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Top 5 Things to Do in Ogunquit during May

Monday, May 9th, 2022

Springtime in Ogunquit – there’s nothing like it! Now’s an absolutely perfect time to come visit this famous seaside town: the weather’s warm, some of our most-loved attractions are opening their doors, and the crowds of summer are still a ways down the road.

Below are our top 5 things to do in Ogunquit during May:

Spend a few hours at one of the most beautiful museums on the East Coast. The Ogunquit Museum of Art, which opened for their 2022 season on May 1st, introduces visitors to Ogunquit’s immensely rich artistic heritage as well as artwork from beyond the region. The museum’s current exhibits include paintings and studies by Philip Koch, known for his colorful, panoramic landscapes, the multi-faceted work of Jim Morin, the distinguished editorial cartoonist for The Miami Herald for over 40 years and a series of paintings, historic photographs and personal memorabilia from Henry Strater entitled ‘I’ll Bring the Luck with Me’.

  • Stroll along Ogunquit Beach and Marginal Way

One look at the 3.5-mile-long sandy seashore between the Ogunquit River and the open Atlantic, and you’ll see why Ogunquit Beach is regularly ranked among the finest beaches in New England. It may not quite be swimming season just yet, but Ogunquit Beach in spring is a lovely place to stroll, sunbathe and search for seashells.

After a morning spent at the beach, navigate over to Marginal Way to connect you to the quaint fishing village of Perkins Cove. Marginal Way is Ogunquit’s famous paved seaside footpath, stretching out at just over a mile. Whether you’re strolling or sitting at one of the benches that dots the path, nothing revives the spirit quite like this serene walkway’s brine-kissed air and seascape vistas. And at this time of year, there’s plenty of blooming gardens to admire along the way.

  • Enjoy freshly caught seafood at a local favorite

Ogunquit has no shortage of lobster shacks, fine dining restaurants and everything in between to help you get your seafood fix. Many restaurants are now open for the season including some of our top picks: Barnacle Billy’s, Oarweed and the Ogunquit Lobster Pound. Grab an outdoor seat at any one of these establishments to enjoy the fresh air and an incredible, heart-warming meal. Our front desk team at The Colonial Inn is always there to provide more recommendations for dining destinations or assist with your planning if needed.

The famed Ogunquit Playhouse is launching their 2022 program with the regional premiere of The Cher Show on Thursday, May 12. The Tony-Award-winning show, coming direct from Broadway, is packed with so much story and hit music it takes three women to tell the tale of this beloved superstar. 35 smash hit songs, two rock-star husbands, and those epic Bob Mackie gowns, all in one fabulous Broadway musical that will turn back time and leave you dancing in the aisles.

  • Enjoy the serenity and genuine hospitality on-site at The Colonial Inn

Even before our outdoor heated pool & hot tub open on Memorial Day weekend, there are plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy the fresh air on the property. Take your complimentary continental breakfast to one of the picnic tables dotted around the grounds, come visit us in the Main Inn between 2 to 4 to pick up a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie and a cup of hot coffee or grab a glass of wine or a cold beer from 3pm onwards when our bar service is available and settle in on the expansive wrap-around porch to enjoy the magic of May in Maine.

Ogunquit in spring casts quite the spell, all the more so because it’s still on the quieter side of things ahead of its busy summer season. Book now and come experience this beautiful season with us here at the Colonial Inn!

The Best Fall Activities in Ogunquit

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

The hot, toasty days and nights of summer might be behind us but the arrival of fall brings some of our favorite weather in Ogunquit. Sunny, golden afternoons followed by cool & crisp autumn evenings.

The changing of the leaves into brilliant hues of red, orange and gold and the arrival of apple picking season also provide plenty more beautiful and fun activities around town.

The weather in October is perfect for walks along the beach (also open to dogs after September 9), hikes to see the foliage, biking through town, boat rides, lobster rolls and much more. Here are a few of our favorite fall activities to make the most of these warm days and cozy nights in Ogunquit. 

Follow the foliage

While areas in the north will see the leaves begin to change before us – starting in late September – the foliage in Ogunquit is certainly worth waiting for. There is something so magical about seeing the burning, blazing colors against the sparkling blue of the ocean.

Peak colors will likely hit here in mid-October, so don’t wait to make your reservations at The Colonial Inn to ensure you see our local woods in full flight.  

During your stay you can take a quick 10 minute drive from the hotel over to the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region, which encompasses the most extensive coastal forest block between Acadia National Park and the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Walk the trails throughout the mountain or head straight for the summit and enjoy the easy 1 mile Big A loop for plenty of gorgeous views.

From the hotel you can also drive straight down Shore Road to the town of York and enjoy the canopy of colors along the way. Don’t forget to stop at Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick, one of the most beautiful sights nearby.

All about the apples

A great easy-going and socially distant activity – apple picking is another of our favorite things about fall. Head west from the hotel and visit McDougal Orchards where you can pick your own apples, plums, pears and fall raspberries (reservations needed on the weekends) and Kelly Orchards where you can pick your own peaches and apples. Both orchards have procedures in place to keep everyone safe so be sure to visit their website before heading out.

Enjoy those warm, cozy fall vibes with freshly baked cookies

Every day we bake and place out our famous chocolate chip cookies in the lobby – and we tend to think they taste even better when there’s a slight chill in the air. Enjoy these treats with a warm cup of coffee or hot apple cider on the wrap-around porch and get lost in a great book or grab a game from the bookshelf to play with your partner while sitting outside.

Get out on the ocean

Hop on a cruise out of Perkins Cove to see lobsters, seals, lighthouses and more. Finestkind Cruises is a family-owned company providing a range of scenic and educational boat trips along the Ogunquit and York coastline with tours going out on the weekends. In the fall we love hopping on their lighthouse cruise and keeping our eyes peeled for frolicking seals.

Celebrate OgunquitFest 2021

The annual celebration will once again include activities throughout the whole month of October. Pick from events like pumpkin scavenger hunts, fall decoration bingo, sidewalk sales, special seasonal items at local restaurants, horse-drawn carriage rides, pumpkin decorating, live music, sand sculpture demonstrations and more. The full line-up will be posted here when available.

Listen to live music

The Front Porch in town has entertainment in their outdoor garden and in their Piano Bar, Clay Hill Farm is hosting live music events Thursday – Sunday and Jonathan’s has reopened their upstairs listening room where you can see a range of performances from live comedy with Maine’s own Bob Marley to national headliners like Sawyer Fredericks, Paula Poundstone, Judy Collins, and more. 

Spend a day surrounded by beautiful art

The Ogunquit Museum of Art has reopened this year with a number of gorgeous exhibitions. They’re open daily until October 31. The museum showcases modern and contemporary art with a permanent collection of more than 3,000 pieces and a three-acre seaside sculpture garden to wander throughout for an afternoon.

Walk along the water

Marginal Way and Ogunquit Beach are open and while the water may be getting a little too cold to swim as we get closer to the end of the year, both are still a beautiful place to walk and listen to the waves. Marginal Way is a mile long coastal walk connecting the village to Perkins Cove and the entrance is just a few minutes from our front door. The walk to Ogunquit Beach is just a few minutes longer – a leisurely 11 minute walk from The Colonial Inn, and once you get there you’ll find 3 miles of beautiful beaches to walk along.

If you’re traveling with your dog and staying in one of our new dog-friendly rooms, you can bring them along to the beach after September 9th and onto Marginal Way after October 1st. 

Enjoy the last of lobster season

Just kidding! It’s very easy to get lobster year-round in Maine, one of the many things we love about this state. But many lobstermen and lobsterwomen only set traps from June to October when the lobsters are nearer to shore and more plentiful so it’s worth making the most of the abundance of crustaceans now. As the weather cools down it’s also a great time to enjoy lobster bisque, lobster mac & cheese and lobster pie.

Fewer crowds, warm days & cool nights, gorgeous fall foliage and more make Ogunquit a beautiful place to be in October. At The Colonial Inn you’ll be perfectly positioned to take advantage of all that surrounds us, don’t miss out on your ideal dates and make your reservation today!

Marginal Way

Our Guide to a Weekend Away in Ogunquit

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Wondering what travel in Ogunquit looks like this summer?

Here’s a 48 hour guide highlighting what’s open, where you can go and what you can do when staying with us at The Colonial Inn in Ogunquit! 


First things first, hop in the car!


Ogunquit is driving distance from anywhere in New England (and if you’re traveling from in-state it’s only 37 minutes from Portland!) Don’t forget to grab some car snacks. 

Arriving at The Colonial Inn



Keep an eye out for the beautiful yellow building on Shore Road (did you know we’re the last of the grand hotels of Ogunquit?) 

Our team will be ready to welcome you! 

Explore your room


Many of our rooms in the Main Inn have beautiful views across the ocean. 

Visit Food for Thought


Food for Thought is just a 15 minute walk from the hotel and their outdoor beer garden is a wonderful spot for snacks or a late lunch. We also recommend checking out their brunch menu! 

Wander through town


Ogunquit is known for its walkability, once you park your car on arrival you won’t need it for the whole trip! 

Don’t forget to grab a cookie in the lobby


We’re pretty well known for our freshly baked chocolate chip cookies! They now come individually wrapped but we made sure they’re still available.

Time for a swim


Our heated pool & hot tub are the perfect spot to spend an afternoon. 

Grab a drink from the service bar


Whether you’re looking for beer, wine or spirits to enjoy on the porch, you’ll find them all at the service bar in the lobby. 

Walk Marginal Way


Walk along one of New England’s most beloved coastal walks to get to Perkins Cove for dinner. 

Visit Barnacle Billy’s


There’s plenty of space for outdoor dining at Barnacle Billy’s – and don’t forget the rum punch! 

Watch the sunset over the ocean


Slowly walk back along Marginal Way (it’s just over a mile long) to return to The Colonial Inn after dinner. 

Day 2: Grab breakfast in the lobby


While our breakfast room is closed for the time being we do have a continental breakfast offering in the lobby each morning. 

Visit Loveshack Juicery


Grab your morning coffee, juice or smoothie at their easy ordering window and take it with you to the beach. 

Walk along Ogunquit Beach


Swimming, sunbathing & walking are all allowed at Main Beach once again. 

Stay outdoors & walk Marginal Way (again!) 


Each corner provides another breathtaking view of the Atlantic coastline. 

Wander through Perkins Cove


Many of the shops, cafes and restaurants have re-opened in Perkins Cove (and the public bathrooms are open!)

Visit Jackie’s Too


Their outdoor dining area is covered and provides beautiful oceanfront views as you enjoy your meal. 

The afternoon is up to you! 


Take a nap, go back to the beach or go for a dip in the pool! 

Visit Treehouse Taqueria


A great spot for margaritas, chips & salsa and even lobster tacos. 

Visit The Front Porch


Their outdoor dining area is beautiful and is one of our favorite spots to go for a lovely seafood dinner. 

Day 3: One last look at the ocean


Check-out isn’t until 11 so there’s plenty of time to stroll Marginal Way again, visit the beach or go for another swim in the pool. 

Make plans to return! 


Once you visit Ogunquit you’ll understand the magic of this place – the town of Ogunquit has gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of all visitors and we hope you’ll come visit us at this beautiful place by the sea. 

How to spend a romantic weekend in Ogunquit

Friday, May 15th, 2020

This beachside town makes a truly wonderful place for a quiet romantic retreat. Whether you’re looking to spend all your time relaxing outdoors in the fresh ocean air, sampling the great dining options in town or trying out some new activities like paddleboarding, there’s something for every couple. 

While we know things look a little different in Ogunquit this year, one thing is for sure – this quaint, walkable seaside town is still the perfect place to relax and refresh. 

Spend an afternoon poolside

Lose track of time while floating in the pool on site at The Colonial Inn or getting engrossed in a good book while sitting in the sunshine. 

Stay in the perfect spot

You’ll want somewhere centrally located as your homebase. The Colonial Inn is Ogunquit’s last grand hotel and is located just minutes from town and the beach. Once you park your car you won’t need it for the remainder of your trip. 

Relax into exceptionally comfortable beds and immaculately clean rooms and enjoy classic nautical decor and modern comfort. 

Feel the sand between your toes

The beach is just a few minutes’ walk from The Colonial Inn and we’re sure some time spent with the sand between your toes and some fresh ocean air is just the thing to help you feel relaxed and refreshed. 

Ogunquit Beach ranks as one of the prettiest 3.5 miles of beach in the country and is on the list of Top 25 Beaches in the US on TripAdvisor. 

Ogunquit Beach

Explore this quaint seaside town

The town of Ogunquit is perfect for walking and wandering. Shop in cute little boutiques, grab ice cream and sit outside or pack a small picnic and watch the ocean for a while. 

Eat freshly caught seafood at a local favorite

Ogunquit has no shortage of lobster shacks, fine dining restaurants and everything in between to help you get your seafood fix. Many restaurants are now open for outdoor dining and the front desk team at The Colonial Inn can provide recommendations or assist with reservations during your stay.

Walk along Marginal Way

Marginal Way is one of New England’s most beloved coastal walks. The mile-long pathway connects Ogunquit to Perkins Cove and hugs the beautiful Atlantic coastline. Whether you’re up early to see the sunset, making the most of the sunshine or watching the moon rise, the views provided along this pathway are not to be missed.

Marginal Way

Relax with a wine in hand on the porch

Don’t forget to grab a drink from the bar in the lobby at The Colonial Inn and spend time on the extended wrap-around porch breathing in the fresh ocean air. 

This postcard-perfect place is a quiet and luxurious spot for your next romantic getaway. 

This summer is moving fast, book now so you don’t miss out on a relaxing getaway before the summer ends!

Boutique Hotels for the 4th of July on Ogunquit

Monday, June 11th, 2018

The nation’s birthday is just around the corner, and we happen to think there aren’t many better places to celebrate it than Ogunquit, Maine! Here are 10 of the best 4th of July activities to enjoy on a summertime visit to the Beautiful Place by the Sea.

(1) Enjoy the Finest in Independence Day Hospitality at the Last of Ogunquit’s Great Hotels

You wouldn’t think we’d put anything else first, now would you? We’d love to host you for the 4th of July here at the Colonial Inn, where we’ll bowl you over with our beautiful accommodations, our amenity-rich service, and our outstanding Shore Road location. Read More

Boutique Accommodations & Lodging for Ogunquit Performing Arts Music Festival

Friday, June 1st, 2018

One of the high points of the Ogunquit cultural calendar—a plenty well-stocked calendar, mind you—is just about to get underway, and we invite you to join us here at the Colonial Inn anytime during the weeklong affair!

It’s the 24th Annual Chamber Music Festival we’re talking about, that beloved tradition presented each and every year by Ogunquit Performing Arts. The festival takes place Friday, June 8th through Friday, June 15th, and its venues—the Dunaway Community Center on School Street and the Barn Gallery on Shore Road—are both within easy reach of our sumptuous hotel.

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Celebrate John Baptiste Day in Ogunquit, ME

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Our little slice of paradise here on the coast of Southern Maine lies within easy reach of the great province of Quebec, and more than a few Quebeckers (Quebecois) have enjoyed the premium stateside hospitality we specialize in here at the Colonial Inn, the last of Ogunquit’s grand hotels.

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Luxury Hotel near Kennebunkport Festival

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Headed to the Kennebunkport Festival this June? If so, remember that you always have a place to stay at The Colonial Inn in Ogunquit! Our luxury inn is the perfect place to stay for festival-goers and those looking for a peaceful getaway to beautiful seaside Maine.
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