Frequently Asked, FAQ
Questions about Ogunquit, the scene, what to look for, and how to enjoy it.
What is Ogunquit?
Often misspelled and mispronounced, Ogunquit (Algonquit, Ogonquit) is the friendly little beach and artist colony that hovers on the southern coast of Maine. Ogunquit features one of the top rated beaches in the USA, and a picturesque walk called the Marginal Way. Ogunquit is only 4 square miles. There are two main sections: the village, and Perkins Cove. Most gay nightlife, B & B’s and Inns are located in the village.
Where to stay?
Most gay people stay in the village where you don’t have to drive or take the trolley. The Main beach, Marginal Way, gay nightlife, dining are all in the village.
Here are some gay owned accommodations in Ogunquit village, these Inns and B&B’s are both walking distance to all Ogunquit has to offer:
Ogunquit Beach Inn , 67 School Street, telephone 207 646 1112, features King and Queen size beds with private baths.
If you want to bring your pet, we recommend The Sweet Pea Pied–a–terre Cottage Rental. Located in village centre at 80 Cottage street. This self catering condo cottage has a full kitchen, queen size bedroom, full bath, living room and washer/dryer. Walk to beach, Marginal Way. All linens included! Pet friendly with owners permission. Phone Toby at 617 233 0403. Rented, Saturday-to-Saturday
When to Go?
High season is Memorial Day to September 26th. Reservations are highly recommended. Fall foliage is also a great time to go. There are many different events happening during the year. Autumn shoulder season is Sept 26th to Halloween. Tip: From the end of May to June 15th, rates are generally cheaper and there are fewer crowds.
Ogunquit has several ATM’s and two Banks (Key, & Kennebunk Savings, next to Ogunquit Beach Inn). Most restaurants take debit and credit cards. All banks will convert Canadian currency. Kennebunk Savings usually has the best rates for foreign exchanges.
There is also an ATM at the Police Station at 20 Cottage Street. ATM is open 24/7
Lobster, Lobster, Lobster…
1. Ogunquit Lobster Pound – 504 Main Street
This is a true lobster pound! We recommend that you eat in the “bar” side of the restaurant. It’s less noisy and has more atmosphere. Located about .7 mile (1.1 km) north of village centre. See our review of the “Lobster Pound” Click here
2. The Lobster Shack Located deep in Perkins Cove (around the bend near the draw bridge). This is a must.
Enjoy lobster, steamers, lobster rolls, chowder, and a whole lot more in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Live lobsters are caught by local lobstermen and wait in tanks filled with ocean water pumped straight from Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine.
Go to the main beach, take a left and go 200 meters. This is the gay section. There are also smaller beaches along the Marginal Way. Footbridge Beach is located in North Ogunquit off of Ocean Ave.
What about chairs and sport items for the beach?
Many gay guesthouses supply beach chairs. There is also a wonderful service that provides umbrellas and beach toys. Pack light and call Ogunquit Beach and Sport . They also have volleyballs and other items.
What’s the night scene like?
Ogunquit is a lively town in the summer season! Make sure to plan your stay by making reservations at your favorite restaurants. Also, make sure to purchase your tickets for the Ogunquit Playhouse
In Ogunquit, you see a wonderful musical at the Playhouse, see a show or sing-a-long at the piano at the Front Porch, see comic Dueling Drag Divas at MaineStreet, Catch a current film at the Leavitt Theatre or just have a wonderful dinner in the village topped off with an ice cream!
How do I get to the Marginal Way?
Marginal Way starts on Shore Road near School & Cottage Streets; about 2 blocks from The Front Porch Bar. The entrance is just after the Sparhawk Motel. Carson Kressley says, “its anything, but marginal”.
What is the Marginal Way?
The Marginal Way was once an old Indian trail that is now a path the hugs the “margin” of the ocean. This Ogunquit attraction is a must. The path meanders over a mile and brings you to beautiful Perkins Cove. The Marginal Way offers some of the best views of the coastline in Maine, and unique flora and fauna.
Dogs, Dogs, Dogs……
Need your dog walked?? Staying in a rental house, B&B, motel, hotel,or Inn in the village, and you want to spend the day at the beach?? We recommend “The Dog Lady”. The Dog Lady is Karen Smith. She is Ogunquit’s official Dog Lady. Call her to make arrangements at 207.502.0383 .
Dogs are not allowed on the beach, so let the “Dog Lady” do the walking for you!
Ogunquit is a very safe town with very little crime. Take normal precautions, but you should not feel unsafe walking through town at any time of the day or night. In addition, we are blessed with a gay-friendly police force. The Police Association also sells T-shirts, a great souvenir. The Ogunquit Police Station is located at 20 Cottage Street. All emergencies: Fire, Police and Rescue phone 911. Non-emergencies 207.646.9362
What should I pack?
Dont over pack! You will need: long pants for the Playhouse, a light jacket or sweater (even in August), bathing suit, sunblock, and a ball cap for sun. Dont worry if you forgot something. Ogunquit has wonderful stores and shops to buy clothing and toiletry articles. Make sure to bring your smart phone, for shots of the Marginal Way for your Facebook profile!
Where can I run?
At low tide Ogunquit Beach is magical! The sand is hard packed. From the beginning of the beach to the end and back ( including the loop around the parking lot) is over 5 miles. From the village center to Marginal Way to Perkins Cove and back is over 5 km.
There are many runners in Ogunquit, as well as three races a year: the Lobster Dash in September; the Frannie Peabody 5K AIDS run/walk in May
Support, I need a meeting…..
Please ask your local innkeeper for AA and support group meetings. AA meetings are Sundays at 8pm at the Dunaway Center on Cottage Street. There are also meetings at the Baptist church on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am