Family Travel: A Day in Ogunquit, Maine

February 18, 2016 0 Comments

Family Travel:  A Day in Ogunquit, Maine

Beautiful homes along the Marginal Way path.

Beautiful homes along the Marginal Way path.

Friends were getting married in New Hampshire, so we decided to spend a few days beforehand exploring Maine . This trip was a first time to Maine for both of us. It was early June, our son was about 9-months-old, and we were itching to get out of Colorado for a few days. 

I'll skip the part about flying, sleeping in a hotel and navigating travel delays with a baby. Traveling with young children is hard. It's not a vacation. 

Sleepy boy in the stroller. Traveling with young children takes patience and flexibility.

 

The highlight of our time in Maine was our day in Ogunquit. The sleepy little seaside village was a surprise -- gorgeous coastline, fresh lobster rolls, and strolls by the shore.

Our time in Maine at that point had consisted of long drives in a slow minivan trying to get the baby to sleep, attempting to put a pack-n-play together in a darkly-lit hotel room while our soon was screaming, and listening as hordes of motorcycles drove by, praying they wouldn't wake the baby with their loud mufflers (engines? whatever makes motorcycles extra loud?). 

We arrived in Ogunquit flustered and tired. Blue skies greeted us on that early afternoon. Flowers bloomed. Sailboats dotted the shore. The air was warm and smelled delicious. We were revived.

Sailboats in the Ogunquit harbor

Sailboats in the Ogunquit harbor

 

The small downtown was crowded, but we easily found parking in a pay lot. We walked down the street to a pier. After exploring for a while, we started to get cranky (hangry). Luckily, we found a lobster roll for lunch. My favorite! Good lobster rolls are hard to find in land-locked Colorado, so we tried to eat them as often as possible during our short time in Maine.

 

Yummy lobster roll.

Yummy lobster roll. 

 

After lunch, we walked along the Marginal Way path, stopping to take photos and admire the magnificent houses and ocean view. We need a summer house here (I wish). 

An afternoon treat of ice cream rounded out the day. All too soon, our son became tired and it was back to the minivan and hotel. Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to explore the art galleries, restaurants and boutiques downtown. Next time! Coastal Maine is on the list of places to return one day. I'd love to spend a week (a month!) lazing away at a beach house in Ogunquit. 

 

Our little family

Our little family

What's your favorite place in coastal Maine? Do you have any recommendations for visiting Ogunquit? I'd love to hear your thoughts!