Ogunquit possesses a decent sized gay and lesbian population. There is a concentrated area of restaurants and shops near the intersection of Main Street and Shore Road, and access to the beach is nearby. The town's sidewalks (where they exist) are packed with tourists on weekends during the summer.
Ogunquit has much to offer in terms of fresh seafood, family-oriented and romantic restaurants, ice cream joints, beaches and an array of boutiques and shops. You can find the standard tourist-y items as well as high quality art work, jewelry clothes and some shops that offer unique local shells and products.
Summer nights bring a bustling excitement to downtown Ogunquit and the trolleys are an enjoyable and convenient form of transportation throughout the day.
Interstate 95 is the direct route from Boston (1.25 hours) and other east coast cities. When coming from the south, take Maine Exit 7 to Route 1 North for access to Ogunquit and The Yorks.
Interstate 95 throughout Maine and New Hampshire can experience major traffic jams from tourists traveling between the Boston metro area and vacation areas in the north. Using a EZ Pass or compatible transponder will avoid waiting in line at toll booths on 95. Using a GPS navigation system that can route you around traffic jams could also save a considerable amount of time, if you are not familiar with the area.
Route 1 is a viable coastal alternative to 95, and is also more scenic. Shore Road is even more coastal, connecting with Route 1 further south.
During the tourist season, Ogunquit experiences major traffic jams on Route 1 (Main Street) and Shore Road, centered around the intersection of the two roads. Public parking is in high demand and be quite expensive ($25/day). See the Town of Ogunquit website for a map of available parking lots and rates. If driving, it is advisable to carpool if applicable, and determine where you would like to park in advance. Most overnight accommodations, like inns and resorts, provide their own free lots. Obed's Lot on Cottage Street requires advanced payment, which can be inconvenient if you do not know how long you wish to park, but which does allow you to leave without waiting in an exit line (unlike the main Beach Lot).
Taking the Ogunquit Trolley between your parking lot and destinations of interest can be cost effective. Paid dedicated motorcycle parking is available in the main Beach Lot, and is underused compared to automobile parking. Taking public transit or parking outside of town and bicycling in would also avoid traffic hassles.
Ogunquit is said to be the most walkable community in Maine. Walkers, runners and bikers are always on the sidewalks and roads and downtown Ogunquit, Perkins Cove and the beach are always filled with pedestrians. If you are staying locally, there is no great need to travel within Ogunquit with a car.
The Ogunquit Trolley, Phone: +1 207 646-1411, . Operates all along Route 1, Shore Road and to the beach. Very useful. Listen for the approaching bell. Trolley stops are marked by signs with the picture of a trolley and a bench on the sidewalk.
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Shore Rd., Phone: +1 207 646-4909, .
Scenic walk at Marginal Way, A beautiful one mile path along the seashore ending at Perkins Cove. This popular walkway has plenty of opportunities to rest and enjoy the views on benches and is a great trail for couples and families. More than 100,000 people walk the Marginal Way every year. Dogs are not allowed April through September.
Long a town of art galleries, there is plenty to see while browsing in Perkins Cove or in Ogunquit Village center.
Animal Instinct, 232 Main St, Phone: +1 207 646-7728. . Animal Instinct is a small but packed store full of games, toys and stuffed animals for children of all ages.
Books Ink, 15 Shore Road, downtown Ogunquit, ☎ +1 207 641-8580, . hours are seasonal. What a surprise-- tucked in among a row of standard souvenir shops is this bookstore, which is almost worth the trip if you have a bright kid just for the amazing collection of recreational math books and wonderful K-12 kids educational math and science books, though there are gems in every section (i.e. Winnie the Pooh in Latin in the language section, etc)edit
Z Name Shop, 1 Beach Street, +1 207-646-4990, . Located directly in downtown, this shop is a great place for tourists to find souvenirs.
Nearby Kittery, 20 minutes south, has over 120 outlet stores.
Gypsy Sweethearts, 30 Shore Rd, Phone: +1 207 646-7021, . Imaginative offerings and great desserts. $17-$30.
Harbor Candy Shop, 248 Main St, Phone: +1 207 646-8078, . Exquisite selections of a large variety of candy and chocolates, Harbor Candy Shop is a must for all with a sweet tooth. Some homemade treats you can expect to find are fudge, cordials, taffy and chocolate covered marshmallows.
Jackie's Too, Perkins Cove, Phone: +1 207 646-4444, . Right at the shore.
MC Perkins Cove, Perkins Cove, Phone: +1 207 646-6263, . Daily lunch, dinner in an upscale casual setting with great views. Offers a raw bar, lounge, two bars, two beautiful dining rooms, and a private dining room. $24-$34.
Old Village Inn, 250 Main St, Phone: +1 207 646-7088, .
Ogunquit Lobster Pound, 504 Main St, Phone: +1 207 646-2516. This Ogunquit institution serves more lobsters in a week than many restaurants do in a lifetime. You can choose to personally select your own live lobster for your dinner. You can either eat inside the restaurant or outside on picnic tables. For desserts, they feature a delicious chocolate lava cake a la mode. The parking lot is shared with The Egg & I, which is across the street.
Roberto's Italian Cuisine, 82-84 Shore Rd, Phone: +1 207 646-8130.
Vinny's East Coast Grille, 696 Main St, Phone: +1 207 646-5115, . Italian. $12-$22.
West Meadow Pub at the Meadowmere Resort, 74 Main Street, Toll free: +1 800-633-8718, . Pub fare in season, live entertainment every Saturday
Yum Mee Restaurant, 705 Main St, Phone: +1 207 641-8788, . Chinese.
The Egg & I, Route 1, Phone: +1 207 646-8777, . Breakfast. Located on one of Ogunquit's main roads, this moderate-sized, family oriented pancake and waffle house is easily accessible. They offer breakfast, lunch and a kids' menu. $7-$12 per person. Accept only cash and traveler's checks. Parking is shared with Ogunquit Lobster Pound across the street. Lines form quickly so go early.
Bread and Roses (Bakery in Ogunquit), 246 Main Street, ☎ 207-646-4227, . Excellent selection of dessert-type baked goods, and gourmet and regular coffee.edit
The Admiral's Inn, 87 Main Street, Phone: +1 207 646-7093, . Just one block to the entrance of the Marginal Way and two blocks to the village centre. Two pools, two hot tubs, fire pit, gym, spa, lounge and pub.
The Anchorage By the Sea, 125 Shore Road, Phone: +1 207 646-9384, .
Colonial Village Resort, 548 Main St, Phone 207-646-2794 or 800-422-3341, . One mile away from downtown. The resort offers one large outdoor pool, a small indoor pool and hot tub, tennis court and small arcade. Tide-permitting, guests can walk or use the resort's rowboats to cross the tidal river to get to Ogunquit Beach.
The Dolphin Den 69 Cottage Street, Ogunquit Center, Phone 207-646-5639  welcomes DOGS (call first!) and is located next to a public park in the town's center. Private entrances to all suites. Short walk to the Marginal Way and Ogunquit Beach.
The Dunes on the Waterfront, 518 Main Street, Phone: 207-646-2612, toll free: 1-888-243-8637, . Situated on 12 secluded and beautifully landscaped acres, this is only 300 Yards from Ogunquit Beach. Apr - Oct.
Footbridge Beach Motel, 668 Main St. at Ocean St., Phone: +1 207 646-2796, . On trolley route, 3 minute walk to beach.
The Mariner Resort, 734 Main Street, Phone: +1 207 646-5931, .
The Meadowmere Resort, 74 Main Street, Toll free: +1 800-633-8718, . Resort rooms and suites near Ogunquit center, tons of amenities.
The Morning Dove, 13 Bourne Lane, ☎ 207-646-3891, . edit
Ogunquit Beach Inn, 67 School Street, Phone: +1 207 646-1112, . Gay owned B&B. All private baths. Village Centre, walk to beach, Marginal Way and nightlife email@example.com
Ogunquit Suites, 731 Main Street, Phone: +1 207 646-8336, .
Ogunquit Resort Motel, 719 Main Street, Phone: +1 207 646-8336, . Ogunquit’s largest pool, giant outdoor hot tub and exercise room. Rooms with CCTV, AC, Mini Fridges. Kids stay free, free local calls, free continental breakfast, free HBO.
Yardarm Village Inn, 406 Shore Road, Phone: +1 207 646-7006, . Quiet & Cozy B&B near Perkins Cove.