The town’s motto says it all; “Beautiful Place by the Sea.” And by the popularity of Ogunquit as a seaside resort that motto certainly fits the bill.
Ogunquit, which meant “coastal lagoon” to native Abenaki Indians, was first a village within Wells, which was settled in 1641. The first sawmill here was established in 1686, and shipbuilding developed along the tidal Ogunquit River. Besides constructing schooners and brigs, local shipwrights built the famous “Ogunquit Dory,” a fishing vessel utilized in the late 1800’s.
Ogunquit is also known for its historical trail known as Marginal Way, which stretches approximately one and one-half miles along the craggy coastline. The walk is scenic, hugging the coast from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach. Today, Ogunquit remains a vibrant seasonal resort town, having separated from Wells in 1980.
Artists discovered Ogunquit’s inspirational scenery more than a century ago. Ogunquit is a wonderful spot to view dozens of galleries including the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, called “the most beautiful small museum in the world”. There are performing arts theaters including the famous Ogunquit Playhouse, a grand old summer-stock theater that often features top-name entertainment. Visit our Places of Interest Page
For those looking to relax visitors can enjoy activities & recreation such as deep-sea fishing, whale watching, sailing, sea kayaking, and hiking, or play a round of golf at some of New England’s top-rated courses, and of course there are numerous annual beach events providing fun for everyone.
Ogunquit has everything for every type of traveler. Lodging choices range from cozy B&B’s to fine hotels, resorts and spas. Shoppers love the assortment of boutiques, gifts, and antique shops, and discriminating diners have an abundant selection of fine restaurants to satisfy nearly every taste.