Exploring Ogunquit

Yesterday, Colette and I took off for a bit of exploration.  She will need to start baking for the opening day of the farmers' market soon, so we decided to go have a bit of fun while she has some time.  She chose Ogunquit, Maine as our destination.

Our plan was to walk at least part of The Marginal Way, a meandering paved path on a bluff, with a sweeping view of the ocean.  My girl at the start of the path!  Love her!

The landscaping of the bordering hotels is just gorgeous!  In late summer, I've seen these same flower beds full of blooming dahlias, but for today it was all about giant allium.

The beaches and ocean here in New England still make me stare in wonder.  Compared to the beaches I grew up with in southern California, there are so few people!  And they're shallow for so far from shore.  All that ocean and not a single boat in sight!  And the air at the beach is so fresh here!  I can't explain that, so if anyone can, please leave and comment and tell me why the beach air in southern California leaves your hair and car sticky, but the beach air here is just fresh.

I enjoyed seeing how everyone seemed to be able to pull up their own little private patch of beach.

A classic New England weathervane.

Then we retraced our steps back to our car, and we drove down to the main part of the beach for a short walk to admire the beach grass, dip our toes in the water, and look for shells.

We then wandered into town and explored a few shops.  This place will definitely be where we stop for a bit to eat in the future.  Although a gourmet food market, they have a hot grill too, and the fabulous aromas coming from there made us hungry!  Great selection of cheeses!  And just look at the flavor of that gelato!

We got refreshing smoothies at a nearby bakery and coffee house and called it a day!  A good day!


  1. You sure do take the time to explore your area, how wonderful. My parents use to go to Ogunquit for their vacations and just loved it. The travel time from Ohio to Maine was a bit of a trip, but the end result was what they savored!

  2. We just feel so blessed to live here, we want to keep exploring! Love Ogunquit!

  3. I have wondered the same, Kate, about the fresh ocean air here. (my beach experience was only Florida and Texas prior to New England). It must have something to do with the earth's rotation direction... and all that COLD northern water that makes for perfect lobstering.

    I hope we bump into each other one day! We often visit the same places. I love your commentary on them all, and have learned new places to visit.

    Deb Meyers

    1. So, Deb...are you saying that the air at the beaches in Florida and Texas is sticky too?...and that it's the New England beaches that are the exception? For the life of me, I can't remember about Hawaiian beaches.

      I hope we bump into each other someday too! It's a small state, so maybe so!


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