For a relaxing summer escape Ogunquit, Maine offers a friendly, tranquil environment which is a reason why it is a popular vacation destination in the New England area. Based on categories such as picturesque quality, traffic, parking, lodging, public access to beaches, water temperature and availability of food Ogunquit tops the list as one of the “25 Best Beach Towns” in New England according to Yankee Magazine and as a person who has been there recently, I couldn’t agree more although the summer months present a challenge as far as traffic and parking but this is due to the towns popularity and in part being a favorite destination for vacationers. Yankee editor Mel Allen states:
“To determine the 25 best beach towns in New England, we asked which beachfront communities offer the quintessential summer joys of unfurling a blanket on sand, listening to the waves and jumping them and then, sun kissed and eager for sundown, strolling the streets and poking into shops.”
Ogunquit is not only a great summer escape it provides a very gay friendly atmosphere and offers great attractions like The Marginal Way, a paved seaside path 1 ¼ miles long with many beautiful scenic views perfect for photographic memories and an ideal landscape for lovers. Walking the Marginal Way has become one of my favorite activities to do in Ogunquit. Decorated with bayberry bushes, wind-twisted trees, pink and White Sea roses, the elegance of this path gives observers an aroma of picturesque serenity. The path eventually ends at a nice little spot called Perkins Cove, a nice little spot in Ogunquit with little shops and favorite restaurants such as Barnacle Billy’s, a place I’ve eaten and enjoyed. Delightful service and a menu filled with reasonably priced seafood delights.
LGBT vacationers can enjoy a goodtime at the Front Porch Piano Bar, a fun restaurant and bar that has become popular amongst straight visitors as well. This piano bar provides entertainment and sing along fun that can be heard in the streets of Ogunquit. And for nighttime fun Maine Street Nightclub Video Lounge is Ogunquit’s party central offering drag shows, comedy shows, tea dances and parties that extend deep into the night. One of the pleasures of Ogunquit that I enjoy is the freedom of openness. Couples of any sexual orientation can be seen holding hands without judgment and Ogunquit Beach is a beautiful delight shared by both straight and gay beach goers which gives off a nice feeling of inclusion.
My recommended places for dining in the Ogunquit area besides Barnacle Billy’s that I enjoy are Five-O, Gypsy Sweethearts, and for breakfast Maine Diner which was featured on the Food Network program “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”. MC Perkins Cove and Jonathan’s Ogunquit are other recommendations of fine dining.
Overall Ogunquit, Maine provides many options for a small town. With many little shops, restaurants and options in surrounding sounds, this vacation spot is a cozy, friendly atmosphere filled with smiles and a destination for relaxation. A great escape for travelers of all backgrounds.