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Review posted 6/7/2007 view all
Donald Pile & Ray Williams from Kansas City, Mo
MOON OVER MAINE
TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS WORLD
By Donald Pile and Ray Williams
gaytravelers@aol.com

OGUNQUIT, MAINE
Ogunquit, Maine is an artsy resort village (located 69 miles north of Boston) that has been welcoming gay and lesbian visitors and their families for over 100 years. Ogunquit has three miles of white sandy beaches, dance clubs and restaurants for every taste and budget. In summer and even winter, there is always plenty to see and do! We will begin with the lodging. Locally owned gay Guesthouses, Inns and B&B's offer a variety of choices and values for the gay traveler. Whether you're looking for an exquisite luxurious suite, condo rental, or an affordable summer vacation at an in town B&B close to the beach - Ogunquit Maine has it all!
We stay at Moon Over Maine Bed and Breakfast which is located at 22 Berwick Road. It is located in the center of town just a block from the nightclubs, shopping, restaurants and a 5 minute walk to the beach. It features all private baths, balcony rooms, parking, cable, dvd/vcr, refrigerators, a/c, light breakfast and an outdoor hot tub. John, the owner is extremely friendly and can give you any tips or suggestions about the area. It is in an old New England house and is just wonderful. Their toll free number is Call 800.851.6837 and you can check out their website at: http://www.moonovermaine.com/
Ogunquit and the surrounding area offers some of the best antique hunting anywhere. The 1999 Farmers Almanac identifies this region as one of the better known antiques shopping areas in the United States. Three miles of beautiful white sandy beach, rated as one of the best beaches in America. It's the reason Ogunquit exists. Several boat cruises run out of Perkins Cove, from a Nubble Light House cruise, to whale watching, to lobstering, to deep sea fishing. Dock Square is as cute a town square as one will find in New England. There is an excellent selection of restaurants, and it's only 20 minutes away. The Kittery Outlets are just 15 minutes away, with 120 different stores, including Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, DKNY and The Gap. If you like LL Bean, the Freeport Outlets are about an hour North. A short walk from downtown is Perkins Cove, which is one of our very favorite places. It is a quaint New England cove with boats, shopping and wonderful restaurants. We are always thinking that Jessica Savage from Murder She Wrote is going to be walking around the corner at any given time.
The shops in Ogunquit are all locally owned, many by gays. They are filled with all kinds of great merchandise perfect for souvenirs to take home with you. There are many small day trips that you can take from Ogunquit up to Portland, Kennybunkport or just up and down the coast. Everyone in New England is so friendly! If this will be your first time there you are really in for a big surprise!
A walk along the cliffs with dramatic views of the ocean, the Marginal Way starts on Shore Road. From the center of town it's just a few blocks to the Sparhawk Motel. The Marginal Way starts behind the Sparhawk. You'll see a little sign on the left side of the street that says "Marginal Way" and has an arrow. As you follow the path, be sure to look at the Sparhawk's flower gardens. They have an incredible number of flowers, and each type is labeled! The Marginal Way speaks for itself. It has beautiful views of the ocean and the rocky cliffs. There are benches at various points so you can sit and enjoy the beauty. It's a little cruisy, although not abundantly - it's more romantic. The wastebaskets are worth noting. Inexplicably, each one has the name of a virtue printed on it. The Marginal Way ends at Perkins Cove. When we are in Ogunquit we walk the Marginal Way every morning and every evening.
Nightlife in the small town of Ogunquit is really spectacular to say the least. In this sleepy little town one could only imagine one tiny little bar, but you are in for a grand surprise! Everything is right downtown and you can walk from any accommodation to downtown. The Front Porch Piano Bar at 9 Shore Road has been in business for over 20 years. Their website is http://www.thefrontporch.net. Their cafe is open for Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week with a late night menu available. Piano Lounge open 7 days from 4pm till 1am. Food Service now available upstairs. A new owner recently took over and from all reports he is doing a FABULOUS job at the Front Porch! The MaineStreet Bar is located at 131 South Main Street (Route 1) in downtown Ogunquit. Their webstie is: http://www.mainestreetogunquit.com. DJ JoshK returns with live dancing Friday nights. DJ Ken spins Saturdays. MaineStreet is now open at 3pm daily! Featuring Louigi's Route 1 BBQ on the deck, dancing Fri & Sat at 9pm, Karaoke. We have been to both of these wonderful bars and they are indeed wonderful!
John Lane's Ogunquit Playhouse is one of Southern Maine's most important cultural landmarks and will celebrate 74 years of Broadway at the Beach in 2006. Opening in 1933, the work and vision of Walter and Maude Hartwig brought an outstanding, star-studded performing arts company to Ogunquit. Continuing this tradition for almost five decades, John Lane, owner and producer of the Playhouse, sought to provide his audience with the finest professional theatre in our region. In doing so, he successfully placed the playhouse on the national cultural map. The Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation, formed in 1995, is now the proud owner and trustee of the Playhouse. This year they are featuring BEEHIVE, Andrea McArdle in CABARET, Sally Struthers in HELLO DOLLY, Leslie Uggams in CINDERELLA and MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL. Their website is http://www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.
There are dozens of small restaurants in and around Ogunquit and most all of them are locally owned. It is a sea lovers delight! If you are into sea food you will have a marvelous time. We have been going to Ogunquit for several years and it just keeps getting better and better and better. We enjoy it far better than Ptown, Fire Island or any of the other gay resort places in New England. We just can't wait to return. For more information on Ogunquit go to: http://www.gayogunquit.com. Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!
TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from Coast to Coast. You can email them at: gaytravelers@aol.com or visit their webpage at: http://www.hometown.aol.com/gaytravelers
Month and year of stay:
March 3007
Length of stay:
4 nights
Recommend hotel for:
singles,couples,older gay
Describe the hotel:
Exclusively gay
Would I stay at hotel again?
Absolutely
My ratings on the following categories:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Rate the reservation process, either on-line or by phone.
Were the staff helpful and welcoming?
Exceptional
CURB APPEAL AND LOCATION
Was the property well located and externally attractive?
Exceptional
CHECK-IN
Was it welcoming, informative and painless?
Were the staff able to devote time to answer all your questions?
Exceptional
COMFORT AND CLEANLINESS
Was the bed comfortable, and the room and bathroom
well appointed and clean?
Exceptional
STAFF
Were the staff friendly, helpful and efficient?
Exceptional
DINING
Did the quality of breakfast or other dining services
meet your expectations?
Not Applicable
DETAILS
How were the little personal touches that make all the difference?
Exceptional
VALUE FOR MONEY
Was your stay appropriately priced for what you received?
Exceptional

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