Ogunquit, ME, USA

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Ogunquit, ME, USA

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Ogunquit—the beautiful place by the sea

The founding of the Ogunquit Art Colony in 1898 transformed this small fishing village on the coast of Maine into a sophisticated destination for artists, writers, and bohemians. Visitors have been finding inspiration in its pale stretches of golden sand, sheltered bays, and rugged coastline ever since, meaning that Ogunquit vacation rentals have remained perennially in vogue. Today, the town boasts picturesque small-town streets, diverse cultural institutions, locally owned boutiques, and a trailblazing mentality, while a range of water-based activities and day-trip excursions has attracted thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies as well.

Ogunquit’s pampering pleasures

The quaint streets of Ogunquit are lined with boutiques and stores that offer shopping experiences unique to this seaside town. Retailers sell art and antiquities designed in the area, as well as custom-designed and handcrafted jewelry, and regional wines and produce. After a long day of retail therapy, unwind at one of Ogunquit’s many spas. Here, you can enjoy massages, facials, body wraps, and acupuncture, among countless other treatments, before ending the day watching the stars from the patio of your Ogunquit vacation rental. Most of the spas are unisex and all are LGBT-friendly; Ogunquit prides itself on its inclusive outlook and forward-thinking spirit.

Different perspectives on Ogunquit culture

The Captain James Winn House was built in the 18th century and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This would be reason enough to visit, but it’s also the home of the Ogunquit Heritage Museum, which houses artifacts and exhibits about the town’s past as a fishing port, its architecture, and the famous art colony. Open Tuesday through Saturday between June and October, the museum is well worth a stopover for history buffs. Art-lovers should check out the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, which showcases early-20th-century works from local artists between May and October.

The Ogunquit almanac

Maine has a humid continental climate, which typically brings great seasonal variations in temperature. Ogunquit’s coastal location, however, moderates these shifts, meaning winters are warmer and summers are cooler than in inland destinations. As such, booking a Ogunquit vacation rental during the winter months can be an appealing option. Many of the town’s top attractions are suitable for a rainy day, and you probably won’t have to wait in line. If your heart is set on a vacation rental in Ogunquit during the summer months, book early for your best chance of a bargain.

Outdoor Ogunquit

The Great Works Regional Land Trust has worked tirelessly to preserve land in 6 small Maine towns, including Ogunquit. Thanks to generous land donations, they opened the celebrated Payeur Preserve; you can walk around this wooded, 1-mile loop trail to view wetland meadows and glistening pools, while spring visits also add fragrant flowers to your surroundings. Walks around the looping trail at Beach Plum Farm also make for a fantastic outing. Saltwater marshes, sand dunes, and coastal birds are all on the must-see list, while dog-friendly paths make it ideal for guests staying at pet-friendly Ogunquit vacation rentals.