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Sep 12, 2007 10:05 AM

Wells for the weekend. Any tips?

My boyfriend and I are staying at The Grey Gull Inn this weekend and were hoping to explore the Wells/Ogunquit area. I have some ideas of places we'd like to check out, but was hoping for an updated list of suggestions. Our price range tends to be in the moderate to the inexpensive range (so no Arrows recs) but are looking for good quality food. Also, if there are any ice cream shops that might still be open and are worth visiting we'd love to do that. Finally...the marginal way and perkins cove are on our list of activites as well as checking out some of the galleries, but is there something else we should try to take advantage of? He hates traveling so I am trying to get as much out of this trip as possible!! We are traveling from Boston Friday morning and returning Sunday midday. Thanks so much!

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  1. On Friday, on your way up, you might want to detour off to York Harbor, Brown's Ice Cream overlooks the shore and is a great setting in which to enjoy a cone. Indian Pudding would be the flavor to try, you don't find it many places. There is also a little soda-fountain restaurant in downtown York that makes ice cream. The pub at York Harbor Inn has a decent happy hour if you're still in York late afternoon, or as you head up Route 1 to Wells you might try the famous "Flo's Special" hot dog (read more about it on HollyEats).
    Jakes in Moody (just south of Wells) has decent takeout seafood/lobster rolls etc and you can head for the beach to eat it. Congdon's Donuts is great for all kinds of pastries on Saturday morning..........we like to get a pack of their frest hot dog buns and then stop at a seafood shop (or even the Hannaford's supermarket) and get some fresh crabmeat to stuff into the rolls for a picnic sandwich.

    MerrilandFarmCafe is a good place for a delicious but affordable Saturday lunch.

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    1. re: jackattack

      There are many places in Well's to eat, reasonably. There is the ( Also on Mile Rd which is the road to wells beach There's Billy's Chowder House.( And a nice little Italian Restaurant on Mile Rd. about 300 Ft. down on the left form the intersection with Rt 1. Also there is a place called Mainiax Restaurant On Rt.1 in wells. In Ogunquit just south of Wells there is a nice place Called Vinny's East Coast Grill , great sports bar, good food , In Perkins Cove there are a couple of places to eat. Good luck and I hope this helps. (

    2. Flo's Hot dogs with her hot sauce are worth the trip. The original in York is open 11-3 everyday except wed. WElls on Route 1 and Kittery near the Trading post are open later.
      The best reaturant in Ogunquit is MC Perkins Cove- owned by Arrows but not so
      expensive. Great view and excellent food. Be sure to look at the bar menu. 98 Provence in Ogunquit for French food. Barnicle Billy;s for lobster and rum punch, chowder and steamers. Gypsy Sweethearts for eclectic asian influenced menu. In Wells, Billy's Chowder House and the Fisherman's Catch for fried food-extremely casual. The Scoop Deck just off Route one past the Beach Acres trailer park on the right is excellent for ice cream. Have a great time

      1. Maine Diner for all, on Route 1 in Wells, before you get to Route 9A towards Kennebunkport. Cafe Amore in Ogunquit before Perkins Cove for breakfast, and Hurricane Punch, steamers and chowder at Barnacle Billy's. If you want to go into Kennebunkport check out Mekhong Thai in The Marketplace Plaza, and the beer, nice atmosphere, enjoyable food, and a Red Sox game at Federal Jacks (Shipyard Brewery). Go to Big Daddy's for Ice Cream, right next to Maine Diner.

        1. I like Mike's Clam Shack on RT 1. It's always good and a good value. It reminds of Lenny and Joe's in Connecticut.

          1. After Ogunquit - (where I would suggest 98 Provence, hands down the place to go for a romantic wonderful dinner) - head north to Kennebunkport (same distance as Ogunquit in drivetime certainly) for a great place called Federal Jack's. Crazy beautiful view of the harbor with a menu for anybody, excellent bar and a weekend nightlife I didn't expect to see... I really liked this place a lot over our week long vacation.