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Ogunquit area in winter

We will be visiting family in Portland for Thanksgiving. We like to get away for one night (Sat the 26th) and will probably leave out of Portland Sun eve. I've never been to Ogunquit. In the past we have spent the night in Portland (which I know quite well) or Boston (flying out of Logan). Looking for something new this trip. During the summer we love Peak's Island, Bar Harbor and Camden.
We are hoping for a quiet, good nights sleep. A nice dinner, maybe brunch on Sun. A place to have a few drinks Sat night, without having to drive. Scenery. Cold and snow don't scare us (I was raised in ME and live in MI).
I'm nervous about going off season. Will there be restaurants/inns that meet our need? Any other suggestion within a reasonable drive of Portland to spend the night (We leave Sun eve out of Portland).
I'll get down to the nitty gritty as we get closer to the trip, but need to book hotels/flights etc soon. Just trying to decide if it's miserable in these coastal towns in the winter and better to spend the night in Portland or Boston.


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  1. Ogunquit has just what you're looking for, good choice. I don't care for it in summertime when the traffic is a mess and the streets are crowded with people...but in the off season I love it. Nothing to be nervous about, and be sure to take the lovely drive down Shore Road to Cape Neddick. Breathtaking views.

    Most restaurants remain open year round and you'll have no problems finding a nice spot for some drinks.

    1. There are a few nice places in Ogunquit that offer a room and dinning as a package, Or they can be booked for just the room. Try a place called The Meadowmere Resort which is right on Rt. 1 just south of the rotary in downtown Ogunquit. There is another place called the Admirals Inn which is also nice and almost across the street from the meadowmere, There is a nice restaurant with in walking distance for both places. Called Jonathan's which is only a 3 to 5 min walk if that. There is a nice place on Rt.! called Gorges Grant Hotel which also is very nice. Try there websites for prices and avail. with pictures..

      1. Thanks for all the great advice. I feel comfortable booking my flight, pricelining a hotel room for Portland and starting to look into one for Ogunquit. I'll be sure to report back.

        1. Ogunquit is quiet—Very. Quiet.—in the off season. Don't expect a lot to be open. For oceanfront lodging, try the Beachmere (http://www.beachmereinn.com), it's within easy walking distance of most of Ogunquit's restaurants.

          You might also consider Kennebunkport, which is still somewheat lively then, thanks to it's Christmas Prelude celebration.

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          1. re: Mainegal

            ditto on both quiet and Beachmere.

          2. Here is a good resource for restaurants for Thanksgiving in Portland:


            They don't have any listings for 2011 yet, but they always have a lot of good information closer to the holiday.

            1. Thanks again, everyone. We are looking forward to our trip! We'll be staying at the Admiral's Inn. Many places still had minimum night stay, Admiral's Inn did not and looked like our kind of place.

              I think we'll have brunch (Sun) at MC Perkins. I imagine the view can best be appreciated during the day when it's not dark! For dinner (Sat), I was thinking of either Jonathan's or the Old Village Inn. Any opinions? Any suggestions on where one can get a beer/nighcap after dinner? We prefer to stay in town and walking distance (don't want to drink and drive!)

              Admiral's Inn
              87 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907

              Old Village Inn
              30 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907

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              1. re: SaraPA

                I've actually had a couple very good dinners at Old Village Inn. The chef is definitely competent. I would recommend it. They also have a bar if you prefer to stay in the building!

                Old Village Inn
                30 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907

              2. Admiral's had a small bar, that was opened when I was there last year, I know it was open so if you had been to the playhouse you had a place to get a drink. We however, did not make it there. So can't give you any feedback on what it has to offer.

                The Front Porch I think is close by, but due to when you'll be there not sure if you'll want to walk depending on the weather. Also you mentione Old Village Inn, I think that should be even closer, or just walk across to Jonathan's if you aren't eating there or OVI.

                I'm sure someone will post that knows whats what during the off season far better than I. We usually go Spring or Fall, haven't been there after Oct yet.

                Front Porch Restaurant
                9 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME 03907

                Old Village Inn
                30 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907

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                1. re: hummingbird

                  Seacastles (http://www.ogunquitbeach.com/seacastl...) has AWESOME off-season rates. We're going there for a 4-night visit the weekend before Thanksgiving. Love the place.

                2. Just wanted to update about our trip. I don't know why I was so worried--there were still many restaurants open and plenty to do. We had dinner at the Old Village Inn and went up to the piano bar at Front Porch for an after dinner drink. We thought dinner was great--nice woodpanel atmosphere and classic comfort food (Prime rib, stuffed shrimp and stuffed haddock). The clam chowder and lobster bisque were excellent. The Front Porch was a lot of fun (although a bit warm). I was most impressed by the service. And the singing :-) For breakfast we hit Amore Breakfast (although MC Perkins Cove was a close second and our waiter from dinner recommended Bintliff's--apparently they have bacon vodka in the bloody mary's). We would definitely go back again. I had the Lobster Eggs Benedict with homemade potatoes. Yum!
                  Thanks for all the great suggestions. I could definitely recommend visiting Ogunquit during this time of year. Plenty to eat and see.