Thursday, July 11, 2024

Marginal Way. Ogunquit, Maine



The southwest corner of Maine has become a prime destination of New England tourism, but that is not its origin story. The shape of the coast line, with its many inlets and protected bays allowed towns along the coast, that date back to the late 17th century, to serve as the base of fishing fleets. Ogunquit shares this history, with its Perkins Cove providing a safe haven.

Perkins Cove

Perkins Cove Drawbridge


In 1898, the Ogunquit Art Colony was formed. This changed the town, making it a destination for artists from the Boston area and beyond. As often happens, once artists started coming to the area, other people, mostly the rich, were close behind, and Ogunquit became a significant summer retreat. 

Stephen 's Brook Marshland


The monied class bought seafront property, while hotels and inns opened for those of more modest means. They all came for the chance to spend time enjoying Maine’s beautiful coast. In 1925, a 20 acre parcel of land that stretched along the cliffs of Maine’s coast was donated to the town by Josiah Chase Jr. His gift was made in order to preserve public access to shoreline. By the 1930’s the pathway was paved, and Marginal Way was created.

Perkins Cove


Marginal Way covers a length of about 1.25 miles along the cliffs of Ogunquit. One end is at Perkins Cove. Here you will find shops and restaurants along Harbor Lane. There is also a public parking lot and several private ones. The other end of Marginal Way is near the Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort, along Shore Road. Here, there is more parking, several municipal buildings, and access to Shore Road’s commercial area, near its intersection with US Route 1. The round trip walk is about 3 miles, and there are thirty-six benches on which to rest along the way. From July 1 through October, the town runs a trolley service that connects Perkins Cove to Shore Road, and goes on to the the hotels along Route 1. The trolley costs $5 for adults and $3 for children per ride.


Marginal Way is a great place enjoy Maine’s coast line. It is one of the few places where there is a long, developed path to take. Ogunquit wonderful town to enjoy a weekend away.


Thursday, July 4, 2024

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Boothbay Sunset


 The coast of Maine is a crenulated border between land and sea. The inlets, bays and islands that line the coast create a seemingly endless collection of wonderful views. Boothbay Harbor is an excellent example of the places to can explore in the area.



Boothbay Harbor is a small town that sits at the northern end of Linekin Bay. It provides a protected area for its marina, and is a popular tourist spot during the summer season. Its waterfront is lined with hotels and restaurants that provide great views of the bay. I stayed at the Tugboat Inn, which occupies two piers built out over the water. The Inn also has an excellent restaurant on site.



The town of Boothbay Harbor is filled with tourist shops, offering a wide variety of stores from books, to tee-shirts, to fancy home accessories and clothes.



When I travel a shoreline, I love to find and explore lighthouses, but this was no easy task. There are two lighthouses listed on Southport Island, adjacent to the town. One is the Burnt Island Light. uB this lighthouse is on the water side of a smaller island, and is not visible from any accessible roadway. The second is Hendrick’s Head Lighthouse, which sits on private property. This house is viewable from Hendrick’s Head Beach, in the town of West Southport. If you are in the area, stop in at the Southport General store for a coffee or snack. In the summer their barn is home to local artisans.



A drive to the south end of Southport Island brings you to Newagen, a small residential  area. The town landing has a pier that provides wonderful views of the small islands around Cape Harbor. From the pier you can see a small lighthouse out on one of the nearby Cuckhold Islands.



Boothbay Harbor is a great place to spend a couple of days enjoying the sights and food of the Maine Coast.