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Best Hotel for OgunquitFest

Tuesday, September 12th, 2023

One of the highest-profile signature annual events in the Beautiful Place by the Sea is fast approaching, and now’s the time to be locking down your accommodations for it with us here at Ogunquit.com!

Just what event are we referring to? Why, OgunquitFest, of course, our coastal Maine hamlet’s much-loved fall extravaganza (with no shortage of Halloween-themed ingredients). You won’t find better accommodations for the fun-filled, family-friendly proceedings than our Ogunquit.com properties, including the Gorges Grant Hotel and Juniper Hill Inn.

OgunquitFest Weekend 2023: Autumn Awesomeness in the Beautiful Place by the Sea

This year’s OgunquitFest Weekend, which happens to be the 20th annual running of this mainstay celebration, will take place Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 22nd. Read More

Indoor Fun for the Whole Family in Maine

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

When the temperatures are a bit on the bone-rattling side of things, or the skies are sending down some heavy-duty rain or snow, fear not: As a guest of ours here in Ogunquit, you’ve got just as many awesome indoor family activities at your ready disposal as you do outdoor ones.

Here’s a look at just a few of the destinations you and the rest of the gang might consider visiting when the weather isn’t exactly conducive to a day at the beach.

Local Museums

There are multiple great museums within easy reach of your Ogunquit.com accommodations, including a number right here in town. Some of them, such as the Ogunquit Heritage Museum and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, close during the winter, but others remain open year-round, including the Brick Store Museum (117 Main St., Kennebunk), with its fine exhibits on history, art, and other subjects.

Up in Portland, meanwhile—which is an easy drive from the Beautiful Place by the Sea—you’ve got multiple great museums, not least the Children’s Museum + Family Theatre of Maine (142 Free St., Portland). Located in the city’s Arts District, this institution focuses on STEM education, art, early childhood learning, and multicultural/community engagement. Its many interactive exhibits include the Playscape, the kid-size community of Our Town, the Fire Truck, the Raising Readers Book Nook, the Space Shuttle, and Discovery Woods.

Game Zones

From the full arcade and crowd-pleasing pizza to the Giant Slide and the Bounce House, Joker’s Family Fun & Games (100 Larrabee Road, Westbrook) is the perfect place to soak up that insatiable kid energy, which can, needless to say, be a challenge to deal when outdoor activities aren’t really an option.

Then there’s Maine Indoor Karting (23 Washington Ave #9782, Scarborough), a place for young and old to crank up the speed and maybe engage in a little friendly family competition.


Besides all the shops and boutiques here in Ogunquit, you’ve got a great choice for retail therapy at the Kittery Trading Post (301 U.S. Route 1, Kittery), which has loads of outdoor apparel and equipment. Even on a day when you can’t be outside having fun, you can gear up for your next adventure!

Indoor Fun in & Around Ogunquit

Our Ogunquit.com accommodations themselves are cozy and decked-out places to wait out some mediocre weather. Join us with the whole crew this winter at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn, or the Milestone—you’ll enjoy the best savings by booking directly with us—and take advantage of our close proximity to some outstanding indoor family hotspots!


Ogunquit Maine Winter Activities Sleigh Rides

Finest Accommodations Near Ogunquit Winter Activities

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

A winter stay in Ogunquit at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn or the Milestone puts some fantastic outdoor recreation at your fingertips in our beautiful Southern Maine backyard. Indeed, there’s too much to do to cover in a single blogpost, but in this one we’ll at least sketch out the possibilities by profiling three nearby destinations offering a diverse suite of activities for getting out and enjoying the frosted wonderland we’re lucky to call home.

Sleigh Rides at Rockin’ Horse Stables

C’mon, be honest: Is there a more romantic winter experience than a pastoral cruise over the snowpack in a horse-powered sleigh? That’s exactly the experience offered at Rockin’ Horse Stables in nearby Kennebunkport, where you can climb aboard for half-hour horse-drawn sleigh rides through a wonderfully wintry landscape of fields and woods and then wind down with hot chocolate before a crackling fireplace. In other words: a recipe for pure, unalloyed wintertime magic along the Southern Maine coast!

There are options for all sorts of group sizes: The stable’s small sleighs accommodate a pair of adults, the medium ones handle eight, and the large ones can fit about 18 passengers.

Another cool feature of the Rockin’ Horse Stables sleigh rides: They embark from the property 100-year-old barn.

Winter Recreation at Harris Farm

The 600 or so acres of Harris Farm in Dayton make a heck of a winter playground this time of year. You’ll find some 40 kilometers of cross-country ski trails with both wide-groomed and track-set courses, and a nice spectrum of difficulty level ranging from easy beginner routes to more advanced-level terrain. The property rents pulk sleds for little ones to be pulled along on skiing outings.

You can also rent a fatbike or a pair of snowshoes at Harris Farm if you’re not in the mood for Nordic skiing, and meanwhile there’s a sledding hill on hand as well.

Skiing and fatbiking are allowed at Harris Farm as long as the snow cover permits, so get in touch ahead of time if you’re unsure where things are at!

Powderhouse Hill

We’ve also got a long-running downhill ski area in our vicinity: Powderhouse Hill along Agamenticus Road. Owned by the Town of South Berwick and run by the volunteers of the Powderhouse Ski Club, Powderhouse Hill—which gets its name not from the white stuff itself but from a bygone storage structure for gunpowder built on what was originally known as Butler Hill—is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

For up-to-date reports on snow conditions at Powderhouse Hill, call the “Snow Phone” at 207-384-5858 or click your way over to the ski area’s Facebook page.

Book a Winter Escape on the Coast of Southern Maine With Ogunquit.com

Call the Beautiful Place by the Sea your home-away-from-home for a wintertime idyll with Ogunquit.com, and you’ll have no shortage of opportunities for some quintessential Maine snowplay! Keep in mind we’ve barely scratched the surface: There’s much else to do in the winter-fied great outdoors within day-tripping distance of our accommodations, from skiing and snowshoeing on Mount Agamenticus to bundled-up strolls right here in town along the fabled Marginal Way.

Book directly with us for the best savings for a stay at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn or the Milestone, the perfect cozy havens for some winter adventure along the Gulf of Maine!

Best Accommodations for Christmas By the Sea

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

It’s not too early to start planning your getaway to Ogunquit, Maine for the town’s Christmas by the Sea: a fantastic community celebration marking its impressive 33rd edition in 2019. You won’t find better accommodations for the festivities than the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Milestone or the Juniper Hill Inn—book your Ogunquit.com getaway today for this yuletide spectacular!

Ogunquit’s Christmas By the Sea

The specific itinerary for the 2019 Christmas by the Sea event—which takes place December 13th through the 15th—hasn’t been revealed yet, but you can be sure of a fantastic time absolutely drenched in merry holiday spirit along the Gulf of Maine.

Christmas by the Sea will feature a slew of holiday crafts, games, hayrides, and markets that make for one of Maine’s truly classic family-friendly seasonal festivals.

There’ll also be a well-attended Christmas Parade wending its way from Perkins Cove to Main Beach, where a jampacked evening of fun will then unfold, with the Ogunquit Ocean Rescue Polar Plunge, a bonfire, and some spectacular oceanfront fireworks.

Both Veterans Park and Rotary Park will host tree-lighting ceremonies (accompanied by caroling, warm beverages, and no small quantity of good cheer) during Christmas by the Sea, while holiday concerts will go down at the Ogunquit Baptist Church and some holiday flicks at the Dunaway Center.

What else? Well, how about wine tastings, late-night parties, and some high-profile appearances by the big man himself, Santa Claus, whose cameos are likely to delight not only the younger crowd but all the kids-at-heart in attendance.

Additional Nearby Holiday Happenings

Ogunquit’s Christmas by the Sea overlaps, conveniently, with two other holiday festivals along the local coast. From December 5 through the 15th, Kennebunkport will be throwing its 38th annual Christmas Prelude, which’ll include such favorite traditions as the lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree in Cape Porpoise Square, the Hat Parade, and the grand arrival of Santa (he’s going to be busy in Southern Maine next month) by—what else—lobster boat.


On December 15th—the Sunday marking the last day of both Christmas by the Sea and Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude—our neighboring town of Wells will host its 34th annual Christmas Parade, easily combined with Ogunquit festivities.

Choose Ogunquit.com for the Best Lodgings for Christmas by the Sea 2019

Keep your eyes on the Christmas by the Sea page over at the Ogunquit chamber’s website (linked to above) for forthcoming details on this year’s celebration, and meanwhile book directly with us here at Ogunquit.com for the best deals on right-in-the-heart-of-it-all accommodations at the Milestone, the Gorges Grant Hotel and the Juniper Hill Inn!

Art and Culture at Ogunquit Maine Museums

Arts & Culture in Ogunquit, Maine

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Ogunquit is a small hamlet, it’s true, but it punches very much above its weight when it comes to arts and culture. As a guest of ours at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Milestone, the Juniper Hill Inn or the Cottage at Acorn Lane this fall, you’ll be nice and close to some fantastic museums and galleries right along our charming stretch of New England coastline. Here’s a look at just a sampling of them!

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Best OGT Hotel near Waterpark & Zoo

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Given how long Ogunquit, Maine and our surrounding communities have been beloved summer retreats for folks from all across the Northeast and well beyond, it may not come as a surprise that—in addition to our fabled beaches, saltwater-taffy shops, and other quintessential seaside attractions—our region boasts its fair share of amusement parks. All the more reason to choose the Gorges Grant Hotel, Juniper Hill Inn, Cottage at Acorn Lane, or the Milestone—our handsome and varied Ogunquit.com properties—for your family vacation to the coast of Southern Maine!

Here are a few options in that department…

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Waterfront Family Activities in Ogunquit, ME

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Not all of the Ogunquit, Maine area’s attractions are seaside ones, but there’s no question visitors and locals alike are consistently drawn to the coastline: That’s the power of crashing waves and swash-kissed beaches in general, and the special allure of our Beautiful Place by the Sea specifically.

The waterfront tends to serve as the center of the action for family vacations in Ogunquit this time of year, and with Ogunquit.com accommodations at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn, the Cottage at Acorn Lane, or the Milestone, that Gulf of Maine shore awaits just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Here are a few of the things you can occupy yourselves with on a beautiful day by the water in our Southern Maine jewel!

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Best, Hotel, 2018, Patriots Day Weekend, Ogunquit, Maine

Best Hotel for Ogunquit, ME Patriots Day Weekend

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

At sunup on April 19, 1775, the British Army and the Colonial militia squared off in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, the opening salvo immortalized by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as the “shot heard round the world”—the launch of the American Revolution.
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Arts, Culture & Museums in Ogunquit, Maine

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Ogunquit isn’t a big town—that’s the way we like it—but it comes well endowed with arts and culture: backdropped, infused, and informed by the Beautiful Place by the Sea’s coastal setting. Read More