Going on vacation can be a lot of work. Often heading out with the family or friends involves the coordination of many opinions. Have you ever considered going on a vacation alone? Ditch the opinions and dedicate some time to your own self-care.
To make it simple we’ve collected a few fun facts about Ogunquit Maine that we believe make it the ideal location for your solo self-care adventure.
Healing Benefits of Nature
Being in nature provides huge benefits to your wellbeing and Ogunquit has plenty of it to enjoy. According to National Geographic, nature is the antidote to an overstressed life. Slowing down to enjoy the scenery, letting go of the busywork that consumes our days, and simply sitting in the beauty of nature can leave us feeling refreshed and restored. It has positive impacts on our mental performance, our creative problem solving, and our happiness.
Here are just a few of the beautiful scenes you can experience in Ogunquit throughout the entire year:
- Known for its beautiful beaches, Ogunquit offers opportunities for long walks along shorelines and views from sandy shores and scenic cliffs. Enjoy beachcombing, birdwatching, sunbathing, or have a simple picnic while listening to the waves hit the shore. Footbridge Beach Motel is a short three-minute walk across the Ogunquit River to the Footbridge Beach, ranked as the #1 beach in the United States by Rolling Stone magazine.
- Whale watching, kayaking, lobster and sailboat tours provide gorgeous views from the water. Book a sunset cruise for the ultimate Maine experience on the water!
- Perkins Cove is a 3-mile barrier of sand and dunes connected to the mainland by one of the most photographed drawbridges in Maine. Take a walk along the manual draw footbridge to enter one of Maine’s most beautiful harbors.
- If you are looking for something beyond beach activities, there are plenty of mountains and trees to explore. Plan a fall foliage trip or go hiking at a nearby nature reserve. Mount Agamenticus and Wells Reserve offer a number of trails. Take in bird watching, travel through grasslands, explore an abandoned apple field, and learn about forest ecology.
Experience Maine’s Art & Culture
When you aren’t exploring our beaches, forests, or coastlines make some time to learn about Maine’s art and culture. Our city was discovered by artists which led to the founding of the Ogunquit Artist’s Colony in 1888.
- The historic Ogunquit Playhouse offers quality shows for the theatre buff. Many of the productions featured have gained national and international recognition. The playhouse is recognized as a structure of National Significance on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Perkins Cove (mentioned above for its gorgeous sand dunes) is at the end of Marginal Way, a paved mile-plus path that begins at the Ogunquit Beach. Considered an artist’s paradise, Perkins Cove is full of galleries, sea glass jewelry, gift boutiques, and local cuisine.
- Lose time strolling through one of our Museums. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) houses over 2,000 works and is open from May to October. The Ogunquit Meetinghouse Museum is perfect for the history buff who wants to get lost in the past and enjoy the stories of the first Maine explorers and local settlers. And if you love vintage steam pump fire engines, you’ll want to check out the Ogunquit Fire Co. Fire Museum.
- If you are a fan of Stephen King’s The Stand, you’ll be excited to know that a significant part of the story is set in Ogunquit. Bring the book and read it beside the heated pool at the Footbridge Beach Motel or on the beach, just a short walk away.
Concerns About Safety When Traveling Alone
We are fairly fond of our sleepy little Maine town and are happy to report that our town is a safe happy place to live, work, and play. You don’t have to take our word for it. TripAdvisor describes Ogunquit as “about as safe as you can get.”
When travelling alone, even to our perfect little town, you need to be aware of your surroundings and proactive of your safety. Here are 50 tips for those on a solo vacation.
When you are ready to schedule your solo vacation by the sea make sure to book your stay with us at Footbridge Motel here in Ogunquit. Come experience this historic coastal town for yourself!