September 8th, 2011
Not a whole lot has changed about Ogunquit since we last visited when we were just a kid. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! We spent the last week of summer on the coastal town in Maine, visiting old favourites and finding new ones.
Most hotels in Ogunquit offer simple, beachy motel-esque accommodations, but if it’s a view you want, head to the Beachmere Inn. The oceanfront property offers rolling lawns adjacent to the Marginal Way, as well as a wide array of room types and amenities (including yoga on the lawn!) to fit your every need. Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place Ogunquit, ME, 1-800-336-3983, www.beachmereinn.com
The Ogunquit Playhouse will be celebrating its 80th birthday next season, but the party has started already with this year’s lineup of shows including Avenue Q and Legally Blonde: The Musical, with guest star Sally Struthers, playing until September 17 (Miss Saigon starts soon after!). Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME, 207-646-5511, www.ogunquitplayhouse.org
Roadside lobster rolls and clam shacks abound, but for the ultimate lobster experience head north to Wells to visit the Maine Diner to gorge on the rich seafood chowder and decadent lobster pie featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Maine Diner, 2265 Post Rd., Route One, Wells, ME, 207-646-4441, www.mainediner.com
The cosmopolitan is strong enough to knock you off your feet, which is a good thing because you’ll need to get rid of your inhibitions to thoroughly enjoy the ‘round the piano show tune sing-along that goes down nightly at The Front Porch. The Front Porch, 9 Shore Rd., Ogunquit, ME, 207-646-4005, www.thefrontporch.net