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Upscale Lodging for Valentine’s Day in Maine

Friday, January 31st, 2020

There aren’t many better places to go for Valentine’s Day than the Beautiful Place by the Sea, where you’ll find the best—and most romantic—accommodations with Ogunquit.com. Don’t wait to lock down your sweethearts’ getaway with us, though: February 14th is coming on fast!

Ogunquit.com: Perfect Valentine’s Day Accommodations Along the Southern Maine Coast

Strolling together along the seashore on the Marginal Way, going art-gallery-hopping, sharing a romantic dinner in the postcard-perfect harbor of Perkins Cove: Ogunquit, Maine casts quite the romantic backdrop for a Valentine’s Day idyll. If you’ve only ever seen the Beautiful Place by the Sea in its peak summer season, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how tranquil—and how equally seductive—the village is in wintertime. It’s a dreamy place to escape to with a special somebody, whether for one blissful night or maybe a whole week.

Our Gorges Grant Hotel or Juniper Hill Inn supply unbeatable Valentine’s Day accommodations in Ogunquit. A guest room or suite in the resplendent Gorges Grant Hotel puts such on-site amenities as a heated indoor pool and the breakfast-for-two delights of Raspberri’s Restaurant right at your fingertips: Date possibilities abound, in other words, without even leaving the property. The Juniper Hill Inn, meanwhile, provides a private oasis of a guest room with access to an indoor pool and Jacuzzi on its five lovely acres.

With the decked-out elegance of our lodgings and the trademark warmth of our Ogunquit.com hospitality, you and your main squeeze will be well set up in the Beautiful Place by the Sea for a Valentine’s Day of unforgettable caliber.

Ogunquit.com Packages Ideal for a Valentine’s Day Getaway

We offer a variety of Ogunquit.com accommodation packages throughout the year, and they make for great choices for a February getaway with your one and only valentine. Consider, for instance, our Dine & Stay Package, which provides overnight accommodations, breakfast at Raspberri’s in the Gorges Grant Hotel, and your choice of a gourmet meal at a fine area restaurant: Angelina’s, BeachFire Bar & Grille, Clay Hill Farm, or Five-O Shore Road. You can’t go wrong with any of those for a Valentine’s Day date night!

 

Then there’s our Spa Getaway, which has romance written all over it. Alongside Ogunquit.com accommodations and a Raspberri’s breakfast, you’ll have $75 in credit at the local Body Works Day Spa to take advantage of.

Whether you’re choosing one of our romance-ready packages or not, reserve your Valentine’s Day getaway with Ogunquit.com today so you don’t miss out on a homerun lovers’ escape to the Beautiful Place by the Sea! Book directly with us for the best savings, and we’ll look forward to welcoming you and that special somebody of yours next month!

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!

Casual Dining in Ogunquit Maine

Casual Dining in Downtown Ogunquit, Maine

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Ogunquit, Maine happens to be a fantastic place to find yourself with an appetite. One reason is the diversity of cuisines and dining experiences to be had in this celebrated seaside hamlet and its greater neighborhood. Along with some excellent fine dining, the Beautiful Place by the Sea has some more casual establishments offering fabulous and crowd-pleasing fare and a winning atmosphere.

What we’ve compiled below is not an exhaustive roundup of the Ogunquit area’s casual restaurants, but a representative sample (we’ve got a longer list right here, incidentally). The following are all within easy reach of the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn, and The Milestone (one of them is right in an Ogunquit property!), so you certainly won’t be hurting for excellent breakfast, lunch, and dinner options while enjoying our downtown hospitality.

Raspberri’s Restaurant (The Gorges Grant Hotel)

Our very own breakfast joint, Raspberri’s—conveniently situated on the first floor of the Gorges Grant Hotel—has a scrumptious menu that’ll ensure your day in the Beautiful Place by the Sea kicks off right. From Belgian waffles and buttermilk pancakes to granola parfait and vegetarian casserole, you just can’t go wrong at Raspberri’s!

Pizza Napoli (667 Main St., Ogunquit)

Pizza Napoli offers Ogunquit’s only brick-oven, Naples-style pizza: an absolute must-try. The pies range from the Napoli with its fresh garlic and basil, pizza cheese, and red sauce and the Bianca with its garlic oil base to meatier options such as the Prosciutto and the Pollo BBQ. Pizzas are the star of the show, but there are also some great supporting cast members: pastas such as Chicken Broccoli Alfredo, Vegetable Risotto, and Bolognese; such entrees as a roasted half-chicken and pan-seared salmon; and a range of salads and appetizers, include some tasty house-made meatballs.

Beer, wine, and other pizza-friendly beverages round out the perfect picture at Pizza Napoli.

The Steakhouse (1205 Post Rd/Rte 1, Wells)

Top-grade beef and Atlantic bounty rub shoulders on the Steakhouse’s menu, which is so broad and varied you’re almost sure to find something for everybody on it. Besides the filet mignon, ribeye, baby-back ribs, and other juicy cuts you’d expect given the eatery’s name, you’ll also find everything from Jumbo Gulf Shrimp Cocktail, French Onion Soup, shepherd’s pie, and lobster scampi to broiled haddock, seafood pie, and a variety of surf-and-turf plates. There’s also a solid kid’s menu here, too.

The Front Porch (9 Shore Road, Ogunquit)

Going strong for more the better part of four decades, the Front Porch combines tasty eats and live entertainment: Along with a dining room and a lounge, you’ll find an honest-to-goodness piano bar within! The wide-ranging cuisine includes pizza-style flatbreads, clam chowder, steaks, seafood entrees, sandwiches, and such specialties as the Front Porch Mac & Cheese (which comes with prosciutto and can be gussied up with chicken, pulled pork, or lobster) and the Porch Burger.

Casual Dining & the Perfect Accommodations in Ogunquit

Use our Ogunquit.com properties (book direct with us for the most savings) as springboards for awesome casual dining in and around the Beautiful Place by the Sea, not least Raspberri’s inside the Gorges Grant Hotel!

Best Accommodations for Ogunquit, ME Shopping

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

With accommodations at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn or the Milestone here in the Beautiful Place by the Sea, you’ll not only be treated to note-perfect hospitality, the best breakfast in town at Raspberri’s, and great proximity to Ogunquit’s beachfront and cultural attractions: You’ll also be well poised to do some shopping, whether it’s to pick up a souvenir or two from your coastal Maine getaway or—given the season—to check some names off your holiday list.

Here’s a non-exhaustive survey of some great shopping destinations within easy reach of your Ogunquit.com guestroom!

Perkins Cove Pottery Shop (104 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit)

Opened in 1984, this shop sells the much-admired stoneware pottery of co-owner Chris Davis as well as other works by local artists. In addition to the pottery, you’ll find some exquisite fair-trade wooden bowls, utensils, and other items crafted from African olive.

Whistling Oyster (116-2 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit)

Jewelry incorporating precious and semi-precious gemstones is at the heart of the Whistling Oyster inventory, but it also includes a variety of nautically themed products smacking of maritime Maine spirit.

Spoiled Rotten (27 Beach St., Ogunquit)

From candles and tableware to specialty foods and charming gifts, you’re sure to find something you didn’t know you needed at Spoiled Rotten, which operates both in Ogunquit and in Dunedin, Florida.

The Ogunquit Trading Post (97 Post Road, Wells)

The perfect destination for nabbing Maine keepsakes, the Ogunquit Trading Post sells everything from Vacationland apparel (including moccasins) to Old Salts figurines, Christmas ornaments, and jewelry.

Annie’s Book Stop (676 Post Road #7, Wells)

This beloved and long-running bookstore sells a wide variety of new and used books, and the friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you track down just about any title.

The Kittery Outlets (306 US Route 1, Kittery)

The mall-scape at the Kittery Outlets encompasses a whole slew of big-name stores, including (but not limited to) Tommy Hilfiger, Columbia Factory Store, Adidas, Dressbarn, Bass Factory Outlet, NIKE Factory Store, Crate & Barrel, Calvin Klein, Levi’s Outlet Store, American Eagle Outfitters, Old Navy Outlet, and OshKosh B’Gosh.

Shop Till You Drop (or Almost, Anyway) on an Ogunquit.com Getaway

For holiday shopping or year-round retail therapy, you’ve got plenty of options within easy reach of your Ogunquit.com accommodations: from national brands to quirky, one-of-a-kind local boutiques. Book directly with us for awesome deals on lodgings at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn or the Milestone and hit up some stores on your visit to the Beautiful Place by the Sea!

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 Breakfast Restaurants in Ogunquit Maine

Best Breakfast Near Downtown Ogunquit, Maine

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Breakfast, as we all know, is the most important meal of the day. Good thing Ogunquit, Maine and its greater backyard come so well endowed with excellent breakfast establishments—including one of our very own! In other words, as a guest at one of our local properties including the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn and the Milestone this fall, you’re perfectly positioned to kick off your day in a delicious manner.

Here are three local breakfast joints sure to put a smile on your face!

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Family-Friendly Accommodations for OgunquitFest

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

One of the highlights of the year here in the Beautiful Place by the Sea is, without question, the signature annual town festival: OgunquitFest. It’s coming up fast, so now’s the ideal time to lock down your Ogunquit.com accommodations at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Juniper Hill Inn, the Cottage at Acorn Lane, or the Milestone for the weekend celebration!

OgunquitFest 2019

OgunquitFest this year takes place Friday, October 25th through Sunday, October 27th. As always, it’ll be a town-wide affair suitable for all ages—and an awesome showcase of our famous resort town at its most vibrant.

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Accommodations for Harvest on the Harbor

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

If you’re coming to Southern Maine for this year’s Harvest on the Harbor—the annual celebration of the rich food scene in Maine’s capital city and elsewhere in Vacationland—we hope you’ll choose convenient accommodations in the Beautiful Place by the Sea with Ogunquit.com!

Less than an hour from Portland, Maine, where the foodie-friendly festival goes down this October, we offer prime accommodations in one of New England’s most esteemed seaside resort towns at a number of properties, including the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Milestone and the Juniper Hill Inn. Book today so you’re ready for the epicurean ecstasy on tap at this year’s Harvest on the Harbor soiree!

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