Best Hotels for Victoria Day in Ogunquit, ME
Ogunquit, Maine has long welcomed many Canadian visitors every year who come to vacation on the beautiful Southern Maine coast. At Ogunquit.com, we certainly love hosting our north-of-the-border guests at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn, the Milestone, and the Cottage at Acorn Lane.
Well, as every Canadian knows, Victoria Day is just around the corner, which means a holiday weekend ripe for spending down south here in the Beautiful Place by the Sea—come join us!
Victoria Day 2018
An official holiday in Canada since 1845, Victoria Day commemorates the birthday of Queen Victoria, whose 63-year reign (1837-1901) was the longest of any British monarch until her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth surpassed it in 2015. Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819, and Victoria Day is celebrated the Monday before (or of) her birthday. This year’s Victoria Day therefore falls on Monday, May 21st.
Besides honoring the British queen whose impressive time on the throne literally defines an era, Victoria Day also serves as a hearty fare-thee-well to winter—which, it won’t be news to hear, tends to be on the lengthy side in the land of the maple leaf—and an eager embrace of the coming summer.
Celebrate Victoria Day in Ogunquit, Maine
If you’re willing to forego the parades and fireworks customary in Canada on Victoria Day, you can enjoy a fine holiday weekend amid the sun, sand, surf, and friendly culture of Ogunquit, Maine.
It’s a great time to be hitting the pearly strand of Ogunquit Beach, for example: an easy drive, stroll, or bike ride from our Ogunquit.com hotels. Footbridge Beach is another charmer, while more seashore R&R awaits along seven-mile-long Wells Beach just north of Ogunquit.
You can also wander your way along the Ogunquit coastline via the Marginal Way footpath to reach the shops, art galleries, and restaurants of Perkins Cove, a straight-out-of-a-postcard vision of a Maine fishing village (and a great place to charter a cruise or angling adventure). And of course downtown Ogunquit itself comes stocked with galleries, stores, eateries, and other attractions. (Check out our Ogunquit.com guide to the town’s retail array right here!)
Our lauded summer theater, the Ogunquit Playhouse, opens its 2018 season on May 16th—just in time for Victoria Day, in other words! Its first production will be Smokey Joe’s Café, a celebration of the songwriting partnership of Leiber & Stoller; you can nab your tickets for a Playhouse show that weekend right here. Ogunquit also hosts a number of first-rate museums—from the Ogunquit Museum of American Art to the Ogunquit Heritage Museum—and others await in nearby communities, such as Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum and Wells’ Historic Meetinghouse Museum. (Take a gander at our recent blogpost on arts-and-culture destinations in Ogunquit for more trip-planning inspiration!)
There’s so much more to do over Victoria Day weekend: hiking at Mount Agamenticus or the Wells Reserve, cycling gorgeous regional roads and paths, kayaking the Ogunquit River or Gulf of Maine, taking scenic drives along our stretch of seacoast.