Ogunquit is a small summer resort town in Maine, with a population numbering under 1000, whose name means “beautiful place by the sea” in the Abenaki Indian language.

The first sawmill was established here in 1686, which led to the development of shipbuilding along the Ogunquit River. Fishing also became a major livelihood in the area.

Due to erosion, the widening tidewater basin ultimately resulted in a 3 ½ mile beach and sand dunes forming a barrier peninsula. Connected by bridge to the mainland in 1888, the village was soon discovered by artists, becoming a popular art colony and tourist area. To accommodate summer crowds, seaside hotels and inns were built, as were numerous restaurants, bars, and theaters. There is also a scenic trail, known as the Marginal Way, running along the coast from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach.

Ogunquit was also the setting for part of Stephen King‘s The Stand (1978), and one of its more famous residents is Sally Strothers. In 2016, Ogunquit was named America’s Best Coastal Small Town by USA Today. And for Portland residents, it is as convenient for them as the Hamptons is for New Yorkers.

  • Visited: Oct 2010

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