The word “ Ogunquit ” means “ Beautiful-Place-by-the-Sea ”..... so named by the Native Americans who spent their summers hunting and fishing on the sunny shores.....fast forward a few hundred years and the story of Ogunquit is altered.

My grandmother studied art her entire life. Raised by her French aunts, she was under the tutelage of her Uncle Frieze, a famous Swedish-American artist...they spent summers painting in Florence and Fiesole, Italy.   Later, she studied art at the Chicago Institute of Art.

My grandparents were told about Ogunquit while my grandfather was a professor at Tufts University....in 1931, they came to Ogunquit for the first time and discovered what artists have known for over a century.... that Ogunquit's scenery was inspirational.   The artists helped transform this quaint fishing hamlet into one of the most picturesque and enjoyed seaside villages in New England.

While artists provide an array of fine collectibles and artwork sought throughout the East Coast and displayed in the town' many museums, it's the world-class beach and magnificent coastline that attract visitors from around the globe.

  The mouth of the tidal Ogunquit River separates three miles of white sandy beach from the craggy granite ledge which dives into the Atlantic.

   Millions of visitors have walked the Marginal Way, a scenic cliff-walk that meanders along the ocean for over a mile.  

This photo was taken from the Marginal Way, looking down on the mouth of Ogunquit's Tidal River and the Main Beach on a beautiful, sunny summer day with the tide out and the beach packed.

Everyone knows that the Atlantic is cold (even in the summer!), but did you know that the Tidal River is up to 15 degrees warmer when the tide is going out?

   Ogunquit has something for everyone .....   Theater lovers flock to the many playhouses for the summer stock performances, many with the actual Broadway performers in the lead roles.   Visitors rave about the assortment of galleries, boutiques, gift shops, and day spas.
  Discriminating diners have an abundant selection of fine restaurants to satisfy nearly every taste - including lobster!

   Recreation enthusiasts love Ogunquit because our front yard is an ocean and our backyard is the "Vacationland" known as Maine. You can try deep-sea fishing departing from Perkins Cove, cast a rod into the river, even learn about trapping lobster with a licensed captain, take a cocktail cruise along the shore, or play a round of golf at some of New England's top rated courses.

Sailing, sea kayaking, surfing and whale watching are also popular activities as well as hiking or biking on nearby Mount Agamenticus or the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, as well as the Rachael Carson National Wildlife Preserve.

 
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