York, ME, Guide and Information
Ogunquit, a Native American name that means “beautiful place by the sea,” does indeed rank as one of Maine’s most alluring destinations. First settled in the 1600s, its natural splendor attracted artists to its shores during the late 1800s and vacationers soon followed. Ogunquit’s picturesque seascapes have been captured on canvas and eventually on iPhones by visitors from around the world.
But beginning centuries before that–toward the late 1600s–shipbuilding and fishing contributed to the livelihood of Ogunquit’s hearty residents. There even was a time toward the late nineteenth century that fishermen and artists worked side by side around Perkins Cove. You can find out more about this storied time in history and the artistic scene of today by taking an Ogunquit art colony walking tour organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Make sure to save time to visit the museum, the only one of its kind entirely devoted to American Art. It’s just a short walk from Perkins Cove and well worth it for its art as well as for its sculpture-filled gardens and spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic.
Get out and enjoy the great outdoors! That’s what you do in Maine and there are plenty of ways–both by land and sea–to do it.
The beach is always a good place to start and Ogunquit Beach, a three-and-a-half-mile stretch of unspoiled sandy seduction–will help you to understand why Ogunquit draws big crowds. Seawater temps only top out at about 68 degrees early August (if you’re lucky) but not many people seem to care. You can always roll around in the warm sand afterward, the perfect primer for another dip in the surf.