Ogunquit is closer than Ptown from NYC and beyond. We are 66 miles from Boston’s Logan Airport and 4.5 hours from NYC.
Portland Jetport (PWM) is the new star in this category. Two low-cost airlines, JetBlue and AirTran have moved in, and prices have come way down. US Airways Express is also a good bet. Their fares are often the same, and they fly to places that the budget airlines don't. The Jetport has non-stop flights from New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and other cities. The prices are good, and it's the closest airport, about 40 minutes from Ogunquit.
New for 2011, you can rent a car, or take a clean new taxi from Portalnd's Jetport to Ogunquit for $75 on gay owned Elite Taxi 207.871.7274 call 24/7 to make a reservation. Tell them you saw it on GayOgunquit for special price!
Manchester/Boston Airport (MHT), in Manchester, NH. is about an hour from Ogunquit, and offers good prices primarily because it is served by Southwest Airlines. It's an especially good bet for you if you leave near another "Southwest" airport.
Boston’s Logan Airport is only 66 miles away and is the major hub for all of New England.
The catch is that there still isn't very good ground transportation to Ogunquit. C&J Trailways runs a shuttle bus between the airport and Portsmouth, NH. From there, you'll need a taxi for the 20-minute ride to Ogunquit. Otherwise, you'll need to rent a car.
Trains & Motorcoaches
Amtrak's Downeaster offers service from Boston’s North Station to Wells, Maine (neighboring town to Ogunquit). To get to town from the station, try Front Line Taxi at 207.490.1214, Brewster's taxi at 207.646.2141 Wells Seacoast Taxi at 207.646.4222 (or 877.646.9222) or Coastal Cab at 888.294.2227. Cab rates are likely to vary. Don't hesitate to call around to get the best rate. Amtrak travelers can also use the Shoreline Explorer trolley line to travel from the train station to Ogunquit.
New for 2011, CJ Trailways offers a motorcoach from NYC direct to Portsmouth NH. Journey is 5 hours. Portsmouth is 20 Minutes from Ogunquit. From there you would need to pre-arange for a ride or taxi to Ogunquit. http://www.ridecj.com/nyc.html For more info on their direct motorcoach to Portsmouth call them 24/7 and get a "live" friendly person at 800.258.7111
From NYC and points south of NYC
Route 95 North to 91 North to 84 East to 90 East (Mass Pike) to 290 East to 495 North to 95 North. Cross Piscataqua Bridge to Exit 7 – The Yorks/Ogunquit. Get off exit and take a left onto Route One north. Stay on Route One north for 7.3 miles and you will be in the center of Ogunquit!
Route 55 East (becomes 91 South) to 93 South to 101 East to 95 North. Cross Piscataqua Bridge to Exit 7 – The Yorks/Ogunquit. Right off ramp; left onto US Route One and go 7.3 miles (12 Km’s) to the center of Ogunquit.
Route 90 South/East to Route 90East (Mass Pike) to 290East to 495North to 95North. Cross Piscataqua Bridge to Exit 7 – T he Yorks/Ogunquit. Right off ramp; take left onto US Route One and drive 7.3 miles to village center.
From Boston’s Logan Airport or Boston’s South Station take CJ Trailways. This motorcoach has a great schedule to Portsmouth NH ( about 20 minutes away) For more info call and speak to a live person at the bus terminal Toll-free: 800-258-7111.
There is always fun and sun at the beach, but you may want to keep your exercise routine while on vacation in Ogunquit. You may also want to try some new activities. Here is a quick list of fun exercise and things to do!
Bicycles are everywhere in Ogunquit! The Ogunquit Police use bicycles to patrol the streets. Bread & Roses Bakery uses a bicycle to deliver lunch, and pies. Seasonal workers use bikes to get to and from work, and people cycle for enjoyment. There are some days that Ogunquit looks like a little Amsterdam-by-the-Sea with all the bikes! It is truly the greening of Ogunquit!
Sun & Fun Rentals will deliver a beach cruiser bike to your B&B call 207.730.1926 www.funandsunrentals.com/
Prices start at $20 a-day. They also rent kayaks.
Ogunquit is known as a Mecca for runners, because of the long beach with hard packed sand. From the beginning of the beach to the end (going north) and back is 5 miles. There are three races a year in Ogunquit. The Lobster Dash is a favorite race with the race circuit that takes place on September 17th and features a lobster roll to finishers! The Frannie Peabody Center hold the AIDS 5k in May.
The Christian Lumenello Lifeguard Dash 5k race on Ogunquit Beach. This 5km race is in memory of Ogunquit Lifeguard Christian Lumenello. Christian saved many lives on Ogunquit beach.
The Frannie Peabody AIDS 5k Run/walk starts on Ogunquit Beach on May 12th Registration 9.30am peabodycenter.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp
Hike the Marginal Way. (Off Shore Road after Sparhawk Motel) The Marginal Way is truly a beauty on any day. This attraction meanders for 1 1/4 miles to Perkins Cove. The path is narrow and there are some slight hills. Beautiful bird watching and waves crashing.
Rememer, best time to enjoy Marginal Way is in the morning during the summer months!
New for 2011! Compass Rose Yoga located in Ogunquit Square above Rose Cove Cafe at 221 Main Street.
Call Laura for times at 207-641-2494 Various classes throughout the day with men and women instructors!
Sacred Movement Yoga located on Post Road, Moody (just north of Ogunquit on Route One) offers various types of Yoga. Call 207.409.4216 for more information and times. Sacred Movement also offers weekend Yoga on the beach.
5. Get a massage
The Massage Studio, located behind Caffe Prego at 44 Shore Road, offers wonderful therapeutic massages starting at $40 for a session. MasterCard and Visa accepted. Call owner Rob Bergeron at 207.646.4333. www.massagestudioogunquit.com/
6. Go to the Gym
York Fitness Center, located on Route 1 about 5.5 miles south of Ogunquit Square, is truly a unique gym. This gym features a full set of free weights, circuit weights and cardiovascular machines, but it also has a lobster pound inside the gym! Weekly gym rates are only $25.
7. Go Fishing
The Bunny Clark leaves Perkins Cove captained by Tim Tower. There are half day, full day, and marathon fishing trips (5am to 5 pm). These deep sea fishing trips are for serious anglers! For more information phone 207.646.2214
Next to the Dunaway Center on School Street sits the cute red Ogunquit School House. The playground features a full basketball court. The Ogunquit Recreation department stocks the court with basketballs. Feel free to shoot some hoops and play a pick-up game.
Dennis Crow began his piano studies with a blind jazz pianist in Los Angeles when he was 21 years old. His lessons were 5 hours long, and after a break for dinner he would frequent the club where his instructor performed for another 4 hours.
Dennis has performed with Don Ellis Jazz Band, Herbie Mann, Ralph Humphries, Buddy Rich, Dionne Warwick and Ella Fitzgerald. He has also performed for two US Presidents. Dennis has performend at Marie's Crisis in NYC.
For 35 years Dennis has entertianed thousnads and thousands of people at the famed Front Porch of Ogunquit and Wild Blueberry Cafe.
Dennis' s newest CD is entitled "Quiet Nights" Now available: squareup.com/market/dennis-crow-music/quiet-nights-cd
For more info visit his website www.denniscrow.com
Ogunquit Beach is one of the most beautiful in the country, featuring miles of white sand.
South Beach? Provincetown? Costa Rica? No, it's Ogunquit Beach. It's one of the best beaches in the country, with miles of white Caribbean-like sand, a dramatic tide of over 200 meters, a tidal estuary with dunes and unique wildlife.
Juxtaposed to Ogunquit beach is the Marginal Way, a meandering trail against the rocky cliffs. This picture postcard New England village boasts one the top 10 beaches in the country by Conde Nast magazine. Sun worshippers, beachcombers, volleyball players, runners, surfers, and swimmers alike enjoy the pristine sands of Ogunquit beach. There is so much to do, whether it’s a quick weekend in June or your week-long summer vacation in July. September and October are fabulous months for the beach, featuring warm, sunny days with brilliant sunshine and fewer crowds!
Before the English, the Indians would migrate from inland to spend the summer months on Ogunquit Beach. The beach was cooler than inland and there was an abundance of food. Later, post impressionist artists flocked to paint en plein air. The brilliant sunshine enticed painters like Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe and Maurice Prendergast. Ogunquit has always attracted artists!
The gay section of the beach is 200 meters north, or just take a left when you arrive and go past the volleyball nets. Ogunquit Beach is a place where you can be yourself, and people will respect you for who you are. It is truly a world class beach.
Ogunquit is known as a mecca for world class dining, with highly rated restaurants like Arrows and Provence, but did you know that many of Ogunquit's fine restuarants have a bar or tavern menu, and many of the local folk know that barside dining is the way to go. You can catch up on local gossip, have a fabulous libation shaken before your eyes, and most items are well under $15!
Our Number One destination goes to:
1. MC Perkins Cove
Owned by the highest rated Zagat restaurant north of Boston, Arrows. Located in beautiful Perkins Cove with bold ocean views, and close to Bette Davis' house, this restaurant is a must! The upstairs lounge even has entertainment. The view is the same as in the dining room, and the special bar menu offers several excellent choices. The very hearty cheeseburger with fries is only $11. Wedge salad, Caesar salad or Chopped salads are only $9.50. And there's a great fish taco with beans and rice for $12.50.
2. Five-O Shore Road
Located in the village, this snazzy restaurant has a cool lounge. The lounge features a nice bar, hightops and two banquettes. Patrons must ask for the lounge menu. One favorite is the fried haddock sandwich that is tempura battered, which is only $9.00! For that price you are at a beautiful restaurant, with a cloth napkin!
One of Ogunquit's newest restaurants, Prime, located on Shore Road On the way to the Cove is known for its mouth watering steaks. Prime also has a lively bar which features co-owner Rick Dolliver as head bartender. The Bar menu is diverse as Ogunquit, with seafood, chicken as well as beef items. One favorite is the Broiled 10 ounce Beef Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese. This man sized meal is well worth the walk down Shore Road for $10
4. Front Porch Restaurant
The Grande Dame of Ogunquit, the Front Porch sits in Ogunquit Square with her cheery welcoming awnings and show tunes echoing from the building. This popular spot features a great restaurant, wonderful entertainment and a surprisingly busy bar menu that is also served late. The menu features flat breads, lite fare and interesting salads. We tried the steak tips on iceberg lettuce with cherry tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and thousand island dressing. Chef Jason Miller prepares daily seasonal specials fusing local Maine products with spices and ingredients from around the world.
5. Old Village Inn
Located in the Village, On Main Street, is a favorite with the local Ogunquit citizenry. The OVI features a wonderful restaurant and a busy Pub. The pub menu ( not featured on Saturdays ) features burgers, salads and soups. The chicken sandwich is the most popular served with fries and a nice slice of pickle. The Pub also has a nice selection of beers in tap, games and lots of Ogunquit ephemera. The Pub is especially busy during the cooler shoulder season months.
What is Ogunquit?
Often misspelled and mispronounced, Ogunquit (Algonquit, Ogonquit) is the friendly little beach and artist colony that hovers on the southern coast of Maine. Ogunquit features one of the top rated beaches in the USA, and a picturesque walk called the Marginal Way. Ogunquit is only 4 square miles. There are two main sections: the village, and Perkins Cove. Most gay nightlife, B & B''s and Inns are located in the village.
Where to stay?
Most gay people stay in the village where you don't have to drive or take the trolley. The Main beach, Marginal Way, gay nightlife, dining are all in the village.
Here are some gay owned accommodations in Ogunquit village, these Inns and B&B's are both walking distance to all Ogunquit has to offer:
Ogunquit Beach Inn , 67 School Street, telephone 207 646 1112, features King and Queen size beds with private baths.
Moon Over Maine , 22 Berwick Road, king and queen size beds, all private baths, 207 646 6666.
If you want to bring your pet, we recommned The Sweet Pea Pied-a-terre Cottage Rental. Located in village centre at 80 Cottage street. This self catering condo cottage has a full kitchen, queen size bedroom, full bath, living room and washer/dryer. Walk to beach, Marginal Way. All linens included! Pet friendly with owners permission. Phone Toby at 617 233 0403. Rented, Saturday-to-Saturday
When to Go?
High season is Memorial Day to Labor Day. Reservations are highly recommended. Fall foliage is also a great time to go. There are many different events happening during the year. Autumn shoulder season is Sept 19 to Nov 13. Tip: From the end of May to June 15th, rates are generally cheaper and there are fewer crowds.
Ogunquit has several ATM's and two Banks (Key, & Kennebunk Savings, next to Ogunquit Beach Inn). Most restaurants take debit and credit cards. All banks will convert Canadian currency. Kennebunk Savings usually has the best rates for foreign exchanges.
There is also an ATM at the Police Station at 20 Cottage Street. ATM is open 24/7
Lobster, Lobster, Lobster...
Many restuarants may have lobster on the menu ( MC Perkins has a wonderful Mac & Cheese with Lobster). If you want lobster in the rough, these are our quick picks:
1. Ogunquit Lobster Pound - 504 Main Street
This is a true lobster pound! We recommend that you eat in the "bar" side of the restaurant. It's less noisy and has more atmosphere. Located about .7 mile (1.1 km) north of village centre. See our review of the "Lobster Pound" Click here
2. Lobster Shack 110 Perkins Cove Road
Deep in the "Cove" sits the original Lobster Shack. This is the real deal. Fresh Lobster. Simple Dining room, Gluten Free Chowder, steamer, etc
See our review: Lobster Shack Review
3. Barnacle Billys - Perkins Cove
George Bush Sr. is often spotted here with Mikahil Gorbachev or Bill Clinton. The Rum Punch is a must!
Go to the main beach, take a left and go 200 meters. This is the gay section. There are also smaller beaches along the Marginal Way. Footbridge Beach is located in North Ogunquit off of Ocean Ave.
What about chairs and sport items for the beach?
Many gay guesthouses supply beach chairs. There is also a wonderful service that provides umbrellas and beach toys. Pack light and call Ogunquit Beach and Sport . They also have volleyballs and other items.
What's the night scene like?
Ogunquit is a lively town in the summer season! Make sure to plan your stay by making reservations at your favorite restaurants. Also, make sure to purchase your tickets for the Ogunquit Playhouse
In Ogunquit, you see a wonderful musical at the Playhouse, see a show or sing-a-long at the piano at the Front Porch, see comic Khris Francis at MaineStreet, Catch a current film at the Leavitt Theatre or just have a wonderful dinner in the village topped off with an ice cream!
The Ogunquit attitude is quite friendly compared to other gay resort towns. It's quite easy to strike up a conversation at MaineStreet, the Front Porch or Five-O lounge. The local gay crowd tends to be helpful and friendly. Like all of Maine and Provincetown, last call is 1 am, so start early!
Sail in Ogunquit aboard the Silverlining The Silverlining is a 42 foot Sparkman & Stephens sloop. She was built in 1939 entirely of wood and bronze by the well respected Maine builder Henry R. Hinckley. Four to five times a day, The Silverlining leaves the sheltered harbor of Perkins Cove and sails along the ragged Maine coast. Phone 207 646 9800 to reserve or for more information. We highly recommend this sailboat-simply the best!
How do I get to the Marginal Way?
Marginal Way starts on Shore Road near School & Cottage Streets; about 2 blocks from The Front Porch Bar. The entrance is just after the Sparhawk Motel. Carson Kressley says, "its anything, but marginal".
What is the Marginal Way?
The Marginal Way was once an old Indian trail that is now a path the hugs the "margin" of the ocean. This Ogunquit attraction is a must. The path meanders over a mile and brings you to beautiful Perkins Cove.The Marginal Way offers some of the best views of the coastline in Maine, and unique flora and fauna.
Dogs, Dogs, Dogs......
The Dolphin Den Guest House takes pets. We also recommend the Sweet Pea Cottage for Weekly Rental that accepts Pets. This pet friendly cottage is located on Cottage Street in the village Centre. Call Toby for availability: 617 233 0403
Ogunquit also has a "Dog Park", located off of Berwick Road. For more info Click here.
Need your dog walked?? Staying in a rental house, B&B, motel, Hotel, Inn at 2 village square and you want to spend the day at the beach?? We recommend "The Dog Lady". The Dog Lady is Karen Smith. She is Ogunquit's official Dog Lady. Call her to make arrangements at 207.502.0383 .
Dogs are not allowed on the beach, so let the "Dog Lady" do the walking for you!
Ogunquit is a very safe town with very little crime. Take normal precautions, but you should not feel unsafe walking through town at any time of the day or night. In addition, we are blessed with a gay-friendly police force. The Police Association also sells T-shirts, a great souvenir. The Ogunquit Police Station is located at 20 Cottage Street. All emergencies: Fire, Police and Rescue phone 911. Non-emergencies 207.646.9362
What should I pack?
Dont over pack! You will need: long pants for the Playhouse, a light jacket or sweater (even in August), bathing suit, sunblock, and a ball cap for sun. Dont worry if you forgot something. Ogunquit has wonderful stores and shops to buy clothing and toiletry articles. Make sure to bring a camera, for shots of the Marginal Way for your Facebook page!
Where can I run?
At low tide Ogunquit Beach is magical! The sand is hard packed. From the beginning of the beach to the end and back ( including the loop around the parking lot) is over 5 miles. From the village center to Marginal Way to Perkins Cove and back is over 5 km.
There are many runners in Ogunquit, as well as three races a year: the Lobster Dash in September; the Frannie Peabody 5K AIDS run/walk in May 3rd on Ogunquit Beach; and the Christian Lumenello Lifeguard Dash on June 22nd at noon on Ogunquit Beach.
I forgot condoms and lube?
Many innkeepers have supplies. Also, the Frannie Peabody Center provides condoms and lube at MaineStreet and will give away "goodie bags" on the beach.
Support, I need a meeting.....
Please ask your local innkeeper for AA and support group meetings. AA meetings are Sundays at 8pm at the Dunaway Center on Cottage Street. There are also meetings at the Baptist church on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am.
Ogunquit also has a weekly group committed to serving as a bridge connecting and supporting men who have sex with men (MSM), gay men, bisexual men, and questioning men through educational and community activities. This diverse mix of activities will provide these men with alternatives to the gay bars and on-line hook up sites by drawing attention to the rise in STD infections, the steady number of HIV infections among the gay male population, and the importance of establishing and maintaining a visible community. It is the hope of all participants and supporters that a safe and non-judgmental environment be created to allow for the comfortable exploration of sexual identities.
One of my favorite things to do is to visit museums. Here in Ogunquit we have the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Its located on Shore Road after Perkins Cove.
This morning it was raining, so I decided to pay the museum a little visit.
Started by artist Henry Strater, this museum is called the most beautiful small museum in the world. The permanent collection of 1600 works, includes artists like American 20th century artists as Edward Hopper, Roy Lichtenstien, Marsden Hartley and Charles Woodbury.
The museum is situated on three acres overlooking a narrow cove with incredible views. On the grounds there are many scultures, stonewalls and gardens. Its the magnificant views that inspired many artists to paint in Ogunquit. The craggy rocks reach out to the ocean, on the north side of the museum sits picturesque Perkins Cove. The crashing waves against the rocks and the wild north Atlantic sky is the perfect subject matter for 20th century artists. I am always amazed at the incredible colors of the sky, even on a less than perfect beach day.
The current exhibit features a retrospect of Maurice Freedman, Boston painter in the cubist/expressionism genre. Travelled to Europe in the early part of the 20th century, returned to NY, and painted in Maine. He fused together European ideas with unique American subject matter. This piece is my favorite painting from the retrospect. Noitce the fauve colors with the cubist elements.
Its called "Bathers Interlude" 1948. The subject matter is a bit whimiscal. A day on the beach should be fun! The docents at the museum are helpful and will help visitors disect the art and give tours.
Picture taken out on the cliffs at the Ogunquit Museum of Art 10/07/2009. Could not get any of the docents to take my picture out on the cliffs......Museum is open daily til Oct 31. Visit website for times and hours.
Visiting Ogunquit? Come to the Dog Park. Off of Berwick Road, follow the signs!
Direct from NYC to Portsmouth!
CJ Bus Lines offers a motorcoach from NYC direct to Portsmouth NH. Journey is 5 hours. Portsmouth is 20 Minutes from Ogunquit. From there you would need to pre-arange for a ride or taxi to Ogunquit. http://www.ridecj.com/nyc.html For more info on their direct motorcoach to Portsmouth call them 24/7 and get a "live" friendly person at 800.258.7111