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  • Writer's pictureTina Hill

4th of July in New England

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

As the commander in chief of my household, I made the executive decision to celebrate Sea Day in one of Maine's most beloved and fun towns. About 6 months ago, I made reservations in Ogunquit, Maine at the Admiral's Inn. This turned out to be a fun, family mini-vaca that I recommend to everyone. The atmosphere in the town is lively, the beach is beautiful, and the restaurants do not disappoint. I LOVED the vibe here. In addition to the town, there is a lovely walk along the cliffs overlooking the ocean called Marginal Way that takes you into Perkin's Cove. We started the walk at the ending point and continued all the way through to the cove. I would guess it's a good 2 mile walk. The views from Marginal Way are breathtaking, and there are many inlets for sunbathing and swimming, along the way, that locals and tourists enjoy. While walking on Marginal Way, you get to take in the lovely homes and luxury hotels. The Anchorage by the Sea is a GORGEOUS resort overlooking the ocean, and if I do decide on Ogunquit for next year, I will definitely be booking this hotel. From the outside, it is magnificent. The pool and outdoor bar looked very inviting. The lawn is pristine, and it's a prime spot for viewing the fireworks.

Bread and Roses Bakery has the BEST BLUEBERRY PIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Girl time and shopping with my oldest daughter in Ogunquit Village

As a first time visitor, The Admiral's Inn was a great hotel choice. It is neutrally located between the beach, shops, and Perkin's Cove. The manager, Mark, was very accommodating, the rooms were CLEAN, and the air conditioning worked perfectly. The rooms each had two queen beds, a mini refrigerator, and were completely NOISE PROOF. The outside had a family pool (larger in size) and an adult pool (smaller in size...more like a lap pool). There was an outdoor bar, but it was not open. The Admiral's Inn was a great find and fit for our family, and the walk to the beach, shops, and restaurants was no more than 10 minutes.

Perkin's Cove is an artist's dream. It's a cute cove with restaurants, shops, a candy store, lobster boats that will take you out, and a few B&B's/Cottages. There is a bridge at the Cove which takes you across to the main road and to hotels along the cove. We had lunch at Jackie's Too, and the lobster was tasty. I would definitely recommend it. The Cove is busy with tourist action and people coming and going. The walk on Marginal Way that leads you into Perkin's Cove is not to be missed.

We spent two days at Ogunquit Beach, and it was simply amazing. The beach sand is like powder, and it doesn't get too hot. The waves are big, and at low tide, the beach area is very large. Parking is $30, but we were within walking distance (huge bonus). There are a lot of hotels in close range to the beach...definitely worth looking into. There's also a variety of artsy stores to choose from, restaurants that showcase music (jazz and piano), and the Ogunquit Playhouse. We had dinner in Ogunquit Village at Rose Cove Cafe, and the food was delicious. Our entrees included lobster, steak, and scallops. Everyone was happy with their meal. I had blueberry pie for dessert, and it was incredible!! For breakfast, we ate at The Wild Blueberry Restaurant, which was outstanding. The omelets were cooked to perfection, the chocolate chip/banana pancakes were something special, and the eggs with corn-beef hash was delish! The wait to eat was not long, and the portions were big (not sure if that's a good thing). The restaurant is a real gem.

Must Do: Breakfast at The Wild Blueberry, watching fireworks along Marginal Way with friends, and eating fresh Maine lobster.

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