Monday, August 1, 2011

Trolley Time in Ogunquit, Maine

And it's off to Ogunquit.We saw many adorable and well-kept places along the way.

What? Established in 1980?? Oh, okay...it was established in 1641 as a village in nearby Wells, but separated in 1980.

We decided to stay in a hotel this time as the breakfasts at the B&B were doing us in. This place, not far from downtown, was reasonably priced and had good reviews.

Am loving the blue hydrangeas everywhere! We might have just missed the roses, but the hydrangeas are in full bloom.

Hmmm...it appeared that this was a family motel (read lots of kids). But it was actually very quiet and very clean.

These chairs looked inviting, not that we actually ever went and sat in them.

We took a drive through town and ended up in Perkins Cove. I didn't realize until I saw a video on YouTube that anyone is allowed to press the button on the drawbridge to open it so that a boat can go through.

The view from the bridge towards the Atlantic Ocean.

And looking the other way into the harbour (or as we heard often, the "ha-bah").

The Marginal Way is about a 1.5 mile walk along the shore. It's not strenuous and has lovely views.

You can get on the path in several places...

And enjoy beautiful views...

In some places you're very close to the water...

Or you can be walking on a shady path through the trees...


Many of these benches are in remembrance of or a tribute to someone...

You'll see lots of places that entice you to walk on the rocks...



And then you walk by people's houses (or cottages!)...


Can't walk out too much farther on these rocks!

This cottage, with its lone tree, had a spectacular view...

These are lifeguards! I can't imagine swimming here, but people must...

Hmmm...when I see people out on these rocks, I immediately think of Peggy's Cove and how someone will get swept off the rocks by an unexpected wave. I am turning into Nervous Nellie!

And then the walk ended at the back of this hotel with its beautiful flowers. It was fantastic!

It's a gardener's delight here...tremendous effort goes into making it picture perfect.


We were a bit outside of town, but Ogunquit has this fantastic trolley system which went right by our motel. You paid $1.50 each time you got on and you could take it as far around the hour-long loop as you liked. It became our transportation system, as it was hard to find a place to park and it was also very expensive. Also, if you wanted a glass of wine at dinner, it took the "who's driving" out of the equation.

OMG! Grease!!! We walked by this little theatre...okay, wait...we couldn't even see the theatre. But it said "Tonight at 8:00" so we decided to investigate.

Hmmm...so this was the theatre. The opening on the left was the way to the washroom where you also ran into the actors/actresses backstage during the break. This was either going to be a train wreck or a hidden gem!

No, this wasn't the ticket booth!

Good ol' Rydell High!

We arrived at about 7:50 for the show. This wasn't looking too good. So far, it was just us! But in the end there was an enthusiastic audience of 14, and because it was so small, we sounded like many more. The show was actually very good and lots of fun! Most of the actors were university students just trying to an acting job for the summer.Well worth the $19...

Ahhh...Salt Air Way...so cute...

Beautiful homes right near Perkins Cove...

This was the patio near one of the restaurants. The restaurants with outdoor seating definitely do a better business, but we had fabulous meals wherever we went.

This was a favourite stop on a couple of mornings. Breaking New Grounds is a coffee shop in Perkins Cove...

With outdoor seating...

Inquisitive birds...

And fabulous views! It was easy to sit there for an hour enjoying your coffee and watching the waves.



We didn't spend too much time in the shops as it was really warm. I did threaten to go into the candy store many times, but never did make it!

The trolley stop at the end of the line in Perkins Cove. This was as far as the trolley would go before it began the trip back around the loop. Some of the drivers were so nice, and one in particular was sooo crabby. You would have to love people to do this job. Even in the short time we were there, they answered the same questions from the tourists over and over again, and you would be doing the same hour drive and announcing the same stops over and over again.

The crowded Ogunquit Beach...

It was nice that they had benches under cover where you could sit...

We drove by this house so many times and it looked so adorable. It's actually a business called Spoiled Rotten. Must get in there next time!

And to top off our eating extravaganza...one afternoon we felt liking having a good ol' breakfast, which led us here.

Oh! I hadn't watched this show but I had heard about it.

This was a small line up compared to what we saw when we drove by at other times. Of course, it was 3:00 in the afternoon!

Yum! Eggs and hash browns...notice the very artful placement of the knife!

And yummy homemade beans and a tea biscuit that weighed a pound! We didn't need dinner that night!


We enjoyed Ogunquit so much that we decided to stay a few more days. Now that we have the lay of the land, we decided to move closer to town...

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