquit in 1947 and lived for some years in one of the Perkins Cove fishing cabins where he worked to develop his fine art skills.[citation needed]

Ogunquit was also a summer hideaway and haven for actors like Sally Struthers, Montgomery Clift, Bette Davis and Gary Merrill.[citation needed] Comedienne Totie Fields also had a summer home in Ogunquit; it is now The Admiral's Inn on Route 1.[citation needed]

Ogunquit Beach in c. 1910

Cultural sites & museums

Notable residents

Images

References

  1. ^ "Marginal Way". Accessed online 22 March 2008
  2. ^ [1]. Gay Ogunquit. Accessed online 17 July 2008.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links

Coordinates: 43°14′56″N 70°35′57″W / 43.24889°N 70.59917°W / 43.24889; -70.59917


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikitravel

Ogunquit is a seacoast town in Maine. The name is the Algonquin Indian word for "beautiful place by the sea". It features over three miles of beautiful sandy beach.

Understand

Ogunquit possesses a decent sized gay and lesbian population. There is a concentrated area of restaurants and shops near the intersection of Main Street and Shore Road, and access to the beach is nearby. The town's sidewalks (where they exist) are packed with tourists on weekends during the summer.

  • Portland International Jetport, Portland, ME, [1].
  • Manchester Airport, Manchester, NH, [2], .
  • Pease International Tradeport,Portsmouth, NH, [3]. Served only by two airlines: Allegiant Air, Phone: 1-800-432-3810, [4]; or Pan Am Clipper Connection, Phone: 1-800-359-7262, [5].
  • Logan International Airport, Boston, MA, [6].

By train

From Boston's North Station and Portland, Amtrak provides service on the "Downeaster" to the town of Wells, just north of Ogunquit.

By bus

There is no intercity bus service direct to Ogunquit, however you can take the train to Wells, and then take the local trolley to Ogunquit.

  • C & J Trailways[7], provide limo/bus service from Boston's Logan International Airport to their Portsmouth, NH terminal.
  • Greyhound has service to Portland.

By car

Interstate 95 is the direct route from Boston (1.25 hours) and other east coast cities. When coming from the south, take Maine Exit 7 to Route 1 North for access to Ogunquit and The Yorks.

Interstate 95 throughout Maine and New Hampshire can experience major traffic jams from tourists traveling between the Boston metro area and vacation areas in the north. Using a EZ Pass or compatible transponder[8] will avoid waiting in line at toll booths on 95. Using a GPS navigation system that can route you around traffic jams could also save a considerable amount of time, if you are not familiar with the area.

Route 1 is a viable coastal alternative to 95, and is also more scenic. Shore Road is even more coastal, connecting with Route 1 further south.

During the tourist season, Ogunquit experiences major traffic jams on Route 1 (Main Street) and Shore Road, centered around the intersection of the two roads. Public parking is in high demand and be quite expensive ($20/day). See the Town of Ogunquit website[9] for a map of available parking lots and rates. If driving, it is advisable to carpool if applicable, and determine where you would like to park in advance. Obed's Lot on Cottage Street requires advanced payment, which can be inconvenient if you do not know how long you wish to park, but which does allow you to leave without waiting in an exit line (unlike the main Beach Lot).

Taking the Ogunquit Trolley between your parking lot and destinations of interest can be cost effective. Paid dedicated motorcycle parking is available in the main Beach Lot, and is underused compared to automobile parking. Taking public transit or parking outside of town and bicycling in would also avoid traffic hassles.

Get around

Ogunquit is said to be the most walkable community in Maine.

  • The Ogunquit Trolley, Phone: +1 207 646-1411, [10]. Operates all along Route 1 and Shore Road and to the beach. Very useful. Listen for the approaching bell.
  • Ogunquit Playhouse, Route 1, Phone: +1 207 646-5511, [11]. Summer stock theatre.
  • Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Shore Rd., Phone: +1 207 646-4909, [12].
  • Scenic walk at Marginal Way Beautiful one mile path along the seashore ending at Perkins Cove.
  • Ogunquit Beach Hourly parking. Surfboard and boogie board rentals.
  • Finestkind Scenic Cruises, Barnacle Billy's at Perkin's Cove, Phone: +1 207 207-646-5227, Fax: +1 207 363-3320, [13]. May-Oct. Scenic lobster, lighthouse, sailing and cocktail cruises.
  • Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing, Perkins Cove, Phone: +1 207 646-2214, [14]. Half and Full Day Trips.
  • Ugly Anne - Deep Sea Fishing, Perkins Cove. Half & Full Day Trips Phone: +1 207 646-7202, [15].
  • Perkins Cove Lobster Tours, Perkins Cove, Phone: +1 207 646-7413, [16]. June-Aut. A family-oriented excursion boat for up to six people. Two hour private tours on 30ft boat. $30.
  • Long a town of art galleries, there is plenty to see while browsing in Perkins Cove or downtown.
  • Books Ink, 15 Shore Road, downtown Ogunquit, +1 207 641-8580, [17]. hours are seasonal. What a surprise-- tucked in among a row of standard souvenir shops is this bookstore, which is almost worth the trip if you have a bright kid just for the amazing collection of recreational math books and wonderful K-12 kids educational math and science books, though there are gems in every section (i.e. Winnie the Pooh in Latin in the language section, etc)  edit
  • Nearby Kittery, 20 minutes south, has over 120 outlet stores.
  • 98 Provence, 262 Shore Road, Phone: +1 207 646-9898, [18].
  • Amore Breakfast, 178 Shore Rd, +1 207 646-6661, [19]. The setting for the mystery novel "Morning Glory" written by Bernadette Carson.  edit
  • Angelina's Ristorante, 655 Main Street, Phone: +1 207 646-0545.
  • Arrows, Berwick Road, Phone: +1 207 361-1100, [20]. Voted one of America's top 50 restaurants by Gourmet Magazine. Set in an 18th century farmhourse, overlooking flower, herb and vegetable gardens.
  • Barnacle Billy's, Perkins Cove, Phone: +1 207 646-5575, [21].
  • BeachFire Bar & Grille, 658 Main Street, Rte 1, Phone: 207-646-8998, [22]. Footbridge Village, live music, great food, two bars and outdoor firepit.
  • Bessie's, 8 Shore Road., Phone: +1 207 646-0888, [23] Family friendly old fashioned home cooking right in the center of town. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Bar daily year round.
  • Bintliffs, 335 Main St., Phone: +1 207 646-3111, [24]. Chef owned and operated. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
  • Blue Star Grille, 355 Main St, Phone: +1 207 641-2200.
  • Blue Water Inn & Restaurant, 111 Beach St, Phone: +1 207 646-5559.
  • Blue Willow Restaurant, Perkins Cove, Phone: +1 207 646-3331.
  • Breaking New Grounds, A cafe at the end of Perkins Cove. Sit and drink your coffee whle enjoying a spectacular view.
  • Captain's Daughter Internet Cafe, 48 Beach St, Phone: +1 207 646-7071.
  • Charlie's Restaurant, Beach St, Phone: +1 207 646-8280.
  • Cove Café Perkins Cove, Phone: +1 207 646-2422.
  • Five-O Shore Road, 50 Shore Rd, Phone: +1 207 646-5001, [25]. Fine dining. $25-$35.
  • Gypsy Sweethearts, 30 Shore Rd, Phone: +1 207 646-7021, [26]. Imaginative offerings and great desserts. $17-$30.
  • Jackie's Too, Perkins Cove, Phone: +1 207 646-4444, [27]. Right at the shore.
  • Jonathan's, 92 Bournes Lane, Phone: +1 207 646-4777, [28]. Fine dining. $18-$26.
  • Julie's Ristorante, 369 Main St, Phone: +1 207 641-2522, [29].
  • Katie's on Shore Road, 261 Shore Road, +1 207-641-2780, [30].  edit
  • MC Perkins Cove, Perkins Cove, Phone: +1 207 646-6263, [31]. Daily lunch, dinner in an upscale casual setting with great views. Offers a raw bar, lounge, two bars, two beautiful dining rooms, and a private dining room. $24-$34.
  • Oarweed Restaurant and Lobster Pound, Perkins Cove, Phone: +1 207 646-4022, [32].
  • Old Village Inn, 250 Main St, Phone: +1 207 646-7088, [33].
  • Ogunquit Lobster Pound, 504 Main St, Phone: +1 207 646-2516. This Ogunquit institution serves more lobsters in a week than many restaurants do in a lifetime. On picnic tables under the tent.
  • Roberto's Italian Cuisine, 82-84 Shore Rd, Phone: +1 207 646-8130.
  • Vinny's East Coast Grille, 696 Main St, Phone: +1 207 646-5115, [34]. Italian. $12-$22.
  • West Meadow Pub at the Meadowmere Resort, 74 Main Street, Toll free: +1 800-633-8718, [35]. Pub fare in season, live entertainment every Saturday
  • Yum Mee Restaurant, 705 Main St, Phone: +1 207 641-8788, [36]. Chinese.
  • The Front Porch Restaurant, 9 Shore Rd, 207-646-4005, [37].  edit
  • Bread and Roses (The Bakery in Ogunquit), 246 Main Street, 207-646-4227, [38]. Excellent selection of dessert-type baked goods, and gourmet and regular coffee.  edit
  • BeachFire Bar & Grille, 658 Main Street, Rte 1, Phone: 207-646-8998, [39]. Footbridge Village, live music, great food, two bars and outdoor firepit. Live Music on weekends and huge firepit.
  • Maine Street, 195 Main Street, 207-646-5101, [40]. Full bar with bar food menu and dancing. LGBT crowd. Very small amount of parking in front.  edit
  • The Front Porch, 9 Shore Rd, 207-646-4005, [41]. Piano bar upstairs attracts a large LGBT crowd.  edit

Sleep

Ogunquit has a very large number of places to stay.

  • King's Court Motel, Beach Street, Phone: +1 207 646-9338, [42].
  • The Admiral's Inn, 87 Main Street, Phone: +1 207 646-7093, [44]. Just one block to the entrance of the Marginal Way and two blocks to the village centre. Two pools, two hot tubs, fire pit, gym, spa, lounge and pub.
  • The Anchorage By the Sea, 125 Shore Road, Phone: +1 207 646-9384, [45].
  • Colonial Village Resort, 548 Main St, Phone 207-646-2794 or 800-422-3341, [46].
  • The Dunes on the Waterfront, 518 Main Street, Phone: 207-646-2612, toll free: 1-888-243-8637, [47]. Situated on 12 secluded and beautifully landscaped acres, this is only 300 Yards from Ogunquit Beach. Apr - Oct.
  • Footbridge Beach Motel, 668 Main St. at Ocean St., Phone: +1 207 646-2796, [48]. On trolley route, 3 minute walk to beach.
  • The Mariner Resort, 734 Main Street, Phone: +1 207 646-5931, [49].
  • The Meadowmere Resort, 74 Main Street, Toll free: +1 800-633-8718, [50]. Resort rooms and suites near Ogunquit center, tons of amenities.
  • The Morning Dove, 13 Bourne Lane, 207-646-3891, [51].  edit
  • Ogunquit Beach Inn, 67 School Street, Phone: +1 207 646-1112, [52]. Gay owned B&B in Village Centre
  • Ogunquit Suites, 731 Main Street, Phone: +1 207 646-8336, [53].
  • Ogunquit Resort Motel, 719 Main Street, Phone: +1 207 646-8336, [54].
  • Yardarm Village Inn, 406 Shore Road, Phone: +1 207 646-7006, [55]. Quiet & Cozy B&B near Perkins Cove.
  • The Cliff House Resort & Spa, Shore Road, Phone: +1 207 361-1000, [56]. Please be advised the Cliff House is about three miles from the village center, and not located in the town of Ogunquit
  • Inn Seasons Resorts - The Falls at Ogunquit, 630 Main St., Phone: +1 207 417-7220, [57].
  • The Grand Hotel, 276 Shore Road, Toll free: +1 800-806-1231, [58]. Two room suites near Perkins Cove, Microwave, refrigerator.

Get out

The nearby villages of Wells, Saco and Kennebunkport hold some attractions.

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